A Discussion on Meeting the Millennium Development Goals

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 13, 2010
Conversations with America: A Discussion on Meeting the Millennium Development Goals LIVE1

Update: You can read the United States' strategy for meeting the Millennium Development Goals here.

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, David Lane, President and CEO of ONE, will hold a conversation with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, on global development opportunities and challenges on the eve of the Millennium Development Goals summit. The discussion will be moderated by Philip (P.J.) Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 10:15 a.m. (EDT). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now, here on DipNote.

This is the sixth in the Conversations with America video series recently launched by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership hold monthly conversations live, online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues, and provide a candid view of how leaders from civil society engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

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MIGHEU S.
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Cameroon
September 14, 2010

Migheu D.S. in Cameroon writes:

Hello. My question is for Rajiv Shah, the USAID Administrator. In this era of communications, what efforts you made, whether the State Department of State with the U.N to democratize access to new technologies ever more advanced in countries in developement, knowing that today more than ever the access of the good information at the right time is the key of development, is an outreach tool for individual liberties and thus of human rights and even the spread of democratic thought. Thank you

R m.
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Pennsylvania, USA
September 14, 2010

R.M. in Pennsylvania writes:

Is the Us goiing to attack the Iran Nuclear locations?

Frances N.
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Indiana, USA
September 14, 2010

Frances J.N. in Indiana writes:

Is it proper Protocol for the news media to call the President of the United States "Mr. Obama", instead of Mr. President or President Obama?

DipNote Bloggers reply: Frances, the Associated Press stylebook stipulates using "President" on first reference and the last name thereafter. Many news outlets take the extra step of adding the "Mister." The Office of the Chief of Protocol doesn't weigh in on media style (that's up to the media outlets), but there is an interesting FAQ on their work here: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/what/c18027.htm.

Rustum
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Pakistan
September 14, 2010

Rustum in Pakistan writes:

Why doesnt the US Aid - plan, construct & operate Cambridge level schools through out Pakistan ?
If Pakistani children are given good education (not aid-or half hearted attention) the whole Country dynamics can change for the better.

Ms.Bilkis S.
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India
September 14, 2010

Bilkis S.B. in India writes:

When we Indians are a recognised force of the upcoming third world n that have the vision n will to implement such economic policies that would boost the world's sagging economic scenario n help to overcome this recession...why is US not so willing to have us there(with all the visa n immigration problems that our youngsters face)with open ams n mind...as you do with some of the countries whom you treat as allies.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
September 14, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

@Greg G in Florida

YOUR 100 PERCENT RIGHT!!! If the United States can't even gets its own house in order, how does it expect American Citizens to follow the lead? Especially, when millions and billions of our dollars are sent overseas to help others. We all have troubles, things that happen, where are the Bailouts to help US? In the past few weeks, I had a multitude of many things go wrong, so when it floods in Pakistan, or anywhere else in the world, sure we can offer hope, but they themselves have to do something. When is the last time they did a blood drive in Pakistan? I donated blood last week, which means somewhere in the world, I saved a life, are they doing the same or just waiting for another handout?

ibrahim k.
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Pakistan
September 14, 2010

Ibrahim K. in Pakistan writes:

sir the million development are going to due by 2015. but what progress that you see in easing the pain of developnig nations like PAKISTAN. Your USAID program is rasinig funds, doing good jobs in some areas but completely fail in lessening the pain of poor poeple. usaid and majority of our NGO`s working in the same field do not have the orientation to asses the demand of what poor in PAKSTAN want when it comes to finance their small enterprise(microfinance intervention). we require islamic microfinance based on profit and loss models like musharakah, diminishing musharakah and mudarabah models.
but unfortunately we are forced to use conventional microfinance models(grameen models). which result in low penetration rate. please USAID use your funds in right direction since your are accountable to donor agencies and UN.use your research to get a right orientation of our demands ie; islamic microfinance intervention.
PLEASE LET YOUR SHOW GO THROUGH THE TOPIC.

Chuck D.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 14, 2010

Chuck D. in Washington DC writes:

Gentlemen.
If you look back on the history of america, you will note that immigrant labor provided the means to complete the transcontinental railroads, and the Erie Canal. With this in mind, consider the world-wide border policing/Jobs problem. Instead of turning borders into prison walls, like the Iron Curtain, create small McDonalds Type Immigration shops that would ID, and channel the immigrant flow into problem solving projects. Growing Algae Fuel on Badlands Farms, Removing brush from semi-urban forests, digging reservoir lakes to replace mountain glaciers, harvesting climate killed trees before they burn, etc. 1) Photo ID hands and face. 2: produce ID card on the spot. 3) Distribute to agencies over Internet. 4) enroll in WPA type programs.
5) charge a nominal fee for processing, below the smuggle-people-across the border rate, to reduce tax burdens. 5) use skilled citizens to manage badland energy crop city formation.
(don't grow food crops for fuel) 6)Take the experienced people back to impoverished countries to replicate E-Cities locally.
Borders are managed. People find work. Countries are helped. CO2 is captured. Foreign Oil Deficit is reduced, eventually eliminated. Clean Ocean.

Sarah F.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 14, 2010

Sarah F. in Washington DC writes:

MDG 8 calls for a global partnership that makes it incumbent on donor countries to provide funding in a more consistent, transparent and cooridantion fashion. How does the US, with over 26 governmetn bodies that program and plan foreign and development assistance plan to meet this goal? How will it be done? Waht are the mechanisms that will be used to more fully integrate the descionmaking, planning and implementation of US dollars overseas? What can be done to raise the awareness of the value to the US of its development assistance?

Agha A.
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Pakistan
September 14, 2010

Agha H. A. in Pakistan writes:

Global Issue Basis are Bluntly estabished in South Asian Region.I will strongly recommend the countries involved in to pull thier hands with immediate effect.The World will feel Global rest & peace if willing. I assume this step as Millinium Development Goal.

Mark S.
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Texas, USA
September 14, 2010

Mark S. in Texas writes:

I think Globalization can have a positive effect on countries as long as their government has a sort of litmus test on imports that asks the question; does it serve humanity and the environment, otherwise it becomes corporate greed and is destructive. What do you have to say about this?

kretschmann
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Germany
September 14, 2010

Susanne K. in Germany writes:

I have the following questions
1. do you think the un millenium goals will be reached? and when?
2. when will world peace be achieved?
3. why is so much money wasted on military armement and interventions in war regions instead of dealing with countries that are peacefull and suffer from famine and climate change and natural desaster?
4.when will the developmental aid be finally given more to countries that respect the human rights of sexual minorities and handicapped people instead of supporting bad governments with nuclear armement and dictatorship? (eg the Us and CIA supported goverments with bad regimes like that of saddam Hussein for a long while?
Thanks for inviting me for questions to you.

Adokiye B.
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Nigeria
September 14, 2010

Adokiye B. in Nigeria writes:

Any hope of examining with a view to implementing the ideas of non-government officials in the actualization of the Millennium Development Goals, especially for African countries where the opinion of the common man is condemned to the waste basket?

Adokiye B.
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Nigeria
September 14, 2010

Adokiye B. in Nigeria writes:

To my mind, achieving the MDG's for African and other third world countries depends on donor countries extending their helping hand on the basis of good and transparent governance rather than the friendliness of a country.What is lacking in most countries is responsible leadership and not capital.

Garth N.
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California, USA
September 14, 2010

Garth N. in California writes:

What goals exist for sustainability of the world's oceans?

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
September 14, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

The country of Pakistan has people in the United States already running businesses, why can't they be apart of sending money or donations back to Pakistan? Having "BLOOD DRIVES" in times of trouble, a country needs to pull itself back together. I guess my point is, why don't get more involved to help their own people?

Sean T.
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United Kingdom
September 14, 2010

Sean T. in the United Kingdom writes:

That's the wonder, the wonder of you.

When you should be working for Corporate America and paying your Federal & State Taxes that oils the machinery of the global economy that supports the socialist infrastructure of modern day living that is availabe to everyone by public demand to cater for your every need and whim and supports you in your times of impassable hardship.

Elvis has left the building and their is nobody available to fill his blue swade shoes that have been doing the jail house rock from Alcatraz since 1972 to the year 3000.

Raps my occupation.

A.W.O.L.

Russell B.
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Mexico
September 15, 2010

Russell B. in Mexico writes:

I find it strange that no mention is made of the proliferation on assault rifles and associated weapons that right now are being used to foster crimes and problems in third World Nations.

No mention of proposed solutions to track unlawfull weapons shipments since many children die from gunfights by criminal gangs trying to wrest control of territory in many Nations that are poor.

Where are the proposed solutions for better HUMINT and ELINT to reduce the flow of drugs into the U.S.?

Thanks for reading this.

Ana C.
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Portugal
September 15, 2010

Ana B.C. in Portugal writes:

Hello, i'm in Portugal and i'm concerned with everything regarding global sustainable development. Everybody speaks about the need of stopping global warming and the of providing food for the most poorer people all over the world and also about persons safety and family values, and yet nothing relevant happens. The war is going on in Afganistan, in Iraque and Pakistan the bomb atacks continue, people die of hunger and thirst and i feel very bad because i can't do anything about it. Can you say someting about all of theses things?

Thank You

Jeffrey K.
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Oregon, USA
September 15, 2010

Jeffrey K. in Oregon writes:

Recently, a Senate candidate of California has been quoted stating, (when she was the ceo of hp in CA) that she wold rather hire non-US citizens to perform the work needed through the HB1 type visa. With this type of thought that China, Russia,Japan, to name a few countries, have better educated perspective persons for the jobs needed. This makes my heart drop. How can we support other countries in famine when we don't support our own educational systems for tech. jobs both white and blue collar. I feel that the USA needs to realize that we have lost our place in the industrialization world, thus we need to create new methods of education to evolve the creative minds.... get us off of instant gratification, anti-depessiants, and other numbing items , produce will and desire.....to help and to succeed .

David L.
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Arizona, USA
September 15, 2010

David M.L. in Arizona writes:

How does a small independant researcher with some new information for you manage to get past the endless teams of secretaries and low-level administrators to present U.S.A.I.D. policymakers with some new solutions for their consideration?

Smart power solutions that use some patented new technology for job creation. Solutions that can satisfy the community driven need for good potable water and at the same time make products and reserve markets for trade that will benefit third world emerging economies with new job creation? Do you think that the innaccessability of our policymakers may be one of the reasons why U.S. capitalism is defeating itself? R.S.V.P. and surprise me...

Phi
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New York, USA
September 15, 2010

Phi in New York writes:

There's the #MDGSummit after party as well! "http://bit.ly/oneworldfb""www.oneworldrising.org"
Hope to see you there!

Tom P.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 15, 2010

Tom P. in Washington writes:

So how do you access this webcast? There is no link given.

DipNote Bloggers reply: Tom, just point your browser to DipNote at 10:15 a.m. (EDT) tomorrow. We'll have the video player embedded as our lead entry.

Osita E.
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North Carolina, USA
September 16, 2010

Osita E. in North Carolina writes:

What part can the United States play in helping bring about a sustainable peace and development in Africa which can only come through the realistic remaking of the African map? Africa does not need any aid rather this particular issue holds the key to Africa's development.

Nadeem P.
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Pakistan
September 16, 2010

Dr. Nadeem P. in Pakistan writes:

I am Founder/President of Society for Community Restoration. My question is;
How we can be the part of Millennium Development Goals? As we want to do something good for community development. Right now we are working on flood relief work and doing on self support basis. After flood relief there is rehabilitation and restorattion phase and we wish to give my contribution in that. So How i can do work with you to accomplish this Goal

Kirumira D.
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Uganda
September 16, 2010

Kirumira D. in Uganda writes:

Dear ,
my question is, do have any future plan to fund the NGOS that has come out to work in fulfil MDGS?

Brian
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 16, 2010

Brian in Washington DC writes:

Given the recognized importance of universal basic education to achieving not only MDG#2 but all of the MDGs, does the administration plan to commit to a Global Fund for Education or another multilateral education initiative at the MDG summit? If not, what is the administration’s plan for achieving MDG#2?

Josie M.
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Germany
September 16, 2010

Josie M.-B. in Germany writes:

Many governments of Third World countries or emerging markets resisting against further exploitation by Corporated US Companies are complaining that USAID is supporting their opposition by money from US taxpayers for subverting or even overturning their government.
As USAID was involved, for instance in the coup against Hugao Chavez in 2002.
USAID is accused to have connections with the CIA. That was the reason why Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in December 2009, because accused of being a negotiator of USAID.

Laura S.
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Colorado, USA
September 16, 2010

Laura S. in Colorado writes:

Good Morning,

I was interested to know, on the eve of the Milennium Development Goals, which challenges are emerging most rapidly - is there a particular order in which we should look at addressing these issues to prevent cascading crises? Kind regards, Laura

Everett W.
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Idaho, USA
September 16, 2010

Everett W. in Idaho writes:

In my work as a development professional, I have observed increasing cooperation and collaboration between USAID and the multilaterals on a case-by-case basis. However, there does not appear to be an institutionalized approach to this, so there are many cases where USAID projects duplicate efforts of the multilaterals. In order to improve efficiency in reaching the MDG's, has any effort been made or considered to institutionalize and broaden inter-donor collaboration?

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