The United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Campaign, today congratulated Donald Trump on his election as president of the United States of America. Both President-elect Trump and UN Secretary-General-designate António Guterres will begin their terms in January 2017, marking the first time in more than half a century that the U.S. and UN will have new leaders at the same time and signaling an opportunity for robust and dynamic U.S.-UN relations.
“Donald Trump’s election comes at a time when the world depends on American leadership more than ever to advance peace and international cooperation,” said Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation President & CEO. “With a new U.S. President and new UN Secretary-General starting in January, strong engagement at the UN remains crucial to American interests across the globe. We look forward to working with the new Administration to ensure that the U.S. commitment to a strong and effective UN remains a top priority.”
Donald Trump will take office at a time when the U.S. has a strong track record in UN relations. As a result of bipartisan leadership over the past eight years, the U.S. has fully paid its obligations to the UN. As the largest financial supporter, the U.S. remains integral to a strong UN, and the nation’s status as a permanent member of the Security Council and host of UN Headquarters reflects its influence and importance.
The Foundation calls on all sectors to work together to promote core U.S. interests and shared values by supporting U.S.-UN priorities across the globe including peacekeeping, helping the world’s most vulnerable citizens through humanitarian and development aid, and building the planet’s resilience against climate change.
The UN Foundation has worked with Ivanka Trump who serves as a champion for its Girl Up campaign, helping to raise awareness and funds to develop American girls into global leaders and support UN programs that help adolescent girls in developing countries.
The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.