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UN Week Report Card

October 12, 2010

UN Week Report Card

World leaders convened in New York City this September for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Review Summit and the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly. As New Yorkers lamented the traffic jams, summit attendees discussed the world’s greatest challenges, our progress in combating them, and new and innovative solutions.

Peace and Security

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Obama convened a meeting with the Khartoum government and its rival in southern Sudan and gave the same clear message that they must accelerate preparations for the January 9 votes in South Sudan and the small region of Abyei. In order to ensure a credible, Sudanese-led process that reflects the will of the people, the Secretary-General appointed a panel to monitor the referenda.

Secretary of State Clinton participated in the UN Security Council Summit on Peacekeeping, reiterating the that the US is “committed to improving UN operations, not just because we think it’s the right thing to do and not just because the humanitarian imperative is so strong in our own value system, but because we actually think it’s smart and strategic as well.” Read her full remarks here.


In his remarks to the General Assembly, President Obama put forth a bold new development policy that underscores how the U.S. and UN are working together on issues such as maternal and child health, poverty reduction, fighting diseases, and protecting the environment. Shortly afterward, USAID Administrator Raj Asah discussed the new policy with UN Foundation President Tim Wirth at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge. 

Secretary of State Clinton announced at the Clinton Global Initiative that the United States will commit $50 million to the newly formed Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a new public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Learn more about cookstoves from this article in the The New York Times.

Women and Girls

On September 22, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, setting out a plan to save the lives of millions of women and children. It calls for a bold, coordinated effort, building on what has been achieved so far -- locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

UN Women, which seeks to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe, garnered attention from world leaders and the press -- especially regarding the Secretary-General’s recent appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the leader of this new agency.

Even after the Summit, New York buzzing about the empowerment of women and girls around the world with the launch of the UN Foundation’s newest campaign, Girl Up.


Throughout the week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message rang clear: “We all have a role to play: governments, international organizations, business, researchers, philanthropists, health professionals, and civil society.” Together, we can use the next five years to work towards achieving these goals.