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Samantha Power gives first address as U.N. ambassador at youth summit

Samantha Power testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to succeed Susan Rice as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (Reuters)

As the United States' newly sworn-in ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power emphasized the power of individuals and the inefficiency of bureaucracy in her first public address.

Speaking to youth activists attending the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit at UCLA, Power detailed her early career as a foreign correspondent and her discovery of what she called "the role of the citizen." To close the weekend conference, Power praised the sacrifices of young activists and criticized years of bureaucracy at organizations such as the United Nations.