Pope: cooperation the answer to green challenges

Nations must choose dialogue and cooperation over unilateral decision-making on environment, argues Benedict XVI

World governments must convince themselves that cooperation and not unilateralism is the solution to the globe's environmental challenges, according to Pope Benedict XVI.

The message is contained in next year's peace address from the Pope, to be delivered, as is tradition, on New Year's Day, but published this week by the Vatican. Benedict says new international agencies may be needed to ensure responsible stewardship of the environment. "More important, however, is the need for ever greater conviction about the need for responsible cooperation", the message adds.

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