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Vatican envoy urges UN to tackle inequality

February 12, 2016

The Vatican's representative at UN headquarters in New York has called upon international leaders to address social and economic inequalities that block the road to development.

"While poverty has been reduced significantly over the past decade, adequate social policies are needed more than ever to address the underlying social inequalities and vulnerabilities experiences among those left behind by the market economy," argued Archbishop Bernardito Auza. 

Addressing a UN session on social development, the archbishop said that the poor are disproportionately harmed by problems such as "climate change and reoccurring global, economic, food and energy crises." Citing the words of Pope Francis, he said that the problem is aggravated by a "globalization of indifference."

Archbishop Auza praised the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying that the document works to "address inequalities and exclusion at their root," and encouraged action to implement the document. 

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