Vice President of Public Policy and Executive Director of Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation
Peter Yeo joined the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign in February 2009 with over twenty years of legislative, analytical, and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the State Department. Prior to arriving at UNF, Yeo served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). He has worked on a broad range of foreign policy and foreign aid issues. He led the successful negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR, as well as the successful $50 billion reauthorization of the law in 2008.
He also shepherded into law several measures dealing with China, Tibet, Burma, and East Timor. Prior to his work with the Committee, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department during the second Clinton Administration, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. arrears to the United Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto. Yeo holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University as well as a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Fun fact: Peter Yeo has been an advocate for the UN long before he worked at the UN Foundation. Peter was the delegate from Mozambique at the National Model UN. His love for international cooperation was passed along to his son, who is a present Model UNers.
Blog Posts by Peter Yeo
Honoring Family Planning Leadership
Did you know that 222 million women and girls globally want to delay pregnancy but don’t have access to quality contraceptives? This unmet need has devastating impacts on women’s health, and impedes progress on our global development goals.
December 2, 2013
The Iran nuclear deal is another win for diplomacy
Critics of the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programs make a point — the steps outlined by global leaders this weekend are but one portion of the actions demanded by the United Nations Security Council.
November 26, 2013
We made history – but not in a good way
The U.S. made history yesterday – but not in a way that’ll make you proud. For the first time ever, we lost our vote in a United Nations organization for failing to pay our dues. And the agency we just walked away from is none other than the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose programs are clearly and directly in the interests of Americans.
November 8, 2013
New poll: Support for UN Surges
Americans overwhelmingly support the UN’s work – including destroying Syria’s chemical weapons and providing humanitarian aid to refugees – and believe we should pay our dues to the UN on time and in full.
October 21, 2013
Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons: How Did We Get Here?
Beginning this week, inspectors are in Syria to oversee the destruction of the nation’s deadly chemical weapons stockpiles. Why?
October 3, 2013
UN front and center as U.S. considers new solutions in Syria
There's been a lot happening in the debate over the response to Syria's horrific chemical weapons attack, and before President Obama addresses the nation in primetime tonight, I wanted to make sure you knew the latest
September 10, 2013
Thanking those who dedicate their lives to peace
The International Day of Peace is exactly one month away, and over the next 30 days, we’re celebrating those who dedicate every day to peace: United Nations peacekeepers.
August 21, 2013
Welcome, Samantha Power!
Samantha Power, confirmed by the Senate today, is just the person we need to continue strengthening the U.S.-UN relationship. As she said herself, the U.S. has a “critical role to play in insisting that the UN meet the necessities of our time. It can do so only with American leadership.”
August 1, 2013
Senate Nomination Hearing for UN Ambassador
Yesterday's Senate nomination hearing of Samantha Power as the Obama Administration's nominee to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was one of the most important stories in Washington this week. Confirmation seems likely, and if her testimony was any indication, the Unites States is in for continued strong representation on the world's stage.
July 18, 2013
Cholera in Haiti: Action Incumbent on us All
The cholera epidemic that has claimed so many lives in Haiti remains a public health crisis, and it demands action ̶ from all of us. Action is exactly what 19 Members of Congress are reasonably asking of the United Nations, and it is what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is working to deliver.
July 12, 2013
Thank a UN Peacekeeper Today
Today, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, is the perfect time to echo Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) – a champion of a strong U.S.-UN relationship for over 25 years – in saying...
May 29, 2013
UNESCO's fight to promote a truly American value globally: Freedom of speech
Every year on this day, May 3, the international community comes together for World Press Freedom Day. For those of us here in the United States, it's a day to not only celebrate our constitutionally-protected freedom of speech, but more importantly, to stand up and demand it for all...
May 3, 2013
A new shot at life for Suleiman – and millions of other children worldwide
The kids were lined up three rows deep in 115-degree heat when I arrived yesterday in Bandouki, an isolated village in northern Cameroon. But their mothers, and older sisters in some cases, knew that vaccination day was worth the wait...
May 1, 2013
Just Two Drops
Just two drops. That's all the vaccine it takes to save a child from polio – and lifelong debilitation...
April 30, 2013
Twenty million reasons to keep up momentum on global immunizations
In the past two decades, immunization efforts have averted an estimated 20 million deaths globally. Yet, for all the progress that has been made--thanks largely to a sustained investment from the United States, the United Nations, other governments, and private partnerships--a great need remains...
April 24, 2013
Celebrating World Immunization Week from Abu Dhabi to Cameroon
Greetings from Abu Dhabi! I just arrived for the Global Vaccine Summit, hosted by Bill Gates, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and – aside from the heat – I’m ecstatic to be here...
April 23, 2013
A Message to Congress amid Possible Funding Cuts to UN & Peacekeeping
Under UN peacekeeping, it is individuals from other countries who assume great personal risk, as evidenced by the recent kidnapping of 21 Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan and the deaths of four Russian peacekeepers in Congo. Despite these significant occupational hazards, UN peacekeepers remain central to efforts like those that advance democracy in places like Liberia and strengthen government capacity and prevent conflict in South Sudan. It is therefore crucial that our nation fully fund our peacekeeping dues.
March 14, 2013
New Poll: Americans Want the U.S. to Play an Active Role in the United Nations
Very soon, President Obama will be joined by new Cabinet members, including a new Secretary of State. A new session of Congress also includes new faces, with more than 90 new members.
January 16, 2013
Tell the Candidates to Think Global
We are down to the final days of this election and these last two debates count. According to our national poll of likely voters released today, 3 out of 4 Americans say foreign policy impacts their vote. Yet nearly half say the presidential candidates are not discussing international issues enough.
October 15, 2012
What Did U.S. Leaders Say at the UN?
As the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly commenced last week, news outlets widely covered the impassioned speeches of world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama. But have you heard what other U.S. officials were talking about in New York during UNGA? Here are a few highlights.
October 3, 2012