“Helping the people of Darfur means that we need to see change. Above all, the responsibility rests with Sudan’s government. We can – and should – reconfigure the mission to Darfur to make it more effective. But what will really bring peace to Darfur is holding the government accountable. Sudan’s leaders must disarm militias that still terrorize Darfur’s people. They must support UN peacekeepers and UN staff to accomplish their missions.
As president of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a press conference previewing the Council’s program of work for April, including two thematic sessions devoted to peacekeeping reform and human rights. Ambassador Haley also announced that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a ministerial meeting of the Security Council on nonproliferation and North Korea.
“It’s not every day that the United Nations saves millions of dollars and improves accountability, while at the same time doing its essential work of protecting civilians. With the support of the Security Council, we are changing lives and the culture of the UN for the better. That’s what we did today by reforming the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and what we will do more of in the days ahead as we review each and every UN peacekeeping operation.”
On March 29, Ambassador Haley spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations, where she discussed the U.S. presidency of the UN Security Council in April, including her plans to assess current UN peacekeeping missions and make the case that human rights fall within the Security Council’s responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.
“We want to make sure that our governments support girls and support women so that they always feel like they can show the power of their voice and also be free to act accordingly. We should encourage every country to support these basic rights, and we should help them in any way that we can. But we should also call out any country that is not supporting these basic rights and let them know that we will not stand for it.”
- Ambassador Nikki Haley
“In the coming weeks, the Department of State will launch an open and competitive process to fund transformational projects to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery under a new initiative called the “Program to End Modern Slavery,” which was recently signed into law and thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of U.S. Senator Bob Corker. This initiative will seek to raise $1.5 billion to help countries break the trafficking rings and give support to survivors. The funding will come partly from the U.S.
“The magnitude of the humanitarian crisis is really difficult to overstate, particularly the food insufficiency challenges and the specter of famine. Enabling access for the humanitarian actors – both the UN humanitarian actors and the implementing partners, the NGOs – in each of the four countries we visited will be absolutely essential to turning back famine and for improving food security, especially for these vulnerable populations, such as mothers and their young children.”
“Two nuclear tests, 24 ballistic missiles by North Korea. That’s not normal on anybody’s radar…and it’s something that the world needs to be focused on. When you look at those actions, now go into 2017: we saw that we had a launch in February; we saw the assassination of Kim Jong Nam after that from chemical weapons…and now, a multiple-ballistic-missile launch. This is someone who’s trying to get attention. This is someone who’s trying to cause a reaction. But this is what bothers us: it hit less than 200 nautical miles of Japan.
U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison traveled with the UN Security Council to the Lake Chad Basin region, meeting with government and civil society leaders in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. After speaking with displaced women in a camp in Maiduguri, she said, “I'm coming away with just two words in my brain – protection and access.
“The United States condemns any use of chemical weapons by ISIS or any other non-state actor. We are determined to defeat ISIS, and we will defeat ISIS. Their use of chemical weapons only adds to that urgency. But ISIS’ barbarity is no excuse for Assad’s barbarity. Both used chemical weapons. Both should face the consequences.”
- Ambassador Nikki Haley