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Global 13

Global Insight 2013 As the New Year begins and Davos looms,Global asked some of the world’s most infl uential leaders to share their thoughts on the pressing issues of 2013 Question: ‘Resilient Dynamism’ is the focus of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January. As we face unprecedented adaptive challenges and systemic risks, what are your hopes and fears for 2013? Ban Ki-moon Christine Lagarde,Managing Director Secretary-General of the United Nations of the International Monetary Fund We stand at a critical crossroads in history when My greatest fear is that we do not do enough to UN Photo/Rick Bajornas our actions – or inaction – can shape the future act on what we have learned from these fi ve very of life on Earth as we know it. Our climate and diffi cult—and painful—years of crisis. ecosystems are under growing strain. Mean- 2013 is a year that offers us an opportunity to put while, the human population, along with its ap- the crisis behind us. We know how to do that: sup- © IMF petites, continues to swell. As we look to 2013 portive monetary policy; fi scal adjustment in ad- and beyond, we must fi nd ways to provide adequate energy, food, vanced economies that includes concrete and realistic plans to reduce and water to all the world’s citizens while preserving the planet that debt over the medium term, but does not undercut growth; completing sustains us. Simultaneously, it is imperative to enhance economic fi nancial sector repair; and structural reforms to boost growth. dynamism, and pave a way for job creation and growth, especially Fortunately, I see a lot of common ground among policymakers and, in areas of the world where confl icts are currently raging. importantly, a desire to come together and move forward together. This is a global challenge, one requiring global cooperation This brings me hope. among all sectors of society. In the coming year, my hope is that I believe that the lessons of this crisis can help us shape the future governments, working with the business community, civic organi- global economy in a positive way. Our goal should be a different zations, foundations, academic and faith based groups, will con- type of growth: growth that is more respectful of the environment; tinue to work with the United Nations to help forge a more sustain- growth that can narrow the gap between rich and poor; and growth able path to the future. Working together, we can bring hope and that generates the jobs that people so badly need. Policy actions can opportunity to all. The future is truly in our hands. and must have these goals in mind. 12 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


Global 13
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