President Obama’s Remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Summit

Posted by on September 30th, 2010 | 0 Comments »

On, Wednesday, September 22nd President Obama addressed members of the United Nations at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York City. He began his remarks reflecting on the goals and standards set by the United Nations over the past decade, and discussed the changing the approach to development, applying the lessons of the Green Revolution, improving crop yields, and the importance of investing in infrastructure and removing trade barriers. Below are a few excerpts from President Obama’s remarks:

“This is the truth we must face if the international community just keeps doing the same things the same way, we may make some modest progress here and there, but we will miss many development goals. That is the truth. With 10 years down and just five years before our development targets come due, we must do better.”

“As President, I have made it clear that the United States will do our part. My national security strategy recognizes development not only as a moral imperative, but a strategic and economic imperative. Secretary of State Clinton is leading a review to strengthen and better coordinate our diplomacy and our development efforts. We’ve reengaged with multilateral development institutions. And we are rebuilding the United States Agency for International Development as the world’s premier development agency. In short, we’re making sure that the United States will be a global leader in international development in the 21st century. “

“Remembering the lessons of the Green Revolution, we’re expanding scientific collaboration with other countries and investing in game-changing science and technology to help spark historic leaps in development.”

“Instead of simply handing out food, our food security initiative is helping countries like Guatemala and Rwanda and Bangladesh develop their agriculture and improve crop yields and help farmers get their products to market”

“We know that countries are more likely to prosper when they encourage entrepreneurship; when they invest in their infrastructure; when they expand trade and welcome investment. So we will partner with countries like Sierra Leone to create business environments that are attractive to investment, that don’t scare it away. We’ll work to break down barriers to regional trade and urge nations to open their markets to developing countries. We will keep pushing for a Doha Round that is ambitious and balanced -one that works not just for major emerging economies, but for all economies.”

“Finally, let me say this. No one nation can do everything everywhere and still do it well. To meet our goals, we must be more selective and focus our efforts where we have the best partners and where we can have the greatest impact. And just as this work cannot be done by any one government, it can’t be the work of governments alone. In fact, foundations and private sector and NGOs are making historic commitments that have redefined what’s possible.”

Read the full text: Remarks by the President at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, New York.

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