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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Secretary-General's video message for UN Business for the Environment Global Summit

Seoul, Republic of Korea, 22 April 2010

Your Excellency, President Lee Myung-bak, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

I am pleased to open this year's Business for Environment Global Summit.

I also take pleasure in congratulating this year's winners of the Champions of the Earth award, President Nasheed of the Maldives and President of Jagdeo of Guyana.

Both played a critical part in the important climate change negototiations in Copenhagen.

The theme of this summit – Powering Green Growth – is timely.

We need green growth for our economic and environmental well-being.

We also need it to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

For more than a century, the push for economic growth has largely ignored environmental consequences.

Now we are reaping the bitter harvest.

Climate change, desertification and declining biodiversity are themselves a threat to the Millennium Goals.

Thankfully, awareness is growing. But we need action. Innovation. Resolve.

Building a green economy presents tremendous opportunities.

The only risk we face is in not going down this path.

In September, I will convene a summit to review progress towards the Millennium Goals.

My goal is nothing less than an agenda for action from now until the agreed deadline of 2015.

A practical, results-oriented plan, with concrete steps and timelines.

I will look to business to play a major role.

Many of you already support the platforms the United Nations has established to rewrite the bottom line ? to promote corporate responsibility, ethical markets and sustainable growth.

Our challenge is to go further still -- to create a global movement.

I urge you to think big.

The world is full of new ideas ? inspiring examples of what works.

Let us multiply them on a grand scale for the common good.

Let us power green growth.

I wish you a successful and productive meeting.

Statements on 22 April 2010