Archbishop Auza's address at UN: Global economy should help all

Archbishop Auza's address at UN: Global economy should help all

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The global economy should benefit everyone, yet inequality is rising, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said on October 2, 2017, during the Seventy-second Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He presented his remarks at the Third Committee debate on Agenda Item 27 (a,b), dedicated to Social Development.

“Each year we affirm that much progress has been made in the eradication of poverty, while acknowledging at the same time that progress remains insufficient,” Archbishop Auza said. He expressed concern for “the ever-increasing inequality, the rise in the number of people suffering from hunger” and “the sheer number of individuals who continue to be left behind”.

The archbishop pointed out that “economic growth does not guarantee social development and does not necessarily address the root causes of inequality and exclusion. He noted that increased investment, jobs and a diversified economy are essential, “a broader understanding of integral human development is needed to achieve lasting gains.”

Archbishop Auza stressed that “the current economic model tends to emphasize success and self-reliance over community”, and more must be done to “help the marginalized avoid exclusion”. He said: “This is especially apparent when considering the elderly, disabled, youth and migrants.”

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:28
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