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Vatican observer on job creation's human and national development role

The Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations in Geneva has called for a balanced hierarchy of values in the regulation of employment opportunities.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi was speaking on Tuesday at the 92nd International Labor Conference in Geneva.

He highlighted Pope John Paul's invitation in 2000 during the Jubilee of Workers "to address the economic and social imbalances in the world of work by re-establishing the right hierarchy of values, giving priority to the dignity of working men and women and to their freedom, responsibility and participation. (and) to redress situations of injustice by safeguarding each people's culture and different models of development."

Archbishop Tomasi said that "the projection that by the year 2015 there will be three billion people under the age of 25" underscores the urgency of employment creation, adding that "the search for full employment is an ethical commitment. ... Jobs creation is the main road to personal and national development. The human person becomes the best capital with his/her creativity, knowledge, relationships, spirituality. Working persons enrich society and foster ways of peace."

"It seems appropriate," Archbishop Tomasi said, "to emphasise that by preserving the priority of the person, globalisation too becomes fair as it avoids leaving behind vulnerable groups, women and children in particular, migrant workers, seafarers and others categories of workers, and less developed populations."

Jobs creation leads to personal, national development (Vatican Information Service 9/6/04)

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10 Jun 2004