FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2016
On April 13, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the 49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development on Agenda Item 4, dedicated to “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda.”
The Holy See emphasized that for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to reach its respective goals and targets, it requires quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data and the capacity of developing countries to provide those data. Another precondition is that the data sought be free of ideological bias and of reductive anthropologies that often look at the person and populations as obstacles to development rather than the reason for development. Data gathering, moreover, must not be built on individualism but on solidarity. Finally, quoting Pope Francis during his Sept. 2015 address to the UN, the Holy See in its statement said that the best measure of the implementation of the new development agenda will be universal access to essential material and spiritual goods, starting with the right to life.
The statement cam be found here.