Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 16, 2020 / 15:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The current pandemic has underscored the need for global solidarity to achieve nuclear disarmament, a senior Vatican diplomat said on Wednesday.
“COVID-19 proves the urgent need for a globalization of solidarity, and for greater investment in integral security and new models of global cooperation,” Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, head of the Holy See Secretariat of State’s section for diplomatic affairs, said on Wednesday at a book launch focused on global disarmament.
The coronavirus pandemic, the archbishop said, has offered the world a lesson in the need to “redefine our concept of security.”
Security cannot be based on a concept of mutually-assured destruction, he said, but rather must be based on “justice, integral human development, respect for fundamental human rights, the protection of creation, the building of trust among peoples, the promotion of educational and health structures, dialogue, and solidarity.”
“It is necessary to go beyond nuclear deterrence,” he said, encouraging nations to focus instead on forward-looking strategies such as the promotion of peace and security, and to “avoid short-sighted approaches.”