Governments urged not to abandon commitment to sustainable development

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Secrtetary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing UN Security Council

Governments around the world have been urged by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon not to abandon their commitment to sustainable development.

Mr. Ban spoke on the second day of a meeting on the global economy at UN Headquarters in New York attended by government leaders and economists.

He said he is deeply concerned about the slow recovery of the global economy with many countries reeling under heavy debt burdens and political uncertainties.

The Secretary-General said he is particularly concerned about the potential impact of another global recession on governments' commitment to sustainable development.

"The current difficulties are a reason to recommit, not to shrink from it. We will not kick-start the global economy with slash-and-burn policies. But if we act within a long-term vision of sustainable development, we can reduce debt burdens, consolidate development gains and generate new dynamism and growth."

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