World Population Day Celebration Ceremony at Central Statistics Organization

World Population Day Celebration Ceremony at Central Statistics Organization

12th July 2017

Eleven July of theWorld Population Day celebrated today morning during a ceremony at the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) under the slogan of Family Planning, People Empowerment and Development of Nations, which was participated by a number of deputy ministers and plan department heads of Governmental Ministries and Organizations, deputy director of UNFPA, representatives of International Organizations, leadership and officials of Central Statistics Organization.

Firstly HE Shir Mohammad Jamizada, Acting President General of CSO meanwhile congratulating this day talked concerning the issue and noted that base on the importance of population, 11th of July named as day of population by United Nations Organization, Which has been celebrating since 1990 in a large number of countries.

The Acting President General of the Central Statistics Organization, while highlighting the importance of the population, identified security as a major challenge for non conducting Census in the country, however in the other countries as needed this action is performing each five to ten years. Mr. Jamizada noted that despite these challenges, the Statistics Organization managed to complete the count of households in all provinces of the country in 2004, in order to be an alternative for population census in the current situation, and to fill the gap of data. Each year, the country's population estimates are made by the Organization according to international standards. Mr. Jamizada also pointed the surveys implemented by the Central Statistical Organization, which is conducted at the national and provincial levels, which includes all the characteristics of the population such as gender and age, which after analysis and monotheism, made available for data users.

Then, Matin Shaheen, deputy head of the United Nations Population Fund for Afghanistan, spoke on the World Population Day, and, counted the role of the population, in family planning as a major intervention of life saving, because He  believed that this would prevent unwanted pregnancies And in turn reduces the risk of infants birth.

Mr. Matin has noted the importance of investing in family planning in Afghanistan, adding that mortality rates and maternal mortality rates are decreasing and family dependency will be reduced, and this will improve the household's economic and social conditions. 

Afterward, Nabila Mosleh financial and administrative deputy of the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ms. Sayeda Mozhgan Mostafawi, Deputy Minister of Financial and Administrative of the Ministry of Information and Culture, as well as deputy of policy of the National Environmental Protection Agency, congratulated this day to the leadership of the Central Statistics Organization and were grateful for celebrating this day. 

While pointing out to the country's population, they mentioned that almost half of Afghan population is young; they indicated that if Afghan government put in to practice the effective programs, Afghanistan can be one of the developed countries in the world.

It is worth mentioning that the United Nations, by naming one of the days of the year as the "World Population Day", since 1989, has been trying to attract global attention to the rise of the world's population and the problems it poses. Supporting women to strengthen their rights and more facilitate their access to health care.

Based on population estimates of 2017, the Central Statistics Organization estimates that the total population of the country, including 1.5 million nomadic populations, reached to 29.7 million, of which approximately 15.2 million are males and about 14.5 million are women. It should be noted that in 2017, the residential population about 28.2 million people are estimated, of which about 13.8 million (48.9%) are female and 14.4 million (51.1%) are male. Also in 2017, among 28.2 million residential people, 21.1 million people (74.8%) are rural and 7.1 million (25.2%) are urban populations.