July 11 is UN World Population Day (WPD). In 2014, the WPD theme is Investing in Young People. The United Nations website states: as the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.
The World Youth Alliance agrees that our population poses an opportunity for great things. The most important economic effect of population size and growth is the contribution of additional people and creativity to a nation. The more people there are, the more creators, innovators, and developers there are.
People are not the problem. People are the solution.
In this kind of thinking, the solution is for people to get out of poverty through a focus on human development through education, employment and access to various forms of capital. We celebrate each new life and look forward to nurturing each invidual to help in the development of humanity. In the end, people are the most important and valuable resource of any nation.
People are not just a statistic. People count.
To celebrate World Population Day, WYA members have shared with us the many ways they have made themselves count. They have utilized their skills and talents to come up with solutions for the issues and problems they face in their local communities.
Learn more about population and sustainable development through these WYA resources: