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Global population facing insufficiency of food, shortages of water and impacts of dangers based on climate change is growing year by year unprecedently: Vice-Senior General

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State Administration Council Vice-Chairman Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win speaks on the occasion of World Population Day 2022 in Nay Pyi Taw on 11 July 2022.

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As about 52 of 100 women are working in Myanmar, the workable power of women cannot be fully applied to economic development tasks of the nation yet, said Patron of the Central Census Commission Vice-Chairman of the State Administration Council Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win at the ceremony to mark the World Population Day 2022 at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his speech, the Vice-Senior General stressed the need for some 8,000 million global peoples to possess the resilient future by flexibly responding to the population problems with capabilities. They all need to efficiently utilize these opportunities in order to respond to the population problems while emphasizing the rights and choices of all, he noted.
Innovating and producing various kinds of effective vaccines in a short time by setting records to solve the COVID-19 and subsequent issues show the creative and initiative capabilities of the global peoples to solve the problems.
Currently, developed countries are facing the problems of declining birth rate, shortages of labour and an increasing number of older persons. At the same time, less developed countries are struggling hard to meet the demand of growing populations.
The global population facing insufficiency of food, shortages of water and impacts of dangers based on climate change is growing year by year unprecedently.

Especially, the majority of global people are suffering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent problems.
Some global countries with a high birth rate in the past owned the demographic dividend due to the increasing number of workable population and decreasing number of dependents. On the other hand, some countries are facing an increasing number of senior citizens based on a fewer number of population rate in addition to shortages of labour.
UN member states are joining hands in tackling the global challenges without leaving anyone to be able to meet the sustainable development goals. The International Conference on Population and Development called the Nairobi Summit (ICPD+25) held in Nairobi of Kenya in November 2019 decided on the main sectors such as reproductive health, enhancement of women’s capacity and gender equality.
The Population of Myanmar is over 55 million and the number of women population is two million more than the male population. Generally, as a woman gives birth to two children, the birth rate in Myanmar reaches the replacement level of fertility.
Myanmar is expected to secure the demographic dividend around 2060. As the country would face the problem of a shortage of labour due to the increasing number of senior citizens, it is necessary to make preparations to have a powerful social protection system through the collaborative efforts of relevant ministries.
As such, the Vice-Senior General urged the Ministry of Health to coordinate the implementation of all measures to cover family planning, birth-spacing and reproductive health services for vulnerable areas and groups as well as other needy persons.

With regard to the employment of women, the interim population in 2019 stated that as about 52 of 100 women are working in Myanmar, the workable power of women cannot be fully applied to economic development tasks of the nation yet. Hence, it is necessary to create job opportunities for women to join the workplaces so as to enhance their capability.
The Vice-Senior General called for the creation of job opportunities for the growing number of youths of the nation possessing the demographic dividend, implementing the recovery plans at a time when the infection rate of COVID-19 drops in Myanmar and adopting the effective and correct policies without harming the individual rights and choices.
Union Minister for Immigration and Population U Khin Yi reported on the demographic dividend of Myanmar and reviewed on policy. The animation video clip on World Population Day 2022 was presented to all.
The Vice-Senior General viewed round the booths at the exhibition to mark World Population Day 2022. — MNA

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