Nepal marks World Population Day

08:29, July 12, 2011      

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by Sweta Baniya

Nepal marked the World Population Day on Monday amid a special program organized by the Ministry of Health and Population in the capital Kathmandu.

The day was marked with the theme of Calling Attention to Urgent Global Issues.

The main theme of this year is the eradication of poverty and discrimination from around the world.

Addressing the program, Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal said that the world is facing a lot of challenges due to the increasing population growth.

"Various developing nations including Nepal are facing the problems due to the growth in population," he said.

"The main challenge is to control the population growth by implementing various programs from the lower level to the higher level for a prosperous Nepal," he added.

He also said that the nation should be developed in terms of health and education and migration should be controlled by creating job opportunities in the nation.

Talking to Xinhua on Monday, United Nations Population Fund-Nepal Representative, Ian McFarlane said that not only economic activities but also health and education should be equally prioritized in the nation.

"Where there is a population growth of 3 percent, the economic growth also should be 3 percent to sustain the increased population," he added.

He also said that the gap between rich and poor should be addressed by making the economic fruits available to everyone.

Krishna Prasad Lamsal, Chief of the Population Division said that the gap is increasing everywhere and the disparities should be ended. "Infrastructural development, education, youth mobilization should be done for the sake of addressing the problems created by the increase in population," he added.

Jhanendra Nath Pandey, Demographer at Department of Health said that for the control of population and poverty education and overall development of the nation is necessary.

"The gap between rich and poor should be minimized and nation should create job opportunities for controlling migration," he added.

This year, the world population is expected to surpass 7 billion and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and partner agencies are launching a campaign called 7 Billion Actions.

The United Nations has been marking July 11 as the World Population Day since 1989 to draw the world's attention for controlling high population growth rate after the world's population reached 5 billion.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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