Ban Ki-moon: Similar expectations for Rio+20, G20

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the event, "The Road to Rio+20 and beyond." Photo by: JC McIlwaine / UN

The U.N. chief has proposed six development-related priorities for leaders of the world’s top 20 economies who will meet June 18-19 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The priorities, which are in line with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for ways to stimulate inclusive growth that supports sustainable development, are:

  • Infrastructure.

  • Food and nutrition security.

  • Links between food and nutrition security, water, oceans, energy and infrastructure.

  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • Social protection.

  • Financial inclusion.

A number of these priorities are expected to also be tackled at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development to be held June 20-21 in Brazil. The U.N. chief, himself, said his expectations for the Group of 20 and Rio+20 summits are similar.

“In Los Cabos, I will stress the need to integrate and balance the three pillars of sustainable development — economic, social and environmental,” Ban said. “The G-20’s work can — and must — be complementary to the goals and outcome of Rio+20.”

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