On October 4-5, the world community will consider the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. This is a crucial opportunity to sustain and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
The dispersants used to break up the oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill are indeed toxic, but no more so than the oil itself. They reduce the mechanism by which the oil suffocates or harms some wildlife.
The world will feel like a better place, and we'll feel less helpless, when the oil leak in the Gulf is finally plugged, but this evening reminded me that we face so many other problems where our efforts can help.