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Australian Prime Minister leaves for UN and G20 meetings

2009-09-19 12:59 BJT

Special Report: Hu attends UN, G20 Summits |

CANBERRA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has flown out of Canberra for the United Nations (UN) and G20meetings, Australian Associated Press reported on Saturday.

Rudd will take a week-long trip to the United States, attending the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and the G20 conference in Pittsburgh.

Climate change and the global financial crisis will be major issues Rudd is to discuss with world leaders.

Climate change groups are hoping any G20 agreement on measures to aid economic recovery will include "green recovery" initiatives aimed at locking in commitments on renewable energy use and reduced deforestation.

U.S. President Barack Obama will host the G20 meeting, the third since the global financial crisis tipped much of the world a year ago into the worst economic collapse in 75 years.

The impact of the emergency measures, introduced at the LondonG20 meeting in April which included trillions of dollars of coordinated economic stimulus packages, will be reviewed by world leaders.

Editor: Liu Fang | Source: Xinhua