Population taboo stokes doubt over development goals

October 8, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article.

Of all the issues that will be aired from the pulpit of the U.N.’s development summit this week, one is likely to stand out by its absence: What should be done about the world’s population explosion?

To many campaigners, demographic growth is the gorilla in the U.N.’s living room, a blindingly obvious problem interlinked with poverty and environment that gets carefully ignored whenever leaders meet.

“When the Millennium Development Goals were adopted, there was not a single target on population or family-planning access,” said Alex Ezeh, executive director of the Africa Population Studies and Health Research Center in Nairobi. “It was a huge mistake. The world is only now just waking up.”

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