KENT, United Kingdom — Ahead of the third round of the annual United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, this time at the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his economic minister, Greg Clark, delivered their first major economic speech in more than a decade, outlining a series of targets for 2020.
In their opening remarks, Cameron called for an increase in private sector employment to 2 million people by 2020, an increase of 10 percent, with the help of a new tax and benefit system and a new carbon tax.
“We want to see that our country stays on track to the ambitious goals set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” Clark said.
The UK has set a goal of doubling the number of people employed by 2020 and has pledged to double investment in education and science, with a focus on climate change and sustainable development.
Cameron and Clark have pledged to increase investments in infrastructure, but the prime minister said he is concerned that the UK economy is lagging behind the rest of the world in the development of renewable energy.
As for climate change, Cameron said that, in the absence of action, the global average temperature will rise by more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.
And while the UK has pledged itself to a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions, the UK is still far behind the U.S. and China in achieving that goal, he said.
“We need to make our economy and our planet safer,” he said at the event.
Clark and Cameron have also committed to ending the use of fossil fuels in their countries, a pledge that was not made in their speech but will be important to many countries around the world.
After months of negotiations, Cameron and Clark signed a deal in March to allow coal, oil and gas exploration in the UK for the first time in decades.
But Clark said that the deal will be only a start, with many more countries to follow suit.
Earlier in the day, Clark met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House to discuss their economic agenda.
Clark also met with his U.N. counterpart, Nikki Haley, on Tuesday, to discuss the next steps in the talks, according to a statement from Cameron’s office.
A few hours after the meeting, Cameron’s spokesman said the Prime Minister was looking forward to a constructive, constructive meeting with Trump.
David Cameron is pictured with U.K. President-Elect Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., U.L.A. on Oct. 15, 2020.
Cameron said he and Trump discussed a wide range of economic issues, including the environment and jobs.
He also spoke about the climate and the U,S.-U.
Cameron is the first British leader to visit the U