Lack of development fuels conflict and instability, Obama says

27 September 2015

Supporting development is not charity, it is one of the smartest investments we can make in our future, said the president of the United States today before the plenary session of the UN General Assembly.

During his participation in the Sustainable Development Summit, Barack Obama said that it is the lack of development, education, work and hope that fuels many of the tensions, conflicts and instability in the world.

“I strongly believe that many of the conflicts, the refugee crisis, the military interventions over the years could have been avoided if nations had truly invested in their populations, and if the richest nations in the world were better partners in working with those who try to move forward, “he said.

Obama added that peace is not a question of not being at war, but of people having access to food, housing, health and education.

The president considered that firm commitment and joint work can break the cycle of poverty and advance the 2030 Agenda, and promised that the United States will continue to be an ally of all countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

He also stressed the need to combat inequality, starting with his own country where, after the crisis, millions of families have been close to falling into poverty.

Obama called on world leaders to eradicate threats to development, among which he highlighted, in addition to inequity, bad government, corruption, abuses of human rights, wars and climate change.

As long as these persist, he warned, we will not reach our goals.

In this sense, she fought for transparency and responsibility, equality for women and respect for fundamental guarantees.

The children and young people of today will judge us by the decisions we will make in the years to come, Obama concluded.

27 September 2015

Supporting development is not charity, it is one of the smartest investments we can make in our future, said the president of the United States today before the plenary session of the UN General Assembly.

During his participation in the Sustainable Development Summit, Barack Obama said that it is the lack of development, education, work and hope that fuels many of the tensions, conflicts and instability in the world.

“I strongly believe that many of the conflicts, the refugee crisis, the military interventions over the years could have been avoided if nations had truly invested in their populations, and if the richest nations in the world were better partners in working with those who try to move forward, “he said.

Obama added that peace is not a question of not being at war, but of people having access to food, housing, health and education.

The president considered that firm commitment and joint work can break the cycle of poverty and advance the 2030 Agenda, and promised that the United States will continue to be an ally of all countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

He also stressed the need to combat inequality, starting with his own country where, after the crisis, millions of families have been close to falling into poverty.

Obama called on world leaders to eradicate threats to development, among which he highlighted, in addition to inequity, bad government, corruption, abuses of human rights, wars and climate change.

As long as these persist, he warned, we will not reach our goals.

In this sense, she fought for transparency and responsibility, equality for women and respect for fundamental guarantees.

The children and young people of today will judge us by the decisions we will make in the years to come, Obama concluded.