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12-12-2014 Cop20 news

Pope Francis sends an optimism message to COP20 and urges countries to decide with justice, respect and equity

Papa_FcoLima, December 11.- Inspired in the spirit of Lima, we received a loving letter from Pope Francis at the Twentieth Conference of the Parties -COP20- in Lima. He sent an optimism message to the Minister of the Environment and President of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, wishing him that negotiation takes place in an open and generous space. The maximum representative of the Catholic Church pointed out that what is debated here in Lima “affects all humankind, particularly the poor, and the future generations.” Therefore, what we need is decision and rapidity to solve the climate change problem.

“The time to find global solutions is running out. We can only find appropriate solutions if we act together and in agreement. There is, hence, a clear, definitive and urgent ethic imperative to act,” he added.

Likewise, Pope Francis stated that achieving these objectives will only be possible under responsiblecollective answer, capable of overcoming interest and individual behaviors, free from political and economic pressures. “We expect a response capable of overcoming mistrust attitudes and of promoting a solidarity, reunion and dialogue culture capable of showing the responsibility for protecting the planet and the human family,” he wrote.

Finally, in his letter, the Pope wished from his heart that both in Lima and in the successive negotiations on climate “we seek a dialogue impregnated with this culture and the values underpinning it: justice, respect and equity.”

Read the letter here:

Carta del Papa Francisco I al presidente de la #COP20 y los participantes a la Conferencia by COP20 Lima


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