On October 12, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave an intervention during the Second Committee debate on Agenda Item 23, dedicated to the “Eradication of Poverty.”
In its statement, the Holy See emphasized that poverty is one of the tragic outcomes of social, economic and political exclusion that blocks the participation necessary for integral human development and concentrates development benefits and opportunities in the hands of some. This exclusion can be abetted by excessive inequality and fiscal austerity policies. What is needed is a concerted strategic focus on pathways to participation, especially education, health, and nutrition; social protection policies for seniors, children and poor families; and policies to increase access to jobs, credit and entrepreneurial opportunities for women. The Holy See urged the United Nations to mainstream social, political and economic inclusion into all aspects of its mission.
The statement can be found here.