Bill Gates was given the opportunity to address the UN General Assembly on the issue of the Millennium Development Goals. He praised the goals for raising awareness on specific issues and leading the world to focus on the many needs, even when some countries are falling short.
“Attention alone won’t change the future. We also need greater innovation. both in the tools we discover and the way we deliver them,” said Gates. He used the eradication of small pox as an example of innovation and distribution leading to the end of the disease. There have been many failures in the collective effort, he says, but optimism should stand above the challenges.