Vatican commits to Paris Agreement

Vatican commits to Paris AgreementThe news that the Holy See will be joining the Paris Agreement indicates that the Vatican will be stepping up its climate diplomacy. The Holy See has announced that, on 6 July, its Permanent Observer at the United Nations ‘deposited before the Secretary-General of the United Nations the Instrument with which the Holy See, in the name and on behalf of Vatican City State, accesses to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’. The announcement continued that the Holy See would be acceding to the Paris Agreement as soon as that treaty’s ‘legal requirements’ allow.

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Vatican offers to mediate negotiations between Russia and Ukraine

Vatican flag flies above St Peters

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state and Pope Francis’ top lieutenant, said in an interview to Italian papers on Monday (Feb. 28) that the Holy See is willing to mediate between the two warring parties in the conflict in Ukraine.

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Pope Francis joins 25 countries to fight against poverty and hunger in first round of pledges to IFAD

IFAD LogoRome, 11 December 2020 – Despite the economic consequences of COVID-19, a growing number of countries around the world today stepped up their investments in long-term development, signalling a greater awareness of the links between hunger, inequality and instability which often spark humanitarian crises. By pledging new funds to the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), they committed to ensure hundreds of millions of rural people in some of the poorest countries can sustainably access nutritious food and earn decent incomes.

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