Obama to give the “speech of his life?”

Obama speeking at the UN General Assembly 2009That’s what the folks at Oxfam and many in the development field are hoping for. But what would that look like?

Many here in New York at looking to Obama to throw some fuel on the fire and lead donor nations toward accountability and responsibility in the final push to reach the MDG’s by 2015. They want him to use his oratory skills to bring a level of urgency to the MDGs, and to explain how poverty affects us all – it undermines our global security, the global economy, and the protection of the rights that we as Americans enjoy. The hope is he will send a clear message to the public, but also to his own government.

Beyond that, most are looking for specifics:

  • how will the US step up and raise the game?
  • how will his admin make deliberate decisions and choices regarding aid?
  • how will the US be accountable?
  • how will US foreign policy (esp Iraq, Afghanistan) affect aid?

Those are some big questions and bigger expectations.  We’ll see on Wednesday….

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