Tag Archives: kofi annan

Opinion: Development in a downturn

Writing in the Guardian, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has added his support to the growing chorus of voices demanding that the needs of the world’s poorest to be placed at the heart of international efforts to stabilise and boost the global economy. With unemployment and financial hardship at home making the headlines, we cannot and must not overlook the potentially enormous problems facing the developing world as a consequence of a situation for which they are entirely blameless.

Last week the G20 finance ministers met in Sussex to set the agenda for the forthcoming London Summit. Although it was encouraging to note that the communiqué that emerged from this meeting clearly indicated recognition of the need to support the developing world at this time of crisis, the extent to which these sentiments will be carried forward to the leader’s summit and reflected in significant new financial or institutional commitments remains unclear.

The G20 summit cannot achieve its aims without putting into place a comprehensive framework of support for vulnerable nations. Declining levels of Foreign Direct Investment, shrinking remittance flows and low commodity prices will all have a disproportionate impact on the lives of people within the developing world, with the World Bank estimating that the economic slowdown could keep an additional 53 million people in poverty in 2009. The complex and urgent nature of the task at hand should be reflected in the solutions offered by the G20; short term entitlement protection must be accompanied by more substantive reforms if the London summit is to successfully set the scene for an economic recovery and longer-term stability.

Posted in Europe / International and Op-eds | Also tagged , , and | Leave a comment
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAndrew 4th Sep - 3:13pm
    theakes, I suspect that the election of Corbyn will see a significant boost to Labour over the next couple of years, which may make things...
  • User AvatarSteve 4th Sep - 3:05pm
    Corbyn currently has 20 MPs endorsing him, Farron had 3 (although if we count Farron then surely it's 50%!). Corbyn therefore has 567% more MPs...
  • User AvatarAndrew 4th Sep - 2:59pm
    Silvio, Joe Otten's stronghold is one of the most Tory places (Dore and Totley) in the north of England. If the Liberal Democrats are going...
  • User AvatarTCO 4th Sep - 2:53pm
    @Simon Thorley "Kendall is by no means a liberal " That may or may not be the case, but judging by what she purports to...
  • User AvatarJoeBourke 4th Sep - 2:50pm
    I think Roland is right about facing up to the real question - whether the west (Nato) now have the nerve and courage to follow...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 4th Sep - 2:43pm
    John, you make it sound as though we print articles about shrinking the size of the state all the time. I have written about it...