New York

05 June 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Appointment of Susan Rice as United States National Security Adviser

The Secretary-General extends his warm congratulations to Susan Rice on her appointment as the United States National Security Adviser. He wishes her every success in this important new position as she continues her distinguished career in the service of her country.

The Secretary-General appreciates the dynamic role that Susan Rice has played as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2009.  She has been a strong voice in the Security Council and an effective advocate on the full range of issues before the United Nations, from peace and security to human rights and development. The Secretary-General has benefitted greatly from her support and counsel.  He welcomes the firm commitment she so often demonstrated, in particular to African issues and on matters such as women’s empowerment. The United Nations as a whole has benefitted from her commitment to strong US engagement with the Organization as the world’s principal forum for addressing key global challenges through cooperative and multilateral solutions. 

The Secretary-General looks forward to continued cooperation with Susan Rice in her new capacity, and to welcoming her successor to the United Nations.