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As the population rises, how can we ensure progress towards the SDGs?

This World Population Day we aim to increase awareness around population issues – from newborn and maternal healthcare to urban climate resilience

Despite recent decreases in global fertility rates, the world population is predicted to grow to an average of 10 billion people by 2050, with countries in Africa and Asia currently seeing the highest rate of population change. World Population Day aims to increase awareness of population-related issues, such as newborn and maternal healthcare, climate and conflict-related shocks, and social protection.

It’s important to consider development areas affected by population change to ensure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This year marks 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development adopted a programme of action to advance women’s health and rights. Leading up to the International Conference on Population and Development, which will take place in November 2019 in Kenya, this presents a unique opportunity to evaluate progress so far, and agree next steps to drive further action.

Discover some of our work supporting progress in the area: