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Americans at the United Nations

The United Nations employs more 1,800 Americans in the U.S. and thousands of others in UN offices abroad, and the U.S. Department of State has made a priority of increasing the number of Americans working at the UN. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that, while Americans are equitably represented in the Secretariat and the main offices of UN headquarters under the supervision of the Secretary-General, Americans are under-represented in some UN agencies.


Work for the UN

If you are an American and interested in working for the United Nations, visit the U.S. State Department website to view and/or apply for employment opportunities at the UN.


Americans in Leadership at the UN

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe
Pascoe was appointed in March 2007 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after an almost 40-year career with the U.S. foreign service. The Department of Political Affairs plays a central role in the UN's worldwide efforts to prevent conflict, make peace, and rebuild after conflict. Read Bio.

Executive Director Josette Sheeran, World Food Programme (WFP)
Sheeran was selected to manage WFP in November 2006 and will serve for a five-year term. She heads the world's largest humanitarian agency. Her top priorities are to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and to reduce hunger-related deaths. Read Bio.

Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning Robert Orr, UN Secretariat 
Orr has served as Assistant Secretary-General since August 2004, and helped head the transition team for incoming Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Orr has consistently been intricately involved in implementing efforts to strengthen and reform the United Nations. Read Bio.

Executive Director Anthony Lake, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 
Lake became the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund in 2010, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public service. From 1998 to 2007 he served on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, with a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007, after which he was appointed a permanent honorary member. Read Bio.