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INTERACTION VIEWPOINT

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U.S. FOREIGN POLICY SHOULD SUPPORT THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

As world leaders meet this week to discuss global development and the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), it is important to keep in mind that the eight MDGs are just as important for Americans as they
are for the world’s poorest people. Extreme poverty and its many symptoms are at the roots of many of
the societal ills and violence that plague or threaten parts of the world; however, a “safer, more
prosperous, more democratic and more equitable world,” are much less likely to occur in nations faced
with food shortages, health crises and gender inequality.

America’s desire to accomplish the MDGs should have a direct affect on U.S. policy; and in doing so, a
“whole of government” approach to development must be pursued. Nongovernmental organizations in
the U.S. and abroad must work alongside governments to enact lasting change. The MDG Summit
provides the prime opportunity for the U.S. to get the entire nation involved in this important work.

InterAction – the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations focused on the world’s
poor and most vulnerable people—urges President Obama to take the lead in supporting the MDGs and
to forcefully promote the following:

Announce the release of a U.S. Global Development Strategy providing specific


recommendations for operationalizing the principles put forth in Celebrate, Innovate & Sustain
Toward 2015 and Beyond.

Explicitly designate USAID as the U.S. government’s lead agency in the interagency process to
reform and carry out international development.

Give special mention to MDG-8, especially global partnerships, which impact on all of the MDGs.

Engage the NGO sector more actively in the development and implementation of a global
development strategy.

Please contact: Tawana Jacobs, 202-552-6534 (Office), 202-297-1696,(Cell), tjacobs@interaction.org


Cynthia Carson, 202-552-6561 (office), ccarson@interaction.org