INDONESIA TO OBSERVE WORLD POPULATION DAY ON JULY 11

12 Jul 2013 11:19

JAKARTA, July 10 (Bernanma) - Indonesia will join the commemoration of the World Population Day on July 11 with this year's focus on youth, National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) head Fasli Jalal said Wednesday.

"This year's theme concerns the younger generation, university students and other related groups involved in programmes for teenagers and youths," Indonesian news agency ANTARA quoted Fasli as saying.

"Indonesia has a high number of youths and they can be a very important asset for the nation if guided properly."

Data from the 2010 national population census shows the number of Indonesians aged between 10 and 24 years old was about 64 million or 27.6 percent of the country's total population. This year's World Population Day designated by the United Nations will focus on adolescent pregnancy.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said around 16 million girls below 18 years of age give birth and another 3.2 million undergo unsafe abortions every year.

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