THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES NANCY E. SODERBERG AS ALTERNATE U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FOR SPECIAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS AT THE UNITED NATIONS WITH THE RANK OF AMBASSADOR
The President today announced the recess appointment of Nancy E. Soderberg as the Alternate U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, with the Rank of Ambassador and as U.S. Alternate Representative to the Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Ms. Soderberg will serve as a recess appointee. She was nominated for both positions on October 6, 1997, and both of her nominations are currently pending before the Senate.
Nancy E. Soderberg, of Washington, D.C., served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House from September 1995 to 1997. Prior to this, she served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Staff Director of the National Security Council. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Ms. Soderberg worked as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1980, and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1984. Ms. Soderberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In her capacity as Alternate U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, Ms. Soderberg will represent the United States in the Security Council and assist with the formulation and implementation of the U.S. position on designated Security Council issues. She will have primary responsibility in U.N. peacekeeping operations and will also serve as Alternate U.S. Representative to the U.N. Committee on Disarmament and International Security. This appointment of Ms. Soderberg will ensure the United States is appropriately represented in both the Security Council and at the General Assembly of United Nations, particularly with issues concerning the health and safety of Americans participating in peacekeeping operations.