Since taking office, President Obama has sought to define "global development" as more than mere charity, but as a comprehensive investment in initiatives, and people, that will create real outcomes for communities around the globe. As he said to the United Nations in 2010, "In our global economy, progress in even the poorest countries can advance the prosperity and security of people far beyond their borders, including my fellow Americans."
Over the last eight years, the Obama Administration has confronted some of the most daunting development and humanitarian challenges in modern history. The President has helped reshape the U.S. approach to development by partnering with countries, global coalitions and the engines of American innovation: corporations, foundations, universities, NGOs, and faith-based communities. From Feed the Future to the Open Government Partnership, the Obama Administration`s signature initiatives and development partnerships have dramatically reduced poverty, malnutrition, and infant and maternal mortality, while spurring entrepreneurship and economic growth, increasing the number of adolescent girls in school, and helping to build more stable, accountable, and inclusive societies.
Even as we celebrate these gains and reflect on shared progress, we are reminded that billions of our fellow human beings still face poverty, violence, and disease every day. Despite the advances we`ve made, the circumstances in developing nations around the world demand creative and sustained global action.
On July 20, President Obama is joining entrepreneurs, diplomats, civil society members, public and private sector financing partners, and development leaders at the White House Summit on Global Development to mark our global progress and find ways to catalyze further development efforts that will improve real lives and deliver real outcomes in six key areas: energy, food security, global health, governance, partnership, and youth.
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