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UN chief urges nations to work for sustainable world


LIMA, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged governments to build a more sustainable and inclusive world.

"The world cannot achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if it does not achieve other goals involving the sustainable industrial development of all the countries around the world," said Ban at the 15th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Lima, Peru's capital.

A thousand representatives from 172 countries are attending the meeting, whose main topic is "towards partnership for a new industrial revolution for inclusive and sustainable development."

Countries should focus on reaching the MDGs by 2015, including eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combatting HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development, Ban added.

UNIDO Director-General Li Yong said that industries can promote development by improving salaries and quality of life as well as providing more social security and prosperity.

Thanks to its reform policy, China has achieved industrial development and improved the quality of life for millions of people during the past 30 years, he noted.

The pending task of all governments, civil societies and the UN is to build more developed and inclusive societies to promote stable economic growth around the world, he added.

The Dec. 2-6 UNIDO conference is expected to conclude with the signing of the Second Declaration of Lima. The first was signed in 1975.