Global Governance, Human Rights, International Relations The role of UN ambassador, explained

July 12, 2019
By Brandon Baker | Penn Today

There are few jobs in a president’s administration as curious as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Neither a member of the State Department nor the Department of Defense, or a cabinet member (per se), it’s a job that can appear elusive with no clear sense of its influence. All the same, 29 people have filled the role since the United Nations began meeting in 1946, with the likely 30th—Kelly Craft—in the midst of a confirmation process in the U.S. Senate. 

Here, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who spent time in various roles in the United Nations from 1996 to 2014—including as Jordan’s permanent ambassador to the U.N. and high commissioner for human rights, and president of the U.N. Security Council—and is the distinguished global leader-in-residence at Perry World House, describes the responsibilities of the U.S. ambassador. 

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