LONDON (Reuters) – The international financial crisis has given world leaders a unique opportunity to create a truly global society, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown will say in a keynote foreign policy speech on Monday.
In his annual speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, Brown — who has spearheaded calls for the reform of international financial institutions — will say Britain, the United States and Europe are key to forging a new world order.
"The alliance between Britain and the U.S. — and more broadly between Europe and the U.S. — can and must provide leadership, not in order to make the rules ourselves, but to lead the global effort to build a stronger and more just international order," an excerpt from the speech says.
"My message is that we must be: internationalist not protectionist; interventionist not neutral; progressive not reactive; and forward looking not frozen by events. We can seize the moment and in doing so build a truly global society."
Here’s a link with a video.
Mr Brown will call on fellow world leaders to use the current worldwide economic downturn as an opportunity to thoroughly reform international financial institutions and create a new "truly global society" with Britain, the US and Europe providing leadership.
His call comes ahead of an emergency summit of world leaders and finance ministers from 20 major countries, the G20, in Washington next weekend.
He also wants agreement on a world trade deal and reform of the international financial system based on principles of "transparency, integrity, responsibility, sound banking practice and global governance with co-ordination across borders".
Last but not least, here is an article with an ominous message interwoven in the language of what is being promulgated. The birth pangs of a new world order is something that should make eschatology students sit up and take note.
LONDON – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be among the leaders of the Group of 20 world economies attending a summit in Washington this weekend. Last night, he appeared to issue an appeal to Washington — and indirectly to the incoming Obama administration — to avoid perceived moves toward protectionism in response to the world financial crisis.
In his foreign policy speech to London’s Lord Mayor’s banquet, Brown said he hoped President-elect Obama can lead radical reforms of the global institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Brown has recently called for a greater future role in world institutions for China and oil-rich Persian Gulf states. And he said that the current financial turmoil could eventually be seen as what he termed the "birth pangs of a new global order."
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