In the Obama administration’s National Security Strategy, the Millennium Development Goals feature prominently. Issues on global health, genocide prevention and poverty reduction are high up in the strategy.
“This is a first for a U.S. National Security Strategy. Though the MDGs have been in place since 2000, the Bush administration never made mention of them in its 2002 or 2006 National Security Strategy,” Mark Leon Goldberg writes for the U.N. Dispatch.
A section on “dignity promotion” maps out the administration’s efforts in creating a comprehensive global health strategy, fostering food security, and providing humanitarian relief in crisis situations.
“Many in the aid community will likely be parsing this section for hints as to what to expect from an on-going administration review of American policy toward the Millennium Development Goals,” Goldberg notes.
The review is being prepared in the run-up to September’s MDG summit.
“At the very least, though, the document formally establishes broad support for the MDGs – in name and in concept– across the administration. Considering where we have been, that’s progress,” he said.