UN says G20 to focus on green measures for growth
United Nations, Jun 22: Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary General suggested the leaders of the group of 20 developing countries (G20) to focus more on the environment friendly measures to promote 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," Mr. Ban said in an open letter to the G20 leaders.
High unemployment, rising food and commodity prices and persistent inequalities have adversarial impact to a substantial rise in hunger, poverty and social tensions around the world, said Mr Ban.
G20 leaders are scheduled to meet in Toronto in Canada on Jun 26 and 27 inorder to discuss ways to consolidate the recovery of the world economy and the reform of the international financial system in the aftermath of global crisis. The remarks from UN Secretary General came five days before the meet.
“Now, more than ever, investments for the world"s poorest are necessary to recover lost ground in pursuit of development objectives, including the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)," Ban said. He requested the world leaders to take decisive action to put an end to the shameful reality of maternal and child deaths.
UN will hold a summit on Millenium Development Goals (MDGS) in Sep, 2010. World leaders are expected to discuss and decide on proper actions to achieve MDGS by 2015.