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Peter Yeo

President of the Better World Campaign and Senior Vice President at the United Nations Foundation

As President of the Better World Campaign, Peter Yeo leads the Campaign’s strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration to promote a strong U.S.-UN relationship. Under Yeo’s leadership, the Better World Campaign has helped ensure multibillion dollar payments from the U.S. government to the UN. Yeo also serves as the Senior Vice President at the United Nations Foundation.

Yeo joined the Better World Campaign in 2009 with over twenty years of legislative, analytical, and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the State Department. Prior to arriving at UNF, Yeo served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). He has worked on a broad range of foreign policy and foreign aid issues. On behalf of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats, he led the successful negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR, as well as the successful $50 billion reauthorization of the law in 2008.

He also shepherded into law several measures dealing with China, Tibet, Burma, and East Timor. Prior to his work with the Committee, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department during the second Clinton Administration, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. arrears to the United Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto. Yeo holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University as well as a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading independent nonpartisan foreign policy think tank, and a Board Member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Peter Yeo in the News

I think ‘gumbo diplomacy’ works wherever she can get her kitchen together and invite diplomats over to make gumbo.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Pass Blue

I think another day one action is Paris Climate Accord. We will have missed the deadline, unfortunately, to withdraw...But the U.S. could...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

UN Dispatch

We are going to have more leverage if we have met our financial commitments and if we are not behind on them.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Devex

The incoming administration must work with Congress to champion reforms and secure U.N. funding that will change the future of the organization...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Hill

Putting Samantha Power at the table...can really transform the way that USAID implements the programs...in some of the real hotspots around the...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Voice of America

To cut money from the World Health Organization just as the WHO is on the front lines of the conoravirus rattles the...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Washington Post

This is precisely the wrong time to be cutting funds to the World Health Organization.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Foreign Policy

This is basically a slash and burn approach as it relates to the U.N. regular budget and U.N. peacekeeping.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Foreign Policy

U.N. workers face unbelievable risks to help people all over the world.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Los Angeles Times

A lot of State Department employees feel that there is not a lot of direction right now.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Boise State Public Radio

There’s a real danger that a withdrawal from the UPU would set off postal wars.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Wall Street Journal

[The UN] is also the first place the world turns to when peace is under threat.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Hill

It's impossible to get anything done in the U.N. if you don't have American support, not only financially, but also diplomatically.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

NPR

The ‘we pay the bills’ rhetoric doesn’t help.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Gulf Times

When the world comes together to talk and to fight for human rights, the U.S. should be at the table.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Devex

U.S. leadership matters. We’re still the only ones with credibility on human rights on the world stage.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Washington Post

The response to not getting reform shouldn’t be to pull out. It should be to redouble American leadership.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Buzzfeed News

The U.S. government must help lead the international response and ensure that first responders have the resources they need to act quickly...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Hill

The stark numbers contained in the report don’t reflect the fact that countries agree with the United States the vast majority of...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Foreign Policy

The progress that has been made so far is unbelievable.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

CNBC Africa

The closing of the peacekeeping mission in Liberia is a milestone moment.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Devex

By supporting UN Peacekeeping efforts, the U.S. saves money and doesn’t have to put its own boots on the ground – it’s...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

CNN

The Trump administration has made burden-sharing an essential part of its foreign policy strategy. U.N. peacekeeping operations provide a prime example of...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

The Washington Examiner

By working through the U.N., we can ensure that other nations share the responsibilities of global security and humanitarian relief.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

USA Today

He’s a forceful outspoken leader on the global stage and that’s something the U.N. needs.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

USA Today

If the U.N. is to extricate the bad actors...it must show that new policies will be implemented with unshakable resolve.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Los Angeles Times

U.S. must ensure security in region for safety of Americans.

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

Houston Chronicle

UN peacekeepers are targets because they’re viewed as trying to work to establish peace and stability and to work with the political...

Peter Yeo

President, Better World Campaign

MSNBC