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The Obama administration today released a government-wide strategy on a subject that previously had drawn little high-level attention from Washington – the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs.

Much like National Security Strategy documents put together by a succession of U.S. administrations, Obama’s MDG strategy serves as more of a framework of principles, rather than giving specific details on how the U.S. government will help developing countries reach the goals by 2015.

Some of the most prominent MDGs are eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, and improving maternal health.

“We just think it’s a tremendous opportunity to have the US engage proactively in the MDG dialogue with some fresh ideas,’’ said Ben Hubbard, deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Agency for International Development, in an interview with Science Speaks. “We are 10 years in, and five to go. We looked at the data, and asked ourselves what is needed to get to the finish line and what the U.S. can uniquely contribute.’’

The strategy, which was released today in an invitation-only gathering in Washington with no press coverage, comes two months before the United Nations will hold meetings on MDG progress.

It lists significant achievements as well as miserable failings in countries. (more…)

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