Rx for Child Survival

Section 1: Why Global Health Matters

Point 6: We need to honor commitments we have already made.

Over the years, the United States has made commitments to the international community that have not yet been fulfilled.

In September 2005, President Bush, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, reaffirmed commitments to help meet the UN's Millennium Development Goals of combating poverty, hunger, disease, and other social ills and the terms of the Monterrey Consensus. These goals, and the subsequent consensus among world leaders to target resources to help achieve them, grew out of the UN's 2000 Millennium Summit and a follow-up conference in Monterrey, Mexico.

Because the United States is the wealthiest nation in the world, its contributions to developing countries receive special scrutiny. Individual definitions of assistance and subjective views of obligations continue to sway opinion as to whether the U.S. is carrying through on its commitments.