IIMSAM Official Observed World Population Day

Top Quote IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud message on World Population Day. He urged governments and stakeholders to ensure successful completion of the census programmes and to channelize sincere and honest efforts to overcome the hazards faced by world due to overpopulation. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 11, 2010 - Observing the World Population Day Dr. Naseer Homoud, Goodwill Ambassador and Director of Middle East office for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council while addressing the media said "the world population day seeks focus and attention on the urgency and importance of population issues and particularly in the context of overall development programs and plans to find solutions for related issues".

    IIMSAM joins hundreds of organizations and governments around the world in observing World Population Day this July 11, a day set aside by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to build awareness of population issues.
    IIMSAM notes with appreciation that World Population Day this year focuses on counting everyone-a linkage and the aspect we firmly believe as integral to understanding and addressing population issues, urged Dr. Homoud. "Life is not separated into tidy little categories, with reproductive health, environment, and development as isolated issues to be dealt with separately; instead, these issues are fundamentally linked to, and dependent on, each other. Efforts to improve an individual's health, environment, or socioeconomic status will not fully succeed unless they are part of a comprehensive strategy that recognizes and addresses their interconnectedness", he further added.

    Dr. Homoud noted that this year is remarkable in context with theme of celebration. More than 60 countries are collecting data and other relevant information from their people in order to reach to census programme. "It is indeed important to have up to date facts and stats in context to the population of countries so to access the development of mankind and to study the related aspects therefrom. To achieve Millennium Development Goals, it is an important phase to get people counted in an appropriate manner and I take this opportunity to call upon governments to ensure the successful and transparent completion of their respective census programmes so the world community together can work out on development plans for human being after seeing the recent contemporary trends prevailing therein", added Dr. Homoud.

    We must ensure that women and children are given priority in understanding their needs. Women are often the primary caretakers of their environment, as well as their families. If the world is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and implement the programme of action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, the most effective interventions will involve young people themselves. It is they who can best identify their needs, and who must help and design the programmes that address them, urged Dr. Homoud in his appeal. "The prevailing situation is not a treatise on the glory of women, but a hard reality of the vicious cycle of repercussions befalling the world due to one single cause - gender inequality. On careful thought and analysis, realization dawns that the reason behind the alarming maternal deaths, unplanned pregnancies, lack of education, poverty and hunger boils down to women disempowerment. So, the crux of the issue on world population day lies in improving the status of women. Women are at the heart of communities. They are at the heart of a community's culture, its economy, and its future. And in their role as mothers they shape their communities more than anyone else, said Dr. Homoud.

    Though we continue to see the population growth at an alarming rate, yet we hold back our thoughts and block our ears to the increasing alarm. According to the recent population estimates, we have already consumed one-third of the land under forest and vegetation for construction and development. With the increase in population, it becomes extremely difficult to the socio-economic factors and environment to provide sufficient recourses to sustain development and growth. According to a report of World Bank it is estimated that 982 million people from developing nations sustain on a paltry $1 a day or even less. One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished. More than 500 million people from the Asian, African and Latin American countries live in abject poverty. 15 million children die of hunger. Starvation death occurs every 3.6 seconds and under such adverse circumstances it would be tough to find ways for achieving MDGs, added Dr. Homoud.

    He noted that developing countries are suffering from falling levels of investment; reduced remittance flows; and in some cases, cuts in development aid. And this at a time when rapid population growth is already placing a massive strain on governments ability to deliver basic services to their people - such as education, health, water and sanitation - the services needed for them to achieve and sustain the progress envisaged by the Millennium Development Goals.

    Dr. Homoud further observed that while episodes of severe hunger such as famines receive considerable press coverage and attract much public attention, chronic hunger and malnutrition is considerably more prevalent in developing countries. It is estimated that at least 12 million low-birth-weight births occur per year and that around 162 million pre-school children and almost a billion people of all ages are malnourished and overpopulation is directly interlinked with hunger, poverty and malnutrition, said Dr. Homoud. He urged the governments, individuals and organizations to support IIMSAM which has undertaken several projects of production and distribution of Spirulina to the needy peoples under guidance of His Excellency Ambassador Remigio M. Maradona Director General of the IIMSAM in pursuit of its goal to make this world free of malnutrition. "The extensive use of Spirulina in combating hunger and malnutrition is unquestionable, making it the most important dietary element in poverty reduction, ecological growth as well as livelihood development. Spreading its use is the best way to end malnutrition in the societies where hunger and poverty are prevalent to an extreme extent". Dr. Homoud said.

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