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World Population Day 2019


World Population Day 2019 is celebrated on 11 July 2019. The theme this year's World Population Day is “25 years of the ICPD: Accelerating the Promise”, focusing on the unfinished business of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in 1994 in Cairo. Twenty-five years have passed since that landmark conference, where 179 governments recognized that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development. 


The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Department of International Development (DFID) jointly marked World Population Day at an event in Islamabad. The event was well attended by government representatives, members of parliament at federal and provincial levels, heads of diplomatic missions, representatives of development sector and private sectors organizations, representatives from United Nations agencies, and media.




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World Population Day 2019 event participants (LtoR):, Ms. Attiya Anayatullah - Population welfare Veteran, Dr. Nizzamuddin – Rector, University of Central Punjab, Dr. Allah Bukhsh Malik – Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Dr. Zafar Mirza - Federal Minister of State for Health, Dr. Sania Nishtar – Federal Minister of State for Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Ms. Lina Mousa - Representative UNFPA Pakistan, Ms. Kemi Williams – Deputy Head of DFID, Ms. Shehnaz Wazir Ali – Former Parliamentarian, Mr. Javed Jabbar – Senator (Rtd) – UNFPA Pakistan




The first half of the event was an inaugural session. Dr. Zafar Mirza, Minister of State for Health shared his remarks on the World Population Day 2019 and Pakistan’s current population scenario while Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister / Federal Minister for Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, addressed the event as the key Note Speaker.