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Sungnam, Republic of Korea, 21 April 2014 - Secretary-General's video message to Global Saemaul Leadership Forum


Congratulations for successfully hosting the first Global Saemaul Leadership Forum.

This is a crucial moment for the world’s fight against poverty and its pursuit of sustainable development. As we accelerate our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and work to shape a bold agenda for the period beyond the MDG deadline of 2015, your contributions and ideas will be important.

The rural development model launched by Saemaul Undong in Korea in 1970 was a critical factor in helping the country eradicate poverty.  Your guiding principles of “diligence, self-help and cooperation” helped the country to achieve steady and substantial economic growth within a short period of time. Many countries today face some of the same difficulties that Korea has overcome.

By sharing its development experience with the world, Korea is offering concrete and effective solutions.

As we combat climate change and build a world of opportunity and dignity for all, I encourage this Forum to do its part in helping to pave the way for a truly sustainable future and growing global prosperity in the countries that need it most.


Statements on 21 April 2014