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Week of June 26, 2017


This week the Holy See Mission delivered two statements at the UN.

Non-proliferation of
Weapons of Mass Destruction

Security Council

On June 28, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Security Council Open Debate on the “Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

In his statement, Archbishop Auza said the proliferation of weapons, both conventional and of mass destruction, aggravates situations of conflict and causes suffering for many innocent people. He echoed Pope Francis’ appeal to end the arms trade, which would lead to the elimination of weapons of mass destruction and reduce the world’s reliance on armed force in international affairs, calling for States to cooperate and find political solutions to prevent and end conflict.

The statement can be found here.


High-Level SDG
Action Event on Education

On June 28, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the High-Level SDG Action Event to promote universal access to quality education.

In its statement, the Holy See Mission said building a culture of respect, esteem, sincere listening, and solidarity through education can aid in the response to the many injustices the SDGs seek to remedy. Pope Francis has recently inaugurated a Vatican office called the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, which consists of a network of half a million schools in 190 countries working to promote a culture of encounter for peace through education, technology, art, and sport.

The statement can be found here.