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G20 reiterates support for global accounting standards

12 Nov 2010

Following their summit meeting in Seoul on 11-12 November 2010, the leaders of the G20 group of nations have issued a Declaration reaffirming their support for a single set of global accounting standards as a means for strengthening the global financial market infrastructure.

This new Declaration makes reference to convergence deadline "by the end of 2011".

The G20 was first organised in the wake of the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. With the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, the G-20 has become the principal forum to lead global efforts to stem the crisis and mitigate its effects. Below is an excerpt from the Declaration following the Seoul summit.

38. We re-emphasized the importance we place on achieving a single set of improved high quality global accounting standards and called on the International Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Accounting Standards Board to complete their convergence project by the end of 2011. We also encouraged the International Accounting Standards Board to further improve the involvement of stakeholders, including outreach to, and membership of, emerging market economies, in the process of setting the global standards, within the framework of independent accounting standard setting process.

 

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