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Securing the 21st century : protecting the planet (English)

This is the address to the Board of Governors given by President James Wolfensohn, October 3, 2004, Washington D.C., on the occasion of the 60th Annual Meetings. The address was directed at managing the big global issues-poverty, inequity, the environment, trade, illegal drugs, migration, disease, and terrorism. He outlined three urgent priorities as critical for a more secure world: 1) protecting the planet through better stewardship of the environment; 2) scaling up on effective poverty reduction; and educating the youth differently for the 21st century-and giving them hope. He then concluded by advocating stronger global leadership and political will, and more continuous engagement on the key global issues.


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    Wolfensohn,James D.

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    Securing the 21st century : protecting the planet

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Wolfensohn,James D.

Securing the 21st century : protecting the planet (English). Presidential speech Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.