President-elect, Barack Obama. copyright:

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, the people of the United States voted Senator Barack Obama to become their forty-fourth President. He becomes the first African-American to be elected into the highest office of the United States. In his victory speech at Grant Park in his home city of Chicago, Obama stated the following:

To those who would tear the world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you…

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

To President-elect: I hope you will keep your promise of promoting diplomacy in this world and support the work of international organizations and NGOs working to promote peace. I voted for you in hopes that you will keep your promise of not forgetting those in the “forgotten corners of the world,” especially the millions of refugees and displaced people who are in need of a new era of global politics.

America has been a nation of great humanitarian tradition. In the past couple of years it has struggled to uphold its promise to other nations. While I know one person cannot solve all that plagues our world and heal the pain of refugees everywhere, I hope you will hear the voices of those who have been displaced and do your part in promoting peace, protecting the most vulnerable, and leading the international community closer to achieving global harmony.