President Bush's Remarks to the UN General Assembly

Third, the mission of the United Nations requires liberatinq people from the chains of illiteracy and ignorance. Article 26 of the Universal Declaration states, "Everyone has the right to education." €nd when nations make the investments needed to educate their people, the whole world benefits. Better education unleashes the talent and potential of citizens, and adds to the prosperity of all. Better education promotes be tter health, and greater independence. Better education increases the strength of democracy, and weakens the appeal of violent ideologies. So the United States is joining with nations around the world to help them provide a be tter education for their people.

A good education sta rts with good teachers. So In pa rtnership with other nations, America has helped train more than 600,000 teachers and administrators. A good education requires good textbooks. So In partnership with other nations, America has distributed tens of millions of textbooks. A good education requires access to good schools. So in partnership with other nations, America Is helping nations raise standards in their schools at home – and providing scholarships to help students come to schools In the United States. And In all our education efforts, America is working to expand access for women and girls, so that the opportunity to get a decent education Is open to all.

Finally, the mission of the United Nations requires Iiberatinq people from poverty and despair. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration states: "Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, [and] to just and favorable conditions of work." In the 21 St century, this requires ensuring that people in poor countries have the same opportunity to benefit from the global economy that the citizens of wealthy countries have.

The United Nations provides vital economic assistance designed to help developing nations grow their economies and reach their potential.

The United States has dramatically increased our own development assistance – and we are delivering that aid in innovative ways. We started the Millennium Challenge Account to reward nations that govern justly, fight corruption, invest In their people, and promote economic freedom. With this aid, we are reaching out to developing nations In partnership, not paternalism. And we are ensuring that our aid dollars reach those who need them – and achieve results.

In the long run, the best way to lift people out of poverty is through trade and investment. A nation that is open and trading with the world will create ecónomic rewards that far exceed anything they could get through foreign aid. During the 1990s, developing nations that significantly lowered tariffs saw their per capita income grow about three times faster than other developing countries. Open markets ignite growth, encourage investment, increase transparency, strengthen the rule of law, and help countries help themselves.

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