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.” 

Read more about U.S. development aid.

About the author

  • Eliza villarino 400x400

    Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.