Pope Francis appeals for global commitment to put climate pact into action

  • Pope Francis appeals to signatories of Paris agreement to join forces in putting the pact in practice
  • The Pope has earlier expressed his deep concern in protecting the environment
  • He wants nations to focus their commitment on saving the environment and helping the poor

Pope Francis made an appeal to all the countries that signed the landmark Paris agreement on climate change to join in a concerted commitment to put it in practice and to remember the poor as they do so.

In a message he made before tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square recently,  the Pope was quoted as saying : “The climate change conference has just ended in Paris with the adoption of an agreement that many have called historic. Putting it into practice will need a concerted commitment and a generous dedication on the part of all. In the hope that particular attention will be guaranteed for the most vulnerable populations, I exhort the entire international community to move forward urgently along the path that has been taken in a sign of solidarity that becomes ever more feasible.” 

Pope Francis, who issued a major encyclical on the need to protect the environment and arrest global warming last May, also urged various countries participating in the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Nairobi to pay attention to those most vulnerable.

Next Tuesday, December 15th, in Nairobi, which I recently visited, Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization will start. I appeal to the participating countries, that the decisions that they make take into account the needs of the poor and the most vulnerable, as well as the legitimate aspirations of the least developed countries and the common good of the entire human family,” Pope Francis said as quoted in an article published by GMA News.

Pope Francis has earlier designed an advocacy for the poor, a center point of his tenure, which he patterned out of his time spent in slums and soup kitchens as a church leader before reaching his stature as Pope in 2013.

During the Kenya-leg of his Africa trip last November, he visited a slum in Nairobi.