AJC Welcomes Confirmation of Samantha Power as UN Ambassador

Aug 02, 2013, 13:41 ET from American Jewish Committee

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC welcomes Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the UN. Her appointment by President Obama was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 87 to 10.

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"The UN post is critically important for U.S. foreign policy, and we look forward to working closely with Ambassador Power, as we have with her predecessors, on issues of concern to our country and the American Jewish community," said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

"She brings impressive qualifications to the job, and represents a strong and principled voice on America's global role. We especially count on her leadership when the UN falls short of its own noble ideals, as too often has been the case."

AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, has been intimately involved with the UN from its establishment in San Francisco in 1945. AJC leaders have served as U.S. ambassadors to the UN in New York and Geneva, and on various UN human rights bodies. Several UN secretarys-general have addressed AJC gatherings, including Kofi Annan at the AJC Global Forum in 2006 and Ban Ki-moon, via video, in 2013.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee