28 April 2015 – During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff’s encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue.
Mr. Ban and Pope Francis met on the margins of a workshop organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences called ‘Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity,’ which explores the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable humanity.
As well as discussing climate change, a readout of the meeting issued by a UN spokesperson in new York said Mr. Ban briefed Pope Francis on his visit yesterday to the Italian Navy vessel San Giusto where he was briefed on the on-going operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean.
They also discussed several other issues including social exclusion and the situation in South Sudan, as well as human trafficking and contemporary slavery, and the role of sport as a tool for education and human development.
The Secretary-General provided an update on his Global Education First initiative in the forthcoming global education forum to be held next month in Korea and on the ongoing review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York. They reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Lastly, the Secretary-General said he very much looked forward to the Pope’s visit to the United Nations in September.