October 28, 2015
On October 28, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention before the Second Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Agenda Item 18, which is dedicated to “Macroeconomic Policy Questions.”
In his statement, Archbishop Auza celebrated the significant economic progress in lifting a billion people out of extreme poverty but mentioned that, nevertheless, a large portion of the world’s population has not yet received the fruits of that progress. He called for particular attention to be given to the development and financing needs of those States classified as Least Developed, Landlocked Developing, and Small Island Developing and those in conflict or post-conflict situations.
He urged a multi-dimensional approach to integral development that involves economic, financial and ethical emphases, and that foster a culture of solidarity and fraternal reciprocity. He also drew attention to the problem of foreign debt and ecological debt.
His statement can be read here.