U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks upon his arrival at Incheon International Airport for the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Seoul, capital of South Korea, on Nov. 10, 2010. The G20 Summit is scheduled from Nov. 11 to 12. (Xinhua/Yonhap)
SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the necessity of cooperation between the United Nations and the Group of 20 (G20).
As the G20's status has risen in terms of decision-making on the global economy and international financial system, he sees increasing need for the cooperation between the two sides, Ban said in a statement upon arrival at the Incheon International Airport early Wednesday for attending the upcoming G20 summit, slated for Nov. 11-12 in Seoul.
"Agenda items that will be dealt with at the Seoul summit are closely related to U.N. activities. When the summit takes up U.N.- related issues, such as development and climate change, I plan to explain the U.N.'s activities and get the G-20 to put a greater push on the existing international efforts," he said.
Ban, who served as South Korean foreign minister before he took office as the U.N. chief, said during his stay in his home country, he is scheduled to meet with Seoul's top government officials, including President Lee Myung-bak, to discuss South Korea's participation in international community affairs, such as the U.N.- led peacekeeping efforts, the Millennium Development Goals and official development assistance projects.
In addition, he will also touch upon issues related to denuclearization of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), he said.
With "Shared Growth Beyond Crisis" as its official slogan, the G20 Seoul Summit is to be attended by 32 heads of state and leaders of international organizations, who will discuss main issues including reform of the IMF and the finance sector, the establishment of financial safety nets, ways to address global imbalances and international cooperation on the exchange rate issue.