VaticanNews – The Pope Addresses The UN System Chief Executives Board For Coordination – 10 May 2014

2014-05-09 L’Osservatore Romano

A “worldwide ethical mobilization” which “will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded”. The Pope called for this in his address to the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination on Friday morning, 9 May, in the Consistory Hall.

Underlining the goodness of the work carried out by the international organizations represented, “especially in terms of education and the decrease in extreme poverty”, the Pontiff urged them to continue because, he said, they “deserve and expect even greater results”. In this regard, he recalled that “an essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more”.

Future goals must therefore be formulated with generosity and courage, “so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger”, which leads to results favouring the protection of the environment, and to “ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development”. More specifically this involves, “challenging all forms of injustice and resisting the “economy of exclusion”, the ‘throwaway culture’ and the ‘culture of death’ which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted.”

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