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World Economic Forum, Davos

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told journalists that the Prime Minister had spoken about the world economy in Davos, picking up a number of themes from his article in the Financial Times. He then said that the Prime Minister had launched the call for action on the Millennium Development Goals, with Ban Ki-moon, Bono, Bill Gates and others. Later in the afternoon the Prime Minister would have a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and a short meeting with the President of Afghanistan.

Asked what the Prime Minister had been referring to when he spoke of bad news still to come in his opening address, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had been making a general comment about the outlook for the world economy; he was not making any reference to any specific episode.

Asked if anything should be read into the fact that the leaders of the other G7 countries were not present at the launch of the call for action on the Millennium Development Goals, the PMS said what had been launched today applied not only to Government but also to the private sector, which was why people such as Bill Gates and John Chambers the Chief Executive of Cisco had attended. In relation to other countries, of course the G7 had made commitments and everybody would expect those commitments to be honoured. There was also an agreement signed in July, recommitting the leaders of the main countries to the Millennium Development Goals, including the leaders of the US and a number of other G7 countries.

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