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Abp Welby urges 'good news for the poor' development financing agreement

Posted on: July 13, 2015 12:17 PM
Photo Credit: Lambeth Palace

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop Justin Welby has urged leaders gathering in Addis Adaba this week to reach an ambitious agreement that reflects Christ's good news for the poor. 

In a blog written for the third annual UN conference on financing for development, the Archbishop urged leaders to reach "a strong and transformational agreement, which overcomes the pressure to dilute commitments for the sake of expediency".

"We achieve great things when we work together, and when we elevate the pursuit of human flourishing above our own self-interest, as individuals and indeed as nations. My appeal is that our political leaders do not forget this, and as they negotiate this vital agreement, ask themselves: is this fair? Is this generous? Is this sustainable?"

He added: "I pray for courage, for leadership, for an outward-looking vision for our world, which will have a lasting impact and will truly be good news for the poor."

Read the full blog post.