President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Susan Rice

Statement By Timothy E. Wirth, President Of The United Nations Foundation

December 1, 2008


Megan Rabbitt

“President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Susan Rice as the next Ambassador to the United Nations, and his decision to once make this critical posting a cabinet-level appointment, sends an unambiguous signal to the world that the United States intends to reengage with the United Nations at the highest levels. Ms. Rice understands the importance of fostering international cooperation as a means of tackling the great global challenges we face, including climate change, poverty, nuclear proliferation and terrorism.  The United Nations Foundation supports swift confirmation of Susan Rice and looks forward to working with the new Ambassador to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and the United Nations.”

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