Week One: U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

Posted by Patrick Ventrell
September 4, 2009

About the Author: Patrick Ventrell serves as Information Officer and Deputy Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York. He is a member of the Mission’s Security Council team.

On Tuesday, the United States assumed the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of September. The Council Presidency rotates among all 15 members in alphabetical order. This year the U.S. leads the Security Council during the same busy time when nearly every world leader visits the UN for the annual General Assembly.

As Ambassador Rice said recently in a speech at NYU, we are steering a new course at the UN, putting into practice President Obama’s vision of a new era of engagement that advances America’s national security interests. September will be a critical month for this new approach, as the world’s attention zeroes in on the UN.

To give you a short recap of our first week with the Presidency of the Council: On Tuesday Ambassador Rice held comprehensive bilateral consultations with all of the other 14 members of the Council. Then on Wednesday, she chaired a meeting of the Council to adopt September’s program of work in closed consultations (the Security Council has a small consultations room located off of a hallway just outside the famous Council Chamber). Then Ambassador Rice held a lengthy press conference in the UN Press Briefing Room, where, among other things, she announced some new information about U.S. plans for the upcoming General Assembly session.

Some of the highlights from the press conference: On September 24, President Obama will become the first U.S. President to chair a Security Council Summit when he leads a session on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. On September 30, Secretary Clinton will chair a meeting on Women, and Peace and Security, to focus attention on the critical issue of violence against women in zones of conflict, and to consider adoption of a resolution as a follow-on to the landmark efforts put forth in Resolution 1820. And, also of note, on September 9, former President Bill Clinton will attend an open debate on the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in his role as the Secretary General’s special envoy.

Watch the video above to see Ambassador Rice talking in more depth about the President’s schedule, as well as answering questions on a number of key foreign policy challenges including North Korea, Sudan and Afghanistan, among others.

Finally, to wrap up the week, on Thursday and Friday the Council held meetings of the troop contributing countries for the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Liberia and Haiti, giving these contributing countries time to voice their positions before the Council formally discusses the status of those missions next week.

Stay tuned here, or at www.usun.state.gov, throughout September for more blogging, pictures and behind the scenes peeks at all of the action happening at UN Headquarters in New York.

Comments

Comments

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
September 4, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, Hillary, Susan and Netizens of the Department of States.

I'm very happy Hillary had a meeting with Ambassador Susan Rice this morning . I know they had a lot to talk about with everything thats going on this year. I hope they are able to work as a team on Nuclear Nonproliferation and other important issues that we're facing this year.

Have A Nice Lador Day Weekend Cya :) :)

Ron
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New York, USA
September 4, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Proposal for UN Security Council:

Remove all emblems and symbols of war from member state flags and seals.

jana
|
Philippines
September 5, 2009

Jana in the Philippines writes:

This is great!

Go go go Obama...Filipino women loves you...

Ron
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New York, USA
September 7, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

End Corruption...repatriate stolen funds....Finance Development....End AIDS....Reach MDG's...Acheive the UN goals of Security and Peace

Ron
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New York, USA
September 8, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Are U.S. dues all paid up at UN?

Has UN implemented all reforms requested by U.S. and all prior SG's?

When will UN resources be decentralized?

Will UN end internal corruption?

Ron
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New York, USA
September 11, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Reflect on 9/11

Vision a Future of Peace and Security

Act to meet the MDG's.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 11, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

KEEPING THE FOCUS.....

AT UN THE US HAS ONE MONTH TO PROVIDE A CLEAR LEADERSHIP AGENDA WITH THE SECURITY COUNCIL:

1- REAFFIRM THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UN CHARTER FOR PEACE, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT (MDG'S)

2- REDUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND ARMS SALES (SALW)

3- MOVE AGAINST ALL FORMS OF GENOCIDE

4- WITHDRAW FROM AFGHANISTAN ND IRAQ

5- RESHAPE THE BRETTON WOODS INSTITUTIONS TO SERVE THE GLOBAL GOOD

6- SET GLOBAL HEALTH AS A PRIMARY SECURITY GOAL

7- RECRAFT AND REVITALIZE THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS MISSION

8-EXPAND SC MEMBERSHIP AND LINKS WITH GA AND ECOSOC (NGO'S)

9- SET GLOBAL SECURITY CONFERENCES FOR LAKE SUCCESS AND FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK

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