August 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Kelly Knight Craft confirmed as next US ambassador to UN
The U.S. Senate on July 31, 2019, confirmed Kelly Knight Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (Photo public domain)

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Kelly Knight Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

Craft was confirmed by a 56-34 vote. The Washington Post reported U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is one of the five Democrats who voted for Craft.

Craft, who was most recently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, will succeed former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley who resigned last fall. Former State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in February withdrew her name from consideration after President Trump said he planned to nominate her for the position.

The Senate confirmed Craft less than a month after the U.N. Human Rights Council, from which the U.S. withdrew last year, extended the mandate of the U.N. LGBT rights watchdog for another three years.

“Ambassador Craft is a tireless defender of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all — including LGBTI persons,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Canada told the Washington Blade in an email. “She displayed that commitment throughout her tenure in Canada, and will continue to be active and outspoken in those efforts at the United Nations.”

OutRight Action International Deputy Executive Director Maria Sjödin on Thursday noted to the Washington Blade in a statement the global LGBTI advocacy group welcomes Craft’s “commitment to bring advocate for women’s issues and climate change.” Sjödin said OutRight Action International also urges Craft “to broaden her commitment by continuing to actively participate in the U.N. LGBTI Core Group and working to ensure the support of the U.S. in the fight against discrimination and violence globally, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics and any other status.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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