World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. The theme of World Population Day 2022 is “A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all – Harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all”.
In 2011, the world reached a population of 7 billion. This year, the number will hit 8 billion, prompting the attendant responses. Some will marvel at the advancements in health that have extended lifespans, reduced maternal mortality and child mortality and given rise to vaccine development in record time. Others will tout technological innovations that have eased our lives and connected us more than ever. Still, others will herald gains in gender equality.
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Every year, numerous events occur on February 11 to commemorate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Each possibility is distinct, as diverse, and inventive as the individuals and organisations engaged. The 7th International Assembly of Women and Girls in Science will be conducted virtually this year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. But what are the importance and history of this day?
Gender equality has long been a priority for the United Nations. Along with science and the empowerment of women and girls, they are all critical to global economic development and progress toward achieving internationally agreed-upon development goals, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the last 15 years, the international community has worked hard to inspire and engage women and girls in science. Nonetheless, they continue to face challenges that prevent them from actively engaging in science.
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A new year is full of optimism and opportunity for many young people, presumably why they want to improve themselves as the year starts. There is no such thing as a person who is completely satisfied with every aspect of their life. As a result, when the new year arrives, it’s the ideal time to implement a few positive, uplifting adjustments to kick off the year on the right foot.
Unfortunately, selecting suitable New Year’s Resolutions might be challenging at times. Choosing the correct resolutions and following through on them allow individuals to be new and better people by replacing some of their negative habits with ones that make them healthier and happier. On the other hand, choosing the wrong resolutions or failing to create a strategy to fulfil them implies that the new year will be like the previous ones.
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On Tuesday, 24 September 2019, YUVA Academy had a stimulating and intensive session with 118 students of Dunputh Lallah SSS, in Curepipe. The Moral and Civic Education course was delivered, with a focus on Environmental Conservation. The trainer, Mr. Kris Padayachy, was thrilled by the numerous motivated participants.
Mr. Padayachy started the session by asking the Grade 7 students what volunteering means to them. He urged them to realise that at the root of the word is “volonte,” the French word for volition. Mr. Padayachy instilled confidence in the students, telling them that the only way to make positive changes in society is by being engaged and taking action.
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