World Population Day is an annual event observed on July 11. The UN marks World Population to educate the public on issues of concern and mobilise political will and resources to address global problems. 

The World Population Day theme for 2021 is “Rights and choices are the answer: Whether baby boom or bust, the solution to shifting fertility rates lies in prioritising the reproductive health and rights of all people.” 

World Population Trends 

The UN established World Population Day to highlight population issues and the impact it has on equality, poverty, economic development, and the environment. The world’s population is projected to grow to 9.7 billion people in 30 years, almost two billion more than what it is in 2021. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and it is estimated that by 2050, nearly 90 percent of urban growth will occur in Asia and Africa. 

While some regions in the world suffer from overpopulation, others like the Commonwealth of Dominica are using innovative methods to attract more people to the nation.

Dominica’s Population

Dominica is a small and scarcely populated island with approximately 72,000 residents, making it the tenth least-populated nation on earth. Much of the population is concentrated in the largest city and capital of Roseau, which has 16,500 residents. No other city has more than 5,000 residents. 

The Nature Isle continues to attract individuals and families looking to relocate to an eco-driven country with its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme.  

Sustainable Development in Dominica

“Dominica is ‘perfect’ for families who want a sustainable nation to call their second home. As the world continues to face the consequences of overpopulation like inequality and climate change, Dominica has focused on becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation and achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” says Hon. Emmanuel Nanthan, the head of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme

The Nature Isle has committed itself to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation. Sustainability is a high priority for the Dominican government and is fundamentally linked with the country’s Sustainable Development Goals.  

Funds from Dominica’s CBI Programme assist the nation in fulfilling its climate resiliency goals. According to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Dominica’s strategy on CBI funds expenditure focus on investing in the public sector, including education, health care, gender equality, clean water and energy, and more.  

Gender equality and quality education are important Sustainable Development Goals this World Population Day, and Dominica continues to work on them. 

Climate Resiliency

The Dominica Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan 2020- 2030 includes projects that promote gender equality, like investing in girls’ education. The nation embodies the UN’s ethos that educated girls are healthier, they participate more in the formal labour market and provide a better life for future generations of the community. 

In a further step towards achieving the good health and well-being goal, Dominica’s much-awaited state-of-the-art Marigot Hospital is nearing completion and will further serve the citizens of the island by providing a wide range of facilities, including intensive care units, trauma centre, laboratory and radiology services amongst other necessary services.  

Furthermore, the nation is continuing work on the sustainable cities and communities goal by using CBI funds to construct over 5,000 weatherproof homes for its citizens and by rehabilitating its agriculture and fishing industries.  

Dominica is also working towards building a geothermal plant to reduce electricity costs for consumers and make the nation self-reliant on energy – ticking off the affordable and clean energy goal.  

Benefits of Dominica’s Citizenship

Those with the ‘Global Community’ mindset are invited to invest in the Nature Isle through its Citizenship by Investment Programme. Not only do reputable foreign investors and their families get to help the island pave a path to resiliency, but they also get to reap the benefits of citizenship of a strong nation. Incentives of Dominican citizenship include visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 75 percent of the world, the ability to live and work on the island, and a place to call home in times of crisis.