UN chief says G20 leadership is critical for global economic recovery

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The leadership of major economies known as G20 is critical for strengthening global economic recovery and working towards a more sustainable, just and prosperous world for all.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a letter to the G20 leaders meeting in Saint Petersburgh, Russia, to discuss global economic issues.

Secretary-General Ban says it is time for action to end poverty in our interconnected world.

Recent crises, he adds, have inflicted heavy economic and social costs on many countries and vulnerable groups.

According Mr. Ban, a modest global recovery that has been spurred by policy responses to the global economic crisis remains fragile and uneven.

The Secretary-General stresses the need to strengthen policies to promote growth and jobs.

He also calls for enhanced coordination of policies at an international level to reduce the vulnerability of emerging and developing countries to adverse spill over effects of the global economic crisis.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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