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30 March 2017
UNA-NCA President's Statement: UN Ambassador Haley Sets Forth Important Priorities as the US Assumes Security Council Presidency

In her address to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nicki Haley, set forth three priorities that she will advance when the US assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council in April.

First, she stated that human rights should be essential to the Security Council's peace and security mission. She contended that the abuse of human rights is often the cause of conflict, that it should be addressed up front by the Security Council, and that the United States should be a strong advocate of human rights as "the moral conscience of the world." We agree. Hopefully when Ambassador Haley visits the Human Rights Council in Geneva in June, she will learn that US leadership at the HRC is essential in shaping the agenda and addressing human rights abuses around the world.

Second, Ambassador Haley called for a comprehensive review of UN Peacekeeping missions. Hopefully she will draw upon the many studies that have been done and recognize the value to US national security of UN peacekeepers protecting civilians and keeping the peace in conflict areas, often in failed and failing states that are breeding grounds for terrorism, where the US would not want to send boots on the ground. It is timely and appropriate to evaluate the specific mandate, need for, and performance of each peacekeeping mission, and to ensure that peacekeepers are well trained and accountable. UN peacekeeping can and should be a very cost-effective tool in the US defense arsenal that the Administration seeks to strengthen.

Finally, Ambassador Haley reaffirmed her commitment and that of the Secretary General to seek reforms at the UN that will make it more effective in realizing the vision of the San Francisco Charter. We agree that US constructive leadership, working closely with like-minded allies and the new Secretary General, is essential to an effective United Nations.

- Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired) 
 

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