President Trump Addresses Meeting on U.N. Reform CSPAN September 18, 2017 10:04pm-10:19pm EDT
first of all, thank you all for coming. thank you to all of our guests for being here. [applause] thank you all. now you may exit stage left. announcer: later tonight, texas lawmakers survey the damage from hurricane harve. hillary clinton talks about her book. first, we take you to new york city where president trump spoke to a u.n. meeting. we will start from -- with remarks from nikki haley. good morning and welcome.
thank you and welcome to event that shows it truly is a new day at the you and. i thank you very much for being here. we had to get a bigger room to accommodate everybody today. that is one of the greatest signs of hope for the u.n. that we have seen since i have been here. the declaration of support for united nations reform began as a way to give momentum to the terrace efforts to bring efficiency and transparency to the u.n.. we thought that having members put their names on a document when help insure that these goals do not just remain words, but become part of the culture of the u.n.. hasresponse we have had been nothing short of fantastic. thenations have signed onto declaration as of this morning,
and we are still counting. that is a super majority. i think our cohost today, our friends from canada, germany, niger,ia, japan, jordan, slovakia,negal, thailand, the u.k., and uruguay. most of all, i think all of you. the fact that somebody are committed to seeing the u.n. succeed is gratifying. it is a sign not only that change is desperately needed, but that it will be achieved. you are the reason changes coming to the u.n. to introducehonor someone who is no stranger to change. has a businessman dive for seeing potential. , notes great potential just in the reform movement, but in the u.n. itself. he shares your commitment to creating a more effective advocate for peace, security,
i applaud the secretary-general for laying out a vision to reform the u.n. so that it better serves the people we represent. we support your efforts to look across the system and find ways the u.n. can better and be better at development, management, peace, and security. the u.n. was founded on truly noble goals. dignity and worth of the human person and striving for international peace. the u.n. has advanced towards these goals in so many ways, feeding the hungry, providing disaster relief, and empowering women and girls in many six ideas across the world. in recent years the u.n. has not reached its full potential, because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. while the u.n. on a regular budget has increased by 140% and
staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment. but i know that under the secretary-general, that is changing fast. we are seeing it. that is why we come and the and his calleral for the united nations to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy. u.n. that regains the trust of the people around the world. to it in order to achieve this, the u.n. must hold every level accountable, or text, and focus on results. to honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden.
militarily or financially. we also ask that every peacekeeping mission have clearly defined goals and metrics for evaluating success. he deserved to see the value of the united nations and it is our to them.ow it we encourage the secretary-general to fully use his authority to cut through the bureaucracy, reform outdated systems and make decisions to advance the un's formation. we encourage states to look at ways to take a bold stands at the u.n. toward -- with an eye toward changing business as being connected to ways of the past. secretary-general, the united states and the member states present today support this great reform vision.
we pledge to be partners in your work. i'm am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the united nations will emerge as a stronger, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world. thank you, mr. secretary general. i look forward to advancing the shared goals in the years to come. it is a great honor to be with you today. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mr. president. i came to the u.n. about the same time as the secretary-general. he and i shared a mission to find value. we share the goal of a better u.n. not a cheaper one or a more expensive one. not a smaller one or a bigger one. a better one. an organization with the trust
and capability to deliver on its mandate to promote peace, security, and human rights. over the past eight months, he has been a partner and become a friend. his leadership brings us together today. ladies in general -- ladies and gentlemen, secretary tony iteris. mr. president, thank you very much for your engagements and support. may also think ambassador haley for leadership partnership and commitment. i am very grateful to all of the leaders here today. excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. someone recently asked what keeps me up at night. .y answer was simple bureaucracy. , endlessd structures mandates. someone who undermine the u.n.
could not come up with a better way to do it then by imposing some of the rules we created ourselves. i even ask myself if it is a conspiracy to make our rules executive with the need to be to be effective. it is about all. never forget that we are here to serve. to serve the people. people suffering in poverty and exclusion, victimized by conflict, whose rights and dignities are being denied because of people with ideas enter into need a helping hand. reform is for them. reform is also for the hard-working taxpayers. reform is for everyone serving under the u.n. flag. their job is to serve the people we support. we must be nimble, flexible, and
efficient. ourust do so aware of obligation to live up to the values of the united nations. we are making progress. we have launched a game changing strategy. we have embarked on plans to protect whistleblowers. we are reforming our peace and security architecture to make sure we are more effective and cost effective in peacekeeping operations. we are reforming our development system to be more fuel focused. we are coordinated and accountable. we contribute into a fair globalization.
we are pursuing management reform to find procedures and centralize decisions with more accountability. are grounded in overarching principle. we are a global organization. 90% of our personnel serve. we need to bring decision-making closer to the people we serve. reform costly budgetary procedures. often havent, you said and repeated today that the u.n. has tremendous potential. all of us have a responsibility to make sure we live up to it. our shared objective is to focus more on people, more on process. as you rightly said, less on
bureaucracy. reform will be measured by tangible results in the lives of the people we serve and the trust of those who support our work through their hard-earned resources. value for money, while advancing shared values. that is our common goal. i think very much for your support of these vital efforts. mr. president, many thanks. [applause] >> thank you. today is a great day. it is the beginning of a process, not the end. 100 93 numbers of the united nations. that means there are about 70 member states out there who have not yet signed the declarations of support for united nations reform. our mission today is to not be
satisfied with less than a complete consensus on this reform agenda. we are always stronger when we speak with one voice. the future of this institution is worth the extra miles. our goal is to convince the delegations that have not yet signed to join the effort for and transparent u.n. the u.s. believes we can make history by coming together as h roux global community for reform. in the coming weeks and months, we will be considering the secretary general's broader vision. this is an opportunity to see this moment and ensure that the u.n. remains relevant. we must challenge the traditional mindsets and resistance to change. we will do this together. i hope we can count on your help. thank you again, and let's make it a new day at the united nations. [applause]
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