Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2010) – Peter Yeo, Executive Director of the Better World Campaign, released the following statement this evening in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address before Congress:
“Tonight we heard the President say once again that international cooperation needs to be the bedrock of effective American foreign policy.
“In the past year, we have seen this country move in the right direction by engaging with our global partners, including a renewed commitment to the United Nations. By paying our dues, working diligently in the United Nations Security Council, taking a seat on the Human Rights Council, and reengaging in UN-sponsored climate negotiations, we have shown the world that we are serious about international engagement.
“In the immediate response to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, UN peacekeeping forces worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. on relief and recovery efforts on the ground. This mission, borne out of the United States’ commitment to Haiti, is a prime example of the importance of UN peacekeeping operations around the world, and we must ensure that they continue to be fully funded.
“As we look ahead to next week, the President will release the FY11 foreign affairs budget. The Administration and Congress must show the commitment necessary to continue on this path of effective diplomacy.”
About the Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign, an initiative of the Better World Fund, works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations. It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice. For more information, visit www.betterworldcampaign.org.