Senate Hearings for US Ambassador for UN Management and Reform

Mark Leon Goldberg
UN Dispatch

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings on the nomination of Joseph M. Torsella as the United States Ambassador for UN Management and Reform (and alternate US Ambassador to the General Assembly.) Torsella is a former head of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education; former Deputy Mayor of the city of Philadelphia; former Rhodes Scholar; and for the past decade the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, which is a museum and civic center in Philadelphia. (It was the cite chosen for then-candidate Barack Obama’s speech on race relations in the United States.) Torsella also launched two (unsuccessful) bids for elected office in Pennsylvania.

So, does this impressive biography mean he’s got the chops for UN reform?  At least one former United Nations Ambassador thinks so: President George H.W Bush, who served as UN Ambassador from 1971 to 1973, has written in support of Torsella’s nomination, saying, “I would have been proud to have him on my team.”

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