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UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Global warming is not just an environmental issue but must be seen in “ethical, economic, social and political terms as well,” Archbishop Celestino Migliore told a gathering of high-ranking development officials at the United Nations May 10.

The Vatican nuncio’s statement to the international body warned that global warming and energy shortages could have a disproportionate effect on the world’s poor.

“The consequences of climate change … will impact first and foremost the poorest and weakest who, even if they are among the least responsible for global warming, are the most vulnerable because they have limited resources or live in areas at greater risk,” he said.

“Many of the most vulnerable societies, already facing energy problems, rely upon agriculture, the very sector most likely to suffer from climatic shifts.”

Archbishop Migliore spoke during the 15th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development of the U.N. Economic and Social Council.

The theme of the May 9-11 meeting was “Turning Political Commitments Into Action, Working Together in Partnership.”

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