At the G20 Summit in November 2008, governments representing 85% of the world economy pledged to work together to restore global growth.
Where does this pledge stand today and what are the next steps to revive global growth?
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By way of leadership and courage, Mexican President Felipe Calderon says President Barack Obama is in a timely position to inspire global cooperation and foster economic growth, as well as climate change and poverty.
"In order to move ahead, we need to work together," he says.