Geneva, Dec. 4, 2006 — UN Watch expressed its appreciation today for the work of outgoing Ambassador John R. Bolton, a former board member of the Geneva-based monitoring organization.
Executive Director Hillel Neuer issued the following statement:
Ambassador Bolton has been an outspoken advocate for UN reform. He devoted tireless efforts to keep the United Nations true to the ideals of its founders—the protection of international peace and security and the equal treatment of all nations large and small. He vigorously pursued management reform as vital for the world body to meet the increasing challenges of the 21st century.
Ambassador Bolton is a hard-working diplomat who wanted to get things done. He understood and sought to remedy the self-inflicted harm of certain ingrained General Assembly practices. At a time when that forum has begun to adopt its annual set of 20 one-sided resolutions against Israel, it is important to recall Ambassador Bolton’s plain-speaking words last month that “the problem of anti-Israel bias is… endemic to the culture of the United Nations. It is a decades-old, systematic problem that transcends the whole panoply of the UN organizations and agencies.” Last week Secretary-General Kofi Annan likewise urged the Human Rights Council, which has condemned Israel alone since its inception, to expand its focus and move toward impartiality.
Although UN Watch had strongly urged the U.S. to run for a seat on the Human Rights Council, Ambassador’s Bolton’s suspicions regarding the supposedly reformed body have so far proven prescient.