US Committed to Accelerate Progress Toward Millennium Development Goals


Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John F. Sammis today said the United States is committed to accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

In his remarks on the Resolution “Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly,” Mr. Sammis

highlighted that the United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution.

“We share, and in fact strongly support, the stated goals of this resolution: poverty eradication, full and productive employment and decent work for all, and social inclusion.” -Mr. Sammis

George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, speaks at a press conference on the Millennium Villages and their progress toward the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

He said the United States strongly endorses the resolution’s highlighting of the need to promote respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the context of development. He added that the interdependence of human rights is significant.

“It is imperative that governments respect people’s civil and political rights while achieving the progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights. Governments need to follow democratic, transparent and accountable processes while doing so.” -Mr. Sammis

He stressed that the United States also supports the attention given in the resolution to the rights of indigenous peoples, which is consistent with U.S. support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as explained in the Announcement document that accompanied President Obama’s statement of support.

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