Women are vital to solving all political and social issues facing the world. President Obama said Sunday.

"From the global challenge of climate change, to a world that is not yet free from poverty and conflict, our challenges are many," the president said in a statement commemorating International Women's Day, which is celebrated Sunday. "Women are vital to the solutions to these problems, and we will not sow the seeds for a brighter future or reap the benefits of the change we need without the full and active participation of women around the world."

The president said that he and First Lady Michelle "honor the sacrifices, talents and leadership of women around the world."