Public finance leaders urged to "plant seeds" of post-2015 agenda

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Washington DC Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

The organizations which control the purse strings of public finance have been told by the UN Secretary-General that they can help "plant the seeds" of a future development agenda.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Washington DC at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, IMF.

The international community is in the process of deciding the sustainable development goals, which will chart the course for international development over the next 15 years.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Financing will be key for the creation of an ambitious development agenda, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

The aim is to eradicate poverty and create shared prosperity.

Mr Ban told the IMF's Monetary and Finance Committee that done wisely this transformation would not come at the cost of economic growth.

He said that the leaders of public finance, could help plant the seeds of this transformation, which would act as a catalyst for growth that is "cleaner, more sustainable and more equitable."

The Secretary-General acknowledged that the public and private sectors would need to join together in order to create incentives that would encourage long-term sustainable growth and development.

In September, the international community will gather at the United Nations in New York for a three-day summit at which the new Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are due to be announced.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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