The United States Global Leadership Coalition's "mega-conference" kicks off this morning with a high powered panel to discuss the new U.S. Global Development Strategy. Watch live.
In The New Republic, David Rieff rails against the Millennium Development Goals but he does not seem to understand what, exactly, they are.
As usual, the sideshows like Mahmoud Ahmadenijad's 9-11 Trutherism sucked up much of the mainstream media attention around UN week. But beyond the sideshows, last week brought some very real, substantive accomplishments that could potentially transform the lives of millions of people around the world. Here are three of them:
I will be on a panel with The Economist's Matthew Bishop at 12 PM EST to discuss the big takeaways of all the events surrounding UN week. You can watch here.
President Obama is drawing attention mostly for his remarks on Middle East peace. But lest other elements of his UN speech be forgotten, at a press conference earlier today Samantha Power urged people to examine his pronouncements on good governance. As Power explained, the second half of his speech was largely a reaction to a disturbing trend in which governments are increasingly clamping down on civic rights.
I saw the premier of this video earlier this week at the Digital Media Lounge in New York and found it remarkably powerful. I also noticed that Nicholas Kristof gave it a plug in his column today.
Watch all the speeches live today. President Obama is scheduled to speak third (after Ban Ki Moon and Brazil.) Full schedule of speakers.
The Obama administration took the opportunity of the President's speech to the MDG Summit to roll out elements of its new Global Development Strategy. This includes one seemingly minor bit of bureaucratic reshuffling that could have a major impact on US foreign policy.
It probably won’t draw the same amount of media attention as predicable rants by various global despots, but one gathering today holds more potential to change the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people around the world than any UN meeting in a long time.