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Vatican envoy speaks at UN meeting on youth unemployment, climate change

June 02, 2016

The Vatican's representative at UN offices in Geneva has urged action on "the pressing  issue of youth unemployment."

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic said that policies to create job opportunities for young people should be "aimed not at serving the few, but at benefiting ordinary people and society as a whole." He remarked that globalization of the economy has created new openings for work, but also new pressures on workers, especially at the lower end of the wage scale.

Archbishop Jurkovic touched on the issue of climate change in his address to the International Labor Conference, saying that it is closely related to the issue of unemployment. Citing the encyclical Laudato Si' by Pope Francis, he said:  “We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis, which is both social and environmental."


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