“We cannot treat the short and long term as an either-or proposition. We have to try to put out a lot of fires in the here and now. But we can’t let the immediacy of today’s crises distract us from playing a smart long game that will create more stability and more security in the long run.” - Ambassador Samantha Power
The pattern is clear. Where Russia has made commitments, it has failed to meet them. Russia has negotiated a peace plan, and then systematically undermined it at every step. It talks of peace, but it keeps fueling war.
- Ambassador Samantha Power
“In a world where we have a vested interest in seeing violent conflicts curbed and seeing suffering prevented – America needs peacekeeping to work. But precisely at this moment, when we recognize this crucial role that peacekeeping can play in shoring up U.S. interests, our demands on peacekeeping are outstripping what it can deliver. Today, we are asking peacekeepers to do more, in more places, and in more complex conflicts than at any time in history.”
- Ambassador Samantha Power
We stand at a historic juncture. We face the greatest public health crisis ever. And we each have the opportunity to work together in support of the brave and determined people of the region to bend the chilling curve of Ebola’s spread and to end the devastation and suffering that it has wrought. To beat this virus and to produce the seismic shift upon which the lives of an entire generation in West Africa depend, we each have to dig deeper, and we each must conquer the fears that this epidemic has generated.
In the last two weeks, you’ve seen the previous record of co-sponsors for a Security Council resolution broken on two occasions. On the Ebola resolution, where as you know we had 134 co-sponsors—nearly double the prior record of co-sponsors—and then the foreign terrorist fighter resolution passed at the summit that President Obama chaired where we had 104 co-sponsors. So, you see the United States helping to put the weight of the international community into the kinds of collective actions that transnational problems require.
Under the Global Health Security Agenda, we have established specific milestones to measure country-by-country progress, enhance accountability
Biden talks about what it was like on his recent trip to Ukraine
Speaking to the young leaders gathered there, the President reiterated why the United States is so confident in the future strength of Southeast Asia:
|12/19/14||Remarks at a Security Council Debate on Terrorism and Cross Border Crime; U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power|
|12/18/14||Remarks at a Security Council Briefing on Iran and Resolution 1737; Alternate Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs David Pressman|
|12/18/14||Remarks at a Security Council Session on UNAMA; U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power|
|12/17/14||Statement on USAID Administrator Raj Shah; U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power|
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