The Times – Comment in electronic edition

6 January 2015

(In reply to a letter from six religious leaders urging us to attempt to attain the millennium goals in 2015.)

In countries which have been doubling their populations every 25 years since 1950 it is virtually impossible to attain the millennium goals. Examples are Iraq, Syria, Uganda and Zambia, all countries where religion is influential. To put it as gently as possible, religious leaders have not been helpful in moderating this huge and damaging population increase. Religious leaders call for a year of action, but is there any hope that they themselves will act in countries where action by religious leaders is needed?

(For further information on the world changing population increase in Africa and the Middle East see