2009 World Economic and Social Survey

A United Nations report launched Sept. 1 recommends a new Marshall Plan of more than USD 500 billion per year, or one per cent of global output, to help developing countries ease the impact of global warming and adjust to its effects while continuing on a path of economic growth. "The science is clear. We need to drastically lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect the planet and avoid dangerous temperature rises globally," stressed Rob Vos, a Director of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). "If we do not significantly reduce emissions the damage to poor countries as a percentage of GDP [gross domestic product] will be up to more than 10 times greater than in the United States and most other developed countries," Vos told reporters in New York at the launch of the 2009 World Economic and Social Survey: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet.

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