Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): The Road Forward for the U.S.
In his historic speech to the UN General Assembly in September 2009, President Obama stated that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are America’s goals. He announced he would present a global plan to make them a reality at the MDG Summit in September 2010 when world leaders will gather to assess progress made to date and re-confirm their commitments to achieving the goals by 2015. InterAction (of which HKI is a member) calls upon President Obama and his team to work with concerned parties to finalize his promised plan laying out the framework the U.S. Government will use to fulfill its commitments to achieve the MDGs by August 15th. As the President promised last year, the U.S. must lead at this event and on the MDGs going forward. Releasing his plan in advance will help signal concerted U.S. leadership and enhance the preparatory meetings for the Summit.
InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based relief and development NGOs, welcomes the Administration’s commitment and has developed recommendations based on its members’ and allies’ decades of critical field experience around the world. This paper outlines key recommendations on each of the eight MDGs that InterAction strongly believe the U.S. Government should include in its promised plan.