On July 16, 2014, Crystal Nix-Hines took the oath of office as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a friend and former colleague of the Ambassador, delivered the oath of office. Among the 200 guests present were Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Frederick Barton, Senator Chris Coon of Delaware, and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who traveled from UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to attend the ceremony.
In her remarks, Ambassador Nix-Hines shared her desire for robust U.S. engagement at UNESCO, highlighting key priorities such as girls’ and women’s education, tolerance building, cultural preservation, and public-private partnerships.