For Immediate Release
September 18, 2017
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a high-level event hosted by President Donald J. Trump on “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development.” Ambassador Haley welcomed representatives from the Member States that have signed a Declaration of Support for United Nations Reform, declaring their commitment to supporting the Secretary-General’s reform initiatives.
“The Declaration of Support for United Nations Reform began as a way to give momentum to Secretary-General Guterres’ efforts to bring greater efficiency, accountability, and transparency to the UN. We thought that having Member States put their names on a document would help ensure that these goals don’t remain just words but become a part of the culture of the UN. The response that we’ve had has been nothing short of fantastic; 128 nations have signed onto the declaration as of this morning, and we’re still counting. That is a supermajority.”
“Today is a great day, but it’s the beginning of a process, not the end. There are 193 members of the United Nations. That means there are about 70 Member States out there that have not yet signed the Declaration of Support for United Nations Reform. Our mission leaving here today is to not be satisfied with less than a complete consensus on this reform agenda. We are always stronger when we speak with one voice, and the future of this institution is worth the extra mile.”
Full transcript of remarks by Ambassador Haley: https://go.usa.gov/xRzXW
Full transcript of remarks by President Trump: https://go.usa.gov/xRzXB
Full video of event: https://go.usa.gov/xRzX5