President Obama addressed the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations on Wednesday, where he said the world must do a better job of reaching the goals. In his remarks the President stated, “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.”
Just before speaking to the Summit, President Obama signed the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, which identifies development as being vital to U.S. national security and a “strategic, economic, and moral imperative for the United States.” You can read more about this directive in a fact sheet released by the White House.
Under the new U.S. approach, Obama said, success will be measured by actual progress made by developing nations in moving from poverty to prosperity, rather than the amount of aid money spent or food and medical assistance that has been delivered.
You can learn more about the Millennium Development Goals on our sister blog, By the People.