President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared today July 11, 2011 as World Population Day to be observed throughout Liberia as a Working Holiday. A Foreign Ministry release says the day will be observed under the theme: “The World at Seven (7) Billion” with the sub-theme: “The Role of Young People in Changing Liberia”.
The Proclamation noted that the purpose of the observance is to ensure that National Government pays attention to the country’s population, particularly the young people. According to the release, young people constitute about 63 percent of the population, majority of which are still marginalized in the global community.
The Proclamation is in consonance with a Resolution passed by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme, during its Thirty-Sixth Session, declaring July 11, as World Population Day to be observed each year by the International Community in order to create awareness on Population and Development issues.
He release notes further that the declaration of July 11 as World Population Day was to recognize the growth in World Population, which reached five billion in 1987.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered and directed all citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations, as well as Government Agencies concerned with population issues, to join the Ministry of Planning & Economic Affairs, LISGIS, and the United Nations System in order to mobilize and sensitize the public for the implementation of youth related programs befitting the occasion.