International Cooperation, Optimism Necessary To Confront Global Development Challenges, Obama Says At Goalkeepers Meeting

Agence France-Presse/New Vision: Obama: ‘No One Nation’ Can Confront Global Development Challenges
“Former U.S. President Barack Obama said nations must cooperate to confront some of world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, poverty, disease, and discrimination. ‘The biggest problems we confront — no one nation is going to be able to solve on its own — not even the United States of America,’ Obama said before an international summit organized on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly…” (9/21).

CNN: Obama swipes at, but doesn’t name, Trump
“In a rare public appearance eight months after leaving office, former President Barack Obama took shots at his successor’s plans on health care and foreign policy but didn’t criticize him by name. … He defended institutions like the United Nations as essential to collective diplomacy. … Obama’s speech at an event sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation came during Trump’s first trip to the U.N. General Assembly, the yearly gathering of diplomats in New York…” (Liptak, 9/21).

Devex: Barack Obama on how to convince a nation that development is a bargain
“…Obama called for public education that tells a good story and pointed out that aid is ‘actually a bargain’ — and that it is intrinsically linked with security … By laying out how to convince the public that foreign aid makes sense for America, he also seemed to suggest how to frame global development in a way that might resonate with the current administration, as he explained that philanthropy cannot fill the void that any retreat in U.S. funding might leave…” (Cheney, 9/21).

PBS NewsHour: WATCH: Obama speaks at global health event
“Former President Barack Obama spoke at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers event in New York on Wednesday to measure the progress of global health over the past 25 years. This event is timed to the U.N. General Assembly and the release of a report by Bill and Melinda Gates, which measures the world’s health according to 18 indicators…” (9/20).

Quartz: “Relentless and infectious optimism”: Barack Obama’s recipe for success in a scary world
“…In a chipper mood in his post-presidential life, Obama’s speech focused not on the perils ahead but what everyone can do to overcome them. That began, however, by rejecting Trump’s bleak worldview: If offered to pick any period of human existence to live in, ‘this would be the time you wanna be showing up on this planet,’ Obama said, pointing to developments in education, women’s rights, and minority rights…” (de Haldevang/Merelli, 9/21).

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