Sustain progress in caring for humanity for inclusiveness and equality

Kenyans mark World Population Day on July 11, 2013 in Eldoret Town. This year's theme is “25 Years of the ICPD: Accelerating the Promise”. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In developing countries, many women die every day from preventable causes during pregnancy or while giving birth.

  • Globally, about 39,000 girls are forced into marriages every day while four million are subjected to female genital cutting yearly.

  • The world must make bold and courageous moves to get to the three zeros:

  • Zero unmet needs for family planning; zero maternal deaths; and zero violence and harmful practices against women and girls, including child marriage and female genital cutting.

The annual World Population Day, first marked on July 11, 1987, keeps track of progress by United Nations member states on urgent and emerging population issues. Great progress has since been made amid challenges.

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