The population of people globally reached the 7 billion mark in the year 2011 and is approximately 7.7 billion as of today, the expected number of the global population by the year 2030 is 8.5 billion, in 2050 is 9.7 billion and in 2100, it is expected to have risen to 10.9 billion. These figures are important to the United Nations as this led to the declaration of World Population Day so that the needs of every individual and that of all peoples can be properly addressed.
The outbreak of the covid19 pandemic which has become a global crisis at the moment has been discovered to potentially cause a surge in the population of the world because according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) about 47 million women in low- and middle-income nations may not be able to access modern contraceptives during the average lockdown period leading to about 7 million unintended pregnancies.
UNFPA reports that if the lockdown continues with high levels of disruption, more women will lack access to modern contraceptives and the greater danger caused by the pandemic is the expected number of increases in gender-based violence up to 31 million additional new cases. All these are expected because the pandemic is taking a toll on societies making reproductive health services to be sidelined and also other programs that could avert gender-based violence.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) celebrates World Population Day 2020 and uses this opportunity to call on policy makers and governments to rise to respond to the needs of individuals and people at this time of the covid19 crisis and to also do the needful to address the issue of overpopulation which affects economic development, income distribution and social protection. We believe that a world of peace will be attainable when each person’s need is catered for appropriately.