New course for sustainable development urged

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at launch of the report, "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing", in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. South African President Jacob Zuma is pictured on the right

A new course for sustainable development is needed to strengthen economic growth while protecting the planet.

That's according to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon who received a report from his high level-panel on sustainable development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.

The panel is co-chaired by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Tarja Halonen of Finland.

The Secretary-General stressed that sustainable development is a top priority for his second term because both science and economics show that the current path of economic development is unsustainable.

"Ecosystems are under stress. Economies are faltering. The human appetite for resources keeps growing. We need to chart a new, more sustainable course for the future, one that strengthens equality and economic growth while protecting our planet. Sustainable development offers our best chance to change course."
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