United States Ambassador to the United Nations

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations (full title: "Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations", also known as the U.S. Permanent Representative, or "Perm Rep", to the United Nations) is the leader of the United States' delegation to the United Nations. As such, he/she is charged with representing the United States on the UN Security Council, as well as being the representative of the United States in all plenary meetings of the General Assembly except in the rare situation in which a superior officer of the United States (such as the U.S. Secretary of State or the President of the United States) is present. Like all United States ambassadors, he/she must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Currently, the permanent Ambassador is Zalmay Khalilzad, having succeeded acting Ambassador Alejandro Daniel Wolff. The previous interim permanent Ambassador, John R. Bolton (selected by recess appointment) resigned in the face of poor confirmation prospects after the 2006 elections returned a Democratic majority.

The following is a list of those who have held the office:

External links

* [http://www.usunnewyork.usmission.gov United States Mission to the United Nations]
* [http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/com/12316.htm U.S. Department of State's listing of U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations]

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