Trump stance on Paris climate deal 'sad', says pope

Lester Mason
October 16, 2017

Pope Francis on Monday called on governments to stop forced migration, urging the U.S.to stick with the Paris agreement, saying climate change is one of the reasons behind migration.

This year's theme calls for investing in rural development, for the global community to harness migration's potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

Pope Francis joins several G7 agriculture ministers and the European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan to mark World Food Day at Rome's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 16 October.

FAO maintained its focus on agriculture and rural development in Vietnam to address causes of displacement, he said, adding that by giving business and employment opportunities for young people who do not fully live off farming, FAO has helped increase food security; improve adaptability to different livelihoods and access to social welfare; reduce conflicts over resources; and provide solutions to environmental degradation and climate change.

This notification came a month after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling America from the global agreement, saying the deal, "punished" the us and would cost millions of jobs. Everyone is called to adopt and promote changes in lifestyle, in the way resources are used and in production and consumption - particularly when it comes to food, which is increasingly wasted.


"We can not resign ourselves to saying, 'Someone else will do it, '" he said.

"Cutting back is easy", he said, but "sharing requires conversion and this is demanding".

Rather, he called for a new model of worldwide cooperation that incorporates love, fraternity and solidarity into responding to the needs of the poorest.

"We can not act only if others are doing it or limit ourselves to having pity because pity doesn't go beyond emergency aid", the pope said. The statue, made of pure white Carrara marble, depicts a child-like angel weeping over the boy's lifeless body.

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