Yesterday the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Susan Rice, delivered a strong and promising speech on the U.S.'s position towards the United Nations and global cooperation. Many of her statements reflected progress on issues that we at GlobalSolutions.org have been working hard to further.
Rice commended U.N. operations that have helped to rebuild shattered societies, including missions in Haiti where deadly gangs have been defeated and local police have been trained, and missions in Congo that have allowed the first democratic elections in the country to be held. Promising to improve U.S. support to U.N. peacekeeping, Rice pledged more U.S. military staff officers, military observers, civilian police, and other civilian personnel.
Working towards nuclear non-proliferation, Rice recalled U.S. work to have the Security Council condemn North Korea's nuclear weapons tests, and ongoing efforts to constructively engage Iran in the non-proliferation process. She also said that the U.S. is aiming to achieve a successful NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] Review Conference next year.
Referring to the U.S.'s new seat on the Human Rights Council- another action we have championed- Rice acknowledged the need for the U.S. to be involved with such institutions to increase their effectiveness and scope, and to help address their shortcomings.
Elaborating on other causes that we support, Rice said, "We no longer oppose mentions of