Ban looks forward to working with new British leaders on shared goals

10:33, May 15, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday congratulated the newly-appointed leaders of the United Kingdom and said he looked forward to working with them on common goals such as climate change, nuclear disarmament and the achievement of global development targets.

The secretary-general spoke by telephone separately with Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Foreign Secretary William Hague, according to information provided by Ban's spokesperson.

Ban noted that the UN has benefited considerably from the leadership and guidance of Britain on a range of issues, including the Middle East, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, nuclear disarmament and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- the eight globally-agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

The secretary-general also pointed out that Britain has been an unfailing leader on the issue of climate change and indicated that he looked forward to discussing with Cameron what arrangements he wished to take forward under his government with regard to the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which is currently co-chaired by his predecessor, Gordon Brown.

Source: Xinhua

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