Aquino calls for end of 'parochial mindset'
Louis Bacani (The Philippine Star) - January 12, 2015 - 11:40am

MANILA, Philippines - Days before Pope Francis visits the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday urged nations to shun a parochial or a narrow mindset in solving the world's problems.

In his message and toast at the 2015 New Year Vin D'Honneur, Aquino cited the example of Pope Francis, who is expected to issue an encyclical on "the imperative for all of humanity to take action" on global concerns such as climate change.

"In facing the problems common to all of us, it has become clear that we can no longer look at complex issues and situations with a parochial mindset. Now, more than ever, the truism of the saying, 'United we stand, divided we fall,' comes to the forefront," Aquino said.

"We are responsible for our world and its future. Whether in combating climate change and its effects, or in fighting inequality, or in taking a stand against terrorism and instability: the time to act is now," he added.

Aquino said if countries think only of themselves instead of working together, the challenges confronting the world will "grow more convoluted, and more insurmountable until we are all consumed by them."

The President recalled the problems the international community faced in 2014 such as the Ukraine conflict, the increasingly erratic weather patterns brought about by global climate change; issues regarding the price of oil and the world market, the threat of pandemics like MERS-Corona Virus or Ebola and the violent acts witnessed in Pakistan, Australia and Canada.

Aquino said the vast majority of the world was able to show unity in responding to the issues.

"Instead of being daunted or wallowing in fear, we have chosen to hope. Instead of being divided by hatred, we have chosen to stand together and link arms, in order to alleviate the suffering and despair of others," Aquino said.

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