In UN speech, pontiff calls for ‘change of direction’, urging world leaders to reform economic and social systems.

25 Sep 2020

Pope Francis has urged world leaders to use the coronavirus emergency as an opportunity to reform the injustices of the global economy and the “perverse logic” of the nuclear deterrence doctrine.

In a recorded video speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, the Argentine pontiff stressed the world is facing unprecedented challenges stemming from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which “has exposed our human fragility and has called into question our economic, health and social systems”.

“The pandemic has shown us that we cannot live without one another, or worse still, pitted against one another,” he said.