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Sunday marks the 21st World Population Day, with this year's theme taking up the slogan "everyone counts". A senior UN official says the world's current population trends are already affecting the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
The UN says there is a very strong inter-relation between high fertility, very low levels of development and the difficulties of obtaining the Millennium Development Goals. The UN is urging less developed countries to tackle the challenges of poverty, child mortality, and nutrition. World Population Day is an annual occasion observed on July 11th, which seeks to raise awareness of global demographic issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the UN Development Program.