Ban urges G20 to focus on promoting sustainable economic growth

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants world leaders to include green growth in their economies as a way to drive sustainable development.

He made the remarks Tuesday, at a closed door General Assembly meeting in preparation for the G-20 conference.

Mr. Ban will represent the views of the Assembly at the summit taking place in Los Cabos, Mexico 18-19 June.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky said at the G20 the Secretary-General will ask leaders to once again look not just at their national concerns, but at the common good, which is inextricably linked to their own interests.

"The Secretary-General said that we need a powerful, coordinated solution to the worldwide jobs crisis and decisive action to avoid a new global recession. We need inclusive green growth that can drive sustainable development. He said that beyond the current global anxiety there is opportunity, and that is the forthcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. That event will define steps towards a better future for all – more equitable, more prosperous, and more respectful of the planet's finite resources."

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