World Population Day 2016


World Population Day is observed annually on 11 July to raise awareness of global population issues. The date was chosen because it was on or around 11 July 1987 that the world’s population reached five billion people. That figure is now nearly 7.5 billion, and the United Nations estimates it will be around 11.2 billion by the year 2100. Part of the problem is that people are living longer – life expectancy at birth increased from 30 to 67 between 1800 and 2005.

China is the world’s most populous country with around 1.4 billion inhabitants, but its population is falling, and India is catching up rapidly.

People crowd onto a bridge that they believe can help them escape tribulations and illnesses during the annual Caiqiaohui event in Mianyang, Sichuan province, China
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People crowd onto a bridge that they believe can help them escape tribulations and illnesses during the annual Caiqiaohui event in Mianyang, Sichuan province, China

An artificial wave pool is packed by would be swimmers to escape the summer heat in Daying county in Sichuan province, China
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An artificial wave pool is packed by would be swimmers to escape the summer heat in Daying county in Sichuan province, China

People scramble to reach the roof of an overcrowded train at a station in Dhaka, during the annual festival of Eid al-Adha in 2015
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People scramble to reach the roof of an overcrowded train at a station in Dhaka, during the annual festival of Eid al-Adha in 2015

Scooters and motorcycles at a junction during rush hour in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2009
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Scooters and motorcycles at a junction during rush hour in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2009

People try to touch the religious icon of the Black Nazarene during the annual procession in the Philippines capital Manila on 9 January 2015 attended by over 5 million people
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People try to touch the religious icon of the Black Nazarene during the annual procession in the Philippines capital Manila on 9 January 2015 attended by over 5 million people

Devotees try to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai, India
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Devotees try to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai, India

Students practice tai chi on a playground at a high school in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China, during a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest martial arts display, on 18 October 2015
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Students practice tai chi on a playground at a high school in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China, during a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest martial arts display, on 18 October 2015

A traffic jam near a toll station on a huge highway as people return home at the end of a week-long national day holiday, in Beijing, China, on 6 October 2015
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A traffic jam near a toll station on a huge highway as people return home at the end of a week-long national day holiday, in Beijing, China, on 6 October 2015

Jobseekers visit booths of companies at a job fair for graduates in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China
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Jobseekers visit booths of companies at a job fair for graduates in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China

Shi'ite Muslims gather at the shrine of Imam Hussein during Ashura commemorations in Karbala, Iraq, on 4 November 2014 when an estimated 20 million people visited the holy site
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Shi’ite Muslims gather at the shrine of Imam Hussein during Ashura commemorations in Karbala, Iraq, on 4 November 2014 when an estimated 20 million people visited the holy site

Shi'ite Muslims gather at the shrine of Imam Hussein during Ashura commemorations in Karbala, Iraq, on 4 November 2014 when an estimated 20 million people visited the holy site
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Shi’ite Muslims gather at the shrine of Imam Hussein during Ashura commemorations in Karbala, Iraq, on 4 November 2014 when an estimated 20 million people visited the holy site

Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage
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Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage

Lifeguards attempt to control the crowd as people visit the beach on new year's day in Durban, South Africa, on 1 January 2014
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Lifeguards attempt to control the crowd as people visit the beach on new year’s day in Durban, South Africa, on 1 January 2014

A crowded beach in Durres, on the Albanian Adriatic
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A crowded beach in Durres, on the Albanian Adriatic

Couples pose for a group photograph during a mass wedding ceremony at the Taipei Flora Expo Hall in Taiwan on 9 September 2010
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Couples pose for a group photograph during a mass wedding ceremony at the Taipei Flora Expo Hall in Taiwan on 9 September 2010

Commuters are held outside Oxford Circus tube station in London, United Kingdom, to regulate numbers
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Commuters are held outside Oxford Circus tube station in London, United Kingdom, to regulate numbers

Commuters wait for a train at a subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Commuters wait for a train at a subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Passengers crowd into a departure hall while waiting to board trains at a railway station in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province, during the annual new year mass migration
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Passengers crowd into a departure hall while waiting to board trains at a railway station in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, during the annual new year mass migration

People walk along a crowed shopping street on the first day of the winter sales in Barcelona, Spain
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People walk along a crowed shopping street on the first day of the winter sales in Barcelona, Spain

Laundry hangs outside a student dormitory at a college in Wuhan, Hubei province, China
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Laundry hangs outside a student dormitory at a college in Wuhan, Hubei province, China

Residential buildings in Po Lam, one of Hong Kong's satellite towns. About 25 percent of the world's tallest 100 residential buildings, over 200 metres tall, are in the territory
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Residential buildings in Po Lam, one of Hong Kong’s satellite towns. About 25 percent of the world’s tallest 100 residential buildings, over 200 metres tall, are in the territory

Thousands of internally displaced people queue for the distribution of goods at Kibati camp near the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on 10 December 2008
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Thousands of internally displaced people queue for the distribution of goods at Kibati camp near the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on 10 December 2008

An overcrowded train leaves a platform in Tongi near Bangladesh's capital Dhaka in 2003, as pilgrims flock to the annual Ijtema Muslim gathering
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An overcrowded train leaves a platform in Tongi near Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka in 2003, as pilgrims flock to the annual Ijtema Muslim gathering

High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai, India, on 20 July 2010
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High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai, India, on 20 July 2010

Hindu pilgrims make their way over pontoon bridges near Sangam during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India
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Hindu pilgrims make their way over pontoon bridges near Sangam during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India

Author: Hassan Khazaal

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