The Millennium Development Goals: Real Family Values

Presentation by Jonathan Granoff, President, Global Security Institute,
delivered at the Millennium Development Goals Awards Ceremony

General Assembly, United Nations
March 17, 2009

The human family is one.

Like any family it needs a home, a place to come together.

The UN aspires to be that home.

That is why it is such an honor to be at the General Assembly tonight. Here one can say we and really mean everyone – everyone, all of us, without boundaries of race, religion, nation, or gender.

This is a place for real family values and policies that serve this one varied, fascinating and funny human family.

In our family tonight there are mothers who must choose which of their children will have enough calories to be alive tomorrow and which might not. Our aunts, our sisters, our mothers should not be in this plight.

We hear so much about Wall Street’s needs and the crisis on Main Street. But for nearly half the human family, their crisis relates to no street. For them, crushing poverty is a dead end.

UN Millennium Goals Awards. UN Press Conference, Sept 2008.

Friday, September 11th, 2008 – at the United Nations the launch of the Millennium Development Goals Awards and it’s twin event the Humanitad Global Impact Forum took place. Designed to recognize global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals while galvanizing a groundswell of support for their achievement by the international public and governments alike, these platforms represent a milestone as public-private partnership between UN agencies and civil society. The inaugural Awards agenda will take place February 26, 2009 at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City.