The U.S. Senate has confirmed Joseph Torsella as U.S. representative for United Nations management and reform.
Torsella was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama in November. He will replace acting Ambassador Joe Melrose.
Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, said in an April 15 statement: “The United States is working urgently and determinedly toward a leaner and more effective United Nations that can more fully realize its founding values, prevent conflict, help halt nuclear proliferation, isolate human rights abusers, promote democracy, and provide lifesaving food, medicine, and shelter. As Ambassador, Joe will head a team that, under the able leadership of acting Ambassador Joe Melrose, has continually pushed for much-needed reforms – from a more disciplined UN budget and a more mobile, meritocratic UN civilian workforce to a culture of greater transparency and accountability.”
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