Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting Co-Sponsored by the United States on UNITAD

What we’ve discussed today is not only an effort to punish those who are responsible, and vindicate the rights of victims. It’s also a commitment to an inclusive, peaceful, and democratic Iraq. So, thank you to everyone for working to hold ISIS accountable for its atrocities, and for your commitment to building a better future ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

There is only one way to permanently address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen: a lasting ceasefire and an inclusive political solution. But until that happens, the international community must step up to fund the humanitarian response without delay. And all parties must permit the free flow of both commercial and humanitarian commodities such as fuel, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a High-Level Virtual Event Co-Hosted by the United States on the Situation in Xinjiang

We will keep standing up and speaking out until China’s government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. And we will keep working in concert with our allies and our partners until China’s government respects the universal human rights of all its people. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

The people of Abyei deserve to live in peace without fear of violence. This resolution to renew UNISFA’s mandate recognizes that the people of Abyei also deserve a functioning security and administrative arrangement that can offer rule of law and stability. The United States welcomes continued cooperation between Sudan and South Sudan to manage bilateral ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Participation in a UN Side Event on the Situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim Minorities in Xinjiang

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks at a high-level virtual event on the situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12. This event, co-sponsored by the United States, brings together UN officials, civil society representatives, academics, journalists, and representatives of affected communities in order to exchange ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iraq

Ultimately, real economic recovery – like real elections – is about trust. The corruption endemic to so much of Iraq undermines economic progress at every turn. Robust reforms to end corruption are the key to restoring trust in Iraq’s political bodies. So, we commend the government for its efforts to build a foundation of trust ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Lewis & Clark College Commencement

To President Wiewel; Dean Suttmeier, distinguished alumni, faculty, and staff; and most importantly to the Lewis & Clark College Class of 2021: Congratulations! You did it! And you have so much to be proud of. You worked hard. Maybe you spent late nights at Watzek – or perhaps early mornings at the Co-Op. However, you ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Violations against Children in Situations of Armed Conflict

While we’ve all been impacted by this pandemic, the work of the Country Task Forces on Monitoring and Reporting has faced particular challenges. Their work tracking human rights violations and abuses against children has always been difficult, sensitive work. As we heard from the briefers, health precautions, teleworking, and changing dynamics on the ground have ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony Blinken at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

When countries came together after World War II to form the United Nations, virtually all of human history up till then indicated that might made right. Competition inevitably led to collision. The rise of a nation or group of nations necessitated the fall of others. Then our nations united in choosing a different path. We ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on Strengthening Health Systems during ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum

USAID’s ten-year Vision for Health System Strengthening 2030 underscores the importance of integrated approaches - leveraging the strengths of the private sector, public health and NGOs. It highlights the inclusion of all stakeholders such as communities; and it emphasizes the need for locally driven solutions and social and behavioral change. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

The United States assesses that the regime’s innumerable atrocities – some of which rise to the level of war crimes, crimes against humanity – include at least 50 chemical weapons attacks since the conflict began. The OPCW and the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism – together with this latest report – have now attributed eight chemical ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting on Odessa Events

Russia held an informal Arria-formula meeting at the UN today to again promote a false narrative about Ukraine. We regret this deliberate attempt to divert the attention of the international community from Russia’s ongoing destabilizing activities against Ukraine over the last seven years. We remain saddened by the tragic loss of lives in Odessa on ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Neo-Nazism and Violent Nationalism as Drivers of Conflict in Ukraine

Let us all be clear about why we are here today. Russia continues to misuse its Security Council seat by convening events on Ukraine as part of Russia’s broader disinformation campaign. Russia aims to weaponize history, distorting and obfuscating Russia’s role in both the origin and continuation of the failed so-called “Russian spring” of 2014, ... Read More»

Remarks at the 6th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

The U.S. will stand with our allies, work with like-minded partners, and work together with all relevant stakeholders to pool our collective strengths to advance shared interests and deter common threats. We renew our commitment to global development and international cooperation and will address the crises of today while promoting resilience and truly shared prosperity ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

The U.S. position on the Dayton Peace Accords, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s future as a single state destined for the Euro-Atlantic community, remains unchanged. We are committed to the principles of Dayton – that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a democratic, multi-ethnic, sovereign, and independent state with unquestioned territorial integrity. There is no future for either ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Tribute to Late Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno

Today, we remember a leader and a partner who dedicated his life to the fight against violent extremism. His passing is a seismic development for Chad and the entire region. Most Chadians have never experienced another person in the presidency. President Déby’s death is a reminder to us all that the dangers faced by the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield in a Video Statement to the People of Burma for Amnesty International’s #MyanmarNeverSilenced Campaign

To the people of Burma, and especially the journalists in Burma: The United States stands with you. We commend the brave journalists who are circumventing the military’s media ban, documenting the horrors committed by the junta, and sharing them with the world. And we condemn the arbitrary arrests and violence against journalists. Journalists must be ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Press Freedom Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees journalists, and all people, a right to the freedom of expression. This is a foundational value of the UN system. The United States and our partners at the United Nations, including the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, will continue to condemn and call out governments ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit

You may have heard President Biden say that “we’re in a battle for the soul of our nation.” As leading trackers of hate, extremism, and antisemitism, you know that better than anyone. Right now, as you’ve recently reported, our country is experiencing an alarming increase in white supremacist propaganda. We’re also experiencing more bullying and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UNESCO and Herbie Hancock Institute’s International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration

Jazz has a long history of cultural diplomacy. That’s just one reason we were so proud to partner with UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute to launch International Jazz Day. And today, I’m thrilled to be celebrating the 10th International Jazz Day with all of you. Read More»

Remarks at a UN High-Level Dialogue on Antimicrobial Resistance

The progress of our modern medical approach to infections is being increasingly threatened by the escalation of antimicrobial resistance. In the United States, we have more than 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections every year and tragically 35,000 people die, as a result, every 15 minutes, someone dies in the United States with an infection for ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Commencement

The “public” in public health has to mean everyone. Especially those who aren’t in the room to represent themselves. Because time and time again, I’ve seen how the most vulnerable are the least likely to be heard. My father never learned to read. My mother raised me with only a middle school education. Their perspectives ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

The United States stands with these people, and all of the people of Syria. So, we demand the Assad regime adhere to a nationwide ceasefire. We call for a political resolution to the Syrian conflict. And in the meantime, we beseech this Council to support the Syrian people and give them access to the humanitarian ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of an UNGA Resolution Supporting SVG and Countries Affected by the La Soufrière Volcano

When we work together – when we take a multi-stakeholder, multi-hazard approach to disaster response – we can save lives. We can save entire communities. That is what we are here to do for our friends in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and our hearts go out to the people. We are proud to be ... Read More»

Remarks at the High-Level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity

I believe this is the cruelest part of the digital divide. And in the United States we are making it a priority to fix it. We are launching a program that will provide every school library with Wi-Fi hotspots and other connectivity devices to loan out to students who lack reliable internet access at home. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of Civilians

Our charge – to advance peace and security – has to put people first. Their lives, their dignity, their wellbeing – that is what we are here to protect. And although we have not spoken at such length to the specific issue of civilian infrastructure before, I’m glad we are now. Because it is not ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Special Commemorative Meeting in Observance of the 35th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear accident, a tragedy that demonstrated the Soviet Union’s disregard for nuclear safety and the safety of its own citizens. I wish to recognize, in particular, the representatives of Ukraine and Belarus, whose people were most seriously affected by the disaster. Read More»

Readout of a Closed Virtual Dialogue Hosted by the United States, Argentina, Japan, Norway, and South Africa on Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Today, Vice President Kamala Harris and United States Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield each addressed UN representatives and stakeholders urging bold actions needed to prevent, detect, and respond to the threat of future infectious disease outbreaks and ensure resilient health systems. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield opened today’s event by highlighting the heartbreaking spike in COVID ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan and South Sudan

The United States wants to reiterate its commitment to support stability in Abyei, along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, and in the broader region. The overall recent deterioration of the security situation within and between countries in the region is of deep concern to the United States. Several overlapping crises could further endanger ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Closed Virtual Dialogue Co-Hosted by the United States on Pandemic Preparedness and Response

I want to take a moment to talk about the heartbreaking situation in India. The most recent spike of COVID-19 cases there has been devastating. The United States stands in solidarity with the people of India. We are doing everything we can to help, including deploying raw materials for vaccines, as well as therapeutics, rapid ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day 2021, the United States joins the global community in celebrating continued progress in the fight against malaria. Over the past two decades, the United States has provided more than $140 billion in global health assistance and is the world’s leading donor to programs that work to eradicate malaria, including through the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a CPD54 Resolution on Population, Food Security, Nutrition, and Sustainable Development

We must remain focused on the Commission’s duty to review the implementation of the 1994 ICPD Program of Action. The United States will continue to celebrate that Cairo was historic for the consensus achieved on so many intersections between population issues and human dignity, rights and development, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on Ethiopia

The members of the Security Council acknowledged the efforts by the Government of Ethiopia to provide humanitarian assistance and to provide increased humanitarian access. The members of the Security Council recognized, nevertheless, that, humanitarian challenges remain. They called for a scaled up humanitarian response and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need, including in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Panel Discussion on Climate Security during the White House Leaders Summit on Climate

Here in America, this past year, we experienced extreme wildfires in California, unprecedented storms and blackouts in Texas, and devastating hurricanes in my own home state of Louisiana. And of course, we were far from alone. The world saw monsoons, and droughts, and rising sea levels, toxic air pollution. My point is, it doesn’t matter ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East

This Administration has been very clear about the United States’ commitment to advancing a negotiated two-state solution in which Israel lives in peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state. We’ve also been clear about our desire to reengage with the Palestinians, and to restore U.S. assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

The United States again reiterates its appreciation for the Government of Colombia’s attention to these issues and to our shared objectives. The progress we have seen to date on this wide-ranging accord reflects the commitment and the will of the Colombian people to put more than half a century of conflict behind them. The United ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN General Assembly Debate on the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism for Syria

For over a decade now, the Syrian people have endured the unimaginable: from torture, to attacks on hospitals and healthcare, to cutting off humanitarian aid. That inability to even imagine what that must be like is exactly why we need the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism. Their work builds on the work of the United ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Lead a Discussion on Climate Security at Leaders Summit on Climate

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks and moderate a panel discussion on climate security at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, as part of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate. The session will highlight the global security challenges posed by climate change and discuss what international partners are doing to address them. Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met virtually yesterday with the Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini. The two discussed U.S. re-engagement with UNRWA, including the recent announcement of the resumption of U.S. assistance to the agency. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored the critical role that UNRWA plays in providing vital services to a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an OCHA Briefing Co-Hosted by the U.S. on El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

As Vice President Harris has pointed out, the people in this region are so often driven by hope. Hope that change is possible. That life can be better. That humanity will win out over cruelty and suffering. Today, we are calling for solidarity. We’re calling for support to bring hope and help to vulnerable people ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Our renewed commitments to indigenous people extend beyond our borders. The United States will continue to actively engage in UN bodies which consider the many issues directly affecting indigenous people. We will proactively reach out to institutions representing indigenous people, seek their input, and advocate for them throughout the UN system. And that’s what it ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the J Street National Conference

The U.S. position on the JCPOA is clear: we are ready to return to the agreement if Iran returns to full compliance with its nuclear commitments. And, as demonstrated by our participation in ongoing talks in Vienna, we are working with international partners to determine whether that is possible. At the same time, we will ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

With Indigenous knowledge, our world can usher in a new era of peace, justice, and strong institutions to meet this moment and move our planet toward a more sustainable future. Our ancestors lived sustainably and survived famine and drought with the understanding that future generations would rely on their hard work and sacrifice in moments ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on UN Cooperation with Regional Organizations

Regional organizations are essential partners in working toward peace and security. They are engines of diplomacy. We at the United Nations have to be in close contact with them to secure our success. So, we look forward to continuing to coordinate and collaborate with all of these organizations, as well as others, in the days, ... Read More»

Remarks at an ECOSOC Special Ministerial Meeting on “A Vaccine for All”

President Biden has prioritized Global Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness as crucial to national and economic security. Our current focus on global health presents an opportunity to repair the architecture for improving pandemic preparedness and response, including to increase independent oversight and accountability. Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following Adoption of the Resolution in Support of UN-Facilitated Political Process in Libya & Panel of Experts Mandate Renewa

The United States commends the UK delegation as penholder on the two resolutions adopted today, particularly for the cooperative spirit in which they led the process. We also welcome the genuine commitment of members of this Council to crafting a strong resolution in support of the UN-facilitated political process in Libya and the extension of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Chemical Weapons in Syria

I should start by stating the obvious: the use of chemical weapons constitutes a threat to peace and security for all states. The United States remains firmly committed to upholding the integrity of international non-proliferation regimes, which is the stated topic of today’s meeting. We certainly share this goal, and we certainly call on all members of this Council to uphold what ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of the UN Financing for Development Ministerial Declaration

The United States recognizes the Governments of Netherlands and Fiji, as co-facilitators, whose leadership, diligence, and creativity resulted in this year’s substantive Financing for Development Forum ministerial declaration. We would also like to thank all of our colleagues for their efforts in achieving a consensus-based declaration, a key document that demonstrates the world’s commitment to ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Today the United States raised again in the Security Council its grave concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and credible reports that Eritrean forces are re-uniforming as Ethiopian military in order to remain in Tigray indefinitely. The Eritrean government must withdraw its forces from Ethiopia immediately. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

First: diplomacy can, should, and must end the war in Yemen. And we heard that from Martin. U.S. Special Envoy Timothy Lenderking is leading our diplomatic efforts, working closely with the UN to bring the parties together and conclude this conflict. The goals are clear: achieve a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire, re-open Sana’a’s international airport, implement ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Financing for Development Forum Panel on Private Sector Debt

The United States believes the Debt Service Suspension Initiative has and continues to provide emergency liquidity relief, but a more structural and tailored approach will be necessary for countries that need additional assistance, including possible debt reduction. This includes working closely with the private sector to address debt sustainability. Read More»

Remarks at the Launch of the Final Report by the Task Force on U.S. Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

We acknowledge – as always – that our nation is imperfect. But every day we strive to make it more perfect. It’s that striving that sets us apart. And today represents a remarkable step forward in that effort. Because you can’t aim for that more perfect union without a plan. You can’t strive without a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 30th Annual Summit of the National Action Network

Like in Burma, where Rohingya and others have been oppressed, abused, and killed in staggering numbers. Or in China, where the government has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups. The prevalence – and pervasiveness – of racism and racial inequality might make the situation ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Speaking more broadly on gender-based violence, the United Nations has called the increased rate of violence over the last year “the shadow pandemic.” Well, I’d say it’s time to bring gender-based violence out of the shadows. Together, we have to work to shine a light on it. And let’s treat this like an emergency, with ... Read More»

Interior Secretary Haaland & Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Lead Historic U.S. Delegation to 20th Session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Iss

The United States Mission to the United Nations today announced the U.S. delegation to the 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to be held April 19-30 in a hybrid format at United Nations Headquarters in New York and virtually. The theme of this year’s session is “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Financing for Development Forum Panel on Infrastructure

It is clear the resulting pandemic-related economic downturn has affected every aspect of our lives. This is even more acute in low- and middle-income countries where many face heightened debt sustainability risks and liquidity shortfalls. According to World Bank data collected for 2020, private sector investment in infrastructure investments plummeted by 56 percent. Read More»

U.S. National Statement at the ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum on Financing the Recovery from COVID-19

We are facing a global health crisis of unprecedented proportions. While the prospect of a fully vaccinated world offers a glimpse of life beyond COVID-19, we must remember that we are not safe until we are all safe. That is why the United States is proud to be the world’s largest donor to COVAX, with ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Great Lakes

We know from last week’s briefings that the consequences of inaction are dire. We are particularly troubled by protests in North Kivu last week that turned violent, and highlighting civilian anger about unceasing armed group attacks. The Congolese people, our colleagues in MONUSCO, and the tens of millions of people in the region need us ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a U.S. Co-Hosted UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Burma

So, to the people of Burma, if you can see this or hear this – and certainly our briefers can – I want you to know that the United States stands with you. And we will do everything in our power, in coordination with our allies and our partners, here in the Security Council and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Joint UN Security Council Stakeout with Germany and Nauru on the United States Joining the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security

The good news is, we can build resilience, we can stave off security threats, and we can even generate economic opportunity, if we work together. And that’s why we were proud to rejoin the Paris Agreement hours after President Biden was sworn into office. It’s why we are encouraging everyone to join us in raising ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Ministerial Open Debate on Mine Action

President Biden believes we need to curtail the use of landmines. Now, there has been some discussion of the previous administration’s landmine policy this week, so let me speak plainly: President Biden has been clear that he intends to roll back this policy, and our administration has begun a policy review to do just that. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust

As we commemorate Yom HaShoah, we honor the lives of six million Jewish men, women, and children who were systematically murdered in the Holocaust, and also remember the many others – including Roma, Slavs, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ persons – who were victims of Nazi persecution. We also pay tribute to those who survived ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met virtually this morning with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield raised the United States’ deep concern over the human rights situations in Burma, China, Ethiopia, Venezuela, and Yemen, and the importance of holding accountable those who commit human rights violations and abuses. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated U.S. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Kwibuka 27

On this somber anniversary, we reflect on the more than 800,000 people murdered during 100 days of terror in Rwanda in 1994. Today we grieve for the innocent lives lost and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the families who will forever cherish them and the survivors who suffer as both victims and witnesses to one of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Let me say again that the United States firmly supports the impartial and independent work of the OPCW and its investigative bodies. That includes the Investigation and Identification Team, the Fact-Finding Mission, and the Declaration Assessment Team. We applaud the OPCW’s leadership and the Technical Secretariat for the professional manner in which it carries out ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Mali

As the largest humanitarian donor to the Sahel region, the United States remains a steadfast partner to the Malian people. We recently announced more than $80 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. This aid will provide shelter, clean drinking water, emergency food assistance, and hygiene services for refugees, internally displaced, and vulnerable host communities. Read More»

Joint Statement on Behalf of the Co-Chairs of the UN Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists on the Situation in Myanmar

The co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists – Lithuania, France and Greece – and the undersigned Members of the Group of Friends and the UN Member States, express their deep concern over the attacks on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the situation of journalists ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on the Conclusion of the U.S. Presidency of the Security Council

I mentioned to you when I spoke to you a month ago that I was hitting the ground sprinting. Today I can take a little bit, just a tiny bit of a breather. At the beginning of this month, I said America was back at the table. I declared we would re-engage with the world, ... Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The members of the Security Council met on 30 March 2021 to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and activities of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). They were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bintou Keita. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Transgender Day of Visibility

As we mark International Transgender Day of Visibility, the United States celebrates the contributions, progress, and empowerment of transgender and gender non-binary people. Today, we also acknowledge and reflect upon the continued struggle faced by transgender and non-binary people to be safe, equal, and free in every part of our globe. Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Makassar, Indonesia

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place at Makassar Church in Makassar, Indonesia, on 28 March 2021. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of Indonesia and they wished ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Visit Press Stakeout upon Conclusion of the U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will deliver brief remarks and take questions from members of the media Wednesday, March 31, at approximately 1:00 p.m. EDT at the UN Security Council stakeout to mark the conclusion of the U.S. presidency of the Security Council. The press briefing will be livestreamed on UN ... Read More»

Remarks at a High-Level Panel on COVID-19 and Older Persons at the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing

The pandemic has highlighted barriers around technology-enabled solutions such equitable access for individuals across the socioeconomic spectrum, exacerbated by differences in digital infrastructure; lack of person-centered design considering older persons’ needs; affordability; and the need for scalable solutions validated by robust evaluation. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Confronting the challenges in the eastern DRC also requires the full implementation of commitments under the 2013 Peace, Security, and Cooperation framework. That means enhancing security, ending impunity for human rights abuses, and supporting stabilization efforts. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly High-Level Informal Meeting on the Situation in Syria

Just yesterday, Secretary of State Blinken and I participated in a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria. We heard from UN officials and from Dr. Amani Ballour about the dire need for humanitarian aid and the necessity of the UN’s cross-border mechanisms. Read More»

Remarks during consideration of NGO participants at the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing

Today’s example is another misuse of the “no objection” basis by some member states to thwart civil society participation in the UN. The international community should not accept these clearly politically-motivated attempts to block credible NGOs working on important issues on the ground. Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Lead Virtual U.S. Delegation to the Fifth Brussels Conference on Syria

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead the virtual United States delegation to the fifth Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" March 29-30, co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks on March 30th on behalf of the U.S. delegation, underscoring the United States' commitment to ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of the CSW 2021 Agreed Conclusions (Long-Form)

United States Mission to the United Nations March 26, 2021 AS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD The United States thanks the CSW Chair, our facilitator, and our colleagues for their efforts on arriving at consensus on these Agreed Conclusions. The document contains important observations and recommendations on the themes of women’s participation and decision-making. If implemented, ... Read More»

Remarks at the Closing of the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Women and girls around the world are facing dire, compounding threats – especially with the collateral hazards of COVID-19. These fears aren’t abstract. They’re playing out right now, as we speak. In Tigray, women are being attacked, raped, and subjected to violence. In Myanmar, women are protesting and demanding democracy. And in my own country ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Occasion of the Seventh Anniversary of the Adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”

Yet again, we urge the Russian Federation to immediately end its occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and fully implement the relevant UN General Assembly resolutions on the situation in Crimea. We welcome in principle Ukraine’s initiative to establish an International Crimean Platform to consolidate the international community’s efforts ... Read More»

Statement at a UN General Assembly Informal Meeting on the Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States welcomes the spirit of the political declaration circulated today, and thanks Lebanon and others for their leadership in its development. We signed the declaration in solidarity, recognizing that COVID-19 is a global challenge that requires a global response, and we will post a few clarifying points on our mission website. Read More»

Joint Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

We, representatives of the Peoples of the United Nations and its Member States, are determined in the face of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating and multifaceted effects it has on humanity, to work together as one to defeat the pandemic and help people and the planet to recover better. Read More»

Remarks at the Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting for GA Revitalization

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten so many of our countries, endanger the health of our citizens, and disrupt our daily routines. It has also significantly changed the way we do business here in New York. In the face of such an overwhelming global crisis, though, we have also seen examples of innovation and creativity ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of a General Assembly Resolution on Global Media and Information Literacy Week

We take a holistic approach to countering disinformation by promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration to raise awareness among vulnerable audiences and bolster societal resilience. This includes promoting a free and transparent news media environment and independent journalism – including by supporting investigative journalism and local news media. This also includes promoting media literacy and fact-checking as key ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

For our part, President Biden is restoring U.S. assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people. Specifically, the United States is pleased to announce today $15 million in humanitarian assistance to support the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza. Read More»

Remarks at an OCHA Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia

Humanitarian organizations continue to face challenges in both identifying and accessing beneficiaries, especially those in rural areas, and humanitarian workers continue to face threats to their own safety and ability to operate.  Fighting continues in some areas of Tigray making access difficult and posing a continuing threat to civilians.   Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for the Intl Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

On this day of solemn remembrance, as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remind ourselves that we are still working to disentangle ourselves from slavery’s wicked web. Too often, Black Americans are funneled into overcrowded schools, receive poorer treatment in hospitals, or are unfairly denied jobs, housing, and access to capital. And ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Closing Plenary of the InterAction Forum

The lessons you take from this forum will save lives. After all, you are literally on the front lines. Your teams take enormous risks each and every day to serve the world’s most vulnerable. I’ve seen your work up close. I spent over half of my 35-year career working on humanitarian and refugee issues in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

The vote of confidence by the House of Representatives and swearing-in of the cabinet of a new, unified, interim Libyan government, which has been charged with leading the country up to the elections, could mark a turning point for Libya. We commend all Libyan actors for constructively participating in this process, as well as the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Afghanistan

As Secretary Blinken told our Congress recently, the United States is enlisting the help of international partners, including the UN, in support of Afghanistan’s peace. Afghanistan’s neighbors and other supporters, including the members of this Council, have a critical role to play in securing the region and ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Last week’s ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Opening of UNICEF USA’s Advocacy Week

I spent over half my 35-year career working on humanitarian and refugee issues in the Foreign Service. Each and every day, I saw the vital importance of the partnership between the United States government and UNICEF. Whenever I traveled, whatever country I lived in, there was UNICEF, on the ground, working with urgency to help ... Read More»

Joint Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

A group of 35 of the cross-regional Members of the Group of Friends of Afghanistan and/or the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan as listed below, condemn in the strongest possible terms the continued violence and targeted killings in Afghanistan including those committed by the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, as well as other ... Read More»

Remarks at a Side Event with UN Member States and Civil Society on the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

Let me reiterate the United States' position remains unchanged: the only way to end the conflict is a political solution in accordance's with Security Council Resolution 2254. And we have continuously called on the regime – and, most importantly, it's enabler in the Council – to stop obstructing the UN’s efforts to advance the peace ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In the first 60 days, the President has made this a priority: from redressing racial discrimination in housing, to ending private prisons that warehouse young black and brown men, to respecting the sovereignty of Native American tribes, to combatting xenophobia and discrimination against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Interactive Dialogue on Building Alliances for Women’s Full and Effective Participation in Public Life

Women peacebuilders contribute to preventing and ending conflict, countering terrorism and violent extremism, and rebuilding societies. But to everyone’s detriment, women are excluded from conflict and reconstruction processes. To help correct this, in 2017 the United States adopted a comprehensive law on women, peace, and security to guide our global efforts to prevent, mitigate, and ... Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

The Members of the Security Council condemned the escalation in Marib, which places one million internally-displaced persons at grave risk and threatens efforts to secure a political settlement when the international community is increasingly united to end the conflict. They condemned the cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia, and expressed concern about military developments elsewhere in ... Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Interactive Dialogue on Building Back Better: Women’s Participation and Leadership in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

We have all been in the fight of our lives combating the pandemic, and women have been on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 since the outbreak. I know that we would not be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel without the strong leadership of women in a variety of fields ... Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Side Event Co-Hosted by the United States, Chile, and Germany on Marginalized Women in Fragile and Conflict Settings

We strongly support the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. But despite its unanimous adoption 20 years ago, we still see that agenda challenged, including in the ongoing CSW discussions. We all need to do more to protect women, including women human rights defenders, women leaders, from violence and being silenced. Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Side Event on Barriers to Participation of Women and Girls with Disabilities Co-Sponsored by the United States, Finland, and Poland

The United States cares deeply about gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls around the world, including those with disabilities. Women with disabilities around the globe are notably absent from leadership positions, including in key decision-making roles in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Interactive Dialogue on Eliminating Violence against Women in Public Life

The United States recognizes that efforts to advance gender equality and prevent and respond to gender-based violence are a critical foundation for women’s meaningful participation in decision-making processes and public life. As Vice President Harris stated in the U.S. national statement, “the status of women is the status of democracy.” Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting on the Situation in Crimea

Russia held an informal meeting at the UN today to promote a false narrative about its occupation of Crimea, which it seized in violation of international law in 2014. We condemn Russia’s human rights abuses and military build-up on the peninsula. We strongly reject Russia’s attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris to the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

At its best, democracy protects human rights, promotes human dignity, and upholds the rule of law. It is a means to establish peace and shared prosperity. It should ensure every citizen – regardless of gender – has an equal voice. And free and fair elections that will respect the will of the people. At the ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation to the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

In keeping with the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to gender equality, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the United States is sending an historically diverse delegation. This is the first time the United States will be represented at the White House level at the Commission on the Status of Women and the first time two women of color ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

Today, exactly 10 years ago, the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets. They chanted slogans for freedom and held up pictures of detained friends and relatives. They called for an end to government corruption. They asked the government to respect their human rights. The people were filled with hope, solidarity, and song. And what ... Read More»

Remarks at the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs’ Virtual COVID-19 Memorial Event with the Diplomatic Community

The importance of our diplomatic community’s work is clearer than ever. That’s because COVID has crystallized just how interconnected we truly are. There is no one country that will stop this pandemic alone or recover from it alone. So, if we are to recover, build back better, and prepare for the next global disruption — ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2567 Renewing the Mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

This mandate renewal demonstrates the leadership of the Security Council in support of peace and security in South Sudan. While the signatory parties to the Revitalized Agreement have taken important steps toward fulfilling their commitments, the risk of a return to widespread violence is real. Violence against civilians has surged, and UNMISS remains critical to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Richard Mills at a Civil Society Organizations Dialogue on the Security Council Presidency for March 2021

The United States is engaging with the world once again. Not just by saying those words, but by actions. And I hope you’ve seen some of those. On Inauguration Day, President Biden said, “we will be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.” And immediately after delivering those remarks, the President instructed ... Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on Targeted Attacks against Civilians in Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the alarming number of attacks deliberately targeting civilians in Afghanistan. These heinous attacks have targeted civil servants, the judiciary, the media, healthcare and humanitarian workers, including women in prominent positions, those who protect and promote human rights, and ethnic and religious minorities. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Conflict-Driven Hunger

So, when we use these technical terms – food security, acute malnutrition, conflict-induced hunger – let us not forget what they really mean. We’re talking about raw humanity here. We’re talking about pure suffering. We’re talking about real people. We’re talking about children and mothers, like the ones that I met in 1993 – more ... Read More»

Remarks at a Side Event on Defending and Empowering Women in the Home and in the Public Arena: Addressing Violence against Women

It’s truly a pleasure to participate in such an important and timely event coming on the heels of International Women’s Day, which we celebrated on Monday, and as we look forward to the start of the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women next week. I see this as an opportune time ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Host a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Conflict-Driven Hunger

This open debate is the signature event of the U.S. presidency of the Security Council, and will aim to advance efforts by the Council, the United Nations, and Member States to break the cycle of conflict-driven food insecurity. Conflict is the primary driver of hunger worldwide, affecting tens of millions of people each year. The ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Presidential Statement on Burma

Today, the United States and every other member of the United Nations Security Council spoke with one voice to condemn the ongoing violence against peaceful protestors in Burma. We commend their courage and determination in the face of continued, brutal attacks by military and security forces. Read More»

Statement by the President of the Security Council on Myanmar, March 10, 2021

“The Security Council strongly condemns the violence against peaceful protestors, including against women, youth and children. It expresses deep concern at restrictions on medical personnel, civil society, labor union members, journalists and media workers, and calls for the immediate release of all those detained arbitrarily. The Council calls for the military to exercise utmost restraint ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on OSCE Cooperation

As President Biden has made clear, the United States is renewing its commitment to multilateralism and trans-Atlantic cooperation. We welcome and celebrate Sweden’s prioritization of strengthening the OSCE’s activities on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. And as I said earlier this week, it’s time for all of us to turn our commitments on the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Sudan

The United States stands willing to work with partners in the region to support efforts to de-escalate and find solutions. We stand with the people of Sudan. We will continue to work closely with them, and the international community, to help create the peaceful, prosperous future they deserve. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an Event Hosted by the House Democratic Women’s Caucus

Women are on the front lines of this urgent humanitarian crisis – and so many crises around the world. And that’s why, during my presidency of the UN Security Council this month, I’m bringing the voices of women experts into our Council meetings wherever possible, to ensure that their voices are valued and that their ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security

We believe that the agenda needs to go beyond mere rhetoric. It is time we translate our noble commitments into concrete actions. Women should be part of mediation and negotiation teams. They should also serve in roles behind the scenes that are just as powerful – such as technical experts, or civil society leaders consulted ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Secretary of State’s Annual International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Perhaps most important of all, you have shared your stories with the world – often at great personal risk to your lives. That is a tremendous service, because your courage is contagious. I have no doubt that each of you has inspired other women to organize, demand equity, break down barriers to a stronger, more ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Public Engagements, Monday, March 8

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will deliver brief remarks during the 2021 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony (IWOC), hosted virtually by Secretary Antony Blinken and featuring a keynote by First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Now in its 15th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Virtual Stakeout Following Security Council Discussions on Ethiopia

The United States is alarmed by the humanitarian and human rights situation in Ethiopia. What’s happening in Ethiopia has had, and will continue to have, devastating consequences for thousands of innocent people, and it poses a direct threat to regional peace and security. We need to address it immediately. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan (via VTC)

Civil society, particularly women in civil society, must be heard during our discussions in the Council on issues of international peace and security. Their ears are on the ground. They see and understand what no one else does. And at times, they suffer like no one else does. So, during our Presidency this month, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly High-Level Informal Plenary Meeting on Syria

This month marks a full decade of untold suffering at the hands of the Assad regime. How tragic that this is the first time in those 10 years that the General Assembly will finally hear directly from Syrian survivors and the Commission of Inquiry about these appalling atrocities. Atrocities so terrible that some of them, ... Read More»

Statement at the Fifth Committee: Organization of Work First Resumed Part, 75th UN General Assembly

We welcome and support these critical efforts. But we, as Member States, also must not abdicate our responsibility to take action on decisions that have been pending for several years, and strengthen – when appropriate – policies that underpin our joint reform efforts. While my delegation will address these issues in more detail throughout the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Conference on the March Program of Work and the U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

In President Biden’s inaugural address, he declared America would engage with the world, we would repair our alliances, and be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security. He pledged that he would be, that we would be a nation that leads, in his words, not only “by the example of our power, ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Members of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield participated in a series of bilateral meetings today with UN Security Council counterparts. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has now held meetings with all 14 of the Permanent Representatives to the UN on the Security Council in advance of the U.S. assuming the Security Council presidency in March. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Second Day as Representative of the United States to the United Nations

For the first time addressing the General Assembly as the Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield delivered remarks to the UN General Assembly on the situation in Burma. The Ambassador strongly condemned the military coup and the security forces' brutal killing of unarmed people and urged the world to speak ... Read More»

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Hold Press Conference Previewing U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the UN Monday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. EST. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will outline the March program of work for the UN Security Council and highlight U.S. priorities for the month. A livestream of the press conference will be available here: ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

As I said the last time we met on the Palestinian question in the Middle East, the United States remains committed to working towards a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous future for the people of the Middle East. For both Israelis and Palestinians, this means focusing our efforts on advancing their freedom, security, and prosperity ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Informal Briefing on Burma

Let me be clear from the outset: The United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar. And we condemn the security forces’ brutal killing of unarmed people. And I would – like others – like to welcome and commend the courageous and brave statement made by the Myanmar Perm. Rep. here this ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s First Day as Representative of the United States to the United Nations

Yesterday, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Following the ceremony, the two met to discuss the important leadership role the United States plays in the UN system, the global pandemic, climate change, humanitarian issues, and human rights. She then made a brief statement to the UN press corps. Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Presentation of Credentials to the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations is the world’s most important forum for bringing people and countries together, and I take that seriously as a U.S. diplomat. As I made clear in my testimony to the U.S. Senate, this administration knows that when America is at the table and acting in accordance with our values, the United States* ... Read More»

Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Upholding the Collective Security System of the UN Charter (via VTC)

The inherent right to use force in the exercise of individual or collective self-defense against non-state actors is well-established. For centuries, States have invoked the right of self-defense to justify taking action on the territory of another State against non-State actors. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, 19 different States have identified or ... Read More»

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Deliver Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout, February 25

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will deliver brief remarks Thursday, February 25, at approximately 3:00 p.m. EST at the UN Security Council stakeout following her presentation of credentials to the UN Secretary-General. Her remarks will be livestreamed on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Upon Swearing-In as the United States Representative to the United Nations

Stepping into this role is a deeply meaningful coda to my 35-year career in the Foreign Service. When I first joined the service, I was, as a Black woman from Louisiana, an outsider. I was warned it would be harder for someone with my background to succeed. And it was. But over the years, I ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic (via VTC)

As the Secretary-General noted in his report, “the crisis in the country is inextricably linked to the dynamics in the Central African region.” The United States welcomes the decision of the Economic Community of Central African States to appoint a mediator for the Central African Republic and looks forward to the naming of this mediator ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Ukraine

We are here today because in 2014, Russia occupied Crimea and instigated a conflict in the Donbas region. We are here today because Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine have led to the deaths of more than 13,000 people, displaced millions of Ukrainians, and left an additional 3.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance. And we ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security (via VTC)

I think it’s particularly important we are before the Security Council because the climate crisis is indisputably a Security Council issue. Our Pentagon has for years described the impact of climate as a threat multiplier. In fact, it is among the most complex and compelling security issues that I think we have ever faced. We’re ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Haiti (via VTC)

Let me begin with something we all know: legislative elections were due in Haiti in October 2019. Both before and after that date, members of this Council repeatedly called on Haiti’s political stakeholders to come together, to set aside their differences, and to find a way forward to address Haiti’s most pressing challenges. They chose ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen (via VTC)

As the briefers noted this morning, the United States is preparing to reinvigorate diplomatic efforts, alongside the United Nations and others, to achieve a ceasefire and end the war in Yemen. As we do so, I want to be clear that we will fully support the Special Envoy’s efforts to bring all parties to consensus ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access (via VTC)

Here’s how else we plan to contribute to ending this pandemic. As some of you will have seen, President Biden’s first National Security Memorandum made clear that the United States will once again serve as a global health leader. The United States believes that multilateralism, the United Nations, the World Health Organization are essential – not just as an ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Iraq (via VTC)

The Biden Administration supports a strategic partnership with a stable, democratic Iraq. The Administration will be a steady, reliable partner that supports Iraq’s anti-corruption and economic reform efforts, strengthens regional relationships, holds accountable human rights violators and those who abuse human rights, provides humanitarian assistance, backs efforts to control militias and to control Iran’s destabilizing ... Read More»

Statement at the UN Women Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

In this collective effort, UN Women’s global leadership is more critical than ever. We face unprecedented challenges around the globe, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the areas of combating violence against women and seeking to fully protect the rights of women and girls belonging to multiple marginalized groups. Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Open Debate on Peacekeeping Operations

UN peacekeeping remains among the most effective mechanisms to address the global challenges to international peace and security. Yet more progress and reform is required. The United States is committed to strengthening and reforming peacekeeping operations so that they can deliver on their vital global mission. Read More»

Remarks at the General Debate of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

First, the United States welcomes the reduction of duplicative resolutions and agenda items across six UNGA committees. Moving away from annual reporting and negotiation can often streamline our processes with little cost to outcomes. We have seen this with our biennial resolutions across several committees, including the Third Committee resolution on elections and democratization. We ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Ukraine Conflict and Implementation of the Minsk Agreements (via VTC)

The United States reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will never recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. As a result, U.S. sanctions on Russia in response to its aggression in eastern Ukraine and occupation of Crimea will remain in place unless – and until – Russia reverses course. Read More»

Statement on Country Program Documents at the UNICEF Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

We thank UNICEF for their engagement in addressing Member States’ concerns regarding the CPDs, and look forward to early, proactive engagement in the future. We also thank program countries for their constructive efforts to address Member States’ concerns which demonstrate a collective commitment to Board oversight, the objectives of the CPD instrument, and consensus-based adoption ... Read More»

Statement on COVID-19 at the UNICEF Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

The United States welcomes UNICEF's detailed report and commends UNICEF for its expanded, prompt, and partnership-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge UNICEF to fully leverage the investments and lessons learned from its ongoing response to continue equitable access to life-saving health, nutrition, education, WASH, and child protection services. We know UNICEF, in light ... Read More»

Statement on Country Program Documents at the UNFPA Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

The United States is pleased to join the Board in adopting all Country Program Documents presented for approval at this session. We thank UNFPA for their proactive, productive, and effective engagement in addressing Member States’ concerns regarding the CPDs. We also thank program countries for their constructive efforts to address Member States’ concerns which demonstrate ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria (via VTC)

The High Representative reiterated an important message from the Secretary-General in her remarks just now, so I’d like to reiterate a key message from the United States on this issue: the Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, and then subsequently sought to avoid accountability by obstructing independent investigations and undermining ... Read More»

Statement at the UNFPA Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

Madam President, we commend UNFPA’s advocacy on protecting access to sexual and reproductive health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in ongoing humanitarian crises; on sounding the alarm on the pandemic-related spike in gender-based violence; and on stressing the critical role of gender-disaggregated data collection for understanding the full scope of the problem and effectively ... Read More»

Remarks at an Interactive Dialogue with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner (via VTC)

As UNDP develops its 2022-25 Strategic Plan, I would like to highlight U.S. priorities. We believe it is important for UNDP to continue to focus on its core mandate of helping countries strengthen institutions and good governance, eradicate poverty, foster conflict prevention and recovery, and promote environmental sustainability. It should also continue to improve management ... Read More»

Statement on Country Program Documents at the UNDP Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

We will continue to encourage discussions to further align and improve the effectiveness and transparency of the development of Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks and CPDs. This is an important year for implementation of the QCPR and review of the Resident Coordinator system. Board discussions will continue to provide an effective platform to further these efforts. Read More»

Joint Statement on GEF Accountability at the UNDP Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

We thank the Board of Auditors for these reports and the management of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS for managements’ responses. We commend UNDP for a fifteenth consecutive clean audit. We strongly support the Board’s recommendation for swift implementation of all BoA recommendations, especially outstanding Board recommendations. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict and Repatriation of Children from Conflict Zones (via VTC)

The current situation we face – with more than 8,000 children of foreign terrorist fighters residing in camps in Syria and Iraq – is not tenable. The international community can and we must do more. We cannot continue to let these children languish in overcrowded environments where they suffer from inadequate shelter, food, sanitation, educational ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya (via VTC)

The United States believes, as we’ve just heard in SRSG Williams briefing, that Libya faces a critical turning point. A viable path to a unified government, national elections, and an end to the conflict lies ahead of us. The Libyan parties themselves must now seize the opportunity before them to select an interim national executive ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Under the new administration, the policy of the United States will be to support a mutually agreed two-state solution, one in which Israel lives in peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state. This vision, as I know we have just heard, though under serious stress, remains the best way to ensure Israel’s future as ... Read More»

Statement during the Park East Synagogue International Holocaust Remembrance Virtual Service

The United States is committed to advancing Holocaust education and working with the international community to increase Holocaust awareness. We are also committed to combating anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, to preventing atrocities worldwide, and to bringing those responsible for atrocities to justice. By so doing, we hope to honor the memory of the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Post-COVID-19 Global Governance (via VTC)

The United States is committed to working together with other countries to combat this deadly virus. As a first sign of our renewed commitment to supporting multilateral efforts to fight the pandemic, on January 20, President Biden signed a letter to the Secretary-General retracting the previous administration’s notification of the United States’ intent to withdraw ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Media Freedom in Belarus (via VTC)

The Government of Belarus is reverting to such oppressive, drastic means to hide the truth to avoid its own accountability for human rights violations. But what’s inspiring, what’s inspired me listening today, is hearing how, that even in the face of this, brave journalists continue to play an essential role in covering, uncovering the facts ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Colombia (via VTC)

The Verification Mission has played a vital role in supporting Colombia’s peace and reconciliation efforts and the Mission should be proud of its contributions. The United States also wants to acknowledge here the government of Colombia’s commitment to Peace Accord implementation, particularly in the face of the daunting public health challenges posed by COVID-19, and ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Draft Resolution A/75/L.54, “Promoting a Culture of Peace and Tolerance to Safeguard Religious Sites”

The United States is a strong proponent of the protection of religious sites and was a co-sponsor of UN General Assembly resolution 55/254 on this subject. We continue to support the underlying premise of this resolution but are concerned about its many references to limits on or condemning speech and at times equating speech to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic (via VTC)

Mr. President, the United States extends our deepest condolences to the families of the two Burundian peacekeepers killed on December 25, the Rwandan peacekeeper killed on January 13, the Burundian peacekeeper killed on January 15, and the Gabonese and Moroccan peacekeepers killed in an ambush on January 18. We also express our deep condolences to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria (via VTC)

The United States has worked tirelessly with partners to push for a change in the political dynamics that afflict this Council and continue to deny the Syrian people a path toward peace, stability, and hope. This Council is failing millions of civilians of Syria, not just today but for more than a decade. It is ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Cooperation between the UN Security Council and the League of Arab States (via VTC)

The United States also values our important partnership with the League. We thank the League of Arab States for working with us as we mutually seek a stable, prosperous, and secure Middle East. This includes the League’s ongoing engagement in a range of protracted conflicts that continue to threaten regional stability and create multiple complex ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen (via VTC)

I have to say, though, that the U.S. view is that it is sad, but true, that the political process, which has now been ongoing for many years, has produced limited results – despite the heroic efforts of the Special Envoy and his team. That compelled the United States to believe it had to look ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft to Model UN Students in Taiwan (via VTC)

The United States believes that Taiwan is a force for good in the world, and that is very true. It is also true that young women and men, like you, deserve to pursue careers and opportunities, and on the international stage, including in organizations such as the World Health Organization, where your expertise has been ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft before a Virtual Meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (via VTC)

Taiwan has been an inspiration for the region, and might I add, for the world. Your courage and your vision only reinforce Taiwan’s global reputation. There are quite a number of nations represented in the UN who should look at Taiwan – not for opportunities to exclude it, but for reasons to aspire to be ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 20th Anniversary of Resolution 1373 (via VTC)

Finally, it’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the horrific events of 9/11, but I just want to begin by remembering the innocent lives lost that day – all victims of terrorism. As well as remember, with gratitude, the heroic actions of the first responders who saved so many lives on 9/11. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in West Africa and the Sahel (via VTC)

This past fall, UNOWAS played an integral role in supporting free and fair presidential elections in five West African nations. The COVID-19 pandemic complicated the situation, and we extend our appreciation to you, and your team, for your tireless support of long-term stability and security in the region. Though much work needs to be done, ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Kelly Craft’s Travel to Taiwan

Ambassador Kelly Craft will travel to Taipei January 13-15 for meetings with senior Taiwan counterparts and members of the diplomatic community. During her trip, the Ambassador will reinforce the U.S. government's strong and ongoing support for Taiwan’s international space, in accord with the U.S. one-China policy that is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Fragile States (via VTC)

Fragile states are often characterized by their vulnerability to armed conflict, large-scale violence, or other instability – including the inability to manage transnational threats. Fragility can result from ineffective and unaccountable governance, weak social cohesion, and corrupt institutions or leaders who do not respect human rights. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria (via VTC)

The Security Council, we believe, has a responsibility to ensure that there are serious consequences for those who use chemical weapons. We cannot remain silent nor allow chemical weapons and their use to become normalized or acceptable. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, often ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Kelly Craft on the 2021 United Nations Program Budget

Today, this body is poised to adopt a budget that reflects such an accommodation that extends a shameful legacy of hate, anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel bias. The United States rejects this effort and called for this vote to make clear that we stand by our principles, stand up for what is right, and never accept consensus ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on the United Nations 2021 Program Budget

My delegation would like to call for a recorded vote on draft resolution three, program budget for 2021 A/C.5/75/L.19. We do that because the United States cannot in good conscience support a budget that further perpetuates anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias and refuses to recognize the rightful re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. We appreciate the tireless ... Read More»

Remarks to the Fifth Committee on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)

The United States made clear, both in statements and in a letter to the President of the Security Council in September, that previously lifted United Nations sanctions measures on Iran have been re-imposed, pursuant to the process outlined in Security Council Resolution 2231. Read More»

Remarks to the Fifth Committee on the Program Budget Implications for the Durban Conference

Mr. Chairman, the United States remains firmly committed to combating racism and racial discrimination in all its forms and to working with civil society, international mechanisms, and all nations in pursuit of this goal. However, we cannot agree to the creation of an official event during the general debate of the 76th General Assembly commemorating ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism for Syria

Those familiar with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria – also known as the ‘Triple I-M’– know the critical nature of the work that it performs. And those familiar with this year’s negotiations in the Fifth Committee know that a small number of delegations have repeatedly insisted on depriving the Mechanism of the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Draft Resolution on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

The United States recognizes the contributions and leadership of the United Nations and the African Union, as well as the many troop and police contributing countries that helped protect civilians and advance peace in Darfur. We also recognize the 288 UNAMID personnel who paid the ultimate price in advancing peace and security for the region ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Resolution 2231 (via VTC)

Yet, as Iran continues to flout this Council’s resolutions, too many Council members, unfortunately, are eager to ignore or overlook Iran’s disregard for the restrictions that the Council has put in place, including those which the United States has re-imposed through our legitimate snapback process. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Education for Democracy

The United States believes that education is transformational for individuals and societies, and that it creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies. On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new education policy aimed at focusing resources on programs that produce measurable learning ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Recognizing the impasse we found ourselves in, President Trump presented a bold new vision for Middle East peace – a realistic, detailed plan to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, while making Israelis, Palestinians, and millions of others in the region both safer and more prosperous. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Draft Resolution on the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States strongly supports the Council’s efforts to enhance the Force Intervention Brigade and strengthen MONUSCO’s performance, consistent with the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a better-equipped, better-trained and more mobile peacekeeping force. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice (via VTC)

We appreciate the opportunity to address the relationship between the Court and the Security Council and the complementary role these principal organs play in the maintenance of international peace and security. The ICJ plays a vital role in promoting and preserving the rule of law, and in advancing international peace and security through the peaceful ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Afghanistan (via VTC)

Sadly, just like our last session, the people of Afghanistan continue to face terrible violence in their country. The rocket attack on November 21, that killed eight people and wounded over thirty near Kabul’s Green Zone, is one of the latest crimes committed by ISIS. The last few months have also seen barbaric attacks on ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (via VTC)

As 2020 comes to a close, there is little to celebrate in Syria, and much to mourn. More than nine million Syrians need food assistance, the largest number since the outbreak of the conflict nearly a decade ago. We must not forget that it was Russia and China that forced this Council to slash the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan (via VTC)

Mr. President, today the United States welcomes progress in implementing the Revitalized Peace Agreement, forming a national unity government and building institutions. We also welcome the December 9 announcement by South Sudan’s presidency of an agreement to promptly appoint officials to state and local government and the Transitional National Assembly. The United States looks forward ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (via VTC)

We remain extremely concerned about the Mechanism’s reporting about genocide denial, the non-acceptance of historical facts, and the glorification of war criminals. We must do more to fight such rhetoric, particularly in the Balkans, and we condemn efforts by political leaders to distort historical facts and to use their platforms to increase divisions and exacerbate ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Reforming the Human Rights Council

It would be a grave mistake for the United States to return to the Council before it is reformed. History tells us that reforming the Human Rights Council from within does not work. The ideas below are commonsense and have broad and bipartisan support. As the General Assembly’s comprehensive review of the Human Rights Council ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Global Health and Foreign Policy and Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing

This month, we passed the one-year mark since the reported emergence of COVID-19, and it is unacceptable that we still have very little information on how it began and spread so quickly among the population in Wuhan, China. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Graduation of Vanuatu from Least Developed Countries Category

The United States would like to thank Fiji for its leadership on this important resolution. We would also like to congratulate Vanuatu on this milestone achievement. Vanuatu’s graduation from Least Developed Country status is an accomplishment to celebrate, even more so considering the unprecedented social and economic impact Vanuatu faced due to COVID-19 and Cyclone ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The egregious human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is well known to the international community and has been documented, inter alia, by reports of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (COI) as well as the Special ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria Chemical Weapons (via VTC)

Given the comments of our Russian colleague that proceeded my own, I need to begin by saying, the United States strongly supports the leadership and the impartial and independent work of the OPCW. We applaud the OPCW Technical Secretariat. We believe it conducts its work in a professional manner and carries out its mission in ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Kelly Craft to Propose Reforms for the UN Human Rights Council

On December 14 at 1:30 p.m., Ambassador Kelly Craft will join the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for a live conversation, entitled “How to Fix the Broken UN Human Rights Council.” Ambassador Craft will propose reforms the Council must make to merit U.S. membership. The event will be livestreamed. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Situation in Afghanistan

When the Taliban signed the February 29, 2020 agreement to enter into negotiations with the Islamic Republic, it publicly and explicitly agreed to prevent al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups from using the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies. The Taliban recognized the legitimate concerns about international terrorism ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission on Sierra Leone

As we have heard from other briefers and delegations today, Sierra Leone has persevered through adversity and demonstrated extraordinary progress in maintaining peace, strengthening democracy, and laying the foundation for economic growth. The people of Sierra Leone have shown tremendous resilience and the capacity to rebuild after crises, including a devastating civil war and the Ebola outbreak just years ago.    Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Sudan (via VTC)

We have been encouraged by the concrete steps parties in Sudan have taken to build a more stable, secure, and human rights-respecting future. We are particularly pleased that Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and other groups signed a landmark peace agreement aimed at ending almost two decades of conflict. This important step ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, We, the above listed signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established and adopted in 1948, recommit ourselves today to the Declaration and its foundational ideal that certain principles are so fundamental as to apply to all human beings, everywhere, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Local Implementation of Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

The United States remains committed to enhancing the implementation of the Youth, Peace, and Security agenda, both within the UN system and externally with youth leaders and civil society through inter-generational dialogue. But, it is not just dialogue. I like the way it was put by one of the panelists today: an intergenerational co-leadership. I ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Central Africa (via VTC)

Of all the countries under your purview, as was noted earlier, perhaps one of the greatest concerns is Cameroon, where more than 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance – 2.3 million people more than at the beginning of the year. Cameroon is facing multiple crises, including terrorist attacks in the Far North, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and on Sustainable Fisheries

While our concern is global, freedom of the seas is especially threatened in the South and East China Seas. The assertion of unlawful and sweeping maritime claims – including through ongoing intimidation and coercion against long-standing oil and gas development and fishing practices by others – threatens the rules-based international order that has enabled the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of the Second Committee Resolution Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review

The United States supports national ownership and leadership in setting a country’s development goals and priorities, and we expect UN entities to uphold UN values and principles in their work to support national development efforts. During humanitarian crises, it is important for the UN and national governments to embrace humanitarian principles and prioritize addressing the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Looking forward, the United States is focused on three key areas of the Council’s work in the DRC: First, the need for more progress on disarmament, demobilization, as well as reintegration and security sector reform; second, the full implementation of reforms to improve peacekeeping performance; and third, strategic planning for MONUSCO’s responsible drawdown and transition. Read More»

Introduction to the U.S. National Statement at a UN General Assembly Special Session on COVID-19

One of the most critical challenges before us all in confronting COVID-19 is a lack of transparency. It was a lack of transparency that prolonged the pandemic and compounded its death and misery. For almost exactly one year, we have been calling for full transparency and cooperation with the international scientific community. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on UN-AU Cooperation (via VTC)

The African Union has proven itself, time and again, an indispensable partner to the United Nations on the African continent. In recent years, we have deepened cooperation between the UN and the AU, recognizing each organizations’ distinct advantages, shared values, and common interests. Together, we are firmly committed to the spirit of the 2030 Agenda ... Read More»

Statement in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 141: Umoja

The United States would like to express its appreciation to all who worked on this, the twelfth progress report of the UMOJA project. The United States would also like to express its appreciation to all who have worked, and continue to work, to bring the Umoja enterprise resource planning platform to life. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Security Sector Reform (via VTC)

Effective security sector governance is vital to any nation’s long-term growth, stability, and security. Additionally, successful security sector reform must encompass all elements of a country’s security sector, including the military, the police, border security, and justice systems. Read More»

Joint Statement in Response to a Russian-Hosted Arria-Formula Meeting on Ukraine

Russia held a meeting at the UN today on what Russia claims is the status of the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This meeting was a transparent attempt to present a false and misleading narrative regarding the conflict in eastern Ukraine. We strongly reject Russia’s premise that it is acting as a mediator within an ... Read More»

Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family

The United States has the honor to call your attention to the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family whose four main objectives are: (1) to secure meaningful health and development gains for women; (2) to protect life at all stages; (3) to declare the sovereign right of every nation to ... Read More»

Statement in Commemoration of All Victims of the Second World War

World War II inflicted unspeakable pain and suffering for tens of millions who fell victim to that horrendous chapter of mankind. And 75 years later, we still feel this impact. This is why the United States is proud to join the global community in commemorating the anniversary of the end of the war. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Sanctions (via VTC)

The United States imposes sanctions to address bona fide threats to national security and foreign policy interests, such as to deter threats to international peace, stability, and security, including to counter terrorism, deter nuclear and conventional weapons proliferation, constrain abusive and radical regimes, and to promote accountability for human rights abuse and corruption. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political and Humanitarian Situation in Syria (via VTC)

The Assad regime and its allies, including permanent members of this Council, would greatly prefer that the world ignore your briefings, pretend that Resolution 2254 is obsolete, believe somehow that political and humanitarian conditions in Syria are stabilizing, and that the conflict is over. Sadly, the realities cannot be obscured and must not be ignored. Read More»

Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords (via VTC)

The United States commends Bosnia and Herzegovina, like many of the other speakers, for reaching the milestone of 25 years of peace since signing the Dayton Accords. The agreement created a framework to rebuild and provide a stable and prosperous future for the people of the country. In that spirit, the United States envisioned a ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Sustainable Development of the Caribbean Sea for Present and Future Generations

The United States refers delegations to our general statement, delivered on November 18, with respect to references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, climate change, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Sendai Declaration. Read More»

Explanation of Position on Operative Paragraph 10 Amendment in “Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind”

The United States offers a very simple amendment which reads “reaffirming the commitment to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social, and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner.” These words should be very well known to everyone in the room as they come directly from the 2030 Agenda. We propose ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Iraq (via VTC)

Last fall, Iraqis took to the streets in unprecedented numbers demanding political and economic reforms, with many protestors killed and injured. One year later, the COVID pandemic, economic hardship, increased regional tensions, and rising security threats have only reinforced the need for those reforms. The Iraqi government has responded, in part, by calling for early ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Agriculture Development, Food Security, and Nutrition

The United States does not recognize any change in the current state of conventional or customary international law regarding rights related to food. The United States is not a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Accordingly, we interpret this resolution’s references to the right to food, with respect to States ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the New Urban Agenda and Strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Program

Regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement, climate change, the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and inclusive growth, we refer you to our general statement delivered on November 18. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Combatting Sand and Dust Storms

As we noted last year, the United States would like to raise our concerns with the workload of this committee. We believe we can improve our ability to consider our work more thoughtfully if we were to address the issue of periodicity and triennialize and biennialize a number of resolutions. There is not enough meaningful ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Eradicating Rural Poverty

The United States is a leader in the alleviation and eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, and it is unfortunate that this text undermines the international community’s good work focused on eradicating poverty and injects unneeded political distractions into our important conversation on this issue. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on International Migration and Development

The United States objects to this resolution for a number of reasons, in particular its focus on a role for the UN in advancing global governance of migration and development, a role that impinges on state sovereignty and should be strictly reserved for member states, subject to their existing international obligations and commitments. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Promotion of International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows

The resolution places too much attention on the return of confiscated proceeds of crime. Effective asset recovery requires detection, investigation, and prosecution as well as cooperation between Member States. Attention and resources must be devoted to establishing competent domestic legal and regulatory frameworks and institutions necessary to facilitating the proper detection and investigation of criminal ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable, and Modern Energy for All

Energy access is an extremely important issue for the Trump Administration, and we feel these paragraphs over-emphasize renewable energy to the exclusion of other affordable, readily available and durable options for improving energy access. Energy access should not become a vehicle for promoting green politics that will prolong and worsen the hardship of people who ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity

As we noted last year, the United States is concerned that language in this resolution does not accurately reflect decisions made by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Parties at the 14th Conference of the Parties in November 2018. Such approaches do a disservice to implementation of the Convention. Where language in this resolution is ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United States urges once again that any future UNCCD-related resolutions must accurately reflect the will of the UNCCD Parties by recognizing and utilizing their agreed language. In instances where language diverges from relevant text decided by the UNCCD COP, we will only accept the COP text. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Water for Sustainable Development

The United States joins consensus on this resolution with the express understanding that PP8 does not imply that States must implement obligations under human rights instruments to which they are not a party. The United States is not a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESR), and the rights contained ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Financing for Development

The United States is proud to be a leader on financing for development. The scale and impact of private capital, domestic resource mobilization, philanthropy, remittances and other financial flows, and enhanced commerce and investment now dwarf the role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in development finance. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind

We expect that future iterations of this resolution will advance the interests of all Member States and eschew narrow political messaging that undermines consensus, the work of this committee, and our ability to work together in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Agenda 21

The United States supports the achievement of sustainable development and recognizes the role that sustainable consumption and production practices can play in it. However, we do not believe that changes made to this resolution advance Second Committee revitalization enough to warrant not voting against this resolution this year. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on External Debt Sustainability and Development

Increased debt transparency is not only critical to maximizing the benefits of DSSI debt relief, but also helps prevent corruption, promote debt sustainability, and allow citizens to hold their governments accountable as the world seeks to recover from the pandemic stronger than before. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the International Financial System and Development

With respect to OP 16, we strongly disagree with the encouragement to provide “flexible, concessional, fast-disbursing, and front-loaded assistance” without regard to the financial sustainability of the institutions, the development impact and effect on poverty reduction of such assistance, or the presence of an appropriate macroeconomic policy framework. The concessionality of assistance should be determined ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Counterterrorism Coordination (via VTC)

Over the last year, the global terrorist threat has substantially evolved. Thousands of suspected foreign terrorist fighters and their families remain stranded in conflict zones. The threat from ISIS will likely increase if the international community does not meet its obligations under international law to repatriate their citizens. We encourage the Counterterrorism Executive Directorate and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Somalia (via VTC)

The next months in Somalia are indeed particularly important for the future trajectory of the country. Constructive dialogue among Somali leaders over the last several months has led to the development of an electoral model. While we know the agreed-upon structure does not achieve the ‘one person, one vote’ model most Somali people want, we ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Missing Persons

The United States also agrees that avoiding harm to civilians can help prevent persons from going missing in armed conflict and that minimizing the military use of civilian infrastructure can be an appropriate measure in this regard. The United States notes, however, that there is no obligation under international law for States to minimize the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the International Day for Peoples of African Descent

However, the United States must dissociate from preambular paragraph 5, because it distracts from the intent of this important resolution by focusing on the Human Rights Council’s divisive June 2020 resolution that targeted the United States’ record on policing and race. In his June 20 statement, Secretary Pompeo criticized the Council’s failure to urge authoritarian ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Extrajudicial Killings

While this resolution covers a variety of situations in which extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions occur, we do not want to lose sight of the fact that there are not one, but two, bodies of international law that regulate unlawful killings of individuals by governments – international human rights law and international humanitarian law. As ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Universal Right to Self-Determination

The United States recognizes the importance of the right of peoples to self-determination and therefore joins consensus on this resolution. We note, however, as frequently stated by the United States and other delegations, that this resolution contains many misstatements of international law and is inconsistent with current state practice. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Durban Declaration and Program of Action

The United States notes with concern that the resolution remains silent on the issue of oppression of members of ethnic minority groups in the People’s Republic of China, which regularly oppresses its own people, including members of minority groups of Asian, Turkic, and other descent. In Xinjiang, a merciless crackdown has resulted in the mass ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Indigenous Peoples

The United States reaffirms its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As explained in our 2010 Statement of Support, the Declaration is an aspirational document of moral and political force and is not legally binding or a statement of current international law. The Declaration expresses aspirations that the United States ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Report of the Human Rights Council

Chair - As we have stated for years in this chamber, the United States sees the annual resolution on the Report of the Human Rights Council as procedurally unnecessary. More broadly, the United States continues strongly to object to the Human Rights Council’s disproportionate focus on Israel and has concerns regarding certain other resolutions adopted ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the World Summit for Social Development

It is our view that the United Nations must respect the independent mandates of other processes and institutions, including trade negotiations, and must not involve itself in decisions, interpretations, and actions in other forums, including the World Trade Organization. There should be no expectation or misconception that the United States would understand recommendations made by ... Read More»

General Statement in a Meeting of the Third Committee on Assistance to Refugees, Returnees, and Displaced Persons in Africa

The United States remains concerned over the increasing number of displaced persons either from conflict or natural disasters within the African continent. The global pandemic has only exacerbated the vulnerability and increased the needs of displaced persons in addition to limiting efforts to respond to and end displacement. Read More»

Statement on the Introduction of a Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Syria

The United States has co-authored this much-needed resolution that addresses the appalling human rights situation in Syria. We thank our cross-regional core group and all of the resolution’s co-sponsors for their support. We strongly encourage all United Nations members to vote yes in support of this resolution. Following my statement, I kindly ask the Secretariat ... Read More»

General Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Burma

The United States welcomes the work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar and echoes the resolution’s call for all countries to grant the IIMM access and provide it with every assistance in the execution of its mandate. We also hope to see Myanmar authorities cooperate with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People Over Their Natural Resources

The United States will once again vote against this one-sided resolution and encourages other nations to also do so. The United States will continue to oppose every effort to delegitimize Israel, and we hope other members will join us by voting “no” on this resolution. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Oil Slick on Lebanese Shores

This perennial anti-Israel resolution recycles tired, habitual rhetoric that does nothing to advance the cause of peace. Indeed, it damages UN credibility by casting into doubt the impartiality of the UN. It is deplorable that the United Nations – an institution founded upon the idea that all nations should be treated equally – should be ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on South-South Cooperation

The United States supports efforts of the United Nations development system entities to facilitate South-South Cooperation in line with principles of effective development, which include a focus on results, inclusive partnerships and consultations, transparency and accountability, and full respect for human rights. These principles help ensure that the development efforts of all actors advance the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Sustainable Tourism

We refer you to our General Statement delivered on November 18, 2020 to the 75th General Assembly Second Committee session, which addresses our concerns regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, Official Development Assistance, the Paris Agreement, climate change, reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ... Read More»

General Statement on the Adoption of a Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Iran

The Iranian regime further engages in activity that raises human rights concerns, including targeting women, members of ethnic and religious minority groups, and those with opposing political views. The United States shares the Special Rapporteur’s concerns regarding the continued repression of members of religious minority groups. Gonabadi Sufis, Baha’is, and Christian converts face severe treatment ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Third Decade for Poverty Eradication

The United States believes in legal protections for the unborn and rejects any interpretation of international human rights to require any State Party to provide safe, legal, and effective access to abortion. As President Trump has stated, “Americans will never tire of defending innocent life.” Each nation has the sovereign right to implement related programs ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Landlocked Developing Countries

The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the Follow-up to the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries. We wish to make several clarifying points on the final text. Concerning the reference to the International Think Tank for LLDCs, we do not believe it is appropriate to mention a private ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Least Developed Countries

Finally, we refer you to our general statement, delivered today, which addresses our concerns regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, illicit financial flows, Official Development Assistance, the Paris Agreement, climate change, reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and characterizations of inclusive economic growth, ... Read More»

General Statement on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The COI findings describe human rights violations and abuses that are “systematic, widespread, and gross,” including those involving “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion and other sexual violence, persecution of political, religious, racial and gender groups, the forcible transfer of populations, and the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the New International Economic Order

The United States calls on member states to avoid the unnecessary politicization of resolutions. It is a waste of the UN’s time and scarce resources to consider this resolution and it should be retired. For other issues in the resolution, we refer you to the U.S. General Statement delivered today. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Jesse Walter Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2020 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution “Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.” Regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

With regard to science and technology education policies, we strongly support quality STEM education, but we note that in the United States, curricular and other education policies, decisions, and actions are taken as appropriate and consistent with our respective federal, state, or local authorities. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Investments for Sustainable Development

Further, the United States is proud of the significant investments we have made both domestically and internationally to advance women’s equality and empowerment. While we are pleased to reaffirm this commitment, this resolution is not the proper venue in which to call for significantly increasing such investment. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on International Trade and Development

Regarding unilateral economic, financial or trade measures, the United States believes economic sanctions – as an alternative to the use of force – can be an appropriate, effective, and legitimate response to gross violations of international human rights or violations of other widely accepted norms. Each Member State has the sovereign right to determine how ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thanks to Ambassador Rai as chair of this Second Committee session, as well as to the Vice Chairs, for getting us to this point of adopting resolutions, against ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

The Abraham Accords have made peace all the more possible. We are witnessing the accumulating fruits of the Accords with each passing day. It is no overstatement to say that the Accords have triggered a wave of commercial, educational, and cultural interactions in the Middle East that are without recent precedent. Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 141: Review of the Peace and Security Reform Implementation

U.S. strongly supports the Secretary-General's efforts to reform the management, peace and security, and development structures. We are pleased with the efforts to mainstream a “whole of pillar approach” into the work of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the Department of Peace Operations, though we believe more work must be done to ... Read More»

General Statement in a Meeting of the Second Committee

Finally, the 2030 Agenda states that “no one” will be left behind. We believe any alteration from the 2030 language, such as “no country left behind,” erodes the people-centered focus of the Agenda and distracts from the many multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder efforts to advance sustainable development. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Death Penalty

The United States urges Member States that support the resolution to address human rights violations that may arise from implementation of the death penalty in an extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary manner. Capital defendants must be provided with a fair trial before a competent, independent, and impartial tribunal established by law, with full and fair trial ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Right to Development

Additionally, the United States cannot support the inclusion of the phrase “to expand and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation.” This phrase has been promoted interchangeably with “win-win cooperation” by a single Member State to insert the domestic policy agenda of its Head of State in UN documents. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Enhancement of International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

However, we must dissociate from preambular paragraph 5, because of the incorrect assertion that the enhancement of international cooperation is essential for the effective promotion and protection of all human rights. International cooperation is a helpful instrument to promote the implementation of human rights, but each individual State maintains primary responsibility to promote and protect ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Right to Food

This resolution rightfully acknowledges the hardships millions of people are facing, and importantly calls on States to support the emergency humanitarian appeals of the UN. However, the resolution also contains many unbalanced, inaccurate, and unwise provisions the United States cannot support. This resolution does not articulate meaningful solutions for preventing hunger and malnutrition or avoiding ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

We hope that further work on this topic, including the work of the Special Rapporteur, can touch on other areas relating to privacy rights beyond the digital environment, including examination of how abuses of privacy may be implicated in broader repression of the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms within States. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution Entitled “Intensification of Efforts to Prevent and Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women”

The United States thanks France and the Netherlands for their resolution on increasing global efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. While the United States remains deeply committed to genuine and effective efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls, we regret that this resolution strays from the critical issue at hand. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM)

We regret that the U.S. amendment(s) to PP23, OP14, OP17, OP18 and OP23f did not pass. The United States disassociates from PP23, OP14, OP17, OP18 and OP23f because of our concerns about wording that exceeds prior international consensus on issues related to reproductive health care. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Literacy for Life

We take this opportunity to make important points of clarification on language related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We underscore that the 2030 Agenda is non-binding and does not create or affect rights or obligations under international law, nor does it create any new financial commitments. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Female Genital Mutilation

The United States is committed to improving women’s health across their lifespan. However, we cannot accept references to “sexual and reproductive health, “sexual and reproductive health-care services,” “safe termination of pregnancy” or any similar language that would promote abortion or suggest inaccurately a right to abortion. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Trafficking in Women and Girls

The United States recognizes and reaffirms its belief that decisions about whom to legally admit for residency or to whom to grant citizenship are among the most important sovereign decisions a country can make, and are not subject to negotiation in international instruments or fora. The United States maintains the sovereign right to facilitate or ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Obstetric Fistula

The United States supports the goal of having women and girls receive quality education. We note however that there is no “right to education of good quality,” as the resolution mentions, and also note that in the United States, decisions regarding curricular and other education policies, materials, and programs are made as appropriate and consistent ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty

We take this opportunity again to make important points of clarification regarding the reaffirmation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Specifically, we note that much of the trade-related language in the Addis outcome document has been overtaken by events since July 2015; therefore, it is immaterial, and our reaffirmation of the outcome document has no ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the World Drug Problem

The United States disassociates from OP81. Regarding references to the World Health Organization, on May 29, 2020, President Trump announced the United States is terminating its relationship with the WHO and redirecting foreign assistance funding planned for the WHO to other deserving organizations and urgent health needs around the world. The United States submitted a ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the G5 Sahel Joint Force (via VTC)

The United States agrees that the G5 Joint Force and its civilian component are key to addressing some of the root causes of the conflict. The United States, as with others, as we’ve heard, remains committed to bilaterally supporting the Joint Force with equipment, training, and supplies, and advisors. We, of course, encourage other partners ... Read More»

General Statement in a Meeting of the Third Committee

The United States understands that General Assembly resolutions do not change the current state of conventional or customary international law. We do not read resolutions to imply that Member States must join or implement obligations under international instruments to which they are not a party, and any reaffirmation of such Conventions or treaties applies only ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution Entitled “Follow-up to the Twentieth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and Beyond”

Strengthening the capacities of children and their families is one of the best investments a society can make to eliminate extreme poverty, boost economic growth, and promote peace. When the family unit is strong, all other goals and outcomes for children are well within reach. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Inclusive Development for Persons with Disabilities

The United States does not read this resolution to imply that states must join or implement obligations under international instruments to which they are not a party, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or any other treaty or provision thereof, and the United States understands that any reaffirmation of that Convention ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution Entitled “Follow-Up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing” and General Statement on Cross-Cutting Issues

The United States believes each Member State has the sovereign right to determine how it conducts trade with other countries. Moreover, it is our view that the UN must respect the independent mandates of other processes and institutions. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Decision Entitled: Procedure for Decision-Making in the GA When an In-Person Meeting is Not Possible

The United States thanks Liechtenstein and the core group for their initiative. The UN General Assembly needs to be prepared to take essential operational decisions in the event that the General Assembly is unable to hold in-person meetings in the future. We hope that day will not come again, but it is important to ensure ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Women and Girls and the Response to COVID-19 (Spain)

We regret that the U.S. amendments did not pass, and accordingly health related wording that is problematic for us remains in the resolution. The United States therefore disassociates from operative paragraph 7 and operative paragraph 8. “Sexual and reproductive health” and “health-care services” are controversial terms which detracts from the resolution’s recommendations to address female ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Strengthening National and International Response to the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls (Egypt)

The United States has notified the United Nations of our intention to withdraw from the World Health Organization, and we dissociate from PP 21. It is inappropriate to single out specific partners in the global response to address COVID-19. Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 88: Responsibility of International Organizations

In light of the lack of significant developments in this area over the last three years, we reiterate the view we have expressed on past occasions that many of the rules contained in the Draft Articles fall into the category of progressive development rather than codification of the law, a point expressly recognized in the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 78: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

We look forward to continuing our productive engagement with UNCITRAL this year. While there was no consensus on a decision to request additional resources for Working Group III’s work of ISDS reform as some delegations had proposed, we welcome the willingness of all delegations to engage in a discussion about the future work plan on ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Administration of Justice (via VTC)

While we are conducting our work during a challenging time of a global pandemic, this session offers an important opportunity to continue to strengthen the system, enhance its effectiveness and improve the working conditions of all United Nations staff. The United States looks forward to working with all member states in reaching consensus on this ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 79: UN Program of Assistance in International Law

The United States recognizes the significant role of the Office of Legal Affairs, in particular the Codification Division, in implementing the Program of Assistance. We appreciated its nimble adaptation to the working conditions of Covid-19 this year. While it is disappointing that some of the Program’s courses and fellowship events could not be held in ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Modalities Resolution for the UN General Assembly Special Session on COVID-19 (via VTC)

The United States constructively engaged throughout the negotiations and showed the utmost flexibility on several issues of concern. We were willing to accept the co-facilitators’ compromise text, including with regards to civil society participation in the UNGASS and the reference to the role of the World Health Organization in the modalities text. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria (via VTC)

Assad’s enablers, including the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, share this responsibility with all of us. How can these governments defend the grotesque reality that Syria’s air force has repeatedly dropped sarin and chlorine bombs on civilians; and claim that they support international norms against the use ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 80: Report of the International Law Commission

The United States appreciates the difficulty faced by the ILC in conducting its business during the pandemic, and the complications presented by virtual meetings. We trust the ILC’s assessment of what is, and what is not, possible to accomplish on its substantive projects before it reconvenes in Geneva. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina (via VTC)

The United States commends Bosnia and Herzegovina for reaching an important milestone: 25 years of peace following the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords. This historic agreement provided an opportunity to end the ravages of war so that future generations can live in peace and security. But, as we all know, challenges still remain. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Participation in the UNGA Fourth Committee Palestinian Resolutions

Samantha Sutton Political Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 4, 2020 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to lead on peace in the Middle East, taking active steps to build greater trust among our partners in the region by identifying their shared interests and moving them away from the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Evolving Role of UN Policing in Peace Operations (via VTC)

he United States commends the tremendous progress made throughout the last 60 years of UN Policing. Today, UN Police are deployed to increasingly more complex, dynamic, and multidimensional missions. They play a critical role in protection, public order management, partnering with host-nation authorities, and preventing and investigating crime. Read More»

Statement at the 75th UN General Assembly Sixth Committee on Agenda Item Number 87: Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction

Despite the importance of this issue and its long history as part of international law relating to piracy, the United States’ view continues to be that basic questions remain regarding how jurisdiction should be exercised in relation to universal crimes, and States’ views and practices related to the topic. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Event on Contemporary Drivers of Conflict and Insecurity (via VTC)

Sadly, we are living in a world where violent conflict is increasingly common after years of decline. We know that violence begets more violence. It distorts social norms, undermines institutions, and destroys countries and lives. Fragile states are particularly susceptible to destabilizing violence and armed conflict – and its everyday citizens that pay the price. Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the International Criminal Court

The United States has historically been, and will continue to be, a strong supporter of meaningful accountability and justice for victims of atrocities through appropriate and legitimate mechanism. Perpetrators of atrocities must face justice, but we must also be careful to recognize the right tool for each situation. Read More»

Joint Statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

On 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, established pursuant to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/163, we commend the work of all journalists and media workers, online as well as offline, who daily risk their lives and health in the service of the general public, upholding a free, independent, plural ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Russian Draft Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security

No nation is more committed to the Women, Peace, and Security agenda than the United States. We were the first nation to enshrine the objectives in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in our national legislation and develop a whole-of-government effort to measure progress and maintain accountability across our domestic and global implementation. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Mandate Renewal of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

The United States commends the Council for affirming its support for MINURSO with today’s mandate renewal. While we share fellow Council members’ frustration with the lack of progress on the political front, we would like to highlight the importance of the daily work of the peacekeepers. In renewing MINURSO’s mandate, the Council is recognizing the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Around the world, LGBTI persons are subjected to violence and bias-motivated crime. The United States stands against all forms of violence, including human rights violations and abuses against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. All governments should uphold their commitment to protect and respect every person’s fundamental freedoms, and no ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Somalia (via VTC)

The United States remains focused on limiting the ability of al-Shabaab to conduct attacks against civilians, and is committed to partnering with Member States to utilize the 751 Somalia sanctions regime to its full extent. This effort includes technical assistance and capacity building to counter the financing of terrorism and the threat of IEDs. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, A.I. 72(b) (via VTC)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking utilizes research, awareness raising, policy engagement, and technical cooperation to address child labor and forced labor. The Department publishes three reports on these subjects and provides tools such as the Comply Chain app to companies to combat exploitation in their supply ... Read More»

Remarks at the Fifth Committee Review of Management Reform Implementation (via VTC)

n the fall of 2017, President Trump, in one of his first engagements at the UN General Assembly, and the United States led the political call, along with 131 member states, in support of the Secretary-General and his efforts to reform the UN’s management, peace and security and development structures because we saw the world ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item Number 89: Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters

Our view has not changed since this issue was last considered by this Committee. We continue to believe that this topic is best addressed through practical cooperation and guidance and focusing on real world actions rather than the negotiation of a new instrument. In that regard, we have been pleased to work with member states ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence (via VTC)

The United States strongly urges the Government of Burma to provide justice for victims and ensure accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses throughout the country. Civil society and victims must be included in transitional justice efforts if the nationwide peace process is to have hope of succeeding. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus (via VTC)

The United States supports the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people to choose their own path through free and fair elections. Unfortunately, the August 9 election was neither free nor fair. Authorities have detained thousands of citizens for the simple act of exercising their human rights. The crackdown on peaceful protestors, journalists, and opposition members ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

We support the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people to choose their own path through free and fair elections; we are inspired by the people’s commitment to determine their own future, free from external intervention or threats, and in full respect of Belarus's sovereignty. The 9 August 2020 presidential election was neither free nor fair. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (via VTC)

We welcome the commitment President Ndayishimiye made in his inauguration speech to improve human rights, fight impunity, and advance political reconciliation. We encourage the new government to continue to engage with us and demonstrate through actions its commitment to improve human rights and to end harmful policies. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Once again, we find ourselves in the Council debating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and members states will read statements packed with the same rhetorical fodder of hundreds of statements before them. It's time to stop this unproductive practice. Jews and Arabs are Abraham's children, they share Middle Eastern ancestry, culture and history, and deserve a future ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran (via VTC)

We strongly condemn the continued targeting and harsh sentencing of those detained for peaceful activism, such as Nasrin Sotoudeh and Narges Mohammadi who endure deplorable prison conditions, including exposure to COVID-19. Foreign nationals are also unjustly detained. We call on Iran to release these prisoners immediately. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (via VTC)

We join your call for the immediate release of all those arbitrarily detained, including those imprisoned for their beliefs, and an end to severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms. We also urge the regime to end its repression of information and communication into and within the country. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar (via VTC)

We call for unhindered access to life-saving humanitarian assistance in all areas affected by violence across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic increases communities’ vulnerability and the urgency of reducing violence. We call for the Government of Myanmar to create conditions that allow for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees and internally displaced ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Freedom of Opinion and Expression (via VTC)

Governments increasingly restrict freedom of expression of viewpoints with which they disagree, repress peaceful dissent, and stifle the free flow of information and ideas. Arbitrary detentions, threats of violence, and physical attacks are routinely used to target individuals and groups and silence their voices. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)

In the near term, the AU and UN should strengthen their support to develop administrative and security arrangements for Abyei. They also should encourage the parties to support local communities to engage in meaningful dialogue. Regular meetings of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism should inform this process. Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (via VTC)

The United States was very pleased to hear that despite the ongoing impacts of the COVID pandemic that affect all of us every day, the Mechanism has been able to carry out its important work and deliver results. We join others in commending the judges for their ability to adapt to these trying circumstances and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (via VTC)

The United States supports the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and its efforts to develop new, bold, and concrete recommendations. We are pleased to hear of your close collaboration with the Panel. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (via VTC)

The agreements signed at the White House on September 4 spanned a range of economic normalization issues. They will bring growth, investments, and jobs to citizens in both countries and set a new tone of reconciliation in the pursuit of progress for the Western Balkans. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Debate on a Comprehensive Review of the Situation in the Persian Gulf Region (via VTC)

As long as Iran and others support the terrorist activities of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, our sincere efforts to help Israelis and Palestinians reach peace and build a better future together will be threatened by terror and mired in meaningless and perpetual violence and conflict. Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 86: Rule of Law at the National and International Levels

Among the most concerning of the Secretary-General’s findings are those related to corruption. Corruption is a corrosive force. It erodes trust in institutions. It increases the imbalance between those with power and those without. And it goes hand-in-hand with the defiance of international norms. For these reasons, it is only appropriate that the Sixth Committee ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic

We also urge the government to demonstrate its commitment to fighting impunity by expeditiously standing up and implementing justice mechanisms, including the Truth, Justice, Reparation and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Criminal Court. The United States will continue to help in these important efforts through our assistance in developing the country's security and judicial institutions. ... Read More»

Statement during the Main Part of the 75th UN General Assembly on Agenda Item 143: Improving the Financial Situation of the UN

It hardly bears repeating that since the founding of the United Nations, the United States continues to be the largest contributor by far to the organization. Already this year, the United States has contributed $2.3 billion in assessed contributions. This is $1 billion more than the next largest contributor, and more than the total contributions ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism (via VTC)

We work with other governments, civil society, the private sector, and within international fora to increase cooperation on counterterrorism, including by strengthening information sharing. This cooperation includes developing good practices that enhance our shared commitment to human rights based upon respect for and protection off fundamental freedoms. Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item Number 152: Administration of Justice

The United States appreciates the efforts of the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) to continue their work through the difficult working conditions posed by the global pandemic and to make further progress on the reforms that have been the focus of this committee’s discussions in recent years. Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 90: Strengthening and Promoting the International Treaty Framework

The Committee’s discussion of this topic follows on the significant and extended work the Committee did in 2018 resulting in a consensus set of revisions to the Secretariat’s treaty registration and publication regulations. We welcome the chance to continue this discussion and thank the Secretariat for its useful discussion paper. Read More»

Statement at the 75th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 152: Administration of Justice

We welcome the continued progress made to reduce the backlog of cases before the tribunals, which is critical to delivering justice and maintaining the credibility of the system. We note that the UNDT must continue to focus on surmounting this lingering challenge.  Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen

Despite the promise this agreement holds, I am deeply concerned that progress on the political front is stalled because of the Houthis’ failure to uphold their commitments. Their continued offensive on Marib demonstrates they are not interested in a political process, and only want more years of war for the people of Yemen. Marib is ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on the Mandate Renewal of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti

This resolution ensures the UN has the mandate that it needs to continue its critical efforts to support democratic institutions, strengthen the rule of law, promote stability, and to protect human rights in Haiti, in partnership with the United States, Haiti’s neighbors, the Core Group, and the international community. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Colombia (via VTC)

The United States continues to stand with Colombia as we confront COVID-19. The Trump Administration has provided more than $23.6 million in assistance for Colombia’s response to COVID-19. The United States is helping Colombians prevent the spread of the virus, deliver water and sanitation supplies, care for COVID-19 cases, and provide emergency food assistance. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights (via VTC)

In the People’s Republic of China, we are alarmed by the Chinese Communist Party’s detention of more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, ethnic Kyrgyz, and members of other predominantly Muslim minority groups in internment camps in Xinjiang. Madam High Commissioner, we hope you will endorse the June 26 statement by 50 UN independent experts ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Great Lakes

Since we last met to discuss the situation in the Great Lakes, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to turn our world upside down. The Great Lakes region, which was in the midst of overcoming the second most deadly Ebola epidemic in world history, is no different. Despite the obstacles to travel created by the pandemic, ... Read More»

Remarks at a Tribute to the Memory of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of the State of Kuwait

It is a solemn honor to join with so many others today in paying tribute to His Highness Sheikh Sabah. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and to the people of Kuwait. He will be missed not only by the people of his country, but also by his friends and admirers in the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 77: Criminal Accountability of UN Officials and Experts on Mission

We emphasize that the United Nations and its Member States must remain vigilant in protecting the credibility of the United Nations in carrying out this work, and clear-eyed about the effect incidents of criminal behavior by UN officials and experts on mission have on the public’s confidence in the United Nations. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children, A.I. 72(b) (via VTC)

The United States agrees with your observation in your recent report that effective cross-border cooperation is essential to addressing the sale and sexual exploitation of children. The Department of State’s Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnerships are examples of such cooperation. Read More»

Remarks at a Formal Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Agenda Items 141 and 142: Proposed 2021 Programme Budget and Plan

Since the creation of WFP in 1961 at the request of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a man who believed in the UN’s mission and understood that combatting hunger is critical not just because it is a moral thing to do, because it is the best way to build stability in the world, the United States ... Read More»

Statement at the 75th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 77: Criminal accountability of United Nations

We emphasize that the United Nations and its Member States must remain vigilant in protecting the credibility of the United Nations in carrying out this work, and clear-eyed about the effect incidents of criminal behavior by UN officials and experts on mission have on the public’s confidence in the United Nations. The United States reiterates ... Read More»

U.S. Statement at the General Debate of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly

There could not have been a better choice. WFP assisted nearly 100 million women, children, and men last year, and its operations have long been a model for the humanitarian community. WFP is often the first agency to arrive in conflict-torn communities or those devastated by natural disaster, and stays until those communities have the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on Children in Armed Conflict (via VTC)

The United States remains fully committed to supporting the UN’s critical work to address the impact of conflict on children wherever possible, preventing the unlawful recruitment and use of children, assisting affected children in recovering from conflict, and facilitating their reintegration with their families and communities. We continue to work vigorously with UNICEF to promote ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on Violence Against Women, A.I. 72(b) (via VTC)

Social distancing and quarantine pandemic requirements can increase intimate partner violence, due to extended proximity with one’s abuser.  Increased stress can contribute to child abuse.  Individuals are at higher risk of chronic disease, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, reduced educational achievement, and limited employment. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Mediation (via VTC)

Mediation is most successful when the right set of stakeholders is engaged – and I think that this has been highlighted throughout the conversation already today – and that the mediator is trusted. Increasing evidence also demonstrates that women’s meaningful participation is critical to successful and sustainable negotiations, reconciliation, and the transition processes. Read More»

Remarks during a Panel Discussion Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol (via VTC)

It is remarkable to consider that the United Nations did not exist more than 75 years ago, and, alarming to think that just a couple of decades ago, there was no Palermo Protocol. Generations of victims were trafficked – abducted and forced into labor and sexual slavery – and there wasn’t the coordinated commitment of ... Read More»

Remarks at an Interactive Dialogue with Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons, A.I. 72(b) (via VTC)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) were signed into law last March. In April, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living announced $1.2 billion in CARES Acts grants to support older persons and persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 emergency. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Mali

ECOWAS and MINUSMA leadership have played vital roles in stabilizing the political situation created by the August 18 overthrow of Mali’s elected president. The United States condemned these actions and immediately halted our security assistance in Mali in response. Since August, progress has been made to return to constitutional order, but let me stress: the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item Number 114: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

The U.S. National Strategy for Counterterrorism (NSCT) recognizes today’s terrorist landscape is more fluid and complex than ever and highlights the need for our partners to play a paramount role in the future of counterterrorism. We appreciate the United Nations’ critical role in mobilizing the international community and building capacity for Member States to implement ... Read More»

Statement on Human Rights during the General Debate of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

The United States is committed to protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights of all, including ethnic, religious, and other minorities. We take every opportunity to advance equality for women and girls, and we will always proudly defend life and human dignity. Read More»

Statement at the 75th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 114: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

The U.S. National Strategy for Counterterrorism (NSCT) recognizes today’s terrorist landscape is more fluid and complex than ever and highlights the need for our partners to play a paramount role in the future of counterterrorism. We appreciate the United Nations’ critical role in mobilizing the international community and building capacity for Member States to implement ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (via VTC)

The United States is deeply troubled by rising levels of violence in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri, which were characterized by clashes between armed groups; tit-for-tat militia attacks against civilians, including many women and children; and the Allied Democratic Forces’ continued brutal campaign. We must use all tools at hand to work toward the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang and the Recent Developments in Hong Kong, Delivered by Germany on Behalf of 39 Countries

We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the recent developments in Hong Kong. In June 2020, 50 UN Special Procedures mandate holders issued an exceptional letter of concern, calling on the People’s Republic of China to respect human rights. We share their grave concerns. We call on China to respect ... Read More»

Official Statement at the Organizational Session of the Fifth Committee during the 75th UN General Assembly Session

We have a consequential session before us in examining the functioning of the Secretariat and the reforms we have embarked upon in the management, peace and security and development realms. We will examine whether the reforms are delivering the expected benefits along with making the Organization more effective and efficient. Read More»

Remarks at a Formal Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 145: Scale of Assessments (via VTC)

My delegation continues to believes that the Committee can provide a useful perspective on the peacekeeping scales methodology, allowing the General Assembly to make better informed decisions. We look forward to working with delegations to find a way to incorporate the Committee’s feedback on the peacekeeping scale of assessments into our deliberations. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Let me start by saying, that the United States is committed to forthright and transparent discussions in the Security Council. We have no interest in allowing this Council to be used for propaganda. Regardless of what Russia has said, the additional briefer that was proposed, at the last minute, for this afternoon’s discussion, was removed ... Read More»

Remarks at a Formal Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services and Independent Audit Advisory Committee

Key to the proper functioning and maintaining trust in the Organization is rooting out fraud, misconduct and corruption and the timeliness of such investigations. The United States notes the efforts to bring down the average length of time for investigations and continue to encourage sustained efforts in this regard. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Haiti (via VTC)

While the Haitian government's announcement of the members of the Provisional Electoral Council was a necessary step in that direction, there is much more work to be done, including the approval of an electoral law, an electoral budget, and an electoral calendar. The people of Haiti deserve peace, prosperity, and stability, which can only come ... Read More»

Remarks at a Global Cooperation and Training Framework Event on Advancing International Development through Public-Private Partnerships (via VTC)

Taiwan has a trusted friend in President Donald J. Trump, and an administration that champions the international role that Taiwan holds. That’s why the Trump Administration is partnering with Taiwan and Japan on the Global Cooperation and Training Framework. Taiwan deserves the highest platform where it can share its remarkable innovation and expertise in data ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Last month, we opened our remarks by highlighting the most significant step towards peace in the Middle East in over 25 years – the agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. For the second month in a row, we are pleased to draw the Council’s attention to yet another momentous step ... Read More»

Joint Statements on UN Development System Reform Delivered at the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, and UN-Women Executive Boards Second Regular Sessions 2020

Thank you, Mr. President. I am delivering this statement on behalf of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America and my own country, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Sudan

The United States commends the efforts of the civilian-led transitional government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and the Sudan Liberation Movement – Minni Minawi, to reach an agreement that could – if upheld in earnest, and in a spirit of peace, reconciliation, and development – usher in a new era throughout Sudan. It is now up ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Meeting on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Post-COVID-19 Global Governance (via VTC)

The United States has been unrelenting in its efforts to combat COVID-19, both at home and abroad. President Trump noted in his address to the 75th General Assembly, our nation launched the most aggressive national mobilization since World War II to address the pandemic. Read More»

Introductory Remarks during a Virtual Dialogue with the World’s Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs (via VTC)

The already enormous challenge of responding to global humanitarian concerns has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. And as we speak, nearly 170 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance around the world, and more than 90 million of those require food assistance. Read More»

Remarks Introducing President Donald J. Trump at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly

On this 75th anniversary of the United Nations, I have the awesome honor of introducing today someone who has taken to heart the core principle that this international organization was founded upon – peace. On September 15th, we all witnessed the results of President Trump’s vision and perseverance, which brought Israel, the United Arab Emirates, ... Read More»

Remarks at a State Department Press Briefing on Iran Snapback Sanctions

The actions we’re announcing today and our work in the Security Council over the last three months have been driven by a single purpose – the pursuit of peace. What makes America unique is that we stand up for what is right. As we have in the past, we will stand alone to protect peace ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (via VTC)

During the Council’s last Syria political meeting to the start of the Constitutional Committee, I outlined three specific benchmarks that we had hoped the Committee would reach during the third round of the meetings. Those benchmarks were: A substantive discussion among the Syrian parties on specific constitutional reforms; meeting for longer than a few symbolic ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Conflict and Hunger (via VTC)

Just over two years ago, the Council passed Resolution 2417, which made clear the linkages between insecurity and hunger. These past two years have underscored that connection. Insecurity and violence borne of various sources, from terrorism to political violence, have a profound impact on vulnerable populations. Families are torn apart. Livelihoods are upended. Rule of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Discussion on Humanitarian Effects of Environmental Degradation on Peace and Security (via VTC)

In times of conflict, the illegal exploitation of resources is used to support and fuel the conflict, to the extreme detriment of the local populations. Indeed, the exploitation of natural resources and related environmental stresses frequently become part of the full range of the conflict cycle. Minerals, timber, wildlife, land, and water resources can quickly ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria (via VTC)

The Syrian people themselves continue to face a humanitarian disaster and remain in need of strong humanitarian response from the international community. There is no doubt that Syria’s humanitarian challenges would be lessened if the Assad regime was committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the Syrian people. But the regime is not. ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan (via VTC)

The United States fully recognizes the efforts – domestic, regional, and international – which support achieving these benchmarks. We applaud the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and other regional partners who continue to play a key role in achieving progress. We also recognize and welcome South Sudan’s role in brokering peace agreements for Sudan. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2543 on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

The United States remains deeply committed to Afghanistan and to SRSG Lyons’ work and leadership at UNAMA. As the mission sustains support to the people of Afghanistan during this pivotal period in the country’s history, and as the parties embark upon peace negotiations on a political solution to end the conflict, the United States supports ... Read More»

Statement on the Mandate Renewal for the UN Support Mission in Libya

The United States welcomes the renewal of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) mandate in UNSCR 2542 (2020), which includes the creation of a new UN Special Envoy for Libya position. A Special Envoy to lead UNSMIL, with the backing of the Security Council, will be well positioned to focus on mediation with Libyan ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen

In that vein, the United States urges the Government of the Republic of Yemen and the Houthis to work with Special Envoy Griffiths towards agreement on the final draft of the Joint Declaration. We regret that this process has not yet made more progress. The Yemeni people, as we just heard so clearly – struggling ... Read More»

Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

This year marks many important anniversaries for women’s equality and empowerment around the world. Here in the United States, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. In the United Nations, we are recognizing the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, the 25th anniversary ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution on the Economic and Social Repercussions of the Israeli Occupation on the Living Conditions of the Palestinian

The only realistic path to end this conflict is through negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace. Biased and counterproductive resolutions and reports like these have no place in our discourse. Rather than perpetuating politicized resolutions and reports such as this, the international community should rally around productive and tangible efforts that improve ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution on Support to Non-Self-Governing Territories by the Specialized Agencies and International Institutions Associat

We agree in principle that UN funds, programs, and specialized agencies can provide useful support to territories that are not UN members. However, the Administering Power has the sovereign responsibility to determine the manner in which its territories can participate in the UN system. We reiterate that the domestic laws and policies of a territory’s ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution on the Situation of and Assistance to Palestinian Women

We remain concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, including reports that Hamas authorities have undertaken efforts to limit women’s ability to appear in public and to move freely. We are also concerned that punishment of women for so-called “ethical” crimes continues unchecked. Read More»

Explanation of Position on the New Strategic Vision of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Regarding the current resolution, the United States applauds the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia for its response to the Secretary General’s call to become more nimble, efficient, and effective as an organization. Furthermore, we welcome ESCWA’s prioritization of tasks and corresponding cost offsets to ensure a cost-neutral 2021 program of work. Moving forward, ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Resolution on the United Response Against Global Health Threats; Combatting COVID-19

The United States is also pleased that this resolution underscores the importance of sharing timely, accurate, and transparent information in the effort to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Transparency is critical for a unified response to this pandemic. Effective mitigation of a public health crisis like COVID-19 requires government and international organization transparency and accountability, the full ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Omnibus Resolution: Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The United States has been and remains the largest bilateral donor of global health assistance. Over just the past few weeks, we have increased our funding for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, global preparedness efforts, and overseas economic, health, and humanitarian aid from $12 billion to more than $20.5 billion. Our steadfast and heartfelt ... Read More»

Joint Statement after UN Security Council Consultations on Myanmar

As committed supporters of Myanmar’s democratic transition, we recognise the efforts made by Myanmar’s government in the country’s democratization. The elections on 8 November are an important milestone in Myanmar’s transition, which the international community has supported with funding and technical expertise. We underline the importance of ensuring individuals of all communities, including Rohingya, are ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria Chemical Weapons (via VTC)

In 2013, this Council adopted Resolution 2118 welcoming the Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons. That Framework expressed the U.S. and Russian determination to “ensure the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program in the soonest and safest manner.” Further, the Framework set the first half of 2014 as the target date for completing ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

The United States remains fully committed to supporting the UN’s critical work to address the effects of conflict on children. There is no issue more important than those affecting the next generations of leaders and citizens in the world. It is only when we support every child in reaching their fullest potential that we will ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

The United States recognizes the vital and diverse role that young people play in our governments, political processes, civil society, and international organizations in shaping a secure and prosperous future. Our focus on youth, peace, and security today could not be more timely. Youth are the most vulnerable victims when schools are shut down because ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Discussion on Resolution 2532 on COVID-19 (via VTC)

Since this pandemic began, the Trump Administration has been very clear that transparency and the timely sharing of public health data and information are essential to fighting it effectively. Unfortunately, however, failures at the outset of the pandemic by the People’s Republic of China, where COVID-19 originated and was first diagnosed have imperiled all of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the International Organization of the Francophonie (via VTC)

Since its creation, the OIF has used its good offices, its ability to mobilize French-speaking professionals and technical experts, and its coordination capabilities to help maintain peace, strengthen democratic institutions, and reinforce human rights. These efforts have played out not just in French-speaking countries, but all over the world. Read More»

Remarks at the Initiative on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond Finance Ministers Meeting (via VTC)

As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, its negative economic impact is becoming clearer across all sectors of our societies.  We must continue our coordinated effort to address the near-, mid-, and long-term consequences of the pandemic and return to growth and development. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus (via VTC)

The Belarusian government must promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of its people. Instead, we see consistent abuses of the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and expression – and these abuses must be addressed immediately. The United States vows to support Belarusian sovereignty and independence, and we call on ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Afghanistan (via VTC)

We urge all sides to move swiftly to deny spoilers the opportunity to shake the faith of those demanding peace now, when Afghanistan is closer than ever to advancing its peace process. President Ghani’s decree paving the way for the government’s release of members of the Taliban, following the brave decision of the Loya Jirga, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya (via VTC)

Libya is at a critical juncture. With UNSMIL and international partners, we welcome the August 21 declaration by Libya’s Prime Minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives calling for a ceasefire, demilitarization, resumption of oil sector operations, and a return to UN-facilitated political talks. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Renewal of Measures Found in Resolution 2374

The United States is deeply concerned about the recent developments in Mali and is monitoring the situation there closely. Although we have been made aware of reports of President Keita’s release, we call on the mutinous officers to immediately release the other officials they have extrajudicially detained in good health and to pave the way ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN Security Council Draft Resolution on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

There is no nation on earth more committed to confronting and defeating terrorism than the United States of America. Under the leadership of President Trump, the United States has crushed ISIS and taken out its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In January, the United States rid the world of another dangerous terrorist – Iranian Quds Force ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNSOM

Today’s vote on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) underscores the strong and continued commitment of the United States and international community to supporting peace, stability, and development in Somalia. UNSOM remains a critical partner to the Federal Government of Somalia and the federal member states in bringing political, security, and economic stability ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNIFIL

The United States is committed to an effective and accountable UNIFIL mission and supports the resolution today with that goal in mind. Today’s action is an important step in that direction, and I applaud my French counterparts for working diligently with us toward this outcome. Today we halt a long period of Council complacency on ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria (via VTC)

At this time of significant humanitarian need, the welfare of millions of Syrians remains at the mercy of the political calculations of the Assad regime and the Russian Federation. Due to the callous and inhumane Russian and Chinese vetoes earlier this summer, UN humanitarian access via the cross-border modality is forced to trickle into Syria ... Read More»