GENEVA, September 13th, 2010 – As the U.N. High Level meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York later this month gains momentum, Ambassador Betty E. King, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations hosted a round-table discussion on September, 8, 2010 at the U.S. Mission in Geneva.
Participants who included senior representatives from United Nation agencies, donor and recipient countries engaged in a focused discussion on the progress thus far, challenges and opportunities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“ The United States will put innovation, sustainability, evaluation, and mutual accountability at the heart of our approach to development, and, consequently, the MDGs,” said Ambassador King who presented the United States’ strategy on meeting the Millennium Development Goals titled “Celebrate, Innovate and Sustain: Toward 2015 and Beyond”.
The United States recognizes development as a moral, strategic and economic imperative. Countries that achieve sustained development gains can be more capable partners, participate in and contribute to the global economy, and provide their people with the opportunity, means, and freedom to improve their lives. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a symbol of our common humanity. They are a declaration of the world’s commitment to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, and extending hope and opportunity to millions across the developing world.