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The U.S. Election to the United Nations Human Rights Council


Washington, D.C. (May 12, 2009) — “The election of the United States to the Human Rights Council is an extremely positive development. For the first time since 2006, the United States will have greater leverage to ensure that the Human Rights Council is an active promoter and protector of human rights for all. The UN Foundation looks forward to working with the Administration and the broad coalition of organizations and individuals who want to see the Human Rights Council live up to its full potential. The work of the Council will not change overnight, but with the election of the United States, the efforts to improve the Council can now begin in earnest.”

About the Better World Campaign

The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit

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