The following letter, co-signed by the Bishop of Birmingham and leaders of other faiths, appeared in The Times newspaper on 6th January 2015:
A year for progress
Sir, This year will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity: in September world leaders decide on new goals for sustainable development and in December a new climate treaty.
Global agreements matter. The millennium development goals helped to halve the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day and enabled impressive gains in primary education and child survival.
We have a long way to go: too many people are still burdened by hunger and disease, too many children do not see their 5th birthday, too many face conflict. We stand together to build a movement for change. Stand with us and urge our leaders to do all they can to make this year a year of action.
The Right Rev Declan Lang
Bishop of Clifton
Right Revd David Urquhart
Bishop of Birmingham
Imam and broadcaster
Rabbi Natan Levy
Environmental liaison, Office of the Chief Rabbi
Secretary-general, Sikh Council UK
Secretary-general, Hindu Council UK