"Greater range of voices" to be heard at infrastructure forum

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Ban Ki-moon. UN file Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A global forum which is aimed at improving infrastructure, especially in the developing world, will allow a "greater range of voices" to be heard; that's according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the World Bank in the US capital, Washington DC, at the inaugural meeting of the Global Infrastructure Forum.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The forum is one of the major deliverables of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held last year in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

It's part of the international community's commitment to transform the global economy, expand opportunities and leave a healthier planet for future generations.

Mr Ban said if those goals are to be achieved large infrastructure gaps in developing countries must be addressed.

The forum's role is to improve alignment and coordination among established and new infrastructure initiatives.

It brings together multilateral and national development banks, United Nations agencies, development partners and the private sector.

The UN chief said it should also work to ensure that all infrastructure investments are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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