Vatican City, Dec 19, 2018 / 06:14 am
In a statement Wednesday, the Holy See said the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, established during the recent UN climate change summit in Poland earlier this month, are lacking in urgency and in proper concern for human rights.
"We are grateful to the leaders from States and other stakeholders who contributed to this multilateral dialogue and the writing of the rulebook. Unfortunately, we must also note that the rulebook does not adequately reflect the urgency necessary to tackle climate change," the Holy See stated Dec. 19.
"Moreover, the rulebook seems to downplay human rights, critical in reflecting the human face of climate change, which affects the most vulnerable people on earth," the statement continued. "Their cry and that of the earth demand more ambition and greater urgency."
Informally dubbed the COP-24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place Dec. 3-14. The main task of the summit was developing a program for implementation of the Paris Agreement at the national level.