World Population Day

July 11 is World Population Day.
On July 11, 1987, the world population reached 5 billion, and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) designated the day as World Population day.
To mark the day every year, the UNFPA has presented diverse themes for resolving the problem of world population, and called on all countries to conduct various activities for raising public awareness about population activities.
The theme of this year’s WPD is Putting the Brakes on COVID-19: How to Safeguard the Health and Rights of Women and Girls Now.
At present, the COVID-19 crisis has caused serious calamities in the socio-economic fields, especially, public health, and posed many obstacles in the way of safeguarding women’s SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights).
The UNFPA has expressed concern that women’s SRH service might be ignored and sexual violence might increase as all efforts are concentrated on emergency anti-epidemic work to check the spread of the pandemic in many countries.
On the occasion of WPD this year, the UNFPA has suggested that all countries raise public awareness about women’s and girls’ SRH requirement and danger and conduct activities to ensure SRH service to suit their own actual conditions.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which regards it as one of most important affairs to defend the life and safety of its people, is taking thoroughgoing scientific and preemptive emergency anti-epidemic measures to check the inroad of the horrible pandemic sweeping the rest of the world.
The country is fully ensuring the health and rights of women and making achievements in SRH service for them by conducting the registering and care of pregnant women before childbirth and ensuring delivery in hospital in accordance with emergency anti-epidemic regulations.
The country is striving to check the spread of the pandemic, bring about practical improvements in ensuring the health and rights of women and cooperate more smoothly with the UNFPA and other international organizations.