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Ban calls on G-20 summit to show boldness to solve global economic crisis
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the world?s biggest economies to heed the voices of global public protest at their G-20 summit next week and show the bold leadership needed to resolve the global economic crisis and achieve sustainable development.
?The gathering force of public protest is the popular expression of an obvious fact: that growing economic uncertainty, market volatility and mounting inequality have reached a point of crisis,? he tells the leaders of the G-20 group of major industrialized and developing economies in a letter released today ahead of the 3-4 November summit in Cannes, France.

?Everywhere, people are losing faith in governments and public institutions. The G-20 has an historic opportunity, and an historic responsibility, to deliver bold solutions and lead the way. Above all else, we need to be united. The time for haggling over incremental steps is over,? he adds, calling for the same ?ambitious leadership? shown at the 2009 summit in London in the midst of the global financial meltdown.

In the letter, which he traditionally sends the leaders before each G-20 summit, Mr. Ban stresses that even though budgets are stretched thin, the world cannot afford to lose sight of those who are hardest hit: the poor, the planet, youth and women.

?Those least responsible for this turmoil are paying the highest price,? he writes. ?Asking them to wait while other problems are solved is not only counter-productive but immoral. As the leaders of the world?s largest economies, you can announce specific measures in Cannes to demonstrate that the interests of the poorer and most vulnerable members of our human family will feature prominently in the global response.?

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