world-population-day-2011.jpgGovernments have been urged to prioritise resource management and sustainable development programmes by putting in place policies that will be able to adequately support the world’s growing populations.

As the world population continue to rise leading to more challenges like poverty, inequality and environmental changes, a call has been made for governments to make necessary investments to ensure that the planet will be able to adequately support the global population in a sustainable way.

The call was made at belated World Population Day commemorations in Harare where it was revealed that the world population will reach the 7 billion mark on the 31st of October 2011.

UNFPA country representative, Dr Basile Tambashe said this year’s  commemorations in Zimbabwe focus on the opportunities and challenges faced by  young people under the age of 25 who constitute 62% of the population and the need for governments to put in place the right policies and investments for the benefit of the people.

Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Koichi Morita said the increase in population presents the international community with challenges including food security, water shortages, climate change and rising sea levels, resource depletion and alternative sources of energy.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Mr Prince Mupazviriho challenged young people to take advantage of the ongoing indigenisation drive, which is meant to economically empower all Zimbabweans and ensure that they participate in all spheres of the economy.

The World Population Day was first commemorated on July 11, 1987 when the world population stood at 5 billion.

The world population reached 6 billion in 1998.

This year’s commemorations assume even greater significance because it is expected that by the end of October this year, the world population will increase to 7 billion, with youths accounting for more than a quarter of the total population.