President Obama Signs New Policy Directive on Global Development

September 22, 2010 By Joel Paque

Earlier today, President Obama signed a Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development and presented the policy at a speech before the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit.  This new directive is the first of its kind by a U.S. Administration and is a firm commitment to elevating development as “a core pillar of American power.”

The policy outlines concrete steps to advance development across the government and marks a significant movement forward on our agenda.

The new policy hews closely to the previously available Administration positions on development, including the National Security Strategy and the announcements made around G8 Summit in June of this year.  The new policy is grounded in three pillars:

  • A policy focused on sustainable development outcomes that places a premium on broad-based economic growth, democratic governance, game-changing innovations, and sustainable systems for meeting basic human needs;
  • A new operational model that positions the United States to be a more effective partner and to leverage our leadership; and
  • A modern architecture that elevates development and harnesses development capabilities spread across government in support of common objectives.

Read our analysis of the President’s new directive here.

The White House released the following four fact sheets and the President’s remarks at the MDG Summit:

The President’s Remarks

White House Fact Sheet

Global Health Fact Sheet

Food Security Fact Sheet

Climate Fact Sheet

Other fact sheets from:

Millennium Challenge Corporation