UN chief announces panel to promote sustainable development

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A high-level panel has been set up by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to coordinate efforts to improve people's lives beyond the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The Secretary-General briefed the General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon on the recent World Conference on Sustainable Development known as Rio+20 held in Brazil and the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Mr. Ban said that he encourages the G20, made up of 19 of the world's largest economies and the European Union, to align their work programme with the outcome of Rio+20.

He reminded the General Assembly that in May he announced the formation of a High-level Panel, co-chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

"Today I am pleased to announce the full membership of the panel – 26 eminent women and men from all regions with a wide range of complementary experience. The Panel will hold its first meeting at the end of September in the margins of the General Debate, and its findings will inform the report that I will prepare and submit to you next year. The Panel's work will be closely coordinated with that of the intergovernmental working group to design Sustainable Development Goals, as agreed at Rio+20."

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