When Barack Obama was running for president he committed to leading the United Nations and other countries towards a common global goal. Since becoming president, Obama has failed to convince the UN to follow his lead.
There is a consensus brewing among progressives, big-name foreign policy hands and some neoconservatives that a borders/security strategy is a way to leapfrog over current impediments to progress in Israel and Palestine.
Wall Street starts a worldwide recession and donors are contributing less money than ever to the ambitious UN plan to slash poverty. But the world body nonetheless believes it can garner a startling $40 billion in new money.
Hosting the world leaders that signed the Millennium Declaration in New York is certainly among the highlights of my UN career. But I worry that financial and political pressures risk making this week's MDG Review Summit a futile exercise.
This week join Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Hillary Clinton, Shakira, Angelina Jolie, John Hickenlooper, most of our Denver City Council members to make education for all kids worldwide a reality by 2015.