Introductory Remarks during a Facebook Video Q&A by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
October 16, 2010


Hello, everybody. I’m Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In a minute I’ll get to the questions you submitted on Facebook, but first I’d like to say a few words about the occasion that has brought us here today.

This Sunday is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a day that started with the adoption of a United Nations resolution in 1992. Back then, Americans were just beginning to recognize the contours of our interconnected age. The Soviet Union had just collapsed; Nelson Mandela was engineering the beginnings of democracy in South Africa; developing economies in Asia and South America were on the cusp of lifting millions out of poverty. The possibilities of the internet were still the stuff of imagination. To “Friend” someone back then, you didn’t use a mouse and keyboard, but simply a firm handshake.

A lot has changed since then. But with new opportunities have come new challenges. We know that climate change, disease and violent extremism know no borders. In an interconnected world, underdevelopment, food security, and our national security are inextricably linked. So we are all connected in the fight against poverty. We all share new responsibilities. We all share new opportunities, as well – to learn, serve, give, and get involved.

So now let’s get to a few of your questions.

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PRN: 2010/216