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    World population day, 11 July 1990.

    United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]

    [Unpublished] 1990. 22 p.

    World Population Day (WPD) was observed on July 1, 1990 in more than 90 countries with media coverage or special events. July 11 was designated WPD by the UNDP/UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) Governing Council. This was the 1st year WPD was observed. A poster was issued in many languages and distributed globally. A brochure was produced that featured a reproduction of the poster on the cover. A special videotape entitled "Population: The Challenge Ahead" was produced. Cassettes were sent to all UNFPA country directors. A "Population Issues Briefing Kit" was produced and sent to UNFPA headquarters and field staff. Media coverage was extensive. African nations had a variety of event of WPD. In Benin, a major conference was held to discuss "Rapid Population Growth: Its effects on satisfying basic needs." A television program with the same theme was shown and a radio show for children featured songs, poems, and sketches. Burundi also held a conference on the problems of population growth, the legal and social status of women, and the division of land. A dance competition took place in Cape Verde. WPD observances in the Congo were done over a 3-day period. There were special radio and television broadcasts. Guinea devoted a whole week (July 5-11, 1990) to population issues which ended with the celebration of WPD. Tanzania had an award ceremony for the winners of an essay contest for primary and secondary school students on "Population and the Quality of Life." In Iraq, a special television program was shown which involved UNFPA visual materials. Population Day activities also took place in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and the Arab States, as well as Asia and the Pacific. The national television network in India broadcast the videotape. Extensive coverage was given to WPD by Sri Lankan radio, television, and the press. Many Latin American and Caribbean countries also had special activities. A whole week was given to WPD in Mexico. Jamaica also held an essay contest for schoolchildren on population issues. The winners received copies of the UNFPA book "The Exploding City." The UN organizations and specialized agencies also held WPD activities, as did many nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and training and research institutes.
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