Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in Commemoration of United Nations Day

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
October 24, 2010


Today, I join President Obama and our partners around the world in commemorating United Nations Day. Since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has been an indispensable forum for our shared pursuit of peace, economic prosperity, and universal human rights.

If ever there were a time for strong international cooperation, it is now – as we face complex transnational challenges, from humanitarian crises to violent extremism, from failing states to crippling pandemics and climate change.

Renewing U.S. leadership at the United Nations has brought tangible dividends that further key American foreign policy objectives. Recent accomplishments include the strongest UN sanctions ever against Iran and North Korea, renewed momentum to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials, a coordinated global effort to help Haiti recover and rebuild, internationally agreed principles to address food insecurity, and the establishment of UN Women, an important new agency that will elevate women’s issues on the international stage.

Finally, while the United Nations is an invaluable institution, it remains far from perfect. And so the United States is deeply engaged in the critical work of advancing reforms to transform the UN into a more cost-effective and responsive organization, a body that can more effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century.

On this day, we re-commit to the ideals that inspired the founding of the United Nations, and to achieving outcomes that will make the world a more peaceful, prosperous place for our children.


PRN: 2010/236