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World Population Day to be observed with theme "Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations"
The World Population Day (WPD) is going to be observed on July 11 to focus attention of the world community on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year's theme is "Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations."

The observance established by the UN is meant to increase people's awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

According the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), access to safe voluntary family planning is a human right that is central to gender equality and women's empowerment, and is a key factor in reducing poverty.

UNFPA observes that around the world, some 214 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities.

"Many of those with an unmet demand for contraceptives live in the poorest countries on earth. Investments in making family planning available also yields economic and other gains that can propel development forward," states the UNFPA.

According to UNFPA, this year's WPD coincides with the Family Planning Summit which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020.

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