UNDP head welcomes Pope’s encylical

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MANILA June 20, 2015 – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark gives a two thumbs up to Pope Francis’ “very important” contribution to the climate change debate through his encyclical “Laudato Si” on the environment and the poor.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark welcomes Pope Francis latest encyclical on the poor and the environment which will add to the debate on climate change. Clark visited Manila last March 2014 to check on the relief and rehabilitation of Eastern Visayas and other "Yolanda-devastated" areas. (Photo: Melo M. Acuña)

In a statement sent to CBCPNews earlier today, Clark said the poor and the marginalized in different societies are the ones who are “most vulnerable to climate change, and are also the ones hardest hit by its impacts.”

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Clark, who visited Manila last March 27,2014 to check on the relief and rehabilitation programs in Eastern Visayas, said UNDP works with developing countries “to avoid what Pope Francis describes as an ‘economy of exclusion.’”

She added they strive to enable progress and growth which benefit everyone.

The former New Zealand prime minister prior to serving in the UNDP said she looks forward this year to the creation of sustainable development and the expected climate change agreement.

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“We must seize this once in a generation opportunity to chart a new course for sustainable development goals which benefits everyone and protects our planet” Clark concluded. (Melo M. Acuña/CBCPNews)

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