UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that the world needed advice on how to manage globalisation to ensure it benefits everyone, according to a UN news release on Thursday.
"One of the things we look for, from experts like you, is advice on how to manage globalisation, how to catch it at the flood and channel it so that all can benefit," Annan told government ministers, policymakers and academics at the Global Forum on Development in New York.
He said industrialisation and urbanisation needed to be managed so that they do not do irreversible damage to the global environment and those people who controlled financial resources must be persuaded to "to deploy them in ways that will enable the poor to lift themselves out of poverty".
The three-day forum, organised by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is the first in a series of annual events to stimulate discussion on recent innovations in human development concepts, measurements and policies.
The events are intended to provide an opportunity for dialogue between the research community, policy makers and development practitioners.
The forum also celebrated the tenth year of the Human Development Report.
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