• US-UN Relations


    Samantha Power Urges US Congress to Approve UN Funding for 2015

    by  • April 4, 2014 • US-UN Relations • 

    Samantha Power

    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, testified on April 2 before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs — on the financing of the UN. (The US remains the single-largest financial contributor to the UN.) The subcommittee is chaired by Nita Lowey, a [...]

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    UN Decolonizers Strive Again for Puerto Rican Independence

    by  • February 18, 2014 • Caribbean, General Assembly, Latin America, US-UN Relations • 

    Old San Juan, PR

    DORADO, Puerto Rico — Year after year, decade after decade, the United Nations General Assembly’s special committee on decolonization has taken up the issue of Puerto Rico’s status as a dependent commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Rico is self-governing but without the full representation in Washington enjoyed by the 50 American states or the [...]

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    Iowa Teachers Connecting With the World

    by  • December 10, 2013 • Asia, US-UN Relations • 

    Umbrellas in China

    It is a summer school for teachers, with a big difference. Sixteen of them working in the schools of Muscatine, Iowa, have been awarded grants since 2005 to travel abroad to enhance their global knowledge through the Catherine Miller Explorer Awards, a project of the Iowa-based Stanley Foundation, an internationally recognized global organization that stays [...]

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    The US Could Soon Lose Its Voting Ability at Unesco

    by  • October 17, 2013 • UN Agencies, US-UN Relations • 

    Monticello, a Unesco World Heritage Site

    The United States may be ineligible to vote in Unesco’s November elections to choose members of the agency’s executive board and the next director-general, among other major matters, because the US stopped paying its dues as a member in October 2011. Unesco, formally called the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is known for its [...]

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    A UN Garden, Sweet With Fair Roses

    by  • August 13, 2013 • US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    A Kenyan in the UN rose garden

    Set discreetly within the 17-acre compound of the United Nations on the East River, about 1,550 roses grow and bloom year after year. The UN roses, flowers with imaginative names, are donated by All America Rose Selections, a nonprofit group dedicated to the cause of “exceptional roses.” They consist of hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras and [...]

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    From Rice to Power at the United Nations

    by  • August 1, 2013 • Human Rights, Security Council, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Samantha Power

    President Obama’s choice of Samantha Power to become the next United States ambassador to the United Nations and her recent confirmation by the Senate sends a strong, positive signal to all human-rights defenders. “As one of our country’s leading foreign policy thinkers, Samantha knows that our nation’s interests are advanced with strong and principled American [...]

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