G20 summit remarkable because inclusion of development on agenda: UN chief

08:25, November 17, 2010      

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The summit of the Group of 20 largest economies (G20) was exceptional in its outreach to member states and the UN system being the first to incorporate development as part of the official agenda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here on Tuesday.

Ban also said that the UN and the G20 are complementary, and that their work "can and must be mutually reinforcing" when addressing an informal briefing of the 192-member UN General Assembly on the G20.

In the run-up to the summit, Ban wrote a letter which highlighted that "to ensure a sustained recovery based on inclusive, green and resilient growth, promises made must be promises kept."

In order to lay a foundation for "shared, inclusive and sustainable growth beyond the crisis" the focus need to be kept on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ban said.

He also noted that common strategic investments need to be made to enhance progress across all MDGs and generate truly transformational change, which includes food and nutrition security, investments in sustainable energy and other infrastructure and women's and children's health.

"Inclusiveness and transparency in the G20 are essential to ensuring that decisions enjoy broad legitimacy," the secretary- general said.

"For my part, I will continue to work with all of you to ensure that the UN system pulls together and continues to lead in shaping the global development agenda and delivering for people," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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