Church and ILO discuss 'Post 2015' poverty eradication agenda
(Vatican Radio) Employment and decent work for all is the best route out of poverty
in the world. That’s the conviction behind a two day meeting taking place here in
Rome under the auspices of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council. Bringing
together a group of Catholic-inspired NGOs and the UN’s International Labour Organisation,
the seminar aims to find ways in which the social doctrine of the Church can make
a key contribution to the so-called ‘Post-2015’ agenda on poverty eradication.
Hitchen spoke to the President of the Justice and Peace Council, Cardinal Peter Turkson
who addressed the opening session of the seminar on Tuesday morning….
the year set for the Millennium Development Goals (MSGs) will be up and, on account
of that, there are feverish attempts all over to see what the UN and humanity can
do…..so there’s already talk about ‘Post 2015’ objectives and goals…
here is to position this group, collected here with the ILO, to make a decent contribution
in the ‘Post 2015’ discussion….galvanising the Catholic or Christian groups to see
how they can make a real difference….
A popular saying is that if you fail
to plan, you plan to fail…and this is something that we as a Church should have in
mind…..we sometimes just try to intervene and trust that our moral authority will
carry us through….but sometimes it’s necessary to systematically plan our interventions
The character of work has changed….the introduction of automation
in work has replaced a lot of people…..there have been cases where people have had
to work curtailed hours so that the company will survive….there are a whole lot of
challenges with work and employment….we’re caught between automation, driven by profits,
and the need to provide work for people and we need to strike a balance…"