G20 'will rise to challenge' - UK PM Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he believes world leaders will "rise to the challenge" of dealing with the global economic crisis at the G20 summit meeting in London on Thursday.
The prime minister said he hoped the meeting would ensure "global solutions" were put in place to tackle the downturn.
The G20 brings together the world's most powerful nations that collectively represent 85% of the world's economy. The group was originally set up after the Asian financial crisis in 1999 to discuss international co-operation among finance ministers and central bankers.
After a Downing Street meeting with Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, Mr Brown said leaders would do "whatever is necessary".
US President Barack Obama said the G20 must give a "strong message of unity".
Following his meeting with Mr Rudd, Mr Brown said: "The world is coming together and the results of this week will show that global problems... require global solutions.
"I believe the world will rise to the challenge and defeat those who say doing nothing is an option and defeat those who say protectionism is an option."
On Monday Downing Street signalled that more meetings may be necessary after this week's summit.
The prime minister's spokesman said that the G20 summit, which will take place on Thursday, was being seen as part of a "process" and that it was a process "nearer to its beginning than its end".
The comments, which appear to downplay expectations of what will be achieved at the meeting, came after it emerged that any spending decisions would be deferred until some point in the future.