Gillespie Foundation 2017 Report

The Gillespie Foundation is committed to funding NGO’s exploring the answers to three fundamental questions:

  1. When and under what circumstances will couples want and have replacement size families to achieve population stabilization?
  2. When and under what circumstances will all finite resources be depleted until they reach zero?
  3. When and under what circumstances will lifestyles and livelihoods be sustainable in order to preserve habitat for future generations of children?

The Gillespie Foundation will have an endowment to update the Population Communication reports focused on reproductive health, family planning and population in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.

You can download for free two apps we have commissioned in the Apple store. The India Vital Statistics app links population to the following India vital signs:  arable land lost (soil lost this year in tonnes), forest area (area in square meters), CO2 emissions (emissions in kg), species extinct (Indian species that have gone extinct during the year), India net population, deaths/births (total this year), air pollution (contaminants released in tonnes), and desertification (area lost this year in square meters). We will be revising the app and adding declines in fish catch and water tables. We will change the ownership from Population Communication and the Gillespie Foundation to an Indian NGO that can provide additional information on each of the population, resource and environmental indicators. Information will be given to the user of the app on specific actions that can be taken in the public and private sector. You can also download our India Population Counter, which goes forward 50 years and backward 50 years. Once the India app is accurately developed, we will prepare similar apps for all the countries where we focus our activities.

The world population was 2.2 billion when I was born in 1938 and is now 7.2 billion. The population growth and development that has made this reality possible is driven by the finite resource of fossil fuels. I learned from my grandfathers, who were Permian Basin pioneers, that gas, oil and coal would someday be zero. I have enjoyed advising governments on public health, population and family planning policies and programs for 52 years.

In 1966 John D. Rockefeller III presented a Statement on Population at the United Nations. The Statement was signed by 22 heads of government and presented to UN Secretary General U Thant on Human rights Day. In 1985 I arranged with Akio Matsumura for Rajiv Gandhi to present a Statement on Population Stabilization to Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar during the 40th celebrations for the United Nations. In 1995 President Suharto presented the Statement with the signatures of 75 heads of  government to United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations. The Statement reads:

“Humankind has many challenges: to obtain a lasting peace between nations; to preserve the quality of the environment; to conserve natural resources at a sustainable level; to advance the economic and social progress of the less developed nations; to assure basic human rights and at the same time accept responsibility for the planet Earth and future generations of children; and to stabilize population growth.

Degradation of the world’s environment, income inequality, and the potential for conflict exist today because of rapid population growth, among other factors. If this unprecedented population growth continues, future generations of children will not have adequate food, housing, health services, education, earth resources, and employment opportunities.

We believe that the time has come now to recognize the worldwide necessity to achieve population stabilization and for each country to adopt the necessary policies and programs to do so, consistent with its own culture and aspirations. To enhance the integrity of the individual and the quality of life for all, we believe that all nations should participate in setting goals and programs for population stabilization. Measures for this purpose should be voluntary and should maintain individual human rights and beliefs.

We urge national leaders to take an active personal role in promoting effective policies and programs. Emphasis should be given to improving the status of women, respecting human rights and beliefs, and achieving the active participation of women in formulating policies and programs. Attention should be given to realistic goals and timetables and developing appropriate economic and social policies.

Recognizing that early population stabilization is in the interest of all nations, we earnestly hope that leaders around the world will share our views and join with us in this great undertaking for the well-being and happiness of people everywhere.”

We have population projections with TFRs of 1, 2 and 3, the existing TFR and the desired family size as reported in the latest Demographic Health Survey for the following countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. On July 11th, World Population Day, the charts and population reports are sent to national leaders in each of the countries where we focus our activities.

Bob Gillespie
Gillespie Foundation