• On July 11, 1989, the world first recognized World Population Day. The day was established by the United Nations Population Fund, whose mission is to deliver a world “where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.”
     
    World Population Day calls attention to the social and political issues surrounding skyrocketing population growth—stress on water and food resources; access to health care; and sustainable economic development
     
    As of 2014, the world’s population is just over 7 billion, with a new birth every 8 seconds. The world’s most populous countries are China (with 1.4 billion people) and India (with 1.2 billion).
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    access Noun

    ability to use.

    developing world Noun

    nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.

    economic development Noun

    rise in the standard of living of a community, including jobs, health care, and educational opportunities for residents.

    establish Verb

    to form or officially organize.

    health care Noun

    system for addressing the physical health of a population.

    political Adjective

    having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.

    potential Noun

    possibility.

    pregnancy Noun

    physical state of a female from conception until birth.

    resource Noun

    available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.

    skyrocket Verb

    to increase rapidly.

    stress Verb

    to strain or put pressure on.

    sustainable Adjective

    able to be continued at the same rate for a long period of time.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

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