Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on the Introduction of a U.S. Resolution Extending the Iran Arms Embargo

Today the United States introduced a draft Security Council resolution to extend the existing embargo on conventional weapons sales to and from Iran. The resolution introduced by the United States follows months of active American diplomacy. It is a straightforward, common-sense measure requested by countries in the Middle East that have suffered the most as ... Read More»

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

We adopted Resolution 2532 a little over a month ago, supporting the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire to secure a respite for countries and regions that, weakened by violence and conflict, are especially vulnerable to the virus. We should now reflect on how the pandemic has affected particularly sensitive areas. Read More»

Remarks at a Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Lebanon (via VTC)

The Lebanese people are among the most generous in the world. Over the last decade they have welcomed over 1 million refugees from Syria. And now, we are committed to do all we can to help the Lebanese people in their hour of need. We recognize the urgent requirements for emergency medical support, shelter materials, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau faces a wide range of challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new negative economic effects and further complicated the political landscape. The United States is particularly appreciative of you and your team’s efforts to execute a comprehensive and sustainable transition of the Mission’s responsibilities to the UN Country Team and other UN organizations ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Linkages between Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime (via VTC)

It is clear that in some cases and some regions, terrorist and organized criminal groups exploit and benefit from weak democratic institutions and law enforcement and take advantage of porous borders and ungoverned or under-governed territories. In some parts of the world, these conditions provide opportunities for terrorists and transnational criminal groups to coexist in ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Continued Russian Occupation of Georgia (via VTC)

The continuing Russian military presence in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well as Russia’s recognition of the so-called independence of these regions violates the territorial integrity of Georgia and undermines Georgia’s sovereignty, as well as the Rules Based International Order. Read More»

Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 74th UN General Assembly

We appreciate the constructive spirit of compromise that we have seen from delegations this session. While we deeply regret that we could not find a more timely agreement on the secondment of active-duty military and police personnel, despite broad consensus, we look forward to working with all delegations to find a permanent solution at the ... Read More»

Statement at the Launch Event: Group of Friends of Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

The international community must stand together in calling for the equitable treatment of all regardless of religion or ethnicity, and in urging governments to hold accountable perpetrators of abuses, to provide unhindered humanitarian access to all in need, and to ensure equal protection for all. Read More»

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

The Council’s adoption of Resolution 2533 provides a lifeline and hope to millions of internally displaced persons in northwest Syria, who have relied on the UN’s cross-border humanitarian aid deliveries day-in and day-out over the past five years. They know now they will continue to receive life-saving food, shelter, and medicine for another year, including ... Read More»

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

It is important the parties de-escalate the tensions on the ground and recommit to a UN-mediated political settlement. Cross-border Houthi attacks undermine efforts toward a settlement that can only serve to prolong the conflict - and the suffering of the Yemeni people. And as Mark has stated today, that this is leaving millions of the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the Central African Republic Sanctions Resolution

Our governments hope the extension of the sanctions regime, and especially the territorial arms embargo, will keep pressure on the armed groups that undermine CAR’s peace and security by threatening its elected government and its people. It is an important element to accompany the CAR government on its way towards stability and peace. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Women and the Afghan Peace Process (via VTC)

We know that Afghan women, for far too long, have borne the brunt of this lengthy conflict and that they have been regularly excluded from discussions about Afghanistan’s future. We recognize there have been social, economic, and political impediments in Afghanistan that have hindered meaningful inclusion of women and girls. Read More»

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

The United States reaffirms our commitment to working with our global partners to enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change and prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Just as we have in the past, the United States will continue to research, innovate, and grow our economy while reducing emissions and extending a helping ... Read More»

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

We need to see a real, genuine progress and negotiations. Not staged photo opportunities and elections that are far from being free and fair. The Trump Administration sees the July 19 parliamentary elections for exactly what they are - a false pretext to undermine the UN-led political process and another in a long line of ... Read More»

The General Statement of the United States in the Context of the 53rd Session of the Commission on Population and Development

We appreciate the final compromise text put forward by the Chair, which protected individual Member States’ sovereignty on sensitive issues such as abortion. We regret that this text did not move forward as it included agreed text that has been an ongoing necessity to make consensus possible both now and in the past. Read More»

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

A number of factors contribute to the desperate situation in Gaza, however, the oppressive rule of a terrorist organization, Hamas, is at the center. Today, Hamas pretends to function as a government, employing violent intimidation tactics against any chance for free press, civil society, and freedom of expression. Hamas’ charter states “there is no solution ... Read More»

Statement on the “Report of the Secretary-General on the Economic and Social Repercussions of the Israeli occupation”

The United States shares with many members of the international community the same goal of a lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  We continue to pursue the path that President Trump set out in January when presenting the U.S. Vision for Peace.  In our view, this plan is the best and most realistic framework ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly Observation of the Annual Nelson Mandela International Day (via VTC)

Over the course of many decades, Nelson Mandela strove for justice in words and deeds. In addition to playing a leading role in defeating Apartheid and ushering in a new era for the people of South Africa, President Mandela was a global leader in ending stigma against persons with HIV/AIDS and promoting the search for ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council High-Level Annual Open Debate on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (via VTC)

We cannot discuss sexual violence in conflict without acknowledging the very serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls. When we discussed the pandemic on July 2, we talked about the impact of self-quarantine and stay-at-home orders as an exacerbating risk factor for gender-based violence, particularly intimate partner violence against women. We are ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Craft on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

This landmark report describes the American rights tradition and how we have evolved as a nation based on our founding principle of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It has been a constant struggle, marked by historic breakthroughs, as we work toward achieving our central belief that every person possesses unalienable rights that must ... Read More»

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

Since March of 2015, the Safer oil tanker has been under Houthi control, and Houthi inaction has turned the Safer and its million-plus barrels of oil into a ticking time bomb. Any kind of ship that sits in the sea has to be regularly maintained. Without maintenance, rot sets in and the hull could breach. ... Read More»

Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Natural Resources in the Great Lakes (via VTC)

The illegal exploitation of the DRC’s natural resources impacts nearly everyone at every level in the country, from people whose lives and livelihoods are directly threatened by armed groups to people who could have seized the opportunity for education and formal sector employment if only there had been the option. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the CSW Resolution Titled “Release of Women and Children Taken Hostage in Armed Conflicts

U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York July 14, 2020 AS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD Thank you, Chair. Thanks to the delegation of Azerbaijan for its effective facilitation of this important biannual resolution. Their successful facilitation promoted a constructive dialogue during the negotiations even on the most challenging issues, eventually leading to ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Commission on the Status of Women’s Resolution Titled “The Multi-Year Programme of Work”

U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York July 14, 2020 AS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution outlining the Commission on the Status of Women’s program of work for the next several years. We would like to thank the delegation ... Read More»

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

I’d like to begin by commending the government and people of Colombia, and the Verification Mission, for their efforts to continue implementing the peace accord against the backdrop of COVID-19. The pandemic has worsened an already complex humanitarian situation and it has negatively impacted the security situation of women and girls. It has strained health ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2533 on Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid Deliveries

Today, the UN Security Council worked on behalf of the very people the Charter set out to protect. The United States thanks co-penholders Belgium and Germany for their responsible stewardship of this negotiation, and once again thanks all of those Council members who stood up for what was right. Today, we saved lives. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Russian Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Assistance

The text that Russia presented today was entirely predictable; it follows their now established pattern to obstruct, lie, deny, and distract. The Russian draft did not come close to meeting the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people. It is riddled with false and misleading language related to sanctions targeted at the Assad regime - clearly ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Belgian and German Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Assistance

Today, the United States again voted in favor of a draft resolution that would have enabled the UN and its implementing partners to deliver humanitarian assistance to otherwise inaccessible places inside northwest Syria through two border crossings. We cast our vote to save nearly 3 million Syrian lives, and we were proud to do it ... Read More»

U.S. National Statement to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (via VTC)

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is focusing on the world’s most pressing development challenges in the context of a devastating global pandemic. As we look forward to the Decade of Action, the achievement of sustainable development will be severely challenged by these and other disruptions. The United States is committed to the values ... Read More»

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

With growing instability and the COVID crisis, 2020 has proven and is showing to be a critical year for the future of West Africa and the Sahel. West Africa will see five presidential elections from October to December, including in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Niger. We look to UNOWAS to play a ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on U.S. Opposition to the Russian Resolution on Humanitarian Aid to Syria

Yesterday Russia and China vetoed a compromise Security Council resolution that would have maintained two humanitarian border crossings into Syria - the bare minimum necessary to address the growing desperation of Syria's civilian population. That resolution had the support of the thirteen other Council members, including the United States. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Russian Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid

The United States of America voted against the draft resolution authored by the Russian Federation today. We are disappointed, but not surprised, by Russia’s disingenuous attempt to put forward a resolution designed to protect the murderous Assad regime and divide this Council. Read More»

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

Since this Council last met to discuss Libya, we have seen dramatic shifts on both the military and health fronts. On the military battlefield, fighting has led to territorial gains for one side and losses for the other, and unfortunately a continued influx of foreign fighters, weapons, and materiel for both. And on the COVID-19 ... Read More»

Statement from Ambassador Craft on Russian and Chinese Vetoes of a UN Security Council Resolution to Extend Cross-Border Aid in Syria

It is sadly no surprise that Russia and China look for every opportunity to support the murderous Assad regime and its campaign of brutality against the Syrian people. Once again the voices of the Syrian people, humanitarian experts, and the Secretary General calling for increased cross-border assistance to Syria have fallen on deaf Russian and ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Syria Humanitarian Mandate Renewal Resolution Drafted by Belgium and Germany

Today the United States voted in favor of Belgium and Germany’s draft resolution to renew the UN Security Council’s authorization of the cross-border humanitarian life-line into northwest Syria. In the midst of a global pandemic, this draft resolution would have made it possible for the United Nations and its implementing partners to continue to provide ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Human Rights and Peacekeeping (via VTC)

Human rights are universal, and defending them is non-negotiable. That’s why 154 member states, including the United States, endorsed the Secretary-General’s Declaration of Shared Commitments. These commitments in part recognize that lasting progress in human rights is fundamental to advancing political solutions to conflict. Integrating human rights into peacekeeping enhances the impact of peacekeepers while ... Read More»

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

Early on, President Trump rightly pointed out the unquestionable need for complete transparency and the timely sharing of public health data and information with the international community. Our recent experiences have only further underscored that important point. Timely age- and sex-disaggregated data collection and accurate, science-based analysis of the origins, characteristics, and spread of the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position Regarding the UN Forum on Forests 15 Omnibus Resolution

With respect to the Paris Agreement and climate change language in this document, the United States reaffirms its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement at the earliest opportunity. Therefore, the Paris Agreement and climate change language is without prejudice to U.S. positions. We affirm our support for promoting economic growth and improving energy security, ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on Exposing China’s Gross Human Rights Abuses

The world has known about the Chinese Communist Party’s gross and systematic abuses of human rights for decades, but too often turned a blind eye. I salute the United Nations special rapporteurs and human rights experts for courageously breaking this silence and standing up for the Chinese people. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Renewal of the Mandate for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

The United States would like to thank Council members for their collaboration during the negotiations. We are grateful for France for conducting the negotiations. As we renew the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for its eighth year, this Council and the international community must be honest about where we find ourselves in Mali ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (via VTC)

The GERD poses a unique opportunity for this part of Africa, where precipitation droughts, desertification, and economic underdevelopment have befallen generations of people. An agreement on the GERD has the potential to transform a region that is home to over 250 million people, expanding economic opportunities through transboundary cooperation and regional integration. Read More»

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

In only 11 days, the Council’s mandate for the life-saving cross-border humanitarian aid mechanism will expire. Eleven days. I can’t overstate how important this Council’s decision will be to millions of people throughout Syria. And the decision before the Council is simple: Will we do the right thing and save lives, or will we allow ... Read More»

U.S. Intervention on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter

The United States joins with the international community today to commemorate the signing of the United Nations Charter.  This is an appropriate moment for reflection on the aspirations of the international community when this document was signed, how far we have come since, and yet, how far we have to go. Read More»

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

The United States recognizes the efforts to date by the Government of the DRC and MONUSCO to develop a joint strategy and benchmarks to prepare for the eventual drawdown and transition of the UN peacekeeping mission out of the eastern DRC. We look forward to hearing the outcomes of these discussions and would encourage the ... Read More»

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

Peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is the primary reason we are gathered here today and President Trump has dedicated so much time and energy into developing the Vision for Peace. The United States cares deeply about the people in the region and we believe that the status quo hurts both the Israelis and the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (via VTC)

Fifteen years after the Council established its working group on Children and Armed Conflict and the UN-led monitoring and reporting mechanism, the United States remains fully committed to supporting this critical work - because the impact of conflict on children remains all too real around the world. Far too often, and sadly, we still see ... Read More»

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

The United States remains concerned about increasing violence in Jonglei State, including widespread sexual and gender-based violence. This has already killed at least 600 individuals this year and resulted in the abduction of 150 women and girls. The violence, which is spreading to other parts of the country, risks eroding gains in the peace process ... Read More»

Statement on the Agenda Item 3: Annual Report of the Executive Director at the UN Women Executive Board Virtual Annual Session

We categorically reject efforts by a self-appointed and narrowly drawn group of activists to overturn and supplant the delicate consensus reached by Member States at Beijing and to circumvent the multilateral process that supports global progress for women. We have repeatedly urged UN Women to address the serious problem. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (via VTC)

First and foremost, today, we want to congratulate the Government of the Central African Republic on its efforts to advance preparations for credible, free, and fair elections. We were especially heartened by the Constitutional Court’s recent decision emphasizing that, quote, “any slippage of the electoral calendar should derive from broad national consultations seeking a consensual ... Read More»

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

As we all know, COVID-19 has placed significant stress on Haiti’s already fragile healthcare system. Reports of attacks on COVID-19 patients, and on medical facilities treating them, are deeply concerning, as fear and distrust will only worsen the situation. In this challenging time, the United States stands with Haiti: to date, we have committed over ... Read More»

Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

The United States remains strongly committed at the highest levels to prevent sexual violence in conflict, hold perpetrators accountable, and support survivors. We continue to promote equality and accountability by leveraging the full weight of the U.S. government including through the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) strategy to promote human rights and dignity for all ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the High Commissioner for Refugees (via VTC)

The United States commends UNHCR’s efforts to assist and empower millions of refugees and internally displaced and stateless people around the globe. Especially in times like this, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the thousands of aid workers in the field who are not only “staying and delivering” assistance to the most vulnerable, but ... Read More»

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

The United States reiterates its call for the Assad regime to immediately release the thousands of civilians being held arbitrarily in detention centers, where - as we've noted before - crowded and inhumane conditions significantly increase the risk of a rapid spread of COVID-19. Equally important is progress on the Constitutional Committee, whose stakeholders have ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (via VTC)

The United States' commitment to UNITAD is unwavering. Not only did we contribute $2 million nationally in support of UNITAD’s first exhumations of mass grave sites in the Yezidi Sinjar region, but we provided an additional $1 million to UNITAD’s work with Iraqi religious minority communities, including Christians and Shabaks. Read More»

Remarks at the “IMF and COVID-19: The Global Economic Response” Event

Our urgent priority is to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and its intertwined health, social, and economic impacts. We are determined to protect lives, safeguard people's jobs and incomes, support the global economy, and ensure the resilience of the international financial system. In response to the pandemic, the U.S. continues to be the largest global provider ... Read More»

Cross-Regional Statement on “Infodemic” in the Context of COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and declaration of the pandemic, the UN Secretary-General and other senior leaders of the UN and its institutions have increasingly drawn attention to the challenge of the “infodemic” [1] or misinformation and disinformation pandemic. Quoting the UN Secretary General, “as COVID-19 spreads, a tsunami of misinformation, hate, scapegoating ... Read More»

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

The United States is committed to supporting COVID-19 response efforts in the subregion, and we share your concern regarding the ability of national health systems to prevent the spread - especially in countries already experiencing humanitarian crises. To that end, we have committed more than $1 billion for emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance ... Read More»

Statement on the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the Economic and Social Council

The United States is pleased to join other Member States in supporting the “Call to Action in support of humanitarian response in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” put forward by this year’s Chair, Morocco. During these unprecedented circumstances, all of our best efforts must focus on addressing this pandemic to ensure recovery and progress toward a ... Read More»

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

I wish to congratulate you and your country’s courageous forces for killing the leader of Al Qaida in northern Africa, Abdelmalek Droukdel, along with members of his inner circle, last week. This daring operation and others, such as the capture of a senior Islamic State group commander in Mali last month, are exacting severe blows ... Read More»

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

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are being felt everywhere, we are heartened to see continued positive developments in Sudan over the past few months. The civilian-led transitional government (CLTG), in their discussions with armed opposition, are demonstrating that they are committed to justice for victims of atrocities in the Darfur conflict. Read More»

Statement on the International Day to Protect Education from Attack

U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York June 9, 2020 Statement on the Resolution for the International Day to Protect Education from Attack The United States joins consensus on this “International Day to Protect Education from Attack” resolution, and strongly believes that education in emergencies can provide life-saving safe spaces, access to ... Read More»

Remarks at the Meeting of the UN Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (via VTC)

The United States has acted swiftly to respond to and mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic among SIDS. I want to highlight our some key assistance data, but to echo as well some of the calls for action today. To date, the U.S. government has allocated over $122 million in health assistance to Pacific Island countries.  Read More»

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

The United States wishes to congratulate the Residual Mechanism, the Government of France, and all the other national and international bodies that collaborated to bring about the recent arrest of Rwandan businessman, Félicien Kabuga, who was indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Impact of Women Leaders in the Fight Against COVID-19

We have seen COVID-19 quickly unleashed interconnected health, social, and economic consequences that affect all member states. As the world prepares for the associated second- and third-order effects of the disease, women around the world are serving on the frontlines of this crisis. In the United States today, one in three American women hold a ... Read More»

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

The G5 Sahel Joint Force remains the long-term solution to reestablishing security in the Sahel. The United States is committed to supporting the Joint Force by providing equipment, training, and advisory support to fill critical capability gaps on a bilateral basis and continue to call on other countries to do the same. We commend the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Peacekeeping Operations (via VTC)

The pandemic has challenged UN peacekeeping missions in new and unforeseen ways, including through suspended troop rotations, restrictions on movement of personnel and equipment, the need for quarantine and isolation facilities, and access issues in countries such as South Sudan. Force Commanders have re-prioritized mandate implementation while dealing with movement restrictions on troops. But even ... Read More»

Statement by the United States of America for the first meeting on Treaty Body Reform (via VTC)

The United States has been integrally involved in conversations about treaty body reform since well before Resolution 68/268. The treaty body system plays a critical role in holding States accountable for their human rights obligations. We firmly support efforts to strengthen it and to enhance coordination among the bodies. Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Proposed Resolution for the 2020 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

We appreciate the Chair’s efforts during negotiations of this resolution to bring delegations to consensus under unprecedented circumstances. However, we are disappointed with the approach the Chair chose to take for this year’s resolution, specifically that the vast majority of this year’s text is a cut-and-paste job from previous text, key elements of which garnered ... Read More»

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

Last month, when we gathered to discuss this issue, we were briefed by OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias and IIT Coordinator Santiago Onate. They provided the Council with an important overview of the IIT’s first report, which explicitly attributed responsibility to the Assad regime for three chemical weapons attacks in Syria in March 2017. They did ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft at Today’s UN Security Council Discussion of the Situation in Hong Kong

For decades, Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom and enterprise - dynamic, prosperous, and secure. In 1984, the People’s Republic of China made a promise to the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong. It was a binding, solemn promise made in the presence of the international community and registered here ... Read More»

Call for UN Security Council Meeting on Hong Kong

The United States is deeply concerned by actions taken by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, which was registered with the UN as a legally binding treaty, and the Basic Law. This ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (via VTC)

The United States has already provided over $1 billion in health and humanitarian aid to combat COVID-19. Our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping address economic devastation around the world. Consistent with the U.S. strategy on Women, Peace, and Security, we are working to ensure our assistance includes local strategies to mitigate COVID-19’s acute ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Cyber Stability and Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace (via VTC)

The United States remains committed to working with all member states to safeguard the extraordinary benefits of cyberspace. We must all redouble our efforts - and not just in New York and Geneva - to create accountability for state actions in cyberspace. Cyberspace has become a central and indispensable domain of global activity, and its ... Read More»

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

The United States welcomes the positive developments Somalia has made so far this year. Debt relief has opened new access to international grants to support economic growth, development, and reform. The Somalia National Army forces and AMISOM have continued to gain ground south of Mogadishu against Al-Shabaab. And the meeting between President Farmaajo and Somaliland ... Read More»

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

The letter from the illegitimate Maduro regime that prompted today’s meeting is - as such letters always are - a long-winded compilation of fantastical accusations and demonstrable falsehoods. Unfortunately, for the second time in less than a month our Russian colleagues have indulged their client regime’s habit of blaming others for its appalling choices. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet at the Operational Activities ECOSOC Segment

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York May 29, 2020 AS DELIVERED Mr. Secretary-General Thank you for your support in creating a robust Operational Activities Segment with a diverse set of colleagues contributing global, regional, and country level perspectives. We greatly appreciate Mexico’s leadership ... Read More»

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

The United States remains deeply concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in Syria. This Council knows full well that the virus is worsening the existing humanitarian crisis, and that the country’s already fragile health system, continuing displacement, high population density, and low levels of sanitation heighten the risk of a severe outbreak. Left unaddressed, an ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19 – Towards a Better Future for All

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a human crisis of unprecedented scale, seriously affecting health and disrupting the livelihood and overall wellbeing of people all over the world. It impacts human rights and exacerbates inequalities already in existence. Persons with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and we need to ensure that they are not ... Read More»

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

To begin today, I want to be clear about the following points: all actors involved in the conflict in Libya must immediately suspend military operations; they must halt the ongoing transfer of foreign military equipment and personnel to Libya, including, as the UK mentioned, Wagner Group mercenaries; and they must allow local health authorities to ... Read More»

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

What is becoming increasingly clear is that the Assad regime is intent on exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to its own strategic political and military advantage. When Russia and China forced the reduction of cross-border aid points from four to two, they said that the UN should engage the regime to facilitate cross-line aid from Damascus ... Read More»

Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the United States Mission to the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to the principle that “the inherent dignity and ... the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Under ... Read More»

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

The United States remains concerned about the situation in Burma, and the many factors there with the potential to affect the peace and stability not only of Burma, but of the wider region. The significant number of internally displaced persons, as well as people living in refugee camps in neighboring countries, continue to face great ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Working Methods of the Security Council (via VTC)

The Security Council has demonstrated its resilience and flexibility in adapting its working methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been impressive to see us continue to conduct the Council's important and lifesaving work during such a difficult time, and it is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of every delegation around this virtual ... Read More»

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

In light of these hardships, we welcome the Saudi-led Coalition’s extension of its unilateral ceasefire in support of the UN peace process and efforts to fight COVID-19. The U.S. strongly urges the Houthis to join the Government of Yemen in halting offensive operations in support of this ceasefire. This is so that all parties may ... Read More»

Media Note: Statement on Iran’s Defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231

This launch was carried out by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a terrorist organization responsible for decades of violence and thousands of deaths throughout the Middle East. The IRGC’s leading role in Iran’s space program puts to rest Iran's absurd claims that its space program is solely civilian in nature. It is not. Read More»

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

Late April saw a disturbing turn of events in Lebanon. Peaceful protests that began in October became violent, amid economic distress and major public health concerns. Lebanon’s currency has collapsed. Its banking system is reeling. And inflation is spiraling out of control. We welcome Prime Minister Diab’s reform efforts, and we encourage him to undertake ... Read More»

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

Last month, the Council received from the Secretary-General the first report issued by the OPCW’s Investigation and Identification Team. The report explicitly attributed to the Assad regime responsibility for three chemical weapons attacks in Syria in March of 2017. Now, today, we have heard in person from the leaders of the OPCW and its IIT ... Read More»

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

Last week’s confirmation of Prime Minister al-Kadhimi by Iraq’s Council of Representatives marks a tremendous achievement. In the face of COVID-19, low oil prices, and long-standing economic and security challenges - including state control of armed groups - Iraq could not have asked for a more capable leader. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (via VTC)

The U.S. envisions a modern, multi-ethnic, stable, and prosperous democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina - one that is responsible for its own destiny. Valentin, your latest reports demonstrates that while there are encouraging signs, there is still much work to do - and that is another thing that you were very honest about this morning ... Read More»

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

The United States is closely following the situation in Lebanon, which finds itself in an unprecedented crisis. The need for reform - reform that provides economic opportunity and ends corruption - is especially acute given the extraordinary economic and public health challenges now facing the country. The Trump Administration remains committed to its partnership with ... Read More»

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

It is shameful that several of the most notorious perpetrators of crimes against the Libyan people this past decade continue to enjoy impunity. Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, Mahmoud al-Werfalli, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, and Abdullah al-Senussi should face justice for their alleged crimes. We call on those who harbor Saif al-Islam Qadhafi and Mahmoud al-Werfalli to deliver ... Read More»

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

The Secretary-General's report clearly states that the process to gain a response from the Syrian government for a request to deliver medical supplies to the northeast by land or air takes three to four months. Not days, months. In that same amount of time, COVID-19 has spread across the globe and more than 3 million ... Read More»

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

In its report released on April 6th, the UN Board of Inquiry found it was “highly probable” that the Assad regime and its allies launched attacks that destroyed medical facilities - an utterly inexcusable action. We also note and welcome the Secretary-General’s stated intention to appoint a senior independent advisor to address the recommendations of ... Read More»

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

The United States recognizes Ethiopia’s leadership, and we welcome the Ambassador today, in supporting UNISFA, as well as some positive steps Sudan and South Sudan have undertaken to address insecurity in Abyei, such as joint security monitoring, and we welcome the Ambassador to Sudan here today as well. However, despite these steps, the United States ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

In so many conflicts, youth continue to be caught in the crosshairs. Ninety percent of the 1.85 billion young women and men in the world today come from developing countries. Twenty five percent of them - more than 400 million people - are directly affected by violence or armed conflict. Surely this cannot continue to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (via VTC)

The United States stands in solidarity with the Sudanese Government as it continues to engage in the Juba Peace Process, especially in the face of economic challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. We condemn, as other have today, the assassination attempt last month against Prime Minister Hamdok, and we remain concerned about continued insecurity, including ongoing ... Read More»

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

The United States supports a stable, secure, and prosperous Western Balkans, and we are committed to helping countries in the region advance their integration into Western institutions. Furthermore, it has been encouraging to hear continued statements from both Kosovo and Serbian leaders that they remain committed to the normalization of relations. Read More»

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

Israel is suffering from over 13,000 cases of coronavirus, and we understand that there are more than 300 cases in the West Bank and 15 in Gaza. Because of its limited medical infrastructure and fragile economy, Gaza is especially vulnerable to this virus. Fighting the pandemic must remain the focal point of regional authorities. But ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Climate Change and Security Risks (via VTC)

The United States supports a balanced approach that promotes economic growth and improves energy security while protecting the environment with affordable and reliable clean energy technologies. This includes sharing voluntarily, and on mutually-agreed terms, world-class knowledge, data and tools to help countries predict, prepare for, and adapt to change. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Great Lakes Region (via VTC)

Special Envoy Xia, this is a difficult moment and your role is more critical than ever. We urge your office to innovate, including by using videoconferencing technology to support Great Lakes governments. They will need this support especially as they balance their focus on both the COVID-19 response and the political, security, and economic needs ... Read More»

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

Today’s conversation is especially important, as we approach the two-year anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 2417, which acknowledged the clear connection between conflict and hunger. In a perfect world, our discussion today would focus on the positive trajectories we are beginning to see in some countries, where there has been progress in the decoupling ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on resolution “International Cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face CO

U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy April 20, 2020 Explanation of Position on resolution “International Cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face COVID-19” The United States remains deeply committed to working with the global community to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rwandan Genocide

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York April 23, 2020 Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rwandan Genocide Since the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the establishment in 2003 of the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda,” April 7 ... Read More»

Joint statement on safety of journalists and access to information during the COVID-19 crisis

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the undersigned chairs and members of the Groups of Friends on the Safety/Protection of Journalists are calling on all states to protect journalists’ and media workers’ safety, safeguard a free and independent media and ensure unhindered access to information, both online and offline. Free, independent and pluralistic media ... Read More»

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

Unfortunately, as is too often the case in Yemen, many areas of concern remain. In Marib, internally displaced people and host communities remain equally vulnerable to continued ground fighting and the very real danger of a COVID-19 outbreak. The Houthis’ ballistic missile attacks on Riyadh are unacceptable and directly contravene their stated support for the ... Read More»

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

The United States stands with Colombia as we all confront the challenges posed by COVID-19. This being personal commitment for me as well, as when I visited Colombia back in November, I would be remiss not to compliment and acknowledge Colombia’s behavior and their full treatment of respect and acknowledge the dignity that they gave ... Read More»

Statement in Response to the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In addition to those women leading their communities in the fight against COVID-19, many women and girls around the world are battling the virus themselves. Moreover, in contexts where women and girls are already at risk of violence, the necessary public health measures put in place to battle the spread of the virus, such as ... Read More»

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

The United States reiterates today the need for complete transparency and the timely sharing of public health data and information within the international community. The most effective way to contain this pandemic is through accurate, science-based data collection and analysis of the origins, characteristics, and spread of the virus. We cannot stress enough how important ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (via VTC)

As we approach MINUSMA’s mandate renewal in June, the Council needs to reflect on why the situation has continued to deteriorate so rapidly, and what changes should be made to the mandate to more effectively achieve MINUSMA’s objectives. The new mandate must further encourage the Government of Mali and the signatory armed groups to swiftly ... Read More»

Statement at the Conclusion of the First Resumed Part of the 74th General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York April 3, 2020 AS DELIVERED My delegation would like to express its sincere gratitude to Lionel Berridge and the Fifth Committee Secretariat team for facilitating our first resumed session under unique and difficult circumstances amidst the COVID-19 ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (via VTC)

Afghanistan has now suffered through 40 years of war. The United States remains committed to helping Afghanistan achieve a political settlement to end this constant state of conflict. That is why the Trump Administration efforts to create the conditions for Afghans to begin Intra-Afghan Negotiations, which we believe can result in a durable peace. Read More»

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

I understand that in the current environment, much of our attention rightly remains focused on minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on communities around the world. We also recognize that this is not the time for a complex discussion of the granular details of the Trump administration’s Vision for Peace. There will be another day to ... Read More»

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

We’ve all seen how disruptive and deadly this virus can be, which is why there is no place where their calls for mercy and restraint are more urgent than in Syria. We reaffirm our full support for you, Geir, as you launch this effort to implement the ceasefire requested by the Council in Resolution 2254. ... Read More»

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

The Security Council now has even greater reason to ensure Libya finds a political path to stability, as continued conflict threatens to fuel the spread of COVID-19. The United States strongly opposes the renewed fighting in Tripoli this week. This is not the time for violence, but rather for all actors to immediately suspend military ... Read More»

U.S. National Statement of the United States Delegation to the 64th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Women’s active role in American political and public life has fundamentally changed the economic, political, and security sectors of our nation.  We know that countries that empower women to participate fully in their societies are more prosperous and successful because we live that reality every day. Read More»

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

Once again, we are forced to bring specific attention to Houthi obstruction of humanitarian operations, which has become the unacceptable refrain of these briefings. We reiterate our message from last month to the Houthis: time is running out. Please do not make it impossible for us to continue providing aid in the areas where you ... Read More»

Statement in the Fifth Committee on Accountability in the UN Secretariat

Anca DiGiacomo Adviser for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York March 11, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States appreciates the Secretary-General’s Ninth Progress Report on Accountability, as well as the Report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. We are encouraged ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Adoption of a U.S.-Draft Resolution on the U.S.-Taliban Agreement

On February 29th, the United States took a decisive step toward a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with the announcement of a joint declaration with the Afghan government and an agreement with the Taliban. We were pleased to introduce this resolution endorsing the U.S.-Taliban agreement and the U.S.-Afghanistan joint declaration, and we appreciate the Security Council’s ... Read More»

CSW 2020: U.S. EOP For Political Declaration (As Delivered)

Ambassador Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York March 9, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Recognizing the limited time, a longer more complete statement will be posted online, https://go.usa.gov/xdssF . But I would like to highlight a few key points this morning. Enhancing women’s participation in power ... Read More»

CSW 2020 Political Declaration: U.S. EOP for Submission to the UN (As Prepared)

Enhancing women’s participation in power structures across economic, political, and social spheres, and from the local to the international level, is critical to advancing individual human dignity. When governments protect and promote the human rights of women and girls, societies prosper. The United States is proud to be leader in the promotion and protection of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Arria-Format Meeting on Crimea and Human Rights

Russia’s occupation of Crimea translates into a grim reality for many Ukrainians living on the peninsula. Occupation authorities have severely restricted fundamental freedoms, including of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. Nearly all independent media and civil society have had to flee the peninsula, and those that remain operate at great risk to their safety and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

Iraq still stands at a crossroads, as it did when we were briefed last December and in fact, as you said, are still in the headlines. Iraqis are choosing their new political leaders as a result of their legitimate demands regarding economic opportunity, good governance, electoral reforms, and responsiveness to all Iraqis. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response

On behalf of President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, I am here to show American solidarity with the people of Syria.  To date, the generosity of the American people has facilitated a total U.S. humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria of $10.5 billion.  To express our continued commitment, today the Trump Administration is announcing an ... Read More»

U.S. Statement at the Fifth Committee of the First Resumed Part of the 74th General Assembly

My delegation is pleased to see the progress made on the Information and Communications Technology strategy and the many accomplishments that have been achieved including the reduction of a significant number of applications and the consolidation of ICT units;  the implementation of security mechanisms to address cyberattacks; the modernization of important functions in the areas ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet at the First Resumed Part of the 74th UN General Assembly

While my delegation will address the human resources management items in greater detail later this week, we would like to underline that the inability of this committee to reach decisions on critical agenda items, particularly those with policy considerations, inhibits advancement of the Secretary-General’s reform agenda and the important goals set by member states.  Read More»

U.S. National Statement at the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda

The United States appreciates efforts made to address Member States’ concerns in the Panel’s Terms of Reference.  Specifically, we welcome Annex 2 which includes the Financial Action Task Force, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UN Convention Against Corruption Conference of States Parties, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime as important ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on the Situation in Idlib, Syria

We have now seen Russia and the Assad regime violate Astana ceasefire agreements on three separate occasions: first in Eastern Ghouta, then in Dara’a, and finally in Idlib. This attack should serve as the final nail in the Astana Format’s coffin. It is a format broken beyond all repair and we cannot return to it. Read More»

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

The United States is encouraged by the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts’ recent travel to Somalia and meeting with the National Security Advisor to the President. We hope the visit will serve as a building block to re-establish important information sharing and constructive working relations between the 751 Committee and the Federal Government of ... Read More»

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

“There’s nothing that will protect a baby against the bombs being dropped on the tent they’re sleeping in.” Those were the words of Mark Lowcock two days ago when asked what could be done to end the catastrophe in Idlib. It is a wretched image. But for so many Syrians, tragically, he is describing what ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization

As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco, we reaffirm our commitment to the Charter, and the spirit of multilateral cooperation embodied in that landmark occasion. In this milestone year, examining and strengthening adherence to the Charter through the work of this Committee takes on renewed importance. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT, we look forward to celebrating this historic occasion together here at the UN on March 5th. Over nearly five decades, the NPT has proven to be critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. It has made us all the ... Read More»

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

Mr. President, 2020 is a critical year as Somalia seeks economic growth and development promised by debt relief, inclusive, peaceful, and credible national elections, and progress towards the transfer of security responsibilities from AMISOM to Somali forces. While these developments each hold tremendous promise for the Somali people, realizing them will require the full commitment ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Reprisals Against Women Human Rights Defenders and Peacebuilders

The United States strongly supports women’s human rights defenders and peacebuilders and their participation at the UN Security Council and in subsidiary bodies. Civil society representatives have valuable and unique perspectives on issues that the Security Council faces. Their critical insights cannot be ignored. To uphold justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators, human rights ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Briefing on the Situation in Ukraine

The Trump administration reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We welcome this opportunity to discuss Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, including its ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the Donbas and occupied Crimea. Read More»

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

Nearly one million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes in the past 90 days. One million people in 90 days. And so, I ask, how much longer will we tolerate these headlines. The unyielding military campaign of the regime, Russia, Iran, and Hizbollah amounts to a wholesale rejection of UN and Council efforts ... Read More»

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

The United States’ position is clear: we continue to support the Minsk agreements as the way forward in eastern Ukraine. We fully back the Normandy Format process. The resolution to this conflict must be a diplomatic one, and we will continue to engage with allies and partners to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Read More»

Remarks for General Assembly Opening Debate on C-34

The United States views missions and peacekeeping reforms through the lens of our five principles.  Peacekeeping missions must have the consent and cooperation of the host country; support political solutions; adjust to progress and failure; possess realistic and achievable mandates; and have an exit strategy.  Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Guinea-Bissau

The United States commends Guinea-Bissau for having held peaceful first round and run-off elections in December, with the help of the international community. Free, fair, and transparent elections are the cornerstone of democracy, and we are encouraged by how far Guinea-Bissau has come in empowering its citizens to choose their own leaders. Read More»

Media Note on the United Nations Yemen Panel of Experts Report

Iran attacked Saudi Arabian oil facilities on September 14, 2019. It was an attack not only against a sovereign state but against the global economy as well. The evidence pointed to Iran, despite unsubstantiated claims of responsibility by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, a report from the United Nations Security Council’s Yemen Panel of Experts confirms the truth ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Craft on the Release of a Database of Companies Doing Business in Israeli-controlled Territories

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2020 Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on the Release of a Database of Companies Doing Business in Israeli-controlled Territories Earlier this week the Security Council met to discuss President Trump’s Vision for Peace, and used that opportunity ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on Libya Ceasefire

However, I do want to note that we are disappointed that today’s vote did not garner unanimous support among the Council members, despite commitments agreed to by leaders in Berlin, including the Russian Federation. It’s also very unfortunate that foreign mercenaries, including from the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group, are making an inclusive political solution harder to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Children and Armed Conflict

There is perhaps no group of people harmed more by the absence of peace and security than children. In most cases, they are the most vulnerable among us. And so, we deeply appreciate the efforts of Belgium to highlight global child protection, including through leading consensus on conclusions on Syria, Burma, and Sudan, and by ... Read More»

Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the UNICEF Executive Board on Private Fundraising and Partnerships

The United States has long supported strong private sector engagement across the UN and sees private sector engagement in three  key dimensions: 1) the private sector as a source of investment;  2) the private sector as a source of know-how – business models and practices, innovative ideas, and efficiency and effectiveness in achieving outcomes; and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Press Availability on the Situation in the Middle East

We are, we are here today, we’re going to be there tomorrow, and, you know, there’s not been a resolution that has carried us this far. Today, we’re all together, we’re talking about peace and security from an international standpoint, and I think that’s what’s really important is this is a beginning today. Read More»

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

It is the beginning of a conversation - not the end of one. The United States stands willing to support all efforts to begin this conversation, and moving forward, we hope all parties will keep an open mind, listen, and engage. I’m optimistic all Council members will give this approach a fair hearing, rather than ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Organization for the Security and Cooperation of Europe

Nowhere is the OSCE’s presence more important than in Ukraine. Russia’s ongoing aggression has led to the deaths of more than 13,000 people, displaced 1.4 million people, and left 3.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance. This poses the greatest threat to European security since the Cold War. Read More»

Explanation of Vote after the Renewal of Sanctions in the Central African Republic

The United States is pleased to join the large majority of Council members in voting in favor of this resolution renewing the sanctions regime in the Central African Republic. We hope the extension of the arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban will keep necessary pressure on the armed groups that continue to undermine CAR’s ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Cooperation with ASEAN

The United States’ and ASEAN’s deepening economic relationship has resulted in explosive growth and tangible, tangible benefits on both sides of the Pacific. U.S. collective investment in ASEAN Member States stands now at $271 billion dollars, and American businesses strengthen ASEAN communities where they operate. Read More»

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

We join the UN in calling on countries to live up to their Berlin commitments and we demand that Member States comply with their obligations to implement the UN arms embargo. This entails an immediate and permanent halt of all deployments of personnel, fighters, and military equipment to Libya. We also call on Libyan parties ... Read More»

Remarks at a Press Availability on the Vision for Peace in the Middle East

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 30, 2020 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: [INAUDIBLE] AMBASSADOR CRAFT: You know, I’m not going to prejudge, because I, nothing’s happened as of yet, but I am open to conversation with the Palestinian PR. This is an opportunity, it’s a very ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria

The assault on Idlib that is underway represents the largest violation of Resolution 2254 to date, with humanitarian consequences that will prove both devastating and lasting. Attacks on the people of northwest Syria by forces of the Syrian regime, Russia, Iran, and Hizballah are unjustifiable, and will directly lead to life-threatening shortages of food, medicine, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

The United States offers its full support to the UN Board of Inquiry mandated to investigate attacks that have struck UN and UN-supported facilities in northwest Syria, for which the regime and Russia are overwhelmingly responsible. We will continue to support the Board of Inquiry in its work and encourage all member states to do ... Read More»

Remarks on the Agenda Item 110: Report of the SG on the work of the Organization in the Trusteeship Council Chamber

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 22, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for convening this important briefing today. Mr. Secretary-General, thank you for clearly outlining your top priorities and challenges we face for 2020, and for your leadership and drive ... Read More»

Remarks at a Press Availability Following a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

You know, once again today, for decades of having the same meeting in the Security Council and everything on the Middle East and the challenges and, once again decades of this unrelentless criticism of Israel, and today I really called upon the Council to, let’s change this dialogue, let’s talk about what really does promote ... Read More»

Opening Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting for the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

Courtney Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to ECOSOC New York, New York January 20, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We welcome our fellow Committee members, states that are non-members of the Committee, and civil society representatives to this regular session. The United States reiterates its call on NGO Committee members to recommit ourselves to ... Read More»

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

I have said before that Israel has no better friend than the United States, and will I say it again today. Whether it is reminding the world of what Israel has done to make the substantive contributions to global peace and prosperity, or of what Iran is doing to frustrate efforts towards peace. President Donald ... Read More»

Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Syria Chemical Weapons

The United States categorically objects to Russia’s blatant attempt to use a Security Council meeting to weaken the credibility of the OPCW and its findings on the Douma attack. This is a brazen disinformation campaign, waged in advance of the anticipated release of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team’s first report. Read More»

Remarks for the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Yemen

We call on the Houthi authorities to reduce the significant and detrimental impediments to the delivery of humanitarian assistance. This includes the lifting of access restrictions and the elimination of illegitimate levies on aid projects, both of which heavily delay the delivery of essential assistance and place an undue burden on humanitarian partners attempting to ... Read More»

Remarks on the Situation in Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

This Council though has spent years asking the signatories to make meaningful progress toward implementing the Agreement, even providing them with achievable benchmarks. Despite our robust support, we continue to witness inaction and a deteriorating security environment. And so, it is time for this Council to begin developing an alternative approach to address growing instability ... Read More»

Remarks at a General Assembly Plenary Meeting on Agenda Item 123: Strengthening the UN System

My delegation wishes to express our deep concern regarding the action of the G-77 and China to table this resolution in this forum, ignoring the clear prerogative of the Fifth Committee and without any attempt to reach consensus. This action demonstrates bad faith on the part of the penholders and sets the precedent that any ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Press Stakeout on Syrian Humanitarian Cross-Border Mandate Renewal

I want to very clear about who must bear responsibility for this outcome.  It is the Russian Federation that brought us to this point.  It is the Russian Federation that vetoed a compromise proposal on December 20th, and has since worked tirelessly to divide the Council.  The only reasonable conclusion to draw from these actions ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Humanitarian Cross-Border Mandate Renewal

In truth, we do not find ourselves in this situation because the conditions on the ground no longer allow for aid delivery; as we have heard over and over again from the UN officials, the existing cross-border aid mechanism is working. Nor are we here because of lack of willingness among the other Council members ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

Ambassador Cherith Norman Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 8, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. At the outset, I’d like to join colleagues in welcoming you and the other incoming Council members to the chamber—the new members. And to extend our congratulations to you ... Read More»

Media Note: Attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2020 We appreciate the 27 United Nations Member States that spoke out against the December 31 Iran-orchestrated attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. They clearly recognize the importance of a host country’s obligations under the 1961 ... Read More»

Statement in Explanation of Vote on the Syria Accountability Mechanism – UNGA 74 Main Session of the Fifth Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The General Assembly, in resolution 71/248, established the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism in Syria to help provide prosecutors and investigators with the evidence needed to make the ... Read More»

Closing Statement – UNGA 74 Main Session of the Fifth Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chairman. I want to thank you for your leadership in guiding us to a good conclusion this session. It wasn’t easy, but your steady and wise hand kept us ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Humanitarian Cross-Border Mandate Renewal

The United States of America voted against the draft resolution authored by the Russian Federation today because it mocks our values and principles; it defies the recommendation of the Secretary-General, OCHA, international NGOs; and, most importantly, it has from the start been a disingenuous attempt to keep this life-saving mechanism functioning for Syrian civilians. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on Security Council Resolution 2449

The consequences of the Russian Federation and China’s vetoes of this Security Council resolution will be disastrous. This decision is reckless, irresponsible and cruel. Right now, in Syria, four million people depend on the UN’s cross-border assistance mechanism for medicine, shelter, and food. There is no justification imaginable for any member of this Security Council ... Read More»

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

Due to Special Envoy Pedersen’s determination, the willingness of the Syrian parties to step forward, and support from the international community, especially the Small Group, Turkey, and Russia, we witnessed a notable political breakthrough after almost two years of negotiations. After the successful October launch of the Constitutional Committee, the United States - and many ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iran, Resolution 2231

We appreciate the Secretary-General’s detailed report on the September 14 attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities. As we have said numerous times, Iran is responsible for these attacks. The United Kingdom, France, and Germany have joined us in that assessment. There is simply no other plausible explanation. Only Iran could have carried out an attack ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

The United States rises alongside the Secretary-General; OCHA; the millions of Syrians who depend on this resolution; and UN implementors to demand the renewal of the resolution’s provisions for all existing crossings. As we set our intentions for the new year, we do see several achievable steps this Council can take to demonstrate our commitment ... Read More»

Media Note: Decriminalizing Sexual Orientation

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2019 Yesterday U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, hosted the side event: “Decriminalizing Homosexuality in Solidarity with LGBTQ People” at the United Nations. At the event, panelists discussed ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

We’ve been encouraged by concrete steps parties in Sudan have taken to build a more stable, secure, and human rights-respecting future. The formation of the CLTG this summer, the signing of the Juba Declaration in September, and ongoing negotiations between the government and armed opposition forces have increased the prospects for an enduring peace across ... Read More»

Press Release: USUN Panel Discussion on Trafficking in Persons

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2019 Ambassador [Cherith Norman Chalet], U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, hosted a panel discussion today on trafficking in persons to illustrate the importance of documentation as a tool for combatting modern slavery. She reaffirmed the ... Read More»

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

The United States and the international community are losing confidence that South Sudan’s leaders have the will to guide their country to genuine peace and security. We are losing confidence that they share the best interests of their people, who are calling for peace amid a devastating, conflict-induced humanitarian crisis. This Council visited Juba to ... Read More»

United States Statement: Annual Discussion on International Year of Indigenous Languages

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. And thank you to all of the civil society speakers, including representatives of the native Hawaiian and Cherokee Nation Communities. The United States recognizes that validating, revitalizing, and sustaining indigenous languages strengthens indigenous ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

The United States remains deeply committed to Afghanistan. As Afghanistan continues its process of auditing votes to ensure the credible outcome of the presidential election, we call for the continued support of the electoral bodies, and we continue to call on all Afghan candidates to engage with the audit process, file any complaints through legal ... Read More»

United States Statement: UN General Assembly Humanitarian Debate

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Affairs Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Two weeks ago, the United Nations released the Global Humanitarian Overview for 2020. It paints a sobering picture of the challenges and human ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Resolutions under Agenda Item 15 “Culture of Peace”

Theodore Ho Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam President, Distinguished Facilitators of the Resolution, Esteemed Colleagues and Delegates, The United States strongly believes in encouraging a culture of peace through the promotion of justice, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nonproliferation and the DPRK

The United States and the Security Council have a goal – not a deadline. We have outlined this goal, in detail, in a series of unanimously adopted Security Council resolutions. We want to use this timely briefing to make crystal clear to the DPRK that its continued ballistic missile testing is deeply counterproductive to the ... Read More»

United States Explanation of Position on Agenda Item 126: Global Health and Foreign Policy

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Affairs Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States takes the floor to speak to the Global Health and Foreign Policy resolution and its theme this year of “An inclusive approach to strengthening ... Read More»

Statement at a Joint Debate on Agenda Items 74(a) and (b) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Emily Pierce Counselor for Legal Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED President, Distinguished Delegates, My delegation is pleased to co-sponsor the General Assembly resolution on oceans and the law of the sea. The United States underscores the central importance of international law as reflected in ... Read More»

Statement for the International Day of Victims of Genocide

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 9, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States pays tribute to victims of genocide and is pleased to participate in today’s commemoration to ensure we end these and future atrocities. We recognize the ... Read More»

Remarks at a High-Level Event on Improving Peacekeeping Performance: One Year since UNSCR 2436

That’s what today is all about: accountability. And Resolution 2436 calls for the accountability we need: clear, objective performance standards for all UN peacekeeping personnel; measures to address underperformance; incentives and recognition for outstanding performance; improved reporting on performance; and deployment decisions based on performance data. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft at a UN Press Conference on the U.S. Program of Work for the December Security Council Presidency

This morning I’m going to walk us through a number of key elements of this month’s Program of Work as well as the events that are occurring outside the Council during the month of December. And I hope after this briefing, you’ll have a clearer sense as to what we’ll be addressing this month, and ... Read More»

Statement on the Political Declaration of the Midterm Review on the Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing…

Rebecca Wallace Senior Economic Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Excellencies, distinguished delegates, it is an honor to be here today to review the progress made since the adoption of the Vienna Program of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC). On behalf of the United ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Craft to Hold Press Conference to Preview U.S. Security Council Presidency

Ambassador Kelly Craft, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the United Nations on Friday, December 6, 2019. Ambassador Craft will outline the program of work for the U.S. presidency of the UN Security Council in December, highlighting U.S. priorities for the month. Read More»

Statement at a Peacebuilding Commission Session on the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, and Manu River Union

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the briefers. We are pleased the Peacebuilding Commission is taking up this important issue today. We agree that ... Read More»

Explanation of vote on the General Assembly Palestinian Resolutions

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 3, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States once again, opposed the five resolutions voted upon today, which are entirely biased against Israel. These are in addition to the ten other resolutions in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Press Stakeout following the Adoption of the December Program of Work

My theme will be a credible Council and I think it’s really important to expound upon Ambassador Pierce’s presidency the month of November that she really held people accountable for their engagement, their remarks, because you know even though we are speaking to one another in the open chamber we are speaking to the world. ... Read More»

Press Release: Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft

On World AIDS Day, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations joins the international community in support of those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Today, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS. We celebrate the progress we have made together in countering this disease. And we ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22d “Eradicating rural poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame chair, The United States agrees entirely with the statement and recommendations provided by the European Union and others. We too are disappointed with the outcome of this resolution and the approach that led us to this ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22b “Women in Development”

Danielle Maniscalco Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is committed to advancing the status of women and promoting their role as agents of transformation in the economic development of their countries, and therefore the world. The United States joins consensus on the ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20a “Role of the United Nations in promoting development in the context of globalization and interdependence

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States regrets that we cannot join consensus on this text and would like to highlight our concerns. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item “Sustainable Mountain Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame Chair, The United States refers you to our remarks delivered on November 7, 2019 in the Third Committee and November 21, 2019, in the Second Committee regarding our positions with respect to the t2030 Agenda, the Addis ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19h “Education for Sustainable Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, We are pleased to join consensus on this “Education for Sustainable Development” resolution. The United States is firmly committed to providing equal access to quality education. We note that States have a wide array ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19f “Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable…&#82

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon and thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development. We would like to clarify several ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19e “Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious..

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa. We would ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19d “Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is disappointed by the inclusion of language in paragraph 9, which promotes the domestic political priorities of a single Member State. Regrettably, such language detracts and ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on the Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and of the UN…

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, The United States supports the achievement of sustainable development, and we maintain that Second Committee should make meaningful contributions to global development priorities. The Agenda 21 resolution advances neither goal. We could better spend our ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 “Strengthening cooperation for integrated coastal zone management for achieving sustainable development”

Kathryn Bacher Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. While we recognize the importance of integrated coastal zone management to some countries, the subject does not warrant a biennial resolution in an already over-burdened Second Committee agenda. The issue is better considered ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 18 “Follow-up to and Implementation of the Outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing…&#82

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, We would like to thank the facilitator for their leadership on this resolution. We are pleased to join consensus on it today. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17f “Promotion of international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows & strengthen good practice

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our positions with respect to illicit financial flows, the 2030 Agenda and Leave No Country Behind. The United States firmly believes that ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 “Promoting investments for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. On behalf of the United States, we are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. However, we take this opportunity to make important points of clarification on some of the language contained therein. ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 21 (b) “Follow-up to the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED 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. Regarding the reference ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (g) “Report of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme”

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 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED In joining consensus on this resolution, we reiterate the position of the United States, delivered on November 21, 2019, with respect to references to the 2030 Agenda for ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (a) “International Trade and Development”

David Messenger Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States has had to vote against this resolution now for the third year in a row because of problematic language we have previously highlighted that remains in this year’s resolution. The United States ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (i) “Harmony with Nature”

David Dreilinger Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED While we strongly support sustainable development and environmental protection and recognize that the concept of Harmony with Nature is important to several Member States, we also note that this resolution changes little from year-to-year and its function ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (k) “Combatting Sand and Dust Storms”

Dina Schorr Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States would like to raise our concerns with the workload of this committee. I think many of us have noticed in this year, where we have resolutions – more than ever before, ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (b) “Follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway”

Jesse Walter Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to the co-facilitators from Cabo Verde and Trinidad and Tobago. Their leadership and collegiality resulted in a resolution that addresses the very important issues ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (e) “Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development”

Jesse Walter Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. Government, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for his successful shepherding of the biannual review of the resolution on Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development. The United States appreciated ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 10 “Agricultural technology for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We wish to thank the facilitators for their flexibility and constructive approach in negotiating this resolution. We are pleased to vote in favor of this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 “Sustainable tourism and sustainable development in Central America”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, technology transfer, and the Paris ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (d) “Commodities”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We regret that we cannot join consensus and would like to highlight our concerns with this text. As in previous years, we must express our concerns over portions of this resolution which make obsolete ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (c) “External Debt Sustainability and Development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. While we are joining consensus on this resolution, we take this opportunity again to clarify important points, in the hope that the Second Committee can do better the next time this item is on ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (b) “International Financial System and Development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States is disappointed to see there has not been sufficient change in this resolution this year, and we must therefore vote against it for the third year in a row. A significant number ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 16 “Information and communication technologies for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and technology transfers. ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD)

it is our solemn responsibility to speak the truth about what ISIS did, to document this truth, and to answer the prayer for justice for those whose lives have been turned upside down by ISIS. This is what makes UNITAD’s work so important. With the support of the Iraqi government, UNITAD is moving quickly, carefully, ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20 (b) “Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development”

Daniel Fogarty Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21, 2019 regarding our positions with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 24 “Agriculture development, food security, and nutrition”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Australian delegation for their leadership, creativity, and collegiality in facilitating this resolution.  The United States, as the single largest bilateral donor to programs to reduce ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22 (a) “Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair.  The United States would like to thank the facilitator for their leadership on this resolution.  We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution, however we would like to make several points on ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20 (d) “Development cooperation with middle-income countries”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States would like to thank the facilitator for their leadership on this resolution.  We are pleased to join consensus on it. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (j) “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.  We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 24 “International Tea Day”

Dina Schorr Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. During these negotiations, we have been clear about our issues regarding this text.  However, regretfully the United States cannot join consensus on this text due to language contained in preambular paragraph 4, which elevates ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 23 (b) “South-South Cooperation”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution, and we refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our positions with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 23 (a) “Operational activities for development of the UN system”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22 (c) “Human Resources Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, On behalf of the United States, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for his successful shepherding of this resolution on Eradication of Poverty and Other Development Issues: Human Resources Development.  The ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 21 (a) “Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for the successful shepherding of this resolution on the Follow-up to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries.  The ... Read More»

Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20 (c) “Culture and Sustainable Development”

Daniel Fogarty Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States believes strongly that the protection of cultural heritage in countries of origin promotes regional stability and good governance.  We also understand the importance of cultural heritage to sustainable development and well-being among indigenous peoples.  ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 137: Strategic Heritage Plan Main Session of the Fifth Committee, 74th General Assembly

Cherith Norman Chalet Ambassador for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States appreciates the Secretary General’s update on the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) and the significant work done over the last year. Transparency and good governance ... Read More»

Remarks for a UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting on UN Security Council Reform

As we’ve previously stated, the United States remains open, in principle, to modest expansion of the Security Council for both permanent and non-permanent members. We believe this must be pursued in a way that will not diminish the Security Council’s effectiveness nor its efficiency, and that will not alter or expand the veto. Read More»

Statement on ‘Unilateral economic measures as a means of political & economic coercion against developing countries’

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 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, as we’ve noted in prior years where this resolution was considered, the United States believes that each member state has the sovereign right to determine how ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

James F. Jeffrey Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Ms. Al-Halak, that was a very commendable and very moving presentation of the problems to the civilians and ... Read More»

Statement on the 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Ambassador Elisabeth Millard U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is proud to participate in today’s Commemoration for this milestone in promoting and protecting the human rights of all children. As we stated at the Convention’s adoption 30 years ago, the United States continues ... Read More»

Statement on the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s Launch of the 2020 Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, for gathering us here today for the launch of the informal phase of the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture. I also ... Read More»

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

Michael Barkin Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you to our briefers for joining us today. We’d like to add our condolences for the tragic death and urge justice and security for all of Somalia Civil Society ... Read More»

United States Second Committee Global Explanation of Position

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 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to Senegal as chair of this Second Committee session. I take this opportunity to clarify ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 24- ‘Natural Plant Fibers and 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 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED We congratulate Bangladesh on this new resolution, and for your skill-full and stalwart facilitation to bring us to consensus today on this exciting new text. Thank you so ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa

The G5 Sahel states must make progress toward effective governance, respect for human rights, accountability, and inclusiveness, including the meaningful participation of women, youth, and marginalized groups. Our collective efforts to stabilize the region depend on this progress - and our combined endeavors can achieve durable peace and stability and unleash the potential of this ... Read More»

Media Note: Readout of Ambassador Kelly Craft’s Trip to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia from November 16-20

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2019 United States Ambassador to the United Nations (USUN) Kelly Craft traveled to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia, November 16-20. Ambassador Craft reaffirmed our strong bilateral partnership with Colombia and expressed the United States’ deep appreciation for President ... Read More»

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

The United States remains committed to the cause of peace, and Monday’s announcement does not alter this fact. We continue to believe that discussion between the Parties is the path to finding a solution that works for both sides and promotes and protects the welfare of Palestinians and Israelis alike. But just as we are ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Kelly Craft Travels to Haiti

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2019 Ambassador Kelly Craft, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on November 20, 2019 to underscore U.S. support for a more peaceful, secure, prosperous, and democratic future for the Haitian people. ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b), ‘Policies and Programmes Involving Youth.’

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 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We thank Cape Verde, Kazakhstan, and Portugal for introducing their resolution on Youth. The United States joins consensus on the resolution. With regard to ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Strengthening the role of the UN in enhancing periodic and genuine elections and the promotion of democratization’

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 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is pleased to introduce this resolution on strengthening the role of the United Nations in enhancing periodic and genuine elections and the ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to cosponsor this resolution on “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons.” Our co-sponsorship reflects our deep concern about the plight of the more than 40 million persons internally displaced across ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks Greece, Argentina, Austria, Costa Rica, France, and Tunisia for introducing a strong resolution that emphasizes the importance of this issue, and the need to combat impunity. We share the commitment ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘National Human Rights Institutions’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks Germany for introducing this resolution that emphasizes the important role that such national institutions play and will continue to play in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Human Rights Defenders’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is proud to again co-sponsor this important resolution recognizing the vital role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection. We sincerely thank the main sponsor, Norway, for its ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 69 ‘Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States recognizes the importance of the right of self-determination of peoples and therefore joins consensus on this resolution. We note, however, as frequently stated by the United States and other delegations, that this resolution contains ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 68 (b) ‘Follow-up to the Durban Declaration’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States remains firmly committed to combatting racism and racial discrimination. Indeed, we recognize a special obligation to do so given historical injustices perpetrated during past eras of colonial expansion into indigenous ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 26 (b) ‘Follow-Up to the Fourth World Conference on Women”

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Liberia for its resolution on follow-up to the Beijing Women’s Conference. We join consensus on the resolution. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Beijing Women’s ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 26 (a) ‘Violence Against Women Migrant Workers’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; the New Urban Agenda; economic, social, and cultural rights; the Beijing Women’s Conference, International Conference for Population and Development ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b) ‘Follow-Up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chair. The United States thanks the G-77 for its resolution on “Follow-Up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing.” And would in particular like to express our appreciation to its facilitator, Argentina. The United ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b) ‘Follow-up to the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and beyond’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED We thank the G-77 for its resolution on “Follow-Up to the Twentieth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and Beyond.” The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution. The United States strongly ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 25 ‘Persons with Albinism’

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We thank Malawi and Tanzania for their resolution on “Persons with Albinism.” The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution. We believe that States must take effective measures to protect ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 25 (a) ‘Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the 24th session of the GA’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is disappointed that issues remain in this resolution which are not clearly linked to social development or the work of this Committee. We must express our concerns that portions of this ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 61 ‘Assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa’

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, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this resolution. We fully support it. Our support in fact reflects our deep concern about the plight ... Read More»

US General Statement on ‘Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol Thereto’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is proud to co-sponsor this resolution, particularly given its focus on accessibility this year. We thank New Zealand and Mexico for their good facilitation and their efforts to accommodate all ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 66 (a), “Promotion and protection of the rights of children”

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, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States joins consensus on this resolution to underscore the priority we place on our domestic and international efforts to protect and promote the well-being of children. ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 26 (a), “Improvement of the Situation of Women and Girls in Rural Areas”

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, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We sincerely thank Mongolia for its resolution on “Improvement of the Situation of Women and Girls in Rural Areas,” and appreciate the Mongolian delegation’s ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 107 ‘Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is disappointed with the decision of the sponsors of this resolution to bring it to the Third Committee today.  Adopting this resolution will drive a wedge between Member States and ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Human Rights and Cultural Diversity’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States continues to support the promotion of cultural pluralism, tolerance, cooperation and dialogue among individuals from different cultures and civilizations. We also firmly believe that all governments are responsible for protecting the ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Promotion of equitable geographical distribution in the membership of the human rights treaty bodies’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. Our views on this resolution are longstanding and well-known. As stated in years past, the United States has concerns with the general premise of the resolution, as well as with specific aspects of the ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The ideas underpinning this resolution have no basis in international law and do not advance the promotion and protection of human rights. We emphasize the longstanding principle that it is the responsibility of States ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is firmly committed to the promotion and advancement of global development efforts. The U.S. government collaborates with developing countries, other donor countries, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector in order to ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘The Right to Development’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is firmly committed to the promotion and advancement of global development efforts. The U.S. government collaborates with developing countries, other donor countries, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector in order to ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Strengthening United Nations action in the field of human rights….’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States agrees with the important concepts on non-selectivity, impartiality, and objectivity, and finds the UN’s, and particularly the Human Rights Council’s, anti-Israel bias inexcusable. With regard to other references in this resolution, ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is committed to promoting and protecting democracy around the world. However, as stated in years past, the United States has concerns with the general premise of the resolution, as well as ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘The Right to Food’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. This Committee is meeting at a time when the international community is confronting one of the most serious food-security emergencies in modern history. Hunger is on the rise for the third year in a ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 69 ‘Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights & impeding the exercise of the right…to self-determinat

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States condemns the grave threat that non-state armed groups continue to present to States’ ability to protect human rights and maintain order. However, we disagree fundamentally with a central premise of this resolution: that mercenaries, private ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 “The human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation”

Brian Kelly Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States recognizes the importance and challenges of meeting basic needs for water and sanitation to support human health, economic development, and peace and security. The United States is committed to addressing ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Kelly Craft Travels to Colombia

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2019 United States Ambassador to the United Nations (USUN) Kelly Craft will travel to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia November 16-20 to observe firsthand the plight of displaced Venezuelans and refugees, the significant and meaningful Colombian response, and ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70, “International Equal Pay Day”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We thank Iceland for its resolution on an International Equal Pay Day. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution. The United States supports the concept of equal pay for ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “Effective promotion of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic… Minorities”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks Austria for bringing forward this historically significant and important resolution. Consistent with this resolution, the United States affirms the promotion and protection of the rights of persons belonging to national ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “Protection of Migrants”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. States have the responsibility to protect the human rights of all persons in their territories and subject to their jurisdiction, regardless of migration status. The ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region”

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is glad to co-sponsor this resolution, further recommending the work of the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region bolstering human rights. We also thank the ... Read More»

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

Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of more than a dozen resolutions biased against Israel. This one-sided approach only undermines trust between the parties and fails ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “Terrorism and Human Rights”

Charles Bentley Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We agree to maintain consensus on the resolution Human Rights and Terrorism. However, we take the floor today to state fully our understandings regarding its text and to disassociate from operative paragraphs 14 ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 66 (a), “The Girl Child”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED We thank Tanzania for its resolution, “The Girl Child.” The United States joins consensus today. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 61, “Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees”

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 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States voted yes on the resolution before us to underscore our commitment to supporting the work of the Office of the UN ... Read More»

Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b) “Promoting social integration through social inclusion”

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED We thank Peru for its resolution on Promoting Social Integration through Social Inclusion. The United States joins consensus on the resolution. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa ... Read More»

Statement on agenda item 70c “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to cosponsor this resolution on the human rights situation in Iran, and we thank Canada for its leadership in achieving a ... Read More»

Remarks on co-tabling agenda item 74 (c) “Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic”

Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is proud to co-table with Saudi Arabia this year’s Third Committee resolution on the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic. In ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)

While Sudan and South Sudan have important political transitions of their own to navigate, the situation in Abyei and along the border between the two countries must not be forgotten. With that in mind, the United States thanks Council members for their efforts to ensure the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei can provide security ... Read More»

Statement on agenda item 70c “Situation of Human Rights of the Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar.”

The United States calls on Myanmar authorities to deepen democratic reforms; establish civilian control of the military; ensure accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses; remove those responsible for human rights violations and abuses from positions of authority and bar them from public office; protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, ... Read More»

Statement on agenda item 70c “Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks the European Union for introducing this resolution that emphasizes the importance of accountability for human rights violations and abuses ... Read More»

Statement at the UN Management and Reform Section Agenda Items 138 & 141: Pattern of Conferences and Joint Inspection Unit Disabilities

Cherith Norman Chalet Ambassador for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States recognizes the important work of conference management support in enabling multilateralism at the United Nations. These professional efforts allow member states to conduct our ... Read More»

Statement at the UN Management and Reform Section Agenda Item 140: Human Resources Management, Main Session of the 74th General Assembly

When Secretary-General Guterres outlined his vision to member states on UN reform two years ago, he highlighted human resources management as one of the most critical areas in need of improvement. We couldn’t agree more. The need to improve and shorten recruitment processes, the need to develop a comprehensive workforce planning strategy, and implement an ... Read More»

Statement at the UN Management and Reform Section Agenda Item 132: Reports of the Board of Auditors Main Session of the 74th General Assembly

J. Laurence Wright II Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States places great importance on the work of the Board of Auditors, as the oversight of the UN’s operations and finances provided by the Board is crucial to ensuring ... Read More»

Statement at the 74th General Assembly Debate on U.N. Revitalization

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. First of all, the United States would like to express its appreciation to the co-chairs of the Revitalization Working Group during the 73rd Session, Ambassador Bahous and Ambassador Mlynar. We very much ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Cuba Embargo Resolution

Like all nations, we get to choose which countries we trade with. This is our sovereign right. So, it is worrying that the international community, in the name of protecting sovereignty, continues to challenge this right. But what is even more concerning is that every year, this body entertains the claim that the Cuban regime ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on “Enforced Disappearances”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. State-sanctioned enforced disappearances are devastating to both the victim and their families who are left not knowing the fate of their loved ones. ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on “Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We thank Bolivia and Ecuador for their resolution entitled “Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The United States reaffirms its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As explained in our 2010 ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by the United States on the “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices…” Resolution

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Chair, today the United States expresses opposition to this resolution, a document most notable for its thinly veiled attempts to legitimize longstanding Russian disinformation narratives smearing neighboring nations under the cynical guise of halting Nazi glorification. The ... Read More»

United States General Statement on Issues Relevant to Multiple Third Committee Resolutions

November 7, 2019 U.S. Statement as Submitted for the Record   The United States takes this opportunity to make important points of clarification on some of the language we see reflected across multiple resolutions. We underscore that these and other UN General Assembly resolutions are non-binding documents that do not create rights or obligations under ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Criminal Court on the Situation in Libya

I must reiterate our longstanding and principled objection to any assertion of ICC jurisdiction over nationals of States that are not party to the Rome Statute, absent a UN Security Council referral or the consent of such States. Our concerns regarding the ICC and the situation in Afghanistan are well-known. Read More»

Statement at the Sixth Committee Debate Agenda Item: 79 Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 71st Session (A/74/10)

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Cluster III Succession of States in Respect of State Responsibility General Principles of Law Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will start our comments today with succession of States in respect of State responsibility, and on ... Read More»

Statement at the Sixth Committee Debate, Agenda Item 79: Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 71st Session (A/74/10)

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY November 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Cluster II Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflicts, Immunity of State Officials from Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction, Sea-Level Rise in Relation to International Law Thank you, Madam Chair. With respect to the topic “protection of ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by the United States on the Submission of Draft Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Syrian Arab Republic

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet United States Representative for United Nations Management & Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY November 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States appreciates the Bureau’s decision to bring this matter forward today, which will determine if the Third Committee will discuss and consider ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

My fellow Council members, we will know we have achieved something of lasting significance when all generations and ethnicities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are able to enjoy the blessings of a democratic, stable, and prosperous nation. The United States looks forward to that day’s arrival for its people, and we will not cease in our ... Read More»

Explanation of Position of the United States Report of the International Criminal Court Agenda Item 73

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. 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 mechanisms. Perpetrators of atrocity crimes must face ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa

When women are involved, the result is more durable peace and greater security. So, if this Council is serious about fulfilling its core mandate, let’s make use of the solution that has been ignored for so long despite standing in plain sight. Let’s give more women a seat at the table. And let’s listen to ... Read More»

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

Twenty years later, every single one of the goals enumerated as a mandate obligation and a Security Council resolution has either been substantially completed, or become obsolete, as the sovereign, independent government of Kosovo has assumed responsibility for them. It is high time for the United Nations and the Security Council to acknowledge this fact. ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Mandate Renewal of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

The United States calls on all parties to fully and actively participate in the peace process, and to honor the commitments they make in that process. To be clear, this is only the beginning of the long road to stability, security, and democratic governance in Sudan. There must also be follow through. Read More»

Statement in a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, etc.

The United States strongly condemns all forms of racial discrimination, and remains dedicated to pursuing its elimination. We also underscore the need to protect fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly while in that pursuit. Read More»

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

My fellow Council members, developments in Burundi directly affect the entire Great Lakes region. This means that improving Burundi’s human rights situation and holding free, fair, and inclusive elections will brighten not only the future of Burundi, but of all of Central and East Africa. The United States will continue to invest in this better ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Mandate Renewal on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

We are pleased with the Council’s strong statement of support for MINURSO and its mandate. We believe that the time has come for a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. While we are disappointed that some members of this Council chose to ... Read More»

Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Meeting on the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The United States supports UNHCR’s continued reform efforts to ensure maximum efficiency, transparency, and accountability, as well as its focused efforts to engage with the larger humanitarian system in a more comprehensive and coherent manner. These changes will take consistent effort and an institutional commitment to achieve the desired results. Read More»

Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Chair Chris Kwaja

Aaron Marcus Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Chair, The United States agrees that states must take further efforts to advance respect for human rights by private military and security companies. The market for private military and security contractors often prioritizes the utility ... Read More»

Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Meeting on the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr./Madam Chair, and to UNHCR for this report. The United States and UNHCR remain strong partners in our effort to protect and find durable solutions ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations (AU)

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madame President, and thank you to both of our briefers for your updates. The African Union is an essential partner to the U.S. and the UN in Africa. This is true in part ... Read More»

Sixth Committee Debate Agenda Item 79: Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 71st Session

Marik A. String Acting Legal Adviser United States Department of State New York October 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Cluster I – Crimes Against Humanity, Peremptory Norms of International Law, Other Decisions and conclusions of the Commission Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to begin by thanking Mr. Pavel Šturma, the Chairman of the Commission, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madame Chairman. Thank you, to the Secretary-General for his briefing and report on Women, Peace, and Security. And thank you to each of our special guests for speaking so candidly. We recognize the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 10 Year Anniversary of the Sexual Violence in Conflict Mandate

Sexual violence erodes security and unravels families perpetuating cycles of conflict, indignity, and human rights abuses. This is a security issue, a human rights issue, and a public health issue that deserves a collective response. We are deeply appreciative of the Special Representative’s role in mobilizing such responses and we look forward to continued partnership ... Read More»

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America in the Third Committee, UN Business and Human Rights Working Group

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent an important global consensus on both the state duty to protect and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. We stand behind efforts to strengthen and improve the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles by states and businesses, including focus on pillar three access to ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security

The United States has stated clearly on many occasions, consistent with the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action and its report, that we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support this in our women’s global assistance initiatives. The U.N. should not put itself in a position of promoting or ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, Including the Palestinian question

I largely focused on Israel, which receives a disproportionate amount of the UN’s attention when it comes to discussion of peace and security in the Middle East. This attention is unfairly negative and one-sided: in the past two years, there have been some 20 resolutions in the General Assembly either implicitly or explicitly criticizing Israel. Read More»

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

Despite positive developments, the Federal Government of Somalia continues to face significant challenges on its path towards building a safe, stable, and prosperous country. Somalia’s ongoing humanitarian crisis remains particularly concerning. An estimated 1.7 million people in Somalia face life-threatening food insecurity, and at least 4.2 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance. Read More»

Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We thank you, Special Rapporteur Bhoola, for your report in which you describe a range of complex and interrelated causes that facilitate child slavery. The U.S. government recognizes, as do you, that adversity may ... Read More»

Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED In her report on trafficking and exploitation in business operations and supply chains, the Special Rapporteur compliments the United States’ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule, citing it as an example of how member states can adopt ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Chair of the former Fact-Finding Mission for Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman

We urge the Government of Myanmar to acknowledge human rights abuses, to hold the perpetrators accountable, and to lay the groundwork for reconciliation and justice for victims, including by establishing conditions that will allow for safe, dignified, and voluntary returns of Rohingya and members of other communities displaced by violence across Myanmar. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The United States condemns the government’s involvement in international abductions and forced disappearances. Migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons, especially to China, are increasing. We are gravely concerned about the reported use of torture and coerced abortions and infanticide following individuals’ forced repatriation to the DPRK. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee

The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the declining protection of fundamental freedoms in Myanmar. We call for the unconditional and immediate release of all those who have been arbitrarily detained, including filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, and for an end to the use of problematic laws to stifle freedom of expression, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with Doudou Diene, Chair, Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work, and regrets the Government of Burundi’s continued refusal to acknowledge the Commission’s mandate. For the third year in a row, the COI has documented credible reports of violations and abuses of human rights and reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity continue to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings

The United States takes seriously its international obligations with respect to consular notification and access. The U.S. Government trains thousands of local law enforcement around the country regarding U.S. obligations for consular notification. We are also committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas and assist incarcerated citizens and their families ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

The United States welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Turkey would halt its offensive in northeast Syria and agree to a permanent ceasefire. As a result, U.S. Treasury sanctions imposed on October 14th have been lifted. Unfortunately, as was noted in the briefing, the events of the past week have resulted in the displacement of as many ... Read More»

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

The United States recognizes that Abyei is a strategic crossroads between Sudan and South Sudan and resolving Abyei’s political status is needed for a complete and lasting peace in the region. While the internal political shifts in Sudan and South Sudan provide some momentum toward resolving ongoing disputes, unfortunately these developments have yet to prompt ... Read More»

Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar

Jason Mack Counsellor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, and Special Envoy Burgener, the U.S thanks you and the Secretary General for your continued focus on the very serious governance and human rights issues in Myanmar. In your role as Special Envoy, we encourage ... Read More»

Statement General Assembly Briefing on the Report of the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, President Agius for your briefing on the Mechanism. We applaud and support your unending efforts toward justice. We commend President Agius’ continued focus on the core functions of the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Agenda Items 64 (a) and (b) and 13

Our promise to Africa is this: U.S. economic engagement in Africa, both bilaterally and through international organizations, such as the United Nations, will continue to be predicated on respect for our partners’ sovereignty; ensuring that local workers benefit from our cooperation; upholding environmental standards; combating corruption; and producing outcomes that are built to last. We’re ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Persons with Albinism, Ikponwosa Ero

In the United States, the ADA opens the doors for full participation by all in all aspects of everyday life, including accessibility in and to buildings, transportation, and telecommunications systems, as well as access to information and communications technologies, employment, health care, education, and services provided by state and local government. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression

In the United States, our experience has taught us that broad speech restrictions are not effective. Instead, they all too often constrain democratic engagement, diminish respect for human dignity, and stifle change and social advancement. Banning offensive speech has often served to protect those interested solely in maintaining the status quo or their own political ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Karima Bennoune

The United States firmly believes that the expression of cultural identity is an essential part of inclusive, quality education. We are, therefore, gravely concerned about prohibitions on the use of the Uighur language in China’s Xinjiang region classrooms. Credible reports of children being forcibly placed in Mandarin-language boarding institutions for indoctrination – severed from all ... Read More»

Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 85: The Law of Transboundary Aquifers

David Bigge, Attorney Adviser Office of the Legal Adviser Washington, D.C. October 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States continues to believe that the International Law Commission’s work on transboundary aquifers constituted an important advance in providing a possible framework for the reasonable use and protection of underground aquifers, which are playing ... Read More»

Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 81: Consideration of prevention of transboundary harm from hazardous activities

David Bigge, Attorney Adviser Office of the Legal Adviser Washington, D.C. October 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The Commission’s draft articles on prevention of transboundary harm from hazardous activities have marked a positive step toward encouraging States to establish the means to address such issues as notification in specific national and international contexts. ... Read More»

Statement in aThird Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

We support the Special Rapporteur’s call for states to take immediate, effective, and appropriate measures to raise awareness of older persons with disabilities; make full use of existing resources including through international cooperation to promote the human rights of older persons with disabilities; and provide access to social protections and support services. Read More»

Statement in a Dialogue with the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United States was proud to negotiate and vote in favor of Security Council 2475 on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict. This groundbreaking resolution is a significant step forward to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities across the UN by bringing the issue here, an area of the UN where ... Read More»

Statement at the Main Part of the 74th UN General Assembly Agenda Item 137: Improving the financial situation of the UN

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chairman. We appreciate the President of the General Assembly being here with us. I would like to thank Ms. Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary General for DMSPC for her ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly 3rd Committee Meeting on Agenda Item #70, Countries of Concern Statement

The United States is deeply concerned by certain governments’ ongoing abuses of human rights. In Iran, we condemn custodial deaths, torture, and arbitrary detention to silence individuals exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including women, members of religious minority groups, human rights defenders, and workers. Read More»

Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with Anais Marin, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Rapporteur Marin, for your report.  The United States regrets the Government of Belarus’ continued non-recognition of your mandate. We remain concerned by the Government of Belarus’ efforts to restrict human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly ... Read More»

Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 148: Administration of Justice at the United Nations

Emily R. Pierce, Counselor United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We would like to thank the Secretary-General, the Internal Justice Council, and the Office of the United Nations Ombudsperson and Mediation Services for their reports. This year marks ten years since the United ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

We are deeply concerned by accounts in the Secretary General’s report of increased criminality, internal displacement, and kidnapping—including of NGO workers—in Darfur. These incidents disrupt progress toward peace and diminish hope among the Sudanese people that they might go about their daily lives without fear. Mr. President, we were especially disheartened to read in the ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today’s election of the former Maduro regime in Venezuela to the UN Human Rights Council is an embarrassment to the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela. I am personally aggrieved that ... Read More»

Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Chair of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Chairperson Duhaime, the United States thanks you and the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances for your work on this important issue. The chilling and devastating effect of enforced disappearances in a society cannot be overstated – these acts ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

We continue to call on all parties to exercise restraint, respect government institutions underpinning economic stability, refrain from imposing bureaucratic impediments on humanitarian response, and allow humanitarian aid workers unhindered access to civilians affected by the unrest. We hope these concrete actions will lead to further de-escalation through Yemen, and we hope they will help ... Read More»

Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Charles Bentley Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Special Rapporteur Ní Aoláin, thank you for your work. The protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms is complementary to and a necessary component of effective counterterrorism measures. Efforts to counter terrorism that do not respect ... Read More»

Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges & Lawyers

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Rapporteur García-Sayán, for your report. The United States recognizes the importance that, as for everyone, the rights of freedom of expression, religion or belief, association, and peaceful assembly are safeguarded for judges and prosecutors ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Press Stakeout Following Consultations on Syria

The United States calls on Turkey to halt its offensive and declare a ceasefire immediately. To this end and at the President’s direction, the Vice President is leading a delegation including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, United States National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Ambassador James Jeffrey to voice the United States’ commitment to press ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Agenda Item 19 (a): Political Declaration for the High-level Political Forum (HLPF)

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good morning. Thank you, Mr. President. We would like to thank the co-facilitators, Bahamas and Sweden, for their leadership on this High-level Political Forum (HLPF) resolution. Today the United States is pleased to ... Read More»

United States Statement in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Forst, for your report on the situation of human rights defenders, which thoroughly lays out how impunity compounds violations against defenders, impedes respect for human rights, and erodes the rule ... Read More»

United States Statement in an Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Clemont Voule, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

The United States reminds member states that affording the right of peaceful assembly and association does not weaken countries, but actually strengthens governance and respects the fundamental freedoms we have all recognized enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read More»

Remarks following the Presentation of the High Commissioner’s Report

The United States is proud to continue its support for much of OHCHR’s programming with significant voluntary contributions, as we recognize that OHCHR initiatives, and in many instances your role as High Commissioner, can prove critical to states honoring the unalienable human rights possessed by every individual. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH)

This is a historic day for Haiti and for the United Nations. In so many complex circumstances, the status quo prevails. But today is different. Today marks the transition – after 15 years of commitment and sacrifice – of a peacekeeping mission to a special political mission. Read More»

Remarks in a UN Third Committee meeting on the Committee Against Torture

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The US applauds the adoption of a mechanism to prevent, monitor and follow up to cases of reprisal against civil society organizations, human rights defenders, victims and witnesses after their engagement with the treaty body ... Read More»

Statement in the UN Third Committee meeting on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We thank SR Melzer for his work on this critical issue. The United States remains appalled by the many instances of torture around the globe. We are deeply concerned by reports of violence in Cameroon ... Read More»

Remarks in a UN Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Chair of the Human Rights Committee

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair and thank you, Mr. Fathalla, for your presentation of the report of the Human Rights Committee. We note the Committee’s increasing backlog of individual communications, which has doubled from 2011 to 2018, according to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 75: Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts

The draft articles on the responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts, with commentaries, were adopted in 2001. Since that time, they have been relied upon by States and other litigants, as well as by international courts and tribunals, as providing guidance on the customary international law of state responsibility. Read More»

Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 83: Rule of Law at the National and International Levels

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First, let me join other delegations in thanking the Secretary-General for his report on this agenda item.  I would also like to thank the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group ... Read More»

Statement at the the 74th UN General Assembly Fifth Committee Agenda Item 146: Report on the Activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services

Anca DiGiacomo Advisor UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States would like to thank Assistant Secretary-General David Kanja for his presentation of the annual report on the work of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). We ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Agenda Item 69: Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chair. Under the agenda item “Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” it is appropriate to call attention to the continuing violence, discrimination, persecution, and human rights abuses that indigenous peoples face around the world. Indigenous peoples themselves ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the High-level Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage

Courtney Nemroff Acting U.S. ECOSOC Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10th, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States believes that our shared ambitions toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) must be viewed in the light of the goal toward which we as nations have been working toward at the United ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of the SAMOA Pathway Political Declaration

Courtney Nemroff Acting U.S. ECOSOC Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10th, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to co-facilitators Ambassador Prasad, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji, and Ambassador Nason, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ireland for ... Read More»

Remarks at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 76: Criminal Accountability of UN Officials and Experts on Mission

Emily R. Pierce Counsellor United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United Nations plays a critical role in the world, discharging its solemn mandate to maintain international peace and security, promote and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and promote international cooperation in ... Read More»

Remarks at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 109: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Domestically, we continue to engage and raise community awareness of violent extremism or radicalization to terrorism and recruitment dynamics, including racially and ethnically motivated terrorism—which can have international connections. We also provide community leaders tools and resources to work on prevention efforts. One continuing area of work is state and local intervention services for individuals ... Read More»

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

It is ultimately the DRC government that has the power to deliver resources and security to its citizens. And just as the people of DRC marked their ballots in favor of change, the new government has a vote of its own to cast – a vote against corruption, a vote against violence, and most importantly, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Our laws protect and advance the rights and welfare of children, including children born from surrogacy arrangements, and are among the strongest in the world. However, we do not accept the premise put forward in the Special Rapporteur’s report that the OPSC creates obligations related to surrogacy. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Mali and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Force in Mali (MINUSMA)

We cannot continue to support a peacekeeping mission where the signatory parties enjoy security provided by international forces while refusing to fully implement their own agreement. We have also heard calls to give MINUSMA a more robust counterterrorism mandate. In our view, however, MINUSMA – which is a peacekeeping mission – should not be viewed ... Read More»

Statement at the 74th UN General Assembly Agenda Item 135 and 136: Proposed Program Plan and Budget 2020

We take the concerns regarding the financial situation seriously and will continue to do our part to ensure our payments are received according to our fiscal year timing and availability of funds. My delegation applauds the changes made to the format of the budget that focuses on results and ownership by senior managers. We support ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Peace and Security in Africa

This Council meets practically every week to discuss areas of the world affected by conflict and instability. But far too often, we issue statements, impose sanctions, create commissions, and establish peacekeeping missions to address conflicts after they break out. It seems to me that we’ve got this just a little bit backwards. So, if there ... Read More»

Statement at the Main Part of the 74th UN General Assembly

We also recognize that the Global Service Delivery Model is a key reform that we will consider in optimizing and streamlining the way the Secretariat delivers administrative services. However, in order for this reform to actually deliver the intended benefits, it must stay grounded in a solid technical basis and not be co-opted by political ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls, Dubravka Simonovic

A key concern remains assuring the health and safety of mothers and their babies before, during, and after home births. If complications arise in a home birth scenario, the health of the mother and baby may be endangered because trained medical personnel, equipment, and/or supplies may not be available. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Great Lakes Region

Political solutions, security sector reform, and the demobilization of armed groups into civilian life will be critical for future stability. For our part, the United States will continue to identify opportunities to engage the DRC government on how to attain greater security, peace, and prosperity for the Congolese people. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Crime, Information and Communications Technologies, and Drugs

In the United States, drugs, organized crime, and cybercrime touch our citizens’ lives more directly now than ever before. In 2018, 47,000 people in the United States died of an overdose from fentanyl or another opioid. Nearly everyone in the United States knows someone who knows someone who is affected by this crisis. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on the International Day of Non-Violence

President John F. Kennedy once said, “The United States is different because Gandhi lived and I venture to the think that the world is different because of Gandhian ideas.” His words still hold true to this day. Gandhi’s message of love, unity, and tolerance is needed more than ever in a world undergoing profound political ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Social Development

Instead of using our limited human and monetary resources for prolonged multilateral negotiations on a new instrument, we should rather devote ourselves to short-term, results-driven actions that address older persons’ immediate needs, including protection from violence and abuse, as well as enhancing economic security, health, and nutrition. We are already doing this in the United ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

The Assad regime and its allies must not use the launch of the Constitutional Committee as a pretext to stall the political process and pursue a military solution to the conflict. The violence in Idlib must cease immediately, and unconditionally. This will protect the lives of innocent civilians and improve the prospects of a political ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Peace and Security in Africa

The United States supports the UN and AU’s efforts to establish systems that offer predictable, sustainable, and reliable financing for future operations. But any mechanism using UN-assessed contributions requires a deliberate approach with appropriate safeguards. Any resolution on this topic must address longstanding U.S. policy positions, including with respect to financial transparency and trade measures. ... Read More»

Remarks at the United Nations High Level Interactive Dialogue IV – Financing for Development in Trusteeship Council Chamber

U.S. government support can catalyze significant amounts of private capital into emerging markets. This model of mobilizing private investment is critical to addressing the needs of the developing world, which are too great to meet with government resources alone. Read More»

Remarks at the UN Counterterrorism Cooperation with Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Central Asia

Following the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we are faced with the challenge of repatriating, prosecuting, and rehabilitating many Central Asian foreign terrorist fighters who had travelled abroad to fight in terrorist groups. The United States commends the governments of Central Asia for their actions to take responsibility for their citizens in ... Read More»

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

We call on South Sudan’s leaders to agree to terms for security arrangements, and to resolve the critical issue of the number and boundaries of states in South Sudan. We also urge them to formally establish the Hybrid Court in partnership with the African Union (AU), whose role in the peace process – along with ... Read More»

Informal Briefing of the Secretary-General on the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard

As member states of the United Nations, our commitment to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” will ring hollow if people are afraid to attend their houses of worship. So we welcome this opportunity, today, to again stand ... Read More»

Action on “ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work” (A/73/117) Agenda Item 14 Explanation of Position

We would like to thank the co-facilitators, Belgium and Jamaica, for their leadership on the ILO Centenary Resolution. Today the United States is pleased to join consensus. We agree that full and productive employment and decent work for all are key elements of sustainable development. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

The United States continues to support Afghan political and electoral institutions. We welcome the findings of the UNAMA report that 9.6 million people have been registered to vote. We have pledged $29 million of the $59 million in donor funding offered toward the presidential election and have supported the UNDP’s work building the capacities of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Peacekeeping Operations

Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, we appreciate and support your regular meetings with the Department of Operational Support and the Department of Management Strategy and Compliance, to discuss peacekeeping performance in individual missions. We would be grateful if the Department of Peace Operations would provide the Council with regular and formal briefings on outstanding performance in the field, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote after the Renewal of the UN Security Council Mandate for UNIFIL (Lebanon)

The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to UNIFIL and to Lebanon’s security, stability, and sovereignty. We have a common interest in seeing UNIFIL succeed, but it continues to be prevented from fully implementing its mandate; and we cannot continue to accept the status quo. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

We call upon all members of this Council to help ensure that efforts to establish a de-escalation zone take hold, accompanied by a ceasefire across all of Syria and in particular in Idlib and northern Hama. Progress on a political track is unrealistic unless these conditions are met. Of course, no path forward is possible ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Iraq (UNAMI)

We continue to prioritize restoring key services and infrastructure in areas liberated from ISIS control. Additional donations are urgently needed for UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization and—as we announced earlier this year—the United States will contribute $100 million to this effort. We encourage other members of international community to also step up and do their ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts

The latest report from the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIS demonstrates the hard-won progress that we have made over the past several years, culminating in the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria in March. We have achieved substantial success against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. We cannot relent. The United States ... Read More»

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

For years, this body has come together to discuss this contentious topic, but we have seen little success in making progress toward a solution that creates a lasting, secure, and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. The United States remains committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace through direct negotiations. We encourage all of you ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

The United States congratulates the people of Sudan on the August 17th signing of the Constitutional Declaration and political agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council. We are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security

We are here today because the Russian Federation preferred a world in which the United States continued to fulfill its INF Treaty obligations, while the Russian Federation did not. Now that the INF Treaty no longer exists due to the Russian Federation’s conduct, the United States is taking the necessary steps to address the threat ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Advancing the Safety and Security of Religious Minorities in Armed Conflict

Religious freedom is essential for achieving peace and stability within nations and among nations. Where religious freedom is protected, other freedoms – like the freedom of expression, the freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly – can flourish. Where it is absent, we find conflict, instability, and very often, terrorism. We see these ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Detainees and Missing Persons in Syria

The issue of detainees and missing persons in Syria is one of the great tragedies of the Syrian conflict. Today, the United States calls for the immediate, unilateral release of civilians – including women, children, and the elderly – held in Assad regime prisons in an effort to pave the path forward to the implementation ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Annual Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC)

The United States continues to prioritize child protection programming that is life-saving and essential for survival as well as longer-term recovery, resilience and healing, and we will continue to invest in preventive and responsive programming to protect children from violence. We know that the resumption of familiar, safe, and nurturing routines, particularly within a family, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of Cooperation between the UN and Other Organizations: Cooperation Between the UN and Pacific Island Forum

As evidenced by Secretary-General Guterres’ visit this year to the Pacific Island Forum in Fiji, it is vital for the UN to support those countries most in need of assistance as they address specific economic development and security challenges due to their unique geographic location, limited resources, and small populations. We recognize the Secretary-General’s effort ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

The plight of Syrian civilians arbitrarily detained by the Assad regime is one humanitarian issue that is often overshadowed by the barbarity of the Assad’s military campaign in broad daylight, the continued forced starvation siege of Rukban, and continued restrictions on UN access. Some residents do not wish to return to areas under control of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

U.S. efforts are focused on achieving an inclusive political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan. As we seek a negotiated political settlement to the Afghan conflict, the United States continues to support bringing Afghans together at the negotiating table to decide the future of their own country – one that is inclusive of women, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization

The United States has called a vote on today’s resolution because we have deep concerns about potential UN collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization. Iran, which chairs and hosts the Economic Cooperation Organization, has a clear track record of undermining regional security. Iran has destabilized its neighbors, in particular through its support to terrorist organizations ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on UNFICYP (Cyprus)

The United States believes this new mandate sends an important message from the Security Council to the sides and relevant parties: that the leaders of the communities must work with a sense of urgency to resume full-fledged negotiations that will fulfill the hopes of the Cypriot people to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Adoption of GA Plenary Resolution Establishing an International Day for the Elimination of Child Labor

We join consensus on this resolution with the express understanding that it does not imply that States must become parties to instruments to which they are not a party, or implement obligations under human rights instruments to which they are not a party, including, in the case of the United States, the Convention on the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)

The United States is encouraged by the success of the largely peaceful elections in Nigeria, Senegal, and Mauritania and we extend our particular appreciation to Special Representative Chambas for his efforts in all countries to emphasize the importance of dispute resolution processes rather than violence as means to pursue grievances with the electoral process. Read More»

Remarks at UN Security Council Briefing on the Peacekeeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO)

The United States is extremely troubled by the recent clashes across eastern DRC, including violence in the provinces of Ituri, South Kivu, and North Kivu that left hundreds dead and displaced hundreds of thousands. Ending the Ebola outbreak also remains a top U.S. priority. The United States is the largest single-country donor to the Ebola ... Read More»

Remarks at a ECOSOC Meeting on the Fourteenth Session of UN Forum on Forests

The United States has been a strong supporter of the UN Forum on Forest (UNFF) since its inception. Regarding a possible future office in China for the GFFFN, the United States underlines the importance of GFFFN’s work being carried out in a balanced, transparent, and effective manner that maintains international best practices. Such provisions must ... Read More»

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

The vision for peace that we plan to present will not be ambiguous, unlike many resolutions that have passed in this chamber. It will provide sufficient detail so that people can see what compromises will be necessary to achieve a realistic, lasting, comprehensive solution to this conflict — the conflict that has robbed so much ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Verification Mission in Colombia

As Colombia continues to implement its peace plan, it is also demonstrating regional leadership by recognizing interim President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, and by supporting more than 1.5 million Venezuelans fleeing the man-made crisis in Venezuela. Colombia is supporting this vulnerable population by granting temporary residency and work permits, and by facilitating access ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nationally Owned Transitions

The conclusion of the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 years, and the transition to a Special Political Mission, is an important milestone for Haiti. Once complete, we will be able to hold Haiti up as an example of a successful, nationally owned transition. As the Security Council has repeatedly stated, it ... Read More»

Remarks at a High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Democratic governance, rule of law, respect for human rights, and strong institutions provide the foundation for the peace and stability necessary to accelerate action across the Agenda, but in their absence, progress will erode and reverse course. Each Member State here has the sovereign responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens, to define and ... Read More»

Remarks at UN General Assembly Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Conference on Population and Development

The United States is the largest bilateral donor of foreign assistance to many programs that support the objectives set forth in the 1994 Programme of Action. We are proud of our contributions to expanding access to basic health care and promoting women’s health, including efforts to improve maternal and child health. Read More»

Remarks at Informal Meeting of the General Assembly observing Nelson Mandela International Day

The United States strongly supports the elimination of racial discrimination throughout the world, and we are committed to continuing on the path to a world free from injustice. There is still much progress to be made, and we must continue our work, both internationally and domestically, to combat racism, racial discrimination, and intolerance. Read More»

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

Just one week past the anniversary of the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, UNIRMCT briefs Security Council on the appeals decision upholding the conviction of Radovan Karadžić for genocide for his role as mastermind of the murder of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. USUN strongly supports work of the UNIRMCT and is committed ... Read More»

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

The United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering. We are committed to working with the Ukrainian people to promote democracy and prosperity and root out corruption. President Trump underscored this message to President Zelenskyy following peaceful, competitive elections that reflected Ukraine’s vibrant democracy. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Mission to Iraq and Kuwait

We noted that while ISIS no longer controls any Iraqi territory, the fight is not over. The enduring defeat of ISIS requires the stabilization of liberated areas, building up resilient communities, and ensuring the continued security for all Iraqis, recognizing that Iraq’s diversity is critical to its richness and strength. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Triangular Cooperation in Peacekeeping Operations

The United States views peacekeeping reforms through the lens of our five peacekeeping principles. Peacekeeping missions must: support political solutions; have the cooperation of the host country; possess realistic and achievable mandates; have an exit strategy; and adjust to progress and failure. Read More»

Remarks at a High Level Political Forum Discussion on Quality Education

The United States is a leader in promoting inclusive, quality education and lifelong-learning opportunities around the world. Last year, we released the first-ever U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education. The Strategy aims to improve learning outcomes and expand access to quality basic education for all, particularly marginalized and vulnerable populations. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Linkages between International Terrorism and Organized Crime

Our existing treaties, including the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and international counterterrorism instruments and protocols, provide a useful framework to facilitate law enforcement cooperation. In the United States, we have used the UNTOC as a legal basis over six-hundred and fifty times since 2005 to provide or request mutual legal assistance, extradition, ... Read More»<