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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

Doha meeting upgraded to summit of world leaders

United Nations, 25 November, ( At last weekend's summit in Washington, DC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed world leaders to attend the upcoming five-day Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Doha beginning 29 November.

This meeting has since grown to be a full-fledged summit, with some 40 Heads of State or Government from the developed and developing world arriving to discuss the next steps for follow-up to the Monterrey Consensus and managing the global financial crisis.

In the meantime it is now learnt that Sri Lanka Government has decided to send a low-keyed delegation led by Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion.

Earlier UN sources revealed to Asian Tribune that the Sri Lankan delegation would be led by the country's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and would be assisted by Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam.

But, reports emerging from UN states that The Secretary-General's goal at Doha is to broaden the debate beyond the need for a global stimulus package -- the main theme in Washington -- to include:

1) protections for the needs of developing nations, by maintaining international commitments on aid and trade and minimizing negative impact on global security and well-being of people,

2) to promote "green jobs" and "green economy" as an integral element in any stimulus package, and

3) to ensure that inclusive multilateralism be the watch-word for institutional financial reform.

As the Secretary-General sees it, the world does not face a single crisis. It faces a nexus of interrelated crises which can only be dealt with comprehensively. Solutions to each challenge must therefore be solutions to all.

- Asian Tribune -

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