UN Foundation Statement on President Obama’s Remarks at the United Nations High-Level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

New York, NY

September 22, 2010


Megan Rabbitt

Today, President Obama brought the United States and the United Nations closer to solving the world’s most pressing problems by fulfilling the U.S. government’s landmark pledge to energize cooperation and make development assistance more efficient. President Obama’s speech at the UN high-level summit on the Millennium Development Goals underscored the Administration’s policy that the MDGs are not just the world’s goals, but also are America’s goals. United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth released the following statement in response to the President’s speech:

“Ten years ago, world leaders set forth an ambitious set of Millennium Development Goals to tackle some of the most challenging problems facing the world. With five years to go on this 15-year pledge, it is imperative that we evaluate progress and refresh our plan to combat global poverty at its root causes.

“President Obama’s decision to unveil his new development policy at the UN and in the context of the MDGs shows appreciation for the important role that the UN and UN agencies play in battling extreme poverty and the MDGs play in inspiring action. His speech before the UN today fully embraced the MDGs as a central part of America’s national security and foreign policy objectives. The plan, which focuses on measurable and sustainable outcomes for foreign assistance, makes it clear that smart, modern development strategies best position the U.S. to create and leverage partnerships to combat global problems. The Administration has emphasized that the urgent issues of energy access and protection of biodiversity, women and children’s health, and cleaner and safer cookstoves, are all critical areas where coordinated global efforts must be set forth to achieve the MDGs.

“A key element of the President’s plan for achieving the MDGs is the emphasis on the importance of partnerships. UN Foundation Chairman and Founder Ted Turner has highlighted that everyone can be a partner and anyone can dedicate their time, energy, or money to help the UN advance the MDGs.

“At the UN Foundation, we have two new initiatives that took center stage this week as global leaders converged in New York:

  • The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, led by the UN Foundation, is an alliance of public and private stakeholders to bring clean cookstoves to the developing world. Cookstoves can help improve the health of families and the environment, empower women, and provide a thriving global market for clean and efficient cooking solutions.
  • The Girl Up campaign is a way for U.S. teens to help support the 600 million adolescent girls around the world who need education, health services, and the chance to improve their lives. The UN Foundation gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.”

For more information on the UN Foundation’s work supporting the UN’s High-Level Summit on the MDGs, read http://www.unfoundation.org/assets/pdf/fact-sheet-mdgs.pdf.


About the United Nations Foundation 
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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