WASHINGTON (Feb. 5)
President Bush has appointed Morris Abram, the former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, as the U.S. ambassador to the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva.
Abram said he was “very pleased by the appointment,” and called Geneva “an important center in Europe” for the United States.
The U.N. headquarters in Geneva houses the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, the International Labor Organization and the World Health Organization. There are about 300 U.N. meetings a year in Geneva.
The 70-year-old Abram, who recently stepped down as chairman of both the Presidents Conference and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, said that among the issues he will be dealing with are two that he has long been interested in, human rights and health.