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World Population Day is an outgrowth of interest generated by the Day of Five Billion person, which was observed on the 11th of July 1987. In 1989 the governing council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed annually as World Population Day as a way to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. The United Nations Population Fund advocated for this day in order to give visibility to population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes. Each year UNFPA selects a different theme to rally around. The theme for 2012 is, “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”. With the world’s population surpassing 7 billion in 2011, the theme was chosen as a way to re-energize commitments towards universal access to reproductive health and recognizing those who provide information, services and supplies. This year’s commemoration also coincides with the International Family Planning (FP) Summit which is being held in London. The summit is being hosted by the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with support from UNFPA and other partners. It is aimed at launching a global movement to give an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries access to voluntary lifesaving family planning information, services and supplies by 2020. In line with WPD theme and the FP Summit, this year’s World Population Day in Zimbabwe is being commemorated under the theme, “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services: Re-energizing family planning in Zimbabwe”. The main objectives of the commemoration are resource mobilization to promote voluntary access to family planning and stakeholders will share their commitments towards making universal access to family planning a reality.