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UN Chief Holds 'very Productive' Talks with British PM

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Updated: Friday, Apr 03,2009, 10:40:35 PM
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he had "a very productive meeting with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues such as the upcoming G20 summit scheduled for April 2 in London. "I had a very productive meeting with Prime LongBiao

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he had "a very productive meeting with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues such as the upcoming G20 summit scheduled for April 2 in London. "I had a very productive meeting with Prime ...

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he had "a very productive meeting with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues such as the upcoming G20 summit scheduled for April 2 in London.

"I had a very productive meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown on a number of issues, including the next summit meeting of the G20," Ban said at a joint press conference with Brown after their talks. Brown is the next President of the London summit to tackle the global financial crisis in progress.

"I hope the summit will be a great success under your leadership," said Ban.

During the talks, "I am concerned about the relay Prime Minister Brown, the economic crisis continues to grow in severity and the threat of turning into a crisis of political instability and social unrest in many parts of the world" , Ban noted.

"We agreed that we must not allow this crisis to erode the progress we have already made towards the Millennium Development Goals," he said. "Social recovery will take much longer than the economic recovery. A child taken out of school today will have to bear the consequences for the rest of his life."

During the meeting, Ban presented to Brown four areas where he believes that "the G20 countries must demonstrate strong leadership."



"First, the G20 countries should commit to maintain a stimulus, in addition to their own stimulus package," he said. "This must be a very large in relation to the challenge."

"Second, we agreed on the need to take a firm stand against protectionism and to revive the Doha Round so that it offers real benefits for developing countries," he said.

"Thirdly, we agreed that the leaders of the G20 must support a greening of the world economy, including in the poorest countries, and they should undertake to sign a climate agreement in Copenhagen in December of this years, "he says.

"Finally, we discussed the reform of global rules and institutions to reflect current economic and political realities," he said.

"I hope that the London summit meeting can send a signal of solidarity and hope to all peoples and countries of the world," he said.

According to Ban, and Brown, he also addressed other issues, including the humanitarian situation in Sudan, the situation in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and other efforts to consolidate peace.

For his part, Brown said: "I look forward to Ban Ki-moon for his contribution to the G20 meeting," to whom the Secretary-General will do what he called "to represent the voices of the poorest countries in the the world. "

"The old has passed, we will build new consensus" on global financial system for the future, "he says.

"A message to all countries is that doing nothing is not an option," said Brown. "We will take action in London, to ensure that the banking system is reformed and financial institutions come to the aid of the poorest countries in the world."

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