The United States just wrapped up its successful July Presidency of the UN Security Council. The presidency -– which rotates monthly and now goes to Argentina in August –- focused on issues as far ranging as the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria to the conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
The July Presidency marked the first UN visit of John Kerry as Secretary of State. The Secretary spoke passionately on peace in the Great Lakes region while chairing a highly anticipated ministerial debate, which also included other high-level briefers, including the UN Secretary-General and for the first time in the Council’s history, the President of the World Bank.
In another first for the Council, journalists spoke during an open debate on the Protection of Journalists in Armed Conflict, a theme the United States highlighted in different ways throughout the month. For example, working with the U.S. Institute of Peace and the City University of New York, the U.S. Mission to the UN hosted New York’s first TechCamp, where 80 journalists, technologists, academics and civil society activists met to create innovative ways to use technology to allow reporters covering crises around the globe to operate more safely and effectively.
While the United States is done with the hard work of the July Presidency, plenty of works remains as the U.S. Mission gears up for the UN General Assembly starting in September. Keep up with all of the action by following the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Twitter and by liking it on Facebook.
See more highlights of our UN Security Council Presidency on Storify.