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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Susan Rice Says Defending Israel Key Part of U.N. Job
State's Legitimacy on Line 'Every Day' at World Body
Susan Rice said a
major part of her work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is defending
“It’s a huge part
of my work to the United Nations,” Rice said Sunday evening, launching this
year’s Consultation on Conscience, an event for Reform movement social
activists organized by the Religious Action Center.
She likened the
volume of work to her efforts to coordinate Syria’s isolation and to contain
violence and abuses in Sudan.
She said she often
works in “lockstep” with the Israeli delegation.
“We will not rest
in the crucial work of defending Israel’s security and legitimacy every day at
the United Nations,” Rice said.
She said Israel’s
success at the United Nations often is not reported, for instance in joining
the boards of the U.N. Development Program and UNICEF, and in advancing
Rice also discussed
the U.S. role in brokering the birth of South Sudan and in monitoring
continuing abuses in Sudan, and in attempting to rally other nations to
isolate the Assad regime in Syria as a means of stemming the carnage in that
country. The Consultation on Conscience features workshops on social action
and meetings with government figures.
In addition to
Rice, this year’s attendees heard from Gene Sperling,director of the National
Economic Council, and will meet Tuesday with top Republican and Democratic
lawmakers in Congress.
this year include combating genocide, immigration reform, rights of workers
and gay rights.