Sunday, July 11, 2010

World Population Day 2010: Everyone Counts

July 11th, 2010 is world population Day: This event draws attention to the earth's rapidly growing population. The day seeks to raise awareness that can save lives and empower societies to achieve a better future.

Counting everyone is an integral part of ensuring that we take everyone into account. Good demographic data is critical for planning schools, health systems and public transportation, for designing policies based on future population projections, for monitoring the effectiveness of service delivery and much more.

This year, World Population Day highlights the importance of data for development. The focus is on the 2010 round of the population and housing census, data analysis for development and UNFPA’s lead role in population and development.

Reliable data makes a difference, and the key is to collect, analyze and disseminate data in a way that drives good decision making. The numbers that emerge from data collection can illuminate important trends. The research is a progress report on Millenial Development Goals, it also gives some indication of who is being left behind.

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