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President Áder Calls For Peace And Joint Action On Climate Change

Tamás Székely 2015.01.06.

Despite all promises to the contrary mankind continued its “warfare against the Earth” last year, “a war in which no one will live to declare the winner,” Hungary’s president said. At a New Year reception for ambassadors accredited to Hungary, János Áder said that Europe and all the other continents must make peace as well as major cuts to pollution in the years to come. Hungary’s President also called for peace. “Who would have thought a year ago that weapons would be thundering again in Europe, that the victims of a downed airliner would have to be mourned, and that words like ‘aggression’ and ‘annexation’ would return to the vocabulary of contemporary Europe?”, Áder asked.

The president said that there are still eleven months to go until the Paris climate summit designed to address climate change and draft a new agreement replacing the Kyoto Protocol. “We have reached the eleventh hour in preparations for the summit and resolving the amassed environmental challenges. We have reached the eleventh hour to solve the problems heralded by scientists for some decades and form an alliance and agree on joint actions for our children and grandchildren,” Áder said, adding that denials of responsibility, dirty deals and false promises were still all too common. János Áder also announced on Monday that the President’s Office had set up a new directorate responsible for environmental sustainability  headed by Csaba Kőrösi, former UN ambassador.

Many high-ranking diplomats, including Apostolic Nuncio Alberto Bottari de Castello attended the New Year reception for ambassadors accredited to Hungary. After meeting with the Hungarian President Bottari said that the three elections held in 2014 had expressed the Hungarian people’ sovereignty and clearly confirmed public support for the governing coalition. Hungary will continue to need a stable government to meet the challenges it faces, the nuncio said. Hungary can draw strength for performing these tasks from its Christian heritage of which it was always proud, he said.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: Attila Kovács – MTI


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