A new climate agreement will move sustainable development from the margins to the mainstream: SG

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW Bankengruppe and Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), in Washington, D.C.

Our main challenge is to ensure that the discussions about a post-2015 development agenda and a new climate agreement will move sustainable development from the margins to the mainstream, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Sunday at the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club.

He said the new development vision should encompass the three integrated pillars of sustainable development – the economic, the social and the environmental.

According to the Secretary-General, "Our agenda should be transformative.  And it should be universal, applying to all countries while allowing for differing levels of development." He said he was encouraged by our progress and the political will to adopt an inspiring agenda that can capture the public imagination. But he said one big cloud hangs over the horizon: climate change, adding, "Climate change is the single greatest threat to sustainable development."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yet too often, one important fact gets lost amid the fear: addressing climate change is one of our greatest opportunities. He said with enlightened action, we can create jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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