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Minister Müller in Davos: "We need to redefine growth"

German Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller and Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

24.01.2014 |

Davos – Today, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. In his meetings and as a guest speaker at a reception given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Minister will be calling for a new concept of growth.

"We need to design globalisation in such a way that it benefits the people," said Dr. Gerd Müller. "Our vision is not a free market without any checks. Our vision is an eco-social market economy. In environmental terms, we need to change our consumption patterns, increase resource efficiency, and start new forms of increased de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with emerging economies and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Environmental and social standards need to become part of the financial and business sector, of in­ter­national trade agreements and of global trade flows."

In Davos, the Minister will have several high-level talks. His agenda includes meetings with Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Helen Clark, head of the United Nations De­vel­op­ment Programme (UNDP) and Kanayo Nwanze, President of the United Nations' In­ter­national Fund for Agricultural De­vel­op­ment (IFAD).

Among other topics, the talks will focus on the new de­vel­op­ment agenda which is to link de­vel­op­ment and sustainability goals and replace the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals in 2015.

"It is im­por­tant for Germany to make its voice heard and to contribute its experience to the United Nations' work on the new de­vel­op­ment agenda," Minister Müller said. "We all agree that we cannot continue with business as usual if we want to meet the gigantic challenges of the 21st century. The post-2015 agenda needs to be universal. And it needs to bring a change of paradigm at the national, European and global levels. Nobody in the world must be left behind. Putting an end to pov­er­ty and hunger, to disease and pandemics, is possible. Sustainability must be the principle for all our actions and all de­vel­op­ment."

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