UN chief urges G20 leaders to focus on development, green growth

09:31, June 22, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) to focus their incoming summit on development and green growth in promoting global economic recovery.

"Based on our collective experience, the best way to enhance the framework for strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth is to put development front and centre, and to invest in a green economic recovery for all," Ban said in an open letter to the leaders.

Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrial and emerging countries will gather in Toronto, Canada, on June 26-27 to discuss ways to consolidate the recovery of the world economy and the reform of the international financial system in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Ban said that high unemployment, rising food and commodity prices, and persistent inequalities have contributed to a substantial rise in hunger, poverty and associated social tensions.

"Now, more than ever, investments for the world's poorest are necessary to recover lost ground in pursuit of development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," he said.

The world body will convene a summit on the MDGs in September, where world leaders will commit to concrete actions in order to achieve the MDGs by 2015. "I urge world leaders to take decisive action to put an end to the shameful reality of maternal and child deaths," he said.

The secretary-general welcomed the G20 intention to broaden its focus to include development in the coming months and at the Seoul Summit in November 2010. "Such an approach can help address food security and climate change, while ensuring job creation."

"Going forward, I encourage support for initiatives that will sustain recovery efforts while enhancing global economic stability, environmental sustainability and achievement of the MDGs," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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