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pass. >> good afternoon. we are covering the pope's last day in the united states, in philadelphia and his final mass here at the benjamin franklin parkway at the base of the art center here, and as we watch this crowd gather, maybe as many as a million people expected here today. another big event going on new york at the united nations, the global summit on sustainable
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development. the president of the united states is expected to speak there. we are covering both of these stories and we will get a chance to listen to the president. standing by at the u.n. to give us a preview. >> reporter: this is the third day of the u.n. sustainable development summit. the real focus are the 17 sustainable development goals that have been adopted, target, if you will, to hit by 2013. utopian in nature and very broad in scope. but these 17 goals are aimed at eradicating hunger and poverty, tackling chooiment change, tackling inequality including income inequality and empowering women and girls and promoting gender e quality. as i said, very, very broad in scope. from president obama, we are
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clooirl to hear a emphasis on gender equality. and the price tag for implementing these goals is estimated at $3 trillion a year. >> is an enormous price tag. there is no way the continual can reap that. it will take help from the private sector but good governorr goverance, in the form of ending corruption, tax collecting, closing loopholes on tax avoidances and going after tax evadeers and stopping the elicit transfer of funds to get the money out of the shadows, if you will, moving it toward sustainable development goals. it will be interesting to hear what the president has to say. the president is going to speak today on sustainable development but then he is going to speak to the u.n. general assembly tomorrow and a big meeting with vladimir putin as well. right? >> exactly.
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tomorrow is a very big day president obama will address the assembly and vladimir put thein of russia and that critical meeting that will happen on the sidelines between president obama and president vladimir putin which basically calms timeout on the white house's year-long effort to isolate russia over its policies in ukraine. very interesting, that meeting was just announced on friday and really, this meeting, what forced it to take place is the sudden and rapid deployment, if you will, of military resources by russia flu to syria. >>. >> he is about to make a speech. let's listen. >> good afternoon. fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honor to be here to address the topic
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of circulating nurse stainable development. you know, in many of our nations, especially developed countries, there is among our general population a genuine compassion towards those in need. there is a recognition of the grinding poverty so many experience every day around the world. and yet sometimes, it's said that our efforts to combat poverty and disease do not and cannot work, there are some places beyond hope,t certain people and regions are condemned to an endless cycle of poverty.
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here today, we put those myths to rest. today, we set aside skepticism and we lifted up the hope that is available to us through collective action. because the world came together in unprecedented effort, the global hunger rate has already been slashed. tennessee of millions of more boys and girls are in school. tlooement of malaria and tuberculosis have sailed nooefl $60 million. hiv aids infections and deaths have plummeted. more than 1 billion people have lifted themselves up from extreme poverty. 1 billion. scan the entire world can take enormous pride in these historic
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achievements. and so let the skeptics and crinnicri cynics know that development works. investing in public health works. we can break the cycle of poverty. people this nations can rise in t in to prosperity. despite the cruelties of the world and the ravages of disease, millions of lives can be saved in we are focused and if we work together. cynicism is our enemy. a belief in capacity and the dignity of every individual and r recognition that we, each of us, can play a small part to play in lifting up people all around the world, that is the message that we are sending here today.
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because of the work of so many assembled here today, we can point to past success and we are here today because we understand that our work is nowhere near done. we can take pride in what we have accomplished, but we cannot be come placent when less than boys and girls die every single minute from preventable causes, we know we have more work to do. when hundreds of women die every single day just from having a baby, we know we have more work to do. when tens of millions of children are still not in school, when hundreds of millions of people have no clean water, no toilets, we have so much more to do right now, some 800 million men, women, and children are scraping bio less
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than $1.25 a day. imagine that. gripped by the ache of an empty stomach. billions of our fiellow human beings are at risk from dying from diseases that we know how to prevent. many children are just one mosquito bite away from death. >> is a moral outrage. there is a profound injustice. it is literally a matter of life and death. now, the world must act. we cannot leave people behind. so today we xwhit ourselves to new sustainable goals, including our goal of ending extreme poverty in our world. we do so understanding how difficult the task may be.
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we suffer no illusions of the challenges ahead. but we understand this is something that we must commit ourselves to because in doing so, we recognize our most basic bond, our common humanity compel us to act. an impoverished child in a slum or in a neighborhood not that far from here is just as equal, just as worthy as any of our children, as any of us, as any head of government or leader in this great hall. we reaffirm it is not charity but one of the smartest investments we can make in our own future. after all, it is a lack of development, when people have no education, no jobs, no hope, a
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feeling that their basic human dignity is being violated that helps fuel so much of the tensions and conflict and instability in our world. i profoundly believe many of the conflicts, the refugee crisis, the military interventions over the year might have been avoided if nations had truly invested in the lives of their people and if the wealthiest nations on earth were better partners in working with those that are trying to lift themselves up [applause.] as recaalph bunch said peace is matter of men fighting or not fighting. peace to be meaning must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health, and education.
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nus work, the sglurningsz will continue to be your partner. five years ago, i pledged the u.s. would be the largest donor of development assistance, including in global health. in times of crisis, we are the largest provider of humanitarian aid in times of disaster and crisis, the world can count on the friendship and generosity of the american people. the question before us, though, as an international community is: how do we meet these new goals that we have set today? how can we do our work better? how can we? >> as we listen to the president, we just want to let you know that the pope has
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appeared in the popemobile before he says mass this afternoon in philadelphia. as we said, we are covering two different stories, the president speaking on sustainable development at the united nations and the pope getting ready for the big mass for possibly a million people in philadelphia as he prepares to say goodbye to the united states. let's listen in to the president again again. >> and we start by understanding that this next chapter of development cannot fall victim to the old divides between developed nations and developing ones. poverty, growing inequality, exists in all of our nations and all of our nations have work to do. >> includes here in the united states. that's why my administration has worked to keep millions of families to keep from falling into poverty, why we have brought quality healthcare to more than 17 million americans.
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here in this country, the wealth yecht nation on earth, we are still working every day to perfect our union and to be more equal and more just and to treat the most vulnerable members of our society with value and concern. that's why today, i am committing the united states to achieving the sustainable development goals and as long as i am president -- (applause.) -- and as long as i am president, and well after i am done being president, i will keep fighting for the education and housing and healthcare and jobs that reduce inequality and create opportunity here in the united states and around the world [applause.] this is not just a job for politicians. it's work for all much us.
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this next chapter of do. cannot be about what governments spend. it has to harness the unprecedented resources of our inter connected world. in just a few short years, in the areas of health and food security and energy, my administration is committed and helped mobilize more than $100,000,000,000 to promote development and save lines, more than $100,000,000,000. guided by the new consensus we reached in odis, i am calling on others to join us. more goverance. more institutions. more businesses. more philanthropies, more ngo did, more faith communities, more citizens. we all need to step up with the will and the resources and the coordination to achieve our goals. this must be the work of the world. at the same time this next
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chapter of development must focus not simply on the dollars we spend but on the results that we achieve. this demands new technologies, data, behavioral science, understanding that there are -- there is less options that we have learned, best practices on how people leave, breaking cycles of sequences dependence by giving people not just fish but teaching them how to fish. that's the purpose of do. as you bln stot president talk about ending pofsht and disease, a topic that's close to the heart of pope francis who is in philadelphia right now, giving
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kind of one last spin around benjamin franklin parkway before he prepares to say mass, we will dip back into the president. >> although we have to do that, and we have. let's also strengthen public health systems. and advance global health security to prevent epidemics in the first place. as more countries take ownership of their hiv aids programs, the united states is setting two new goals: over the next two years, we will increase the number of people that are funding -- our funding reaches so nearly 13 million people with hiv aids get good lifesaving treatment and we will invest 300 million to help achieve a 40% reduction in new hiv infections among young women and girls in the hardest h-hit areas of subsaharan africa. i believe we can do that, the
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first aids-free generation. this next chapter of development must unleash africa growth not just for a few at the top, but inclusive growth that lifts up the fortunes of the meany. we know the ingredients for creating jobs and opportunity. they are not a secret. let's embration reforms that may address need. leads trade and build more together, make it easier for developing countries to sell more of their goods around the world. let's invest in our greatest resource: our people, their education, their skills. let's invest in innovative entrepreneurs, the striving young people who em embrace new technologies and are starting businesses and can ignite new industries that change the world
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up met young people om every continent. they can lead the wave if we give them the tools they need. on you newer development goals are am bishsz. thanks to the good work of many of you, they are achievable if we work together, if we meet our responsibilities to each other. i believe that. the progress of recent years gives us hope. we know what works. we know how to do this. perhaps becauses? my 7th year of addressing the general assembly, i am becoming more blunt. along with the gray hair, i am likely to speak my mind. indulge me when i say we will never achieve our goals if we do
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not squarely confronts several insidious threats around the world. no matter how much hard work is done, development agencies, no matter how large the donations and commitments that are made by donor countries, if we don't take care of other developments, we will not meet the golds that we have set. number 1, development is threatened by bad goverance. development and economic growth that is sustainable and inclusive depends upon governments and institutions that care about that their people, that are accountable, that respect human rights and deliver justice for everybody and not just some. so in the face, of corruption that signs billions away from
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schools and hospitals and infrastructure into foreign bank accounts, governments have to embrace transparency and open government and rule of law in combatting i will litsit finance must become a global effort because it is part of our development effort. groups must be free to speak their mind and develop. that's how countries succeed. development is also threatened by ineine inequality. this is a political debate we have in this country. i want to be clear. this is not something from which the united states is immune to. every country has to grapple with this issue. the wealthiest and most our societies oftentimes like to keep things as they are. and they often have disproportionate political
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influence. when poor children are more likely to get sick and die than children in wealthier neighborhoods just across town, when rural families are more likely to go without clean water... religious minorities or people with disabilities, or people of different sexual orientations are discriminated against or can't access education and opportunity, that holds all of us back and so in all of our countries, we have to invest in the interventions that allow us to reach more people because no one should be left behind just because of where they live or what they look like. development is threatened by old attitud attitudes. in the too many places girls are less likely to be in school that
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boys. less likely to have a job than men and more likely to live in poverty. i said this before, and i will ke keep repeating it. one of the best indicators of whether a country will succeed is how it treats its women [applause.] when women have an education, when women have a job, their children are more likely to get an education. their families are healthier and more prosperous. their communities and countries do better as well. so every nation, all of our nations, must invest in the he had kapings and health and skills of our women and girls. and i have to say, i do not have patience for the excuse of, well, we have our own ways of doing things [applause.]
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i understand we understand there is a long tradition in every society of discriminating against women but that's not an excuse for taking a new path in order to make sure that every one in the society has opportunity. development is threatened if we do not recognize dinism of today's effort. ling million dollars struggle in daily assaults on their lives and dignity. when i visited africa it gave me hope and should give you hope. >> continent is one of the fastest growings regions of the worlds with a rising middle class. during my travels, africans,
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especially young africans, tell me they don't just want aid. they want trade. they want businesses. they want investment. i equal on the world to join us. power africa, our initiative to bring electricity and greater opportunity to more than 60 african homes and businesses. if we get africa fulfilling it's potential, every one here will be helped. it's not a sum game. we are
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>> those countries that can must do more to accommodate refugees, recognizing that those children are just like ours. but our efforts must be matched by the hard work of diplomacy and reconciliation to rend conflicts that so often tear societies apart. as i said earlier, war and
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conflict is more likely to arise where we have bad governorance and we have high inequality and we have discrimination against minority groups and ethnic groups and we have low educational levels. these things are all related. finally, development is threatened by climate change, and i want to thank the secretary general for the extraordinary leadership and work he has done on this issue [applause.] all of of our countries will be affected by a change in climate, but the world's poorest people will bear the heaviest burden. the rising seas, more intense routes, shortages of water and
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food, we will see cry mate change refugees. pope francis implored the world: this is a moral calling. in just two months, the world has an opportunities to unite around a strong global agreement. preside i saw president hollande walk in a few moments ago. we will be emerging in paris with his leadership, we need to establish the tools and fansing to help developing nations embrace clean energy, adapt to climate change and ensure that there is not a false choice between economic development and the best practices that can save our planet. we can do the same at the same time and the communities and lives of billions of people depend upon the work that we do.
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(applause.) future generations of young people watching today and tomorrow will judge us by the choices we make in the months and years ahead. one of those young people is eva tologet. eva lives in a village in taz tansania. she wrote wrote me a letter. i get 10 letters a day. mostly from the united states but sometimes international. i get 40,000 a day, but i read 10. avera eva told me about her parents,
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farmers who struggle to provide for seven children. this young 15-year-old girl the age of my daughters. she dreams of going to college but with little food to eat, she explained how it's hard for her sometimes to concentrate in school. she explained her house doesn't have electricity so it's hard for her to study at night. it's not because her father doesn't have ambitions for her. her father works incredibly hard in the fields to pay for her education. they need a little bit help. i won't let him down, she said. i will do whatever it takes, she said in her letter. knowing we would be gathered in this summit to help lift up families like hers, she asked me a question that could be asked of all of our nations: what
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will you commit to doing? what will you do? there are billions of bodies and girls like eva. they have as much talent and as much hope for the future and they are willing to work hard an their parents love them just as much as we love ours. just by the accident of birth, it's so much more difficult for them to achieve their dreams as it is for our children. but in the eyes of god, they are the same. for eva and all of those just trying to survive another day in conditions that many of us can barely imagine, it can sometimes seem if the world is blind to their struggles and


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