Card Parolin: The threat of nuclear weapons must be unequivocally condemned – Vatican News

Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, speaks at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on human rights policy, UN reform and the dangers of nuclear escalation. He called on the international community to put public interests above local interests.

(Vatican news network) Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, delivered a speech at the 77th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, analyzing the critical situation in the world, expressing that the Holy See is concerned about the intensification of the conflict and its consequences. The cardinal spoke at length about the dangers of nuclear escalation, calling for a reform of the United Nations based on a future of security and peace.

Card. Parolin began by talking about the attempts of some countries to impose controversial policies in the field of human rights. Rather, human rights “are universal, objective and firmly rooted in the sacred dignity of man”. Human rights include “the right to life and the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, opinion and expression”.

Card. Parolin then recalled that the number of hungry people in the world has risen to 828 million in 2021, and that it is time to put an end to the “hypocrisy of armaments” and to “talk about peace” and “not live on weapons”. The cardinal called for investments in education, which is “the main path of human development as a whole”.

Speaking of the reform of the United Nations, Card. Parolin stressed that the reform process of the United Nations must extend beyond the General Assembly, so that those institutions with effective implementation capacity, such as the Security Council, are also reformed. Card. Parolin then stressed that permanent members, in particular, have a great responsibility for maintaining peace and order in the world.

“When there is no shared vision or political will for peaceful coexistence and the peacekeepers themselves ignore the rules they claim to uphold, they themselves become the perpetrators of grave injustices. As a result, the system has been severely damaged. risk. “

Therefore, the cardinal asks to put the public good above local interests for “a safe and happy future”.

Furthermore, the war in Ukraine “has exacerbated already worrying global trends, including soaring food and fuel prices and rising displacement”. “The conflict has also led to the danger of a nuclear escalation, of which the public conscience had not been aware for decades”, said card. Parolin.

Attention must be paid to the poor, who “will have to face survival choices such as heating and food”. Concerted and urgent action is needed because “the war in Ukraine not only threatens the nuclear non-proliferation regime, but also exposes us to the dangers of the devastation that nuclear weapons can cause, both by nuclear escalation and by chance”.

Card. Parolin concluded that “any threat to the use of nuclear weapons is repugnant and should be unequivocally condemned.”

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