Statement by Timothy E. Wirth, President of the Better World Fund on Senate Hearing of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

March 16, 2007


Megan Rabbitt

“I was greatly encouraged to hear Ambassador Khalilzad call the United Nations the most successful institution for the promotion of peace in the world’s history. Ambassador Khalilzad also cited the work of the UN in Afghanistan as a shining example of the UN’s potential to have a ‘profound positive impact’ on global security.

“We hope the U.S. Senate will move quickly to consider the nomination of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who signaled today his appreciation for constructive U.S. engagement with the world. We face unprecedented challenges and opportunities at the UN—from nuclear proliferation to global warming. Rapid action by the Senate will ensure the United States is represented at the highest level in these discussions.”


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