Pope urges USA to stick with Paris climate deal

Gladys Abbott
October 17, 2017

The ceremony also celebrated the 72th FAO anniversary (October 16) with FAO Representative in Vietnam Jongha Bae in attendance.

According to FAO estimates, a third of the food produced in the world is wasted annually, meaning close to 1.3 billion tons. Pity, he pointed out, is limited to emergency aid, but love inspires justice that is needed to bring about a just social order.

Closing his remarks, the Pope voiced the desire for the Catholic Church to directly participate in the various efforts being pursued and implemented given her mission, "which leads it to love everyone and also forces it to remind those who have national or global responsibility of the great duty to meet the needs of the poorest".

Referring to the negotiation of a Global Pact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration - he asserted that managing human mobility "requires coordinated, systematic intergovernmental action in line with existing worldwide norms, and full of love and intelligence".

In terms of solutions, he said it's possible to stop the use of weapons of mass destruction because the world has recognized "the destructive capacity of these weapons". Francis then posed a question to those gathered, including the Secretaries of Agriculture of the G7, "Are we equally conscious of the effects of poverty and exclusion?" People who are "willing to risk everything" to escape violence, hunger, poverty or climate change won't be stopped by physical, economic, legislative or ideological barriers, he said, explaining that "a coherent application of the principle of humanity" is the only thing capable of addressing the problem.

The pope also said "the yoke of misery" generated by migrants displacement can be eliminated through consistent prevention.

To overcome conflict, one of the roots of migration, according to Francis, global law offers keys to prevent them or resolve them quickly.

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He also called for a total commitment to gradual and systematic disarmament.

"We have commissioned the Edo State Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited in Auchi, to make the product easy for our farmers in the state and beyond to access".

"It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger, so let's not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease", Francis said during his key note address.

Francis said the answer wasn't to reduce the world's population but rather to better manage the planet's abundant resources and prevent waste.

Towards the end of his remarks, Francis said that the Church, knowing the situations on the ground, wants to participate in this global effort to fight hunger, "in virtue of her mission".

Francis received a standing ovation after a stirring speech in which he said all three issues were interrelated and require immediate attention.

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