Abune Paulos Urges Rich Nations to Back MDGs Attainment Efforts
The Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa)
July 9, 2006
Posted to the web July 10, 2006
World Council of Churches President and Patriarch of the Ethiopian
Orthodox Church Abune Paulos has called upon developed countries to
extend support in a strengthened way to help developing countries
achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In a statement the Patriarchate sent to ENA Friday, the President
made the call addressing a meeting of world religious leaders held in
Moscow, Russia, to discuss peace and poverty.
He said developed nations should work for ensuring fair trade
globally and help developing countries attain MDGs.
Abune Paulos said that dialogue and tolerance is key for the
prevalence of peace, and added that there should be an equitable
share of resources for a stable world.
In a resolution the religious leaders adopted, they stressed the need
to give value to humanity more than anything else, the statement
Russian President Vladmir Putin said on his part that he would
present the resolution of the religious leaders to the rich nations'
conference to be held soon in Petersburg.
Some 49 religious leaders of Christian, Muslim, Buddhism and other
beliefs attended the meeting held July 3-5, 2006.
A six-member delegation led by Abune Paulos returned home Friday.