Pak Population To Be 450m By 2050 If Not Checked
THE World Population Day 2010 was marked in the city by events and seminars raising awareness regarding hazards of multiplying population and ways to control it which made Pakistan the sixth most populated country of the world.
The World Population Day is an annual event observed on July 11 which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.
The main event in the provincial metropolis was held at a local hotel with the Chairman Family Planning Association Syed Kamal Shah as chief guest. The speakers at the seminar said if the county’s population kept increasing unchecked, the population of Pakistan would be 450 millions by the year 2050. They said Pakistan had planned population control pretty well but the implementation of these policies was of the lowest order.
This year, some 60 countries are collecting data and counting people as part of the 2010 census process. A census is the only statistical operation that covers the whole population and all areas of a country. The UNFPA-the United Nations Population Fund-and other partners are supporting this massive effort in many parts of the world.
Secretary General United Nations Ban Ki-moon in his message to the world on this day said “The theme of this year’s World Population Day is “Everyone counts”. To be counted is to become visible. This is especially important for women and young people. Data that is sorted by gender and age can foster increased responsiveness by national decision-makers to the rights and needs of women and youth and help build a more equitable and prosperous society”.
At a focus group session held at Government College University, the participants noticed that the data and trends available through the 1998 census had not been put to optimum use to effectively target and control population control policies. T
he members of the focus group also noticed that the range of changes the population of Pakistan had gone through in the past decade had been so diverse that there was a significant need of updating these numbers to tune the policies.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani too in his message on the WPD has urged the religious leaders to help the government in spreading awareness regarding the dangers and problems associated with booming population amidst limited resources. He said the general conception of birth control being un-Islamic needed to be cleared, and masses should be convinced to reproduce in accordance with their means. The last census in Pakistan was carried out in 1998.