The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told reporters on Monday that she is honored to be recognized for her leadership on the world stage.
“The United States is a proud nation and a strong country, and I am honored to serve in the United Kingdom as ambassador to its parliament and to serve as the first member of my administration to have been recognized by the people of the United Kingdoms for her service,” Haley said.
“I’m humbled to be here with the United Nation and honored to work with our international partners and allies on a range of global challenges, including climate change and the refugee crisis,” she said.
“The United Nations is a global leader and a beacon of hope and change for the people and the world.”
The UN General Assembly approved the move in a vote Thursday to send Haley and other senior U.N. officials to the planet’s largest nation to present a report on the U.K.’s plans for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Haley said that after the report, she will lead a panel of the General Assembly to consider “what we can do to ensure that the Games continue to move forward.”
Haley’s trip to the U, the only time the U is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, comes just months after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The United Kingdom and the United State have a long history of cooperation on climate change, but Haley’s trip is expected to be a signal to other world leaders that she intends to lead an effective, multilateral response to the issue.
The U.KS. ambassador said she plans to hold a news conference with other U.G.N.-backed leaders on Tuesday to explain her role in advancing the UG.s plans.
The announcement of Haley’s UN mission comes after the Ugandan president signed a controversial deal with the U S. in the wake of a devastating typhoon that killed more than 1,500 people and left thousands homeless.
Hull and May signed a deal that requires the two countries to provide $1 billion to fund infrastructure upgrades and the creation of a new health service.
The $1.8 billion package is expected by the end of 2019.