A New Approach at the United Nations

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 13, 2009

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.”



Syrian P.
August 13, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered an address titled "A New Course in the World."

Both the United Nations and the World are still UNDER SAME MANAGEMENT so don't expect much change from this NEW and IMPROVED box label, it is the Same-o-same-o as it has been for the past 60 or so years. Expect more horrific improved mass murder wars, poverty,sex slave trade, child labor slavery, dictators and emirs robbing National wealth and air cargo it to New York and London. Last and for sure not the least expect more genocidals and untold human rights violations that if there is a god he will be ashamed.

New Mexico, USA
August 14, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Amb. Rice's full remarks:



It's really great to have a UN ambassador who's logic is virtually self-evident and impossible to argue with, but I have to gently push back on one thing here:


"We work with passion and resolve, because we know that the change that has come to America can also change the world. The time for action is now. The challenges we face are vast. But the opportunities are even greater. And we will seize them?because the United States is back.

Thank you very much." -Amb. Rice


Elvis never actually left the building...(chuckle).

Illinois, USA
August 13, 2009

Angie in Illinois writes:

Finally! I'm so encouraged by this change! Are there any plans in the works to get more involved in any of the treaty bodies, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child? The U.S. is long overdue in paying respect to our most vulnerable group!

South Africa
August 13, 2009

Suleman in South Africa writes:

Having supported with all our hearts the election of Barrack Obama,one is filled with joy to be witness to the sort of new changes in the USA policies and the humility the Obama team is potraying to the world.A wonderful speech by Ambassador Rice.

Let us hope that seeing the excitement change can give the people, the Obama Admn. will help to eradicate the dictatorship which has taken root in Africa now and it can help to get rid of all those leaders who have stayed more than 10 years


Brad B.
August 14, 2009

Brad B. writes:

This is extremely bad news. The U.N. has terrible difficulty tackling big problems and uses disproportionate focus to avoid dealing with them.

The U.S. was the major counter to this but now it's full speed ahead.

I expect that history will judge this to be a catastrophic moment for our planet.

Maryland, USA
August 15, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, Amb Susan Rice --

I like your thoughts on International Cooperation, and the new direction the United Nations is taking. I wish you had a "Magic Wand" that could fix everthing. I think Hillary would like one too . But untill you
get one, i think the work your doing is magical. Especialy to the people the United Nations is helping.

...Have ...A...Nice ...weekend...Susan :) Cya

August 16, 2009

Bardot in Kenya writes:

An idea and charge that will hopefully catch a fire. We all are needed on board. Ambassador Rice is brave in making this statement that will probably be criticized as "U.S." trying to tell other nations how to run their affairs. Our (U.S.) principals are always rooted in democracy and a push to increase global economic opportunity. I applaud her speech and believe we need to make no apologies.

New York, USA
August 18, 2009

Ole in New York writes:

On a somewhat related subject, i'd like to express my respectful dissent toward President Obama's recent criticism of Congress's habits in military spending. I understand the President chided lawmakers for sticking to 'cold war' approach that is rather oriented on tangling with Soviet/Russian or Chinese military advances, than on fighting and beating insurgencies such as in Iraq or Afghanistan. No question it's important to beat those; yet let us not lose sight of the fact that both russian and chinese current regimes are hardly trustworthy, and the time for us to fully put down our 'weapons' and loosen our guard with those countries, has not quite come of yet. Furthermore, the original reason for the Afghan turmoil was precisely the Soviet expansionism, as is the reason for continuing existence of regimes such as North Korean, Sudanese, South Osetian, Burmese, Iranian, Cuban, Hamas, Hezbollah etcetera, and the troubles they still cause. I have all sorts of doubts that we could truly effectively stop and solve all, or many of those conflicts, with the persistent counter-game being played against our policies by Kremlin and Beijing. thus, it's too early, in personally my estimation, to completely switch our military strategies from opposing regular military and political structures, to combating informal insurgencies. Better have it both ways, for now; better safe than sorry


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