Monday, July 11 is World Population Day. In 1989, the United Nations (UN) Governing Council, focusing its attention on developing plans and programmes addressing the importance and urgency of population issues, recommended July 11 is observed by the International community as World Population Day.
The unprecedented decrease in mortality in the last century has led to Government offices, United Nations offices, researchers, media representatives and the public consulting the Population Division of the UN regarding population estimates and projections, and information and analyses on population and development issues.
Professor Paul Ehrlich, one of the world’s leading experts on population and renowned for his role in helping the world to think about resource scarcity and the impact of an ever-increasing population on demand for natural resources, was in Adelaide during November 2010 to present a series of free public seminars, hosted by the Environment Institute.
Paul Ehrlich is the Bing Professor for Populations Studies at Stanford University and the President of the University’s Centre for Conservation Biology. After completing a Bachelors degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Ehrlich completed his MA and PhD at the University of Kansas. Professor Ehrlich is particularly well known for his work on overpopulation, and in particular, his seminal work The Population Bomb.
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As the world population is expected to surpass 7 billion, this year the United Nations Population Fund and partners are launching a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. Its aim: “to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people”. Read more