The Millennium Goals are the topic of discussion for all the World Leaders present at the General Assembly, for the next two weeks, in NYC. Eight distinct goals set ten years ago to END POVERTY by 2015; and each country asked to declare and commit to their efforts to meet the 2015 goal.
The eight goals include eradicating extreme poverty; achieving universal primary education; gender quality and women empowerment; reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating AIDS/HIV, malaria and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.
On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, His Excellency President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, President Obama stated that “America is Doing Business in a New Way.” Addressing all the Millennium Goals, he expressed focus on preparing our youth for the new future, the needs and actions taking place to change the educational system, and his strong belief that the economy can grow. He also called on the needed transparency from all Leaders in all Countries, transparency required so that successful partnerships can be sustained and goals meet.
President Obama also asked for the word “development” to be looked at from a new perspective. Development is not charity! Development is partnership. Though it may be difficult for any man to request assistance, each man must be looked upon as a leader. Each man may be partnered and assisted, but it will only be when each man takes the lead that permanent change can happen.
President Obama poised in his presentation and captivating a room, was warmed received by the General Assembly. President Obama is a role model and an inspiration. Conducting business in a new way will call for all to be entrepreneurs, to be business people, and to have a global perspective, knowing that we all have a right to development and we all have a right to lead. We may have a nationality but in the end we are World Citizens with a responsibility to serve.
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Casandra Kate Escobar