U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice today stressed that the United States is committed to eradicate global poverty.
In her remarks on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Ms. Rice said the world recognizes that a cruel injustice has been done whenever a child is limited not by ability but by lack of food or water; whenever a woman loses her life simply for giving birth; whenever a precious daughter or son succumbs to a disease that is preventable.
“Poverty is ruinous to the fabric of societies-but it also tears at the ties between nations. Our greatest threats to international peace and security often incubate in societies that can’t meet the basic needs of their people. In an interconnected world, protecting our humanity and promoting our security means redoubling our fight against extreme poverty.” -Ms. Rice
She noted that the United States will continue to serve as the world’s leader in global development even in tough economic times. She said the American govenrment will continue to seek partnerships with NGOs, philanthropists, and leaders in the private sector. She added they will continue to provide relief in regions facing crisis-such as the Horn of Africa, where more than 13 million people face death, starvation or displacement as a result of conflict and famine.
“And we will continue to insist on development that is sustainable, working with partners who are serious about building their capacity to create lasting change.” -Ms. Rice
Ms. Rice emphasized that the Obama Administration will continue to work tirelessly to create pathways to opportunity for Americans, just as the United States will continue to seek common cause with global partners in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.