U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice outlined a new U.S. approach to the UN in a speech she delivered at New York University.
Today, at New York University, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered an address titled "A New Course in the World, A New Approach at the United Nations." In it, she offered thoughts on the United States changing the course it charts in the world — and how, consistent with the new direction, the Obama Administration is dramatically changing the U.S. approach to the United Nations.
Ambassador Rice said, "Today, as we steer a new course at the United Nations, our guiding principles are clear: We value the U.N. as a vehicle for advancing U.S. policies and universal rights. We work for change from within rather than criticizing from the sidelines. We stand firm in defense of America’s interests and values, but we don’t dissent just to be contrary. We listen to states great and small. We build coalitions. We meet our responsibilities. We pay our bills. We push for real reform. And we remember that in an interconnected world, what’s good for others is often good for America as well.”