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 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 on Agenda Item 84: Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the UN and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization

Emily R. Pierce Counselor United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We welcome this opportunity to provide a few observations on the report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, ... 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»

Closing Remarks at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly

In support of this call, we are pleased that the Committee provided additional peacekeeping financial management mechanisms to the Secretary General to address some of the liquidity issues facing the Organization. But we continue to support overall improvements to the budget methodology and look forward to considering those elements at a later session. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Board of Auditors at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly

Implementing these recommendations would contribute to improved performance in peacekeeping. The Secretary-General’s recent Action for Peacekeeping initiative, which has been endorsed by 151 member states, includes performance as one of its key pillars. The member states who have endorsed the A4P Declaration should be supporting these recommendations by the Board of Auditors and the Secretary-General’s ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Responsibility to Protect

The U.S. government supports a range of efforts that both directly and indirectly reduce risks of mass atrocities. Such efforts include establishing and training local communities to use early warning systems, supporting criminal justice system reform, and documenting human rights abuses for justice and accountability processes. In one example, we surveyed and documented human rights ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Mali (MINUSMA Renewal)

Mr. President, this is no ordinary mandate renewal -- because MINUSMA is no ordinary peacekeeping mission. Since its creation in 2013, MINUSMA has operated in a challenging, dangerous, and asymmetric environment. It is a peacekeeping mission in a counterterrorism environment. MINUSMA peacekeepers are consistently and purposefully attacked by unrelenting violent extremists who are mobile, smart, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Political Briefing on Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the UN New York City June 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President; and thank you, Special Envoy Pedersen, for your briefing. The UN-led political process in Geneva is the only legitimate and internationally recognized forum to create a lasting, inclusive, and peaceful political solution ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote after the Renewal of the UN Security Council Mandate for UNAMID

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States thanks Council members for their endeavors to ensure that UNAMID is well positioned to continue its mission to protect civilians, support humanitarian aid to 1.2 million internally displaced ... Read More»

Remarks at a General Assembly Meeting on Combating Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, honored guests, colleagues, good afternoon. Each and every one of us should be working hard to tackle the challenges of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, violent extremism, and hate speech. It is critical that we ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Non-Proliferation (Iran)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you to Under Secretary-General DiCarlo, to the Permanent Representative of Belgium, and to the Head of the EU Delegation for your briefings. The seventh report of the Secretary-General reflects the ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock for yet another deeply sobering briefing. Mr. President, one hundred and thirty-nine days have now passed since the last UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian assistance convoy ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, Special Representative Shearer, Assistant Secretary-General Gilmour, and Ms. Minagano for your briefings. Though implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Agreement remains slow, the United States acknowledges that the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Press Availability Following Closed UN Security Council Consultations on Iran

The Security Council and all nations should try to imagine the future of global air travel if a country can shoot down an aircraft merely for being in its flight information region. Indeed, we’ve already seen air carriers from around the world avoid Iran’s flight information region as a result. Iran must understand that these ... Read More»

Remarks at Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Implementing a Zero Tolerance Policy (Agenda Item 132)

Brian Conroy Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to effectively address the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse and to reaffirm our collective support for the United Nations zero tolerance policy and ... Read More»

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

Sustainable Palestinian economic growth is not achievable in the current environment. The economic vision is a roadmap, which includes detailed portfolio of real projects and capacity building programs which has the potential to unleash sustainable, private sector-driven growth – if and when there is peace. We want to underscore that this is why it is ... Read More»

Remarks: Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution on Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict

Our delegation knows firsthand the challenges we face in mainstreaming disability rights across the UN system, including physical access here at Headquarters, so we are pleased to see a reference to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy in this text. Persons with disabilities are already marginalized in times of peace – their vulnerability and further marginalization ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you Special Representative Yamamoto for your remarks today, UNAMA under your leadership continues to provide vital support to Afghanistan. I also want to thank Dr. Samar for your informative briefing today. ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Investigation in Darfur, Sudan

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President and thank you Madame Prosecutor for your briefing. In April, civilian-led protests led to the removal of President Omar al-Bashir, whose regime was synonymous with genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and human ... Read More»

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

Reports of Assad regime forces shelling Turkish positions in the Idlib de-militarized zone that have resulted in the injuries of Turkish soldiers is alarming. The United States is gravely concerned about the threat that this offensive poses to Turkey and Turkish military forces. Such acts are increasing tensions and the threat of a wider escalation ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Secretary-General for his leadership on this Strategy and Plan of Action. The United States strongly agrees that the Plan of Action should not endorse limitations on freedom of speech, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

The Houthis must demonstrate good faith in the political process and cease UAV and other attacks against their fellow citizens and their neighbors. Iran needs to stop supplying the Houthis with the weapons to do so. Attacks on Yemen’s neighbors threaten to derail progress made by the UN and the parties to the conflict, and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Burundi

We also urge the Government of Burundi to address persistent and reliable reports of illicit arms transfers, combatant recruitment, and armed group activity in eastern DRC that are tied to Burundi. Now is the time for all of the parties to the 2013 Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework to live up to their commitments of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 14, 2019 DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thanks to Under-Secretary-General LaCroix and Assistant Secretary General Gilmour for your briefings on the latest developments in Darfur and UNAMID. Since our last briefing in April, the United States has become ... Read More»

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Press Availability Following UN Security Council Consultations on the Gulf of Oman Attacks

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. I just finished briefing the Security Council at Secretary Pompeo’s request on what we assess to be yet another example of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, the attacks today and in the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Cooperation with the League of Arab States

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome to the Secretary-General of the Arab League and Foreign Minister of Poland. Thank you all and Secretary-General Guterres for your contributions to today’s debate. The United States supports continued ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Mali (MINUSMA)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 12, 2019 AS PREPARED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you SRSG Annadif for your briefing. And welcome Foreign Minister Dramé to the Council today, we very much look forward to working with you and Mali’s new government. Mr. President, every quarter ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Conflict Prevention and Mediation

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, thank you for organizing this important debate on mediation and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Secretary-General Guterres, we recognize your leadership in advancing the UN’s mediation and conflict prevention work, including the creation of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Missing Persons in Armed Conflict

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Minister, for convening and presiding over today’s briefing. We also thank ICRC President Maurer and Operations Director Ghelani for participating today and we commend their teams for their critical work to address ... Read More»

Remarks at the UNICEF Annual Session of the Executive Board

Jim Morris U.S. Representative to UNICEF Executive Board New York City June 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We wish you well. Executive Director Fore, thank you for your presentation and for challenging us to focus on the strategic issues that have a real effect on the well-being of children. This week’s annual ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations June 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, the Security Council must ensure that we are using the time and resources of this Council wisely and where the needs are greatest. In light of last week’s ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in the Caribbean

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you and thanks to all the panelists for your insights on how to better prevent and counter transnational organized crime. The United States remains committed to combating transnational organized crime, the organizations behind it ... Read More»

Remarks for a UN Security Council Debate on Working Methods of the Security Council

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations June 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President and thanks to today’s briefers. Welcome to the ministers who are joining us for today’s open briefing. The United States extends its appreciation to Kuwait for chairing the Informal ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Development Program Annual Session of the Executive Board

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. I would like to thank Administrator Steiner for the annual report and his remarks outlining UNDP’s accomplishments and future directions. The United States appreciates the dedication and the hard work ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Development Program Executive Board Regarding Gender Equality

Hector Brown Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States welcomes the Administrator’s report. I take the floor today to underscore the United States’ commitment to one of the most undervalued resources in the developing world – the talent, ambition, and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Let me begin by joining my colleagues in congratulating Kuwait as you begin your presidency of the council. And thank you, Special Representative Fall, for your briefing today and for the efforts that ... Read More»

Remarks for Adoption of GA Resolution: “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, and Tskhinvali region

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this resolution, which reaffirms the commitment of all states to ensure the voluntary, safe, dignified, and unhindered return of refugees and persons displaced from the Abkhazia ... Read More»

Remarks for June 4 Election for the President of the General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, as host country of the United Nations, we extend our sincere congratulations to Tijjani Muhammad Bande upon his election to President of the General ... Read More»

U.S. Statement: Fifth Committee, 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 138: 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 June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank Secretary-General Guterres for being with us this afternoon and for presenting his report on Improving the Financial Situation of the United Nations. I ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Population Fund Annual Session of the Executive Board

Susan Olson, Senior Population Policy Officer, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration New York City June 3, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Dr. Kanem for your statement and update on the implementation of UNFPA’s strategic plan for 2018 to 2021. We join other delegations in noting UNFPA’s 50th anniversary this ... Read More»

Remarks at UN Security Council on the Adoption of South Sudan Sanctions Renewal

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the Security Council’s support for renewing the South Sudan sanctions regime, including the arms embargo.  If there is to be any chance for lasting peace in South ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Adoption of an International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief

Austin Smith, Acting Representative of the United States to the United Nations Economic and Social Council New York City May 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Poland and other members of the core group for their leadership and spirit of cooperation in establishing an international day to commemorate the victims of violence based ... Read More»

Remarks at UN Security Council for Syria Humanitarian Monthly Briefing

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Mueller, for your important briefing today. Mr. President, the Assad regime, with the help of its military allies in the air and on the ground, has ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, to today’s briefers, and to Indonesia for organizing today’s debate on protection of civilians. We also welcome the Ministers who are with us in the Council today. Madam President, as we ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to today’s briefers. Clearly, Somalia continues to face significant challenges on its path toward building a safe, stable, and prosperous state.  We strongly condemn recent attacks by Al-Shabaab ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Mauritian BIOT Resolution

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madame President.  The resolution before us today addresses the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice concerning sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, which the United Kingdom administers as the British Indian Ocean ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Jason Greenblatt Special Representative for International Negotiations New York City May 22, 2019   AS DELIVERED Good morning. Thank you for your briefing, Nikolay, and thank you for your redoubled efforts to restore safety and security both to the people of Israel, who came under sustained attack from Gaza, and to the Palestinian civilians among ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert, for being with us today and for your helpful and comprehensive briefing. Today’s unanimous vote to renew the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq once again ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  Special Representative Salamé, Commissioner Chergui, Ambassador Schulz, thank you for your briefings today. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the two terrorist attacks on MINUSMA last weekend that killed ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Before a Procedural Vote to hold a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations May 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  As we’ve made clear to other members of the Council, we, like France and Germany, do not see a need for this briefing. In our view, requesting this meeting is a clear attempt by ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Semi-Annual Briefing on Counter-Terrorism and Nonproliferation by the 1267, 1373, and 1540 Committees

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you to the chairs of the 1267, 1373 and 1540 Committees for their strong cooperation. These committees play a crucial and complementary role in assessing and countering global threats ... Read More»

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Idlib

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President and thanks to Undersecretaries General DiCarlo and Lowcock for their deeply concerning briefings today. Mr. President, the United States believes the September 2018 ceasefire agreement between ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on G5 Sahel

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  And thanks to today’s briefers.  A warm welcome to Foreign Minister Barry. Mr. President, the last six months in the Sahel have been concerning.  The security ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you to our distinguished briefers for their presentations today and for the tireless effort of your teams.  Thank you also to the Ambassador of Peru ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Mission to the UN on a Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the UN Security Council met in closed consultations to discuss the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. In the meeting, the United States raised alarm over the May 8 detention of Edgar Zambrano, the First Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly. We are concerned Zambrano’s arrest is a major escalation of the ongoing ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis in Cameroon

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Opening Remarks On behalf of the United States, it is my pleasure to welcome you to today’s Arria-Formula meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis in Cameroon. We are joined by a ... Read More»

U.S. Statement, UN Management and Reform Section Fifth Committee, 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 150: Support Account

Ms. Grace Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank the Controller, Mr. Chandru Ramanathan and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ for introducing their respective reports. Madam Chair, my delegation remains fully supportive of the Secretary-General ... Read More»

Closing Remarks at a UN Event on North Korean Abductions

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED We also thank the experts who joined us today to share their insightful views and ideas about how the international community can better address these issues. And finally – and most of all – thank ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Israeli Settlements

Jason Greenblatt Special Representative for International Negotiations New York City May 9, 2019 AS DELIVERED Ministers, members of the Council, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank those that came here today who are truly interested in finding a comprehensive and lasting peace to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians, Israelis, and the region all ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Libya and the ICC

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Madam Prosecutor, for your briefing. Eight years ago, the UN Security Council referred the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court. The resolution addressed a dangerous moment ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, High Representative Inzko, for your leadership and for being back with us today. The United States reiterates our strong support for the Office of the High Representative’s mandate ... Read More»

Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 150: Cross-cutting Issues

Brian Conroy Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Assistant Secretary-General and Controller, and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ, for introducing their respective reports. As my delegation noted in our statement on the ... Read More»

Statement before the Election to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. As we prepare to consider the membership of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the United States must note with serious concern the inappropriate conduct of the Chinese delegation ... Read More»

Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 134: Board of Auditors

Carolyn Strainic Advisor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Mr. Peter Korn, Director of External Audit and Chair of the Audit Operations Committee, Mr. Pedro Guazo, Director, Finance Division, Office of Programme Planning, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacekeeping Training and Capacity-Building

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam President and congratulations on Indonesia’s council presidency this month. Thanks also to our briefers and to Indonesia for organizing today’s debate on how training and capacity-building can strengthen UN peacekeeping. In that ... Read More»

Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation has not raised this issue before in the Fifth Committee, but since the Palestinian representative decided to clarify their representation at the ... Read More»

Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 150: Cross-Cutting Issues

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Mr. David Kanja, Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Ms. Aruna Thanabalasingam, Director, Administrative Law Division, Office of ... Read More»

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) Agenda Item 4: U.S. Response to Chinese Remarks on Dolkun Isa

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED I would like to emphasize that the Chinese delegate’s accusations against Dolkun Isa are unfounded and inappropriate. Dolkun Isa is a widely respected human rights defender who has dedicated his entire adult life to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. At the outset, the United States is compelled by the urgency of the humanitarian conditions in the Rukban camp to reiterate in the strongest terms our call on the Assad regime ... Read More»

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

“While the political situations in Khartoum and Juba remain fluid, warming relations between Sudan and South Sudan and a stabilized security environment indicates that there is great potential for these two countries to capitalize on shared interests along their border and work together to resolve border disputes.” – Rodney Hunter Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I also thank the Under-Secretary-General and Special Envoy for their briefings. Parfait, the United States welcomes you to your new role, and we look forward to working together. The United States was pleased ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2468 on the UN Mission in Western Sahara

“As the Security Council has clearly stated today with this mandate, it is crucial that the parties and the neighboring states cooperate more fully with each other and build additional trust, which is needed to achieve a political solution.” “We believe the Council’s close attention to this issue has been instrumental to the political progress made over the past year.” – Rodney Hunter Read More»

Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2468 on the UN Mission in Western Sahara

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We are pleased with the Council’s strong statement of support for Personal Envoy Koehler’s efforts to achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator New York City U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We agree with EcoPeace that the road to stability in the Middle East will be paved by regional cooperation on many levels, and water and energy security are certainly essential ... Read More»

U.S. Statement: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), 18th Session Agenda Item 9; Traditional Knowledge: Generation, Transmission, and Prote

Valerie Hauser Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations April 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States engages and works with Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and other indigenous communities to support, share, utilize, and protect traditional knowledge.  We have a legal framework in place to incorporate traditional knowledge into U.S. government decision-making. For example, ... Read More»

U.S. Statement: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 18th Session Agenda Item 12; Participation of Indigenous Peoples

Linda Lum Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to champion ensuring the diversity of views in the United Nation system, through pushing for robust participation of various stakeholders including civil society and indigenous peoples.  Unfortunately, the General Assembly’s enhanced participation process ended ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. The United States also condemns Russia’s decision to grant expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in the Russia-controlled Donbas. Through this highly provocative action, Russia is clearly intensifying its assault on ... Read More»

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

“Mr. President, the United States calls on all Council members, as well as our regional partners, to ensure that the UN has the operational capacity to implement cross-border aid deliveries throughout all agreed border crossings in accordance with resolution 2449.  No one should politicize or try to dictate UN operations for cross-border aid delivery in Syria.  Not the Assad Regime.  Not the Russian Federation.  No one.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 24, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. During a December 2018 Arria-formula meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in conflict, the United States made a commitment to raise the situation of persons with disabilities more systemically ... Read More»

Remarks at a GA Debate on the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the submission of the third report of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. A warm welcome and our thanks to today’s briefers for their very important contributions. Mr. President, allow me to begin by offering the United States’ heartfelt condolences to the people of ... Read More»

Remarks at the Closing Ceremony for the National Model UN Conference

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon everyone and thank you Michael for that warm introduction. Thanks to all of you for being here. It is a bit surreal to stand before you all today as the Acting U.S. Ambassador ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome, it’s great to have you join us in the Council today. Mr. President, over the past days, we have seen a dramatic and significant series of events unfold in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

“The United States commends the people of Sudan for their resilience and commitment to non-violence as they express their legitimate demand for inclusive and representative government that respects and protects human rights. The United States urges all parties to continue the process toward an inclusive, civilian transition, amid an atmosphere of restraint and calm.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thanks to our briefers today, and especially to the UN teams on the ground in Yemen for their tireless efforts in exceptionally difficult conditions. Since December, this Council has urged the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Yemen

04/15/2019 “Since December, this Council has urged the parties to demonstrate their commitment to a political settlement by redeploying from Hudaydah, in line with the terms of the Stockholm Agreement….The Yemeni government has demonstrated a clear commitment to the UN-led process. It is time for the Houthis to also show the international community they, too, are serious about the UN process and the agreements that they themselves reached in Stockholm.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2466 to Renew the Mandate of MINUJUSTH

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President We are pleased to vote in favor of the final renewal of MINUJUSTH until October 15, 2019. This resolution will conclude the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and welcome Foreign Minister Trujillo . Since the signing of the historic 2016 peace agreement, Colombia has taken several important steps and has become an inspiration for peace not just in ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2466 to Renew the Mandate of MINUJUSTH

04/12/2019 “This resolution will conclude the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 years….This transition will mean a significant handover of responsibility back into the hands of the Haitian government and its people. Now is the time for the Government of Haiti to step up and assume this responsibility. As a longtime partner and friend, the United States continues to support Haiti on this path, mindful of the challenges ahead.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

04/12/2019 “Ensuring meaningful justice for victims and accountability for the crimes committed during so many years of armed conflict is vital to reconciliation. We welcome efforts to strengthen accountability for war crimes and violations and abuses of human rights. Colombia must ensure that those responsible are held accountable, including when appropriate through prosecution and the imposition of sentences proportionate to crimes committed. Accountability should be for all, whether the crimes were committed by the FARC, paramilitaries, or state agents, including the military in Colombia.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women in Peacekeeping

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you for convening today’s open debate and for being with us in the Council this morning. Thanks, also, to our briefers today. Madam President, I reaffirm the United States’ ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Women in Peacekeeping

04/11/2019 “Madam President, we should all be taking steps to address the persistent barriers facing women peacekeepers, and to overcome these impediments in our systems. Collectively, we should remove these barriers and advance the meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping through our resolutions and our programs. Success depends on our determined, coordinated efforts to improve peacekeeper performance by championing women’s participation in all aspects of our peacekeeping efforts.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2464 to Renew the Mandate of the North Korea Sanctions Committee Panel of Experts

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is pleased to renew the mandate of the 1718 Panel of Experts so that it can continue its important work to strengthen the DPRK sanctions regime. The full and comprehensive ... Read More»

Remarks at a GA Meeting to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the International Labor Organization

Joan Barrett Director for Multilateral Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor New York City April 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madam President, Director-General Ryder, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, the United States offers its warm congratulations to the International Labor Organization on its centenary. The ILO has carried on its mission through the Great Depression, World War II, ... Read More»

Remarks at a Special Session of the UN Security Council on the Crisis in Venezuela

Michael R. Pence Vice President of the United States New York City April 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, to all the members of the Security Council: I am here today, on behalf of the President of the United States of America, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and to call ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 9, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, High Commissioner Grandi. The United States is committed to assisting those displaced by circumstances beyond their control. As such, we remain the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance worldwide. ... Read More»

Remarks at an Arria Formula Session on Western Balkans Small Arms

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The Balkans’ experience as a key source and transit point for illicit small arms transfers underscores the need for strong international standards to address trafficking challenges globally. Strong implementation of these standards is ... Read More»

Statement at the Conclusion of the First Resumed 73rd General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to express its sincere gratitude to you for your continued leadership as Chair of this Committee. This Committee continues to benefit greatly ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 3, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and I’m glad to be the first subjected to the hourglass test. We would like to thank Foreign Minister Edmond for joining the Council today. The United States welcomes this opportunity ... Read More»

Open Debate on the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti

04/03/2019 “Mr. President, the United States welcomes Haiti’s progress in promoting respect for human rights and we commit to continue working with the Government of Haiti to further address the country’s significant challenges.  MINUJUSTH has a central role in promoting human rights. Its task to strengthen national human rights institutions is essential to promoting the rule of law, democratic institution building, and security in Haiti. It contributes to ensuring accountability, as well as respect for human rights, including for women and children.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Non-proliferation

Andrea Thompson Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security U.S. Department of State New York City April 2, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Foreign Minister Maas for convening this crucial meeting today on supporting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty or NPT. I’d also like to thank Under-Secretary-General Nakamitsu and Director General Amano for their briefings ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on Combating Terrorism and Other Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 2, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madam Chairperson, ministers, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I’m honored to join you today at the adoption of this resolution on combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belief. We offer our ... Read More»

Resolution on Combating Terrorism and Other Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

04/02/2019 “While we’ve made progress in our fight against terrorism, we must remain vigilant. Together, we must continue to fight terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists. Organized terrorist groups are coordinating and conducting attacks around the world. In this context, keeping people safe from terrorism requires a coordinated whole-of-society strategy that includes defeating violent ideologies, preventing terrorist radicalization, and when possible, rehabilitating those who have been committed to violent extremism.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Non-proliferation

04/02/2019 “We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT. Over nearly five decades the NPT has grown even more critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. It has made us all more secure by constraining the spread of nuclear weapons, and has also thereby enabled the global peaceful use of nuclear energy and helped create conditions for progress on nuclear disarmament.” – Under Secretary Andrea Thompson Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Safeguarding Humanitarian Space

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We congratulate Germany on assuming the presidency of the Council for April, and thank France for its productive presidency during a very busy month of March. Thanks, too, to the briefers, ... Read More»

UN Commission on Population and Development 52nd Session, U.S. Explanation of Position

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairman, the United States appreciates your extensive consultations with all regional member state groups in the lead up to the Commission. Your leadership in preparing a concise declaration to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Safeguarding Humanitarian Space

04/01/2019 “The United States strongly believes that full implementation of international humanitarian law by all parties to a conflict is the best way to provide protection for civilians, including humanitarian personnel. We also believe that additional guidelines and policies should avoid inadvertently diluting principles of humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, we know that the laws of war are not always universally observed – with grave consequences for civilians in need of protection and humanitarian assistance.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

03/29/2019 “We ask for a plan that positions MINUSMA to address the security and counterterrorism environment, protect personnel, and to support political progress more effectively than at present. The plan should include options for significant adaptation, so the Council can consider the best way forward in such a precarious environment. The plan should outline options to address the significant instability in Mali’s center. Turning to Mali, inclusive constitutional change will require tremendous political courage and significant input from all concerned. Inclusive constitutional reform will result in more voices in Mali’s institutions, the decentralization of power, and genuine political dialogue – important steps towards reestablishing security and governance throughout the country.” – Under Secretary David Hale Read More»

Remarks at a UN Ministerial on Peacekeeping

03/29/2019 “As Vice President Pence said to the Security Council in 2017, keeping the peace is the UN’s most important mission, and this ministerial is a reminder of our collective commitment to stronger, safer, and more effective peacekeeping. The Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping initiative is a significant step toward addressing the political and operational challenges facing UN peacekeeping, and lays valuable groundwork for the road ahead. Now, we should begin implementation so we maintain momentum that this initiative has created.” – Under Secretary David Hale Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2463 on the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States strongly supports MONUSCO and is pleased to have voted in favor of this resolution today. We thank SRSG Zerrougui and her team for their stewardship of MONUSCO at an important ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Combating the Financing of Terrorism

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We thank France for raising this issue in the Security Council and for its efforts to generate the groundbreaking counterterrorism financing resolution we adopted this morning. Thanks, too, to our briefers ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Combating the Financing of Terrorism

03/28/2019 “The comprehensive resolution adopted today is an important step forward in adapting UN tools to counter today’s counterterrorism finance threat. This new and very important global obligation will help to ensure that Member States have the frameworks in place to utilize effectively an important counterterrorism finance tool – the prosecution of those who knowingly finance and otherwise support terrorist groups.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the UN Disengagement Observer Force and the Golan Heights

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for your briefings today. The United States is concerned by the Secretary-General’s reports of continued military activities and presence of the Syrian armed forces in the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2461 on the UN Mission in Somalia

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Today’s vote on a UN Security Council Resolution supporting the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia underscores the strong and continued commitment of the international community to support peace, stability, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Director Rajasingham, for your briefings today. Mr. President, after eight years of the Syrian conflict, we would like to remind members of the Council that this ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on UNSOM

03/27/2019 “The United States believes that an UNSOM mandate that precisely delineates the UN’s roles and responsibilities, and that avoids language unrelated to the UN Mission, is needed in order to foster a clear understanding among all partners of the Security Council’s expectations in Somalia.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

03/27/2019 “As a Security Council, we should demand the regime respect international humanitarian principles and human rights standards. We encourage Special Envoy Pedersen to finalize a political settlement by and through the Syrian people, and we must see full implementation of Resolution 2254, including a political settlement, a nationwide ceasefire, and unhindered humanitarian access.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Envoy Djinnit, thank you for your dedicated service of nearly five years. Your efforts have been deeply appreciated, and we wish you every success in your future endeavors. Mr. President, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Coordinator Mladenov, thank you for your sobering briefing. The United States strongly condemns the rocket attack on Israel from Gaza yesterday that injured seven innocent civilians, and we reaffirm Israel’s ... Read More»

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

03/26/2019 “Each of us around this table has a responsibility to condemn the rocket attacks, but we must also recognize that in addition to terrorizing Israeli civilians, Hamas has failed to provide for Palestinians in Gaza and most recently, cracked down violently on Palestinian protesters.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a GA Commemorative Meeting on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madam President, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m honored to join you here today in marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. I offer my thanks to the President of the ... Read More»

Remarks at a GA Commemorative Meeting on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

03/25/2019 “Today we recommit ourselves to working with civil society, international mechanisms, and all nations of goodwill to combat racism and racial discrimination at home and abroad, to defend equality and human dignity wherever they are threatened. We’ll continue robust implementation of our obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and we’ll continue to support the activities of the International Decade for People of African Descent.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Concluding Statement on the CSW 2019 Agreed Conclusions

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam Chairwoman and thank you Madam Facilitator. The United States is concerned by all reports of harassment and bullying during this session, including of the facilitator. ... Read More»

Statement by Anca S. DiGiacomo Advisor, UN Management and Reform Agenda Item 135: Review of efficiency – Accountability

Anca DiGiacomo Adviser for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Pedro Guazo, Director of the Finance Division, Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

03/19/2019 “As we’ve been reminded too many times sitting in this Council, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, including to terrorists and other non-state actors, remains a real and current threat. Today’s briefing reminds us of the critical importance of fully and effectively implementing Security Council Resolution 1540.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. And thank you, Ambassador Djani, for your briefing. As we’ve been reminded too many times sitting in this Council, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, including ... Read More»

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

03/18/2019 “The United States is committed to helping the Congolese people create a more peaceful and prosperous Congo. We hope to work with the new government to forge a more constructive relationship with MONUSCO. We would like to recognize and support the proactive decisions taken by MONUSCO’s leadership, consistent with its mandate, to redirect efforts away from Kinshasa and toward the eastern DRC, streamline the force, and renew efforts to address the root causes of violence.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Zerrougui, thank you for today’s briefing and for your tireless efforts that contributed to the DRC’s first peaceful transfer of power earlier this year. Thank you, Anny Modi, for ... Read More»

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2405 Renewing the Mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

03/15/2019 “When the Council considers important issues of international peace and security — such as the situation in Afghanistan — it cannot allow the national initiatives of one member state to derail negotiations. In this case, the issue was China’s demand that the resolution highlight its Belt and Road Initiative, despite its tenuous ties to Afghanistan and known problems with corruption, debt distress, environmental damage, and lack of transparency.” -Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2459 Renewing the Mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

03/15/2019 “The position of the United States on South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement has been clear and consistent. The U.S. remains deeply concerned by the lack of political commitment from parties at the national level to fully implement all tenets of the agreement. Having seen previous peace agreements in South Sudan fail to hold and the country fall back into conflict and instability, the United States and the South Sudanese people expect South Sudan’s leaders to demonstrate a clear commitment to the implementation of the agreement through rhetoric and action.” -Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Crimea

03/15/2019 “We remain firmly opposed to Russian attempts to normalize this unlawful situation, and urge others to refrain from actions that might be interpreted as recognizing any change in the status of Crimea. Together we must continue to shed light on Russia’s brutal occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and reject Russia’s attempts to normalize or legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.” -Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

U.S. Statement, UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 63rd Session

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame Chairwoman, I am honored to be here today to speak on behalf of the United States of America. I also want to express my government’s condemnation of the barbaric ... Read More»

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2405 Renewing the Mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2405 Renewing the Mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for Six Months Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam President. The United States has voted in favor of this Security ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2459 Renewing the Mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States thanks Council members for their efforts to strengthen the UNMISS mandate to ensure the Mission supports the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of lasting peace, security, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Crimea

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Merci, François, and before I turn to my remarks on Crimea, the United States strongly condemns today’s attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations March 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam Minister. Thank you very much to France and Germany for calling this important Arria meeting and are happy to be one of the co-sponsors. We also welcome the contributions from ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations March 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam Minister. Thank you very much to France and Germany for calling this important Arria meeting and are happy to be one of the co-sponsors. We also welcome the contributions from ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations (European Union)

03/12/2019 “The United States deeply appreciates the European Union’s contributions to promoting peace, security, and human rights in Europe and across the globe. The EU’s engagement and cooperation with the Security Council, in particular, brings an important degree of influence and resources to help deal with the challenges we collectively face. The United States considers the European Union to be one of our most valuable partners in our effort to ensure global security and prosperity. We recognize that Europe’s security and success are inextricably linked to our own.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organization (European Union)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, High Representative Mogherini, for joining us today and for your useful and comprehensive briefing. The United States deeply appreciates the European Union’s contributions to promoting peace, security, and ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 136(g): Standards of Accommodation for Air Travel

Brian Conroy Counselor New York City March 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Patrick Carey, Division of Administration, Department of Operational Support and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ, for introducing their respective reports. Madam Chair, an organization’s travel policies and their related implementation offer ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UNAMA and the situation in Afghanistan

03/11/2019 “We look forward to the renewal for another year of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The next twelve months will be a pivotal period for Afghanistan, and UNAMA will have a critical role to play in strengthening the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s election process, supporting the Afghanistan peace process, and in donor coordination.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 142: Joint Inspection Unit Annual and Program of Work Report

Shawn Duncan First Secretary U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank the new chair and Inspector of the Joint Inspection Unit, Ms. Sukai Prom-Jackson for presenting the Unit’s 2018 annual report and the 2019 program of work. ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 136: Status of Implementation of the Information Communications Technology Strategy for the United Na

Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 136: Status of Implementation of the Information Communications Technology Strategy for the United Nation Carolyn Strainic Advisor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Ms. ... Read More»

Remarks at the Opening of the First Resumed Session of the UN’s Fifth (Administrative and Budgetary) Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would also like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 tragedy. We mourn the lives ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UNAMA and the Situation in Afghanistan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We offer our condolences and solidarity to the people and government of Ethiopia who are responding to the crash. Our embassies in Addis Ababa and Nairobi are working tirelessly to offer ... Read More»

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

03/08/2019 “Having seen previous peace agreements in South Sudan fail to hold and the country fall back into conflict and instability, the United States, the rest of this Council, and the South Sudanese people, all expect South Sudan’s leaders to demonstrate a clear commitment to the implementation of the agreement in words and in action.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Thank you Special Representative Shearer and Ms. Jial for your briefings about the latest developments on the ground in South Sudan. Today, International Women’s Day, reminds us of a key reason ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the 2019 Priorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

03/07/2019 “The OSCE’s crucial role in strengthening human rights, democracy, peace, and stability in Europe for more than 40 years cannot be overstated. The United States reaffirms the OSCE’s importance as a partner to the UN and particularly to the Security Council in addressing critical security challenges. We will continue to support the OSCE’s vital work in these and other conflicts.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the 2019 Priorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and let me add our voice to the others in congratulating you on assuming the presidency of the Council for this month and congratulations to Equatorial Guinea on completing their hard ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Resolution “United Nations Decade on Ecosystem (2021 – 2030)”

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We are quite surprised and disappointed to learn of the PBI associated with this resolution. This once again calls into question the utility of such decades, years, and days. ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations on completing your presidency of the Council. And thank you, Special Envoy Burgener, for your briefing and for your important work on Myanmar. Welcome, to the Foreign Secretary of ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a U.S. Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Venezuela

Elliott Abrams U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The situation in Venezuela demands our action now. The corrupt former Maduro regime has caused an economic collapse that threatens peace and security throughout the region. Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country in search of ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy Pedersen, for being here today. The United States congratulates you on your appointment and welcomes you to the Security Council for your first briefing as UN ... Read More»

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

 02/28/2019 “Next month will be the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian conflict. The United States believes that a political solution in Syria can only be arrived at through full implementation of Resolution 2254. We will continue to support the efforts of the UN and Special Envoy Pedersen to achieve that goal.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate: Silencing the Guns in Africa

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and welcome back to this Council chamber. Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, High Representative Lamamra, Executive Director Gounden, thank you for your briefings today. Mr. President, today’s debate and vote on a UN Security ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Venezuela

Elliott Abrams U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela New York City February 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Security Council. Good afternoon. Thank you to Under-Secretary DiCarlo for her very sobering and comprehensive briefing. We’re here today because of the de facto Maduro regime’s refusal to allow humanitarian aid to ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ms. Ghelani, for your briefing and for the important work that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and your partners are doing to support the ... Read More»

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

 02/26/2019 “When civilians cannot count on the Assad regime and its allies to allow the UN to provide sustained, unfettered humanitarian aid to areas under its control it’s clear that conditions are not conducive for sustained and voluntary returns, and that the time is still not right for the international community to support reconstruction efforts in regime-held areas of Syria absent irreversible steps toward a political solution to the conflict.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Situation in Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Keita, for your briefing on the latest developments on the ground in Darfur. Mr. President, we continue to evaluate the impact of President Omar al-Bashir’s announcement ... Read More»

Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

 02/25/2019 “We’re deeply concerned about the declaration of a national state of emergency and call on the Government of Sudan to respect the rights of all individuals in Sudan, bring an immediate end to the violent repression of peaceful protests, and seek accountability for those responsible for violations and abuses.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at the 2019 UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit in the UN General Assembly

 02/22/2019 “In our work at the UN, we’re also focusing intensely, as I mentioned, on the humanitarian crisis and response. In all of this, from humanitarian work to peacekeeping to Security Council work to human rights, there are several unifying themes: protecting lives, advancing human dignity, maintaining international peace and security. These are the founding principles of the UN. They’re also U.S. values, and they require U.S. leadership and U.S. engagement with the UN to advance them.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

 02/21/2019 “The United States is deeply committed to supporting the people of the Central African Republic as they work to build a peaceful and prosperous future. In the past several years, we’ve committed billions of dollars to life-saving humanitarian assistance, to helping displaced people and refugees rebuild and sustain their lives, to capacity-building efforts, particularly in the security and judicial sectors, and to the UN’s efforts in support of long-term peace and stability of CAR.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and a warm welcome to Foreign Minister Baipo-Temon. Thank you, Special Representative Onanga-Anyanga, for your briefing and, more importantly, for your stewardship of MINUSCA over the past three-and-a-half challenging years. Parfait, ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly’s 67th Plenary Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine

 02/20/2019 “The United States firmly stands with Ukraine in the face of Russia’s aggression, and we are committed to the success of a stable, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine. As we’ve repeatedly said: the United States does not, and will not, recognize the Kremlin’s purported annexation of Crimea. We will never accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Our Donbas-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly’s 67th Plenary Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for hosting today’s important meeting, and welcome President Poroshenko. Thank you for joining us today. Five years ago, the world bore witness ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Envoy Kafando, thank you for today’s briefing on the latest developments in Burundi, and Ambassadors Mohammed and Lauber, thank you too for sharing views of the African Union and the ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Special Envoy Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General Lowcock for your briefings, your tireless efforts, and those of your teams. Mr. President, on February 13, the United States joined the United ... Read More»

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

02/19/2019 “The Yemeni people must know — and the parties to the conflict must understand — that the United States remains focused, as does this Council as a whole, on achieving a comprehensive, credible, and durable political solution to the war. Such a solution will require compromise on all sides, so that we can start the long process of recovering from this humanitarian catastrophe.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to Assistant Secretary Generals Jenca and Müller and Ambassadors Abakan and Sajdik for your briefings and for your calls for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Mr. President, ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to Assistant Secretary Generals Jenca and Müller and Ambassadors Abakan and Sajdik for your briefings and for your calls for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Mr. President, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you very much, Mark, and the United States wants to thank the representatives of Belgium, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, and France for organizing this timely conversation on the occasion of the ... Read More»

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

02/12/2019 “Let’s be clear. It’s Russia that must end this conflict. Withdrawing its military troops from eastern Ukraine and Crimea is the only acceptable outcome and the only one we should accept. The United States underscores our unequivocal position on Ukraine. We do not, and will not, recognize the Kremlin’s purported annexation of Crimea. We’ll never accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s control over its own territory, whether in eastern Ukraine or Crimea, including its territorial waters.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at the Arria Formula Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

02/12/2019 “We are proud of the work of our partners to better protect children affected by armed conflict in CAR and elsewhere. The United States supports UNICEF in its mandate to protect and assist children in CAR and globally, including specializing support for survivors of violence and ensuring children’s access to a range of life-saving assistance including nutrition, health, water, and sanitation.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Under-Secretary-General Voronkov and Executive Director Coninsx for your briefings. We also thank the Secretary-General, the 1267 Monitoring Team, and the staff of the UN Office of Counterterrorism and ... Read More»

Ambassador Cohen delivers Remarks on Threats to International Peace and Security caused by ISIS’ Terrorist Acts

02/11/2019 “We strongly encourage the UN to continue guiding and enabling member states to comprehensively prosecute, rehabilitate and reintegrate foreign terrorist fighters and those associated with them, including children. The UN’s work on this and more broadly on counter-terrorism and on preventing violent extremism must include civil society participation, and we expect OCT to continue to mainstream civil society into the core of its work. We also expect CTED to continue their important work on civil society, human rights, and integrating a gender perspective as cross-cutting issues vital to their mandate.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Accountability for Conflict-related Sexual Violence

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame Minister, thank you for joining us today, and thanks to Germany for convening this meeting, which the United States is pleased to co-host along with 11 other members of the Security Council. And thanks ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you Special Representative Tanin for your briefing today. Welcome back Foreign Minister Dacic and Ambassador Citaku. We appreciate the understanding reached by this Council to end the practice of ... Read More»

Ambassdor Cohen Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo

02/07/2019 It’s disappointing that at a moment when the atmosphere begs for improvement these Council meetings continue to be used to employ antagonistic language, and I agree with much of what my German and UK colleagues said. This is unfortunate and one reason that many Council members are reluctant to continue these meetings, wondering whether they actually contribute to or detract from prospects for international peace and security. – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at the 2019 UNICEF Executive Board Session on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Mr. President. The United States would like to align ourselves with the statement just delivered by the United Kingdom. The US appreciates Executive Director Fore’s strong leadership on protecting aid recipients from sexual ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Transnational Organized Crime at Sea as a Threat to International Peace and Security

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, Foreign Minister Angue, thank you for joining us today and thank you for hosting this meeting. Thanks as well as to Mr. Fedotov and Ms. Ukonga for your briefings. The United States thanks ... Read More»

Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks on Transnational Organized Crime at Sea as a Threat to International Peace and Security

02/05/2019 “To combat offshore illicit activities in Africa, the United States Africa Command has joined European and African partners since 2011 to conduct annual at-sea maritime exercises in the Gulf of Guinea and the Gulf of Aden. These programs have increased law enforcement capacity to interdict illicit goods, counter human trafficking, and prevent unlawful fishing.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Mercenary Activities as a Source of Insecurity, Instability and Destabilization in Africa

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations February 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, thank you for convening today’s session, which is focused on African countries, but relevant throughout the globe. Thank you Secretary-General and Chairperson Al-Baki Mohammed for your remarks today, and welcome to the ministers who are joining ... Read More»

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen delivered remarks on Mercenaries Activities as a Source of Instability and Destabilization in Africa

02/04/2019 “the United States would like to draw a sharp contrast between illegal, destabilizing mercenary activities and the legal, legitimate role that private military and security companies can play in many places, including in Central Africa. Private security actors train national militaries, provide logistics support to UN and AU peace operations, and protect facilities. Actors operating in these roles, in accordance with all applicable laws and the consent of host governments, contribute positively to the maintenance of peace and security across the continent.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Preventing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 31, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador. Thank you as well to Australia, France, Indonesia, Peru, and Tunisia for bringing us together here today to discuss this very important topic. The United States, as you know, has been at the forefront ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Civil Society Meeting “A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania During the Holocaust”

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 31, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Smale. Thanks to the Albanian mission and Ambassador Kadare for hosting this event today, and thanks for the invitation to address you all. Especially, thank you to the distinguished speakers and to ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 30, 2019   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your briefing and for the important work that OCHA and your partners are doing to support the Syrian people. Last month, Mr. President, the UN ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote After the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thanks to the UK delegations for their efforts to strengthen UNFICYP’s mandate to ensure it conveys the strong sentiment of the UN Security Council and the international community that peacekeeping ... Read More»

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

01/30/2019 It’s critical that this convoy include all the required assistance, as determined by the UN. As part of this delivery, the UN should also be able to conduct a survey of the Rukban resident intentions. The intentions survey will help facilitate the safe, voluntary, dignified, and informed departures from Rukban of those internally displaced persons who wish to leave the encampment. – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Remarks at a UN Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Secretary General, Excellencies, distinguished guests, I am deeply honored to represent the United States at this commemoration for victims of the Holocaust. Thank you to the Secretary General and the ... Read More»

Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

01/28/2019 Today, we honor the memory of the millions of people – Jews, Slavs, Roma, LGBTI persons, persons with disabilities, and countless others – who were murdered during the Holocaust, a period of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity. We affirm our ongoing responsibility to live up to the admonitions, “Never forget and never again.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Read More»

Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Impacts of Climate Related Disasters on International Peace and Security

 01/25/2019 “Mr. President, we’ve seen how natural disasters can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, threatening critical infrastructure that citizens rely on to reliably deliver food, water, and shelter in the wake of such events. This makes things harder for everyone – from relief workers to police forces to national militaries – as they try to access remote areas, supply their teams, and deliver needed services.”                                                                                                           ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Impacts of Climate Related Disasters on International Peace and Security

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President – Foreign Minister Vargas – for calling this important meeting. And welcome to the many ministers joining us today. I would also like to thank Administrator Steiner, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, Professor Kabat, ... Read More»

Remarks at an Arria Formula Meeting on Women Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 24, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thanks Mr. Minister. The United States remains strongly committed to the global Women Peace and Security agenda. While this effort began as an initiative of the Security Council, we continue to believe that it requires the full ... Read More»

Remarks on Executive Board Working Methods of UN Women, UN International Children’s Emergency Fund, World Food Program, UN Development Program,

Hector Brown Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 24, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Working methods has long been an issue of concern for this and the other UN executive boards. The United States welcomes greater efficiencies that ensure each member state serving on its board can adequately perform its oversight ... Read More»

Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a Briefing on the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

 01/23/2019 “Over the past two years, Colombians have put aside over a half century of fighting, held peaceful and inclusive elections, stood up transitional justice institutions, and extended development and governance to remote areas of the country. We believe the UN Verification Mission in Colombia has been vital to this success, and we welcome the Colombian government’s support for the UN. Despite this progress, now is not the time to become complacent.”                                                                                                           ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. It is excellent to have you with us back in the Council, welcome. Special Representative Ruiz Massieu, thank you for your briefing. We look forward to your leadership as we begin ... Read More»

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

 01/22/2019 “Mr. President, to address the region’s challenges the U.S. is jointly chairing, with our colleagues from Poland, “The Ministerial to Promote Peace and Security in the Middle East” in Warsaw on February 13 and 14.”                                                                                                           ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thanks to Special Coordinator Mladenov for his briefing. Minister Marsudi, welcome and thank you for joining us in the Council for today’s briefing. Mr. President, we offer our deepest condolences ... Read More»

Remarks at the United Nations Development Program Executive Board

Hector Brown Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. As the implementation of the UN development system reform officially begins, the United States would like to use this Board meeting to articulate our expectations for UNDP’s work in terms of both substantive focus ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN NGO Committee on a Recommendation to Withdraw Status for the NGO China Energy Fund Committee

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 21, 2019   The United States continues to be gravely concerned about the global crackdown on civil society and attempts to close civic space, including here at the UN. We are a strong promoter and defender of civil ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Salamé, thank you for your briefing, your continuing efforts – and those of your team – in a very challenging environment. Mr. President, as the United Kingdom noted – ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ambassador Wronecka, for your briefing today on the important work undertaken by the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee and for your commitment to the work of the committee‎. As always, you ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, thank you Assistant Secretary-General Keita for your briefing today. I would also like to thank Foreign Minister Camara for participating in today’s meeting. Sadly, this has been a very difficult reporting period for ... Read More»

Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 01/11/2019 “Mr. President, we want to acknowledge the millions of Congolese throughout the DRC who exercised their right to vote last week after two years of delay. Despite confusion, technical issues, weather, and long lines, the citizens of the DRC showed the world that they have a voice. The United States stands with the people of Congo at this historic moment and it is they who should determine their country’s future.”                                                                                                           ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 11, 2019 Thank you, Special Representative Zerrougui, Foreign Minister Malanji, Ambassador Fatima Mohammed, CENI President Naanga and CENCO Secretary General Nshole, for your informative briefings today. Special Representative Zerrougui, thank you for MONUSCO’s continued efforts to support the DRC electoral ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Representative Chambas for your briefing here today, which outlined areas of progress as well as immense challenges that remain present in West Africa. Mr. President, we appreciate the work UNOWAS does in ... Read More»

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

 01/09/2018 “Mr. President, we are concerned by the World Food Program’s reports of Houthi food aid diversion and call for a thorough investigation to identify and hold accountable those responsible for shameful theft. Interference with UN relief efforts can only prolong the misery of Yemeni citizens, and we call on all sides to ensure that food aid gets to those who need it most. We also call on all parties to honor fully the ceasefire in Hudaydah and to ensure that redeployments agreed to in Sweden proceed in due course. Credible redeployments are critical to sustaining peace in Hudaydah and restoring a functioning port to the country.”                                                                                                           ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 9, 2019   Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, Special Envoy Griffiths, for your briefings and for your excellent work to achieve and implement the agreements reached in Stockholm. We also deeply appreciate General Cammaert’s work establishing the Redeployment ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S. Accomplishments During UN Fifth Committee Negotiations (December 2018)

December 22, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States again led efforts at the United Nations to instill budgetary discipline; pursue equitable financial burden sharing; enhance accountability and oversight; and advance key priorities of reform, human rights, and peace and security in the UN’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budget). which just concluded. Key accomplishments achieved ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Scales of Assessments for UN Peacekeeping Operations

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States takes its obligations to the United Nations seriously and its partnership with the organization and with other Member States. As a ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Zerihoun and Ambassador Vieira, for your briefings on the situation in Guinea-Bissau and the Secretary-General’s assessment of UNIOGBIS. We look forward to discussing that assessment with our Council ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2451 on Yemen

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We gather to vote on this resolution today in order to address the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and to endorse the Stockholm agreements. The United States remains deeply concerned about ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa and the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to all of our briefers today for your briefings and for your dedicated work advancing peace and development in the Sahel. We share the Special Advisor’s assessment that the Sahel ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Before the Vote on Mexico’s UNGA Resolution on the International Criminal Court of Justice Avena Decision

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States believes that it is inappropriate that Mexico has brought this bilateral matter to the UN General Assembly. We are also disappointed that Mexico failed ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Special Envoy de Mistura, for your briefing. Staffan, on behalf of the United States, I express our sincere gratitude for your four and a half years of service as the UN ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Rights of Peasants

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. My delegation has called for a vote on this resolution as we have persistent, fundamental difficulties with the text of the annexed Declaration proposed for adoption. We have previously articulated our position regarding ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Drug Trafficking in West Africa as a Threat to International Security

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Executive Director Fedotov, for your briefing. The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives around the world, including West and Central Africa. The harms of Illicit drug ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN General Assembly on the Global Compact for Migration Resolution

Andrew Veprek Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration New York City December 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States cannot support the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. We therefore object to the adoption of a resolution that welcomes the adoption of a Compact rejected by ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for your briefing today. Over the past few weeks, we have seen images and news of tunnels discovered in northern Israel. As the Under-Secretary-General has told us this morning, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, we thank you for your updates on the situation in South Sudan. Special Representative Patten, if you’re still here, your briefing reminds us why the international community needs to strengthen calls ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly High-Level Plenary Meeting on the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is thankful for the opportunity to provide remarks on the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Twenty years ago, we collectively passed this Declaration to ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East

 12/18/2018 “As for the American people, we have demonstrated time and again our commitment to peace in the Middle East. We will continue to offer our hand in friendship to the Palestinian people, whom we have financially supported by far more than any other country has done. The Palestinians have everything to gain by engaging in peace negotiations. But whatever it is that others decide, the world must know that America will remain steadfast in our support of Israel, its people, and its security. That is an unshakeable bond between our two peoples. And it is that bond – more than anything else – that makes peace possible.”                                                                                                           ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to all the briefers who briefed us today. The United States welcomes the outcomes of the Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan. Three weeks ago, the international community reaffirmed its long-term ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Under-Secretary-General for your briefing today. Welcome to President Vucic and President Thaci. We thank you for your remarks and for joining us here today. The United States reaffirms its support ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote at a Third Committee Plenary Meeting on an Amendment to a Resolution on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We regret we were unable to deliver this statement at the time of adoption in the Third Committee, but wish to take the opportunity to provide clarification of the U.S. position regarding elements ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at a Third Committee Plenary Meeting on Human Rights and Terrorism

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We are pleased to maintain consensus on the resolution Human Rights and Terrorism. We take the floor today to state fully our understandings regarding its text. We understand OP8 of this resolution to refer to the importance ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Criminal Court’s Investigation in Darfur, Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Merci, Monsieur Le Président, and thank you, Madam Prosecutor, for your briefing. The United States will always believe that victims in Darfur deserve justice and that accountability is essential for ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Humanitarian Debate

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Last week, the United Nations released the Global Humanitarian Overview for 2019. The facts on the humanitarian needs around the world are sobering. Over 135 million people across the world ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of a General Assembly Humanitarian Agenda Item

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on these resolutions and reaffirms the vital function of the United Nations in responding to humanitarian need around the globe. The United States has long been ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Fifth Committee Meeting on Agenda Item 137: Flexible Workplace at United Nations Headquarters

Shawn Duncan First Secretary U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Acting Controller of the OPPBA, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the ACABQ, for their respective reports. By its resolution 69/274, the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Yemen

 12/14/2018 “In this season of hope, the international community doesn’t have to be satisfied with just hope for the people of Yemen. We have the ability to change their reality. Human beings created this crisis. Human beings can end it. Life and death are on the line, and we are not powerless. We call on all of our colleagues in the Security Council to take the next step. To build on what has begun. And to find the simple, political will to save lives – lives of millions – and bring about peace in Yemen.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Central African Region

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Merci, Monsieur Le Président. Special Representative Fall and Director Ghelani, thank you for your briefings today. Your work is vital to a region facing a wide range of political, economic, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2448 Renewing the Mandate of MINUSCA

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, the United States strongly supports MINUSCA and is pleased to have voted for this mandate renewal. We note that it will be difficult for this Council and MINUSCA ... Read More»

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your briefing. Once again, we commend the very important work OCHA and your humanitarian partners do on a daily basis to help the Syrian people. Your briefings shed ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a UN General Assembly Plenary Resolution on Education for Democracy

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Chair, the United States believes that education is transformational for individuals and societies, and that it creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies. On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Agency for ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Plenary Resolution on Global Health and Foreign Policy: Healthier World Through Better Nutrition

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States regrets that we find it necessary to vote against this resolution today. No nation makes greater contributions in terms of resources and actions to promote global health than our country. And ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on “Return or Restitution of Cultural Property”

Hector Brown Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, The United States welcomes resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly and other international forums that draw attention to the important issue of trafficking in cultural property. The United ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Haiti

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Merci, Monsieur Le Président. Special Representative La Lime, thank you for your briefing and for being with us today. We appreciate the update on MINUJUSTH’s efforts and its preparation for a successful drawdown ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution on an International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace [A/RES/L.48]

Ashley Bagwell Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED We have expressed on many occasions previously that we have concerns that a proliferation of International Days tends to dilute whatever value there is in highlighting or commemorating legitimate international‎ developments or urgent ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution “Follow-Up to the Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace”

Ashley Bagwell Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-faith nation, the United States recognizes the importance of dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among individuals of different religious and cultural backgrounds. The United States strongly believes ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on UN General Assembly Resolutions on “Enlightenment and Religious Tolerance” [A/73/L.52] and “Promotion of Interreligious and

Ashley Bagwell Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States firmly supports efforts to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue and cooperation. However, while we join consensus on these resolutions, we take this opportunity to clarify important points. The ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 11, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to thank President Meron and Prosecutor Brammertz for their informative briefings and for being with us today. Mr. President, the United States would ... Read More»

Remarks on General Assembly Resolutions on Oceans and Law of the Sea and on Sustainable Fisheries

Margarita Palau-Hernandez Public Delegate United States December 10, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States 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 the Law of the Sea Convention – ... Read More»

National Statement of the United States of America on the Adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

December 7, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States did not participate in the negotiation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (“the Compact”), objects to its adoption, and is not bound by any of the commitments or outcomes stemming from the Compact process or contained in the Compact itself. The ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Subregional Organizations in Maintaining Inter

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, Foreign Minister Amon-Tanoh, thank you for convening and chairing this important briefing. Thanks, too, to the Secretary-General and our AU and ECOWAS briefers. Mr. President, the United States ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Umoja

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. We thank Under-Secretary-General Ms. Jan Beagle, Ms. Parama Sen, and Mr. Babou Sene for introducing their respective reports. We also wish to extend our thanks to ... Read More»

Remarks on a Procedural Vote at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft Resolution to Condemn Hamas Terrorism

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. A simple majority is required for the adoption of the U.S. proposed resolution. Since coming to the UN, everyone in this room has heard me talk ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft Resolution to Condemn Hamas Terrorism

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. Today could be a historic day at the United Nations. Or it could be just another ordinary day. Today could be a day in which the UN General Assembly ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft resolution to Condemn Hamas

 12/06/2018 “I want to take a personal moment and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: is the hatred that strong? Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you’ll defend a terrorist organization, one that is directly causing harm to the Palestinian people? Isn’t it time to let that go? For true peace and security in the entire region, isn’t it time for both sides to let this go? For the sake of peace, and for the sake of this institution, I respectfully urge my colleagues to support the United States’ resolution.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peace, Security, and Stability

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman, today, the American people mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush, the forty-first President of the United States ... Read More»

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Iran’s Latest Violation of UN Security Council Resolutions

December 4, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Over the weekend, Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Today, the UN Security Council will meet to discuss this latest violation. The United States welcomes the initiative of the United Kingdom and France in requesting the discussion. “Iran’s recent ballistic ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 4, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And let me also repeat in the open chamber our congratulations to Côte d’Ivoire on assuming the presidency of the Council and our thanks and congratulations ... Read More»

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on an Open Letter by Families of Political Prisoners in Iran

December 3, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Iranian regime’s long history of human rights violations are well known. Judicial cases, trials, and sentences continue to proceed without transparency and due process for Iranian citizens as well as citizens of other countries unjustly imprisoned by the regime in Iran, including several American citizens. The families ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on Agricultural Development and Food Security

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States remains committed to promoting agricultural development, food security and nutrition worldwide. Indeed, the United States is the single largest bilateral donor to programs to reduce hunger and to ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Energy

Danielle Maniscalco Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States recognizes the importance of access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy. However, the United Nations must respect the independent mandates of other processes and institutions, and it exceeds its mandate in calling for governments ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Illicit Financial Flows

Angela Palazzolo Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations December 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States firmly believes that combating money laundering, corruption, and other related crimes is essential to our common security and economic prosperity, and we appreciate the opportunity to address these threats today. However, we also find it necessary to express ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on UN Industrial Development Organization

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States would like to highlight that we withdrew from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in 1996, after concluding that the organization lacked a clear purpose and was generally ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Situation in the Middle East

Leslie Ordeman Deputy Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of a disproportionate number of unfair resolutions biased against Israel. As in the past, this one-sided approach damages the prospects for peace by undermining trust between the ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Mission on Palestinian Delay Tactics Designed to Defend Hamas Terrorism

November 30, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the United Nations approved six anti-Israel resolutions. That makes it pretty much an ordinary day at the UN. But today was not ordinary in another way. The United States has introduced a resolution, supported by the European Union, to condemn Hamas’ militant activities and diversion of aid, ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the Convention on Biological Diversity

Angela Palazzolo Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED 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 points regarding the resolution. The United States dissociates ... Read More»

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

Danielle Maniscalco Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States sought to return to consensus this year and we regret that we had to vote against this resolution for the second year in a row. A significant number of the concerns we highlighted ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on International Trade and Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States has had to vote against this resolution for the second year in a row because of problematic language we highlighted last year that remains in this year’s resolution. The ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the UN Environment Program

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED While the United States joined consensus on the adoption of this resolution, we stress that we do not support any additional allocation to UNEP from the UN Regular Budget. UNEP has ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Least Developed Countries

Danielle Maniscalco Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States acknowledges and appreciates the significant effort that went into this resolution, as well as the importance of the Program of Action. We do, however, want to emphasize the importance of ensuring that scarce resources are ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 29, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Miss Ghelani, for your briefing and for the important work that OCHA is doing to support the Syrian people. We are grateful ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Landlocked Developing Countries

Angela Palazzolo Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the Follow-up to the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries. We wish to make several clarifying points on the final text. Regarding the reference ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Climate

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States affirms our support for promoting economic growth and improving energy security while protecting the environment. Although we join consensus on this resolution, we must take this opportunity to make important ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on International Migration and Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States objects to this resolution for a number of reasons, in particular its overarching focus on a role for the UN in advancing global governance of migration and development, a role that ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Cou

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED 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»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Financing for Development

Jay M. Kimmel Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chair, and thanks to the Vice Chair, facilitator, and participants in the negotiation for their constructive engagement. The United States is proud to be leader on financing for development. ... Read More»

Remarks on Second Committee Resolutions on “Leave No Country Behind”

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED As a result of the previous vote, the United States hereby disassociates itself from all language across United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session Second Committee resolutions that refers to “leave no country behind.” ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Secretary-General’s Briefing to the General Assembly on the Implementation of UN Reform

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 27, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President and Mr. Secretary-General. The United States applauds you for your leadership and sustained engagement on the UN Reform agenda and we thank your senior leadership ... Read More»

Remarks Before a UN Security Council Procedural Vote on the Agenda Item Proposed by Russia

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you. I make this statement on behalf of the United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Poland, Swede, and the United Kingdom. We stand united in opposing Russia’s attempt ... Read More»

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development resolution. We believe it recognizes the critical role that entrepreneurship can play in achieving sustainable development. We would like ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and of the United Nations Confe

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States supports the promotion and achievement of sustainable development, and we maintain that Second Committee should make meaningful contributions to global development priorities. The Agenda 21 resolution advances ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Second Committee Central Asia Radiation Threat Resolution

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States is delighted to co-sponsor this resolution, and to highlight several key themes in the resolution on preventing the radiation threat in Central Asia being presented by Kyrgyzstan. These ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Burundi

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Envoy Kafando and Ambassador Lauber, thank you very much for your briefings. We deeply appreciate the Secretary-General’s November 14 report on the situation in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security in Africa: Strengthening Peacekeeping Operations in Africa

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And we thank Secretary-General Guterres and Commissioner Chergui for their briefings. I, too, would like to begin by saying a few words in special tribute to ... Read More»

Remarks Before the Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States is disappointed that a vote was called on this very important resolution that enabled the Third Committee to call attention to the threats and attacks we are ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to present this resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of association. We ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Extrajudicial Killings

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED We join the sponsors of the text in condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions against any persons, irrespective of their status. We continue to stress that all states have obligations to ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at a Third Committee Meeting on the Special Session of the General Assembly Against Corruption

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States strongly supports efforts to combat corruption. In this regard, we would like to underscore the leading role of the Conference of States Parties of the UN Convention against Corruption within the UN and in global efforts to prevent ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Right to Privacy

Thomas Weatherall Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States appreciates the efforts of Germany and Brazil on this resolution, and we join consensus today because it reaffirms privacy rights, as well as their importance for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression ... Read More»

Remarks on an Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Terrorism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States calls for an amendment to delete OP14. We are concerned that language in this paragraph is contradictory to U.S. law, which does not permit U.S. assistance to be ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Terrorism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We appreciate the efforts of the co-facilitators. We support the broad principles underlying this text: specifically the desire to craft ... Read More»

Remarks on a Third Committee Resolution on Rights of the Child

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018   AS DELIVERED We thank the EU and GRULAC for their efforts on the “Rights of the Child” resolution. The United States joins consensus on this resolution to underscore the priority we place ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East

 11/19/2018 “While this Council remains focused on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, it ignores other very serious conflicts in the Middle East. One has in recent months come to the doorstep of Europe and the United States. That is the continued evidence of increased international terrorist activity by the Iranian regime. Iranian assassinations of political opponents are as old as the Islamic Republic itself. While U.S. diplomats were still being held hostage by Islamic revolutionaries in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iranian agents and proxies began a campaign of political murder in Europe, North Africa, and across the Middle East. Iranian malign behavior does not just target one country, it targets us all.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I thank Mr. Mladenov for his briefing. His presentations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are always detailed and well-considered. But, as we have pointed out, as a ... Read More»

Explanation of Amendments on a Third Committee Resolution on Violence Against Women

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. First, the United States would like to thank the Netherlands and France for co-facilitating this resolution. We greatly appreciate their leadership to produce the first Third Committee resolution on the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Violence Against Women

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States believes that women should have equal access to reproductive health care. We remain committed to the commitments laid out in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Female Genital Mutilation

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank Burkina Faso, on behalf of the Africa Group, for its resolution on efforts to end female genital mutilation. This is an important resolution for all Member States and we thank Burkina Faso ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank Senegal, on behalf of the Africa Group, for its resolution on efforts to end obstetric fistula. The United States disassociates from operative paragraphs including 3 and 14(m) because of our concern that ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And we’d like to thank Special Envoy de Mistura for his briefing and for all the work he has done on behalf of the Syrian people. ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Rights of Peoples to Self-Determination

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 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 ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Human Resources Management

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank miss Martha Helena Lopez, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the ACABQ, for ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, Commissioner Chergui, Executive Director Mlambo-Ngcuka, for sharing impressions from your October visit to South Sudan and for your perspectives on recent ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and a special thanks to today’s briefers for your exceptionally sobering, compelling, and powerful presentations. As always, we are grateful for the hard work that you ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Strategic Heritage Plan

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Christian Saunders, Assistant Secretary General for Central Support Services, Mr. Bernard Holstein, United Nations Board of Auditors, and Mr. ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the annual Israeli-Palestinian resolutions

Samantha Sutton Political Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of a disproportionate number of unfair resolutions biased against Israel. As in the past, this one-sided approach damages the prospects for peace by undermining trust between the ... Read More»

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

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States maintains its long-standing commitment to international development and therefore joins consensus again on the resolution “Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.” We thank Peru for taking the lead on this resolution, which highlights the important issue of extreme poverty ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Missing Persons

Thomas Weatherall Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States agrees that avoiding harm to civilians, including through minimizing military use of civilian infrastructure, is important for preventing missing persons in armed conflict. The United States notes, however, that there is no obligation under international ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Elimination of Racism

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is firmly committed to combatting racism and racial discrimination. For the United States, this commitment is rooted in the saddest chapters of our history and reflected in the most cherished values of our nation. Despite our progress, fighting ... Read More»

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

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, we regret that yet again, the United States will have to vote against this resolution. The United States is disappointed that several issues remain in this resolution that are not clearly linked to social development ... Read More»

Statement Introducing an Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on the Glorification of Nazism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. Every year since this resolution was introduced in 2005, the United States has expressed our concerns about the resolution’s politcized roots, as well as its provisions calling ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote before the Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Glorification of Nazism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED As previously noted, for the first time ever, the United States actively engaged in negotiations on this resolution. Despite our constructive proposals on the draft, we failed to achieve consensus in ... Read More»

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2446 Extending the Mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabiliz

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ambassador Delattre, for France’s efforts to find compromise language on a difficult resolution and to pursue this technical rollover. The United States supports ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, Permanent Secretary Sidikou, High Representative Buyoya, and Deputy Secretary-General Serrano for your briefings today. Mr. President, there is no denying the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks the European Union and Japan for introducing a strong resolution that emphasizes the importance of accountability for human rights violations and abuses committed by the Democratic ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 74: Human Rights

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes the consideration of proposals under Agenda Item 74: Human Rights. We must never be silent when it comes to the defense of human rights. Today, the Third Committee of ... Read More»

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the United States Changing its Vote from Abstain to No on the Annual UN Resolution on the Golan Heights

November 15, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The annual United Nations resolution entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan” is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16. In previous years, the United States has abstained from voting on this resolution. However, given the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol,

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States would like to offer this general statement. It has been more than four years since Russia’s occupation and purported annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. ... Read More»

Explanation of Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Explanation of the Amendment Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First, the United States would like to thank Canada and Zambia for co-facilitating this important resolution on an issue of great importance to the United States. ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States is proud to co-sponsor this timely and important resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. The United States expresses deep concern at continuing reports of serious human rights ... Read More»

Remarks on a Third Committee Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Syria

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States supports the resolution “the Situation of Human Rights in the Syrian Arab Republic” before us today. We call on all countries to join us in voting for this resolution. By ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on a Right to Development

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. 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, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in order to alleviate poverty and ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Persons with Disabilities

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Philippines and Tanzania for its resolution on persons with disabilities. We are pleased with the Secretary-General’s decision to conduct an institutional review of the UN’s current approach to disability across its operations. ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Second World Assembly on Ageing

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the G-77 for its annual resolution on the Second World Assembly on Ageing. We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution which focuses on the well-being of older persons. The resolution calls ... Read More»

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

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks our Philippine colleagues for its biannual resolution on trafficking in women and girls, and for running an efficient and transparent negotiation process. We share the international community’s commitment to address human trafficking, and ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes Eritrea’s rapprochement with its neighbors. We are encouraged by its stated commitment to reengage in an effort to establish enduring peace and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you for your briefing, Special Representative Tanin. We appreciate your service and your contributions to the UN Mission in Kosovo. We also thank Foreign ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Democratic Republic of Congo

 11/13/2018 ‎”To the Congolese people, as you prepare to take this momentous leap into your future, my message to you is this: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is your birthright and that of every human being. Claim it. Demand it. Seize it for yourselves and your grandchildren yet to come. Know that there are people throughout the world rooting for your success. And know that the prayers and the best wishes of the American people are with you.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation Concerning Iraq

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I want to express our special thanks to Special Representative Kubis for his comprehensive briefing on the latest developments in Iraq, to congratulate him on a ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Special Representative Zerrougui, as well as Ms. Mbela, for your briefings and your insight. I want to direct my comments today to my colleagues, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote in a Meeting of the Third Committee on a UNHCR Omnibus Resolution

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States has called for a vote and voted no on this resolution although we value much of what is contained in the resolution and the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States cannot agree with establishing an international moratorium on, and the eventual abolition of, the use of the death penalty as a criminal punishment. It is up to individual Member States to ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States expresses its profound disappointment at the decision of the Russian Federation and its co-sponsors to press forward with this resolution. During the so-called negotiations on this initiative, which were limited in ... Read More»

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

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States offers this statement as an explanation of vote. The United States continues to view the resolution on the Report of the Human Rights Council as procedurally unnecessary. ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Promotion of Democratic and Equitable International Order

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is committed to promoting and protecting democracy around the world. However, as stated in years past, the United States strongly disagrees with numerous aspects of this resolution. This ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Enhancement of International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States continues to support increased international cooperation to further the protection and promotion of human rights. However, that we must dissociate from preambular paragraph 5, due to the incorrect ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We call a vote and will vote no on this resolution as the resolution has no basis in international law and does not advance promotion and protection of human rights. We ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 9, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Secretary-General. And thank you to all the briefers. In a short time I will be leaving the Security Council and the post as ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the UN Pension System

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman My delegation would also like to thank Mr. John Levins, the Chair of the UN Joint Staff Pension Board; Mr. Sudhir Rajkumar, Representative of the Secretary-General ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Multilateralism and the Role of the UN

 11/09/2018 “Support for collective action falters when its burdens fail to match its benefits. And no multilateral work – no matter how worthy its goals – can continue long term when it takes its most generous donors for granted. I know I’ve spoken some hard truths this morning. But I’ve done so out of my obligation to reflect the American people’s sincere belief in this institution’s founding purpose. When we work in the true spirit of multilateralism – the spirit of principled objectives, shared burdens, and respect – this institution is capable of great things. The United States looks forward to many more successful years of collaboration with you on behalf of peace, security, and human rights for all people in the world.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We, too, would like to thank Special Representative Salamé for his important and detailed briefing, and I’d like to thank Ambassador Skoog for sharing his impressions ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote in a Meeting of the Second Committee on L.23 – Item 22a: Towards a New International Economic Order

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, we regret that the United States has to call a vote against this resolution. Yet again the UN General Assembly attempts to prescribe actions for institutions outside the purview of the ... Read More»

General Explanation of Position on Second Committee Agenda Items for Action

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED I would like to start by thanking Second Committee Chair Guatemala, under the strong leadership of Ambassador Skinner-Klee. We are impressed with the Chair’s willingness to enforce deadlines, and we encourage all Member States ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at a Meeting of the Second Committee on L.2/Rev.1 – World Food Safety Day

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We want to thank the delegation of Costa Rica for their hard work on this resolution. I would like to make one point of clarification. The United States believes ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Administration of Justice

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Reaffirming the importance of ensuring respect for the rule of law and human rights in the administration of justice, the United States joins consensus on this year’s resolution. We appreciate the incorporation of some of our suggestions ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you, High Representative Inzko, for your work in Bosnia and Herzegovina for these past nine years and for your dedicated leadership of the Office ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at a Third Committee Meeting on Literacy for Life

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 6, 2018   AS DELIVERED We take this opportunity to make important points of clarification on language related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We underscore that the 2030 Agenda is non-binding and does not create or affect rights or obligations under international law, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Assistant Secretary Zouev and Police Commissioners, for your briefings. The United States welcomes the opportunity to commend UN police personnel for their commitment ... Read More»

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2441 on Libya Sanctions

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Today’s vote to renew the mandate authorizing UN Security Council sanctions on illicit petroleum exports from Libya and asset freezes and travel bans on Libyan political ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General Nakamitsu, for your briefing. The United States is pleased that the agreement to establish a demilitarized zone in and around Idlib continues ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, allow me to congratulate China on assuming the presidency of the Security Council and to assure you of our support through the course of ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the UN Common System

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Kingston Rhodes, Chair of the International Civil Service Commission, Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Acting Controller, and Mr. Babou Sene, Vice ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the President of the Human Rights Council, Vojislav Šuc

Jason Mack Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED President Šuc, the United States appreciates your efforts in two key areas. First, to improve the Council’s work and efficiency. Second, to protect human rights advocates from reprisals. Thank you for your leadership. Looking ahead to the 2021 review process, when ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 90: Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters

Emily Pierce Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 1, 2018 AS DELIVERED Protection of persons in the event of disasters is a critically important issue. The United States underscores its commitment to reduce the risks and impacts of disasters at home as well as abroad. To this end, we are ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on Cuba

 11/01/2018 “Cuba and its allies do the same thing every year. They propose a resolution blaming Cuba’s poverty, repression, and lack of freedom on the United States. They falsely blame America for all kinds of evil things, even genocide. But this resolution changes nothing. It doesn’t help a single Cuban family. It doesn’t feed a single Cuban child. It doesn’t free a single Cuban political prisoner. Those who support this resolution every year have it wrong. Our reason for the embargo is and has always been Cuba’s denial of freedom and the denial of the most basic human rights for the Cuban people. The United States will continue to stand with the Cuban people until their rights and their freedoms are restored. Period. We won’t back down”. –Ambassador Nikki Haley Read More»

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2440 Extending the Mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Wester

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 31, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. As the United States said in April, we have embarked on a new approach on MINURSO’s mandate. First, there can be no more “business as usual” ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 82: Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 70th Session

Jennifer Newstead Legal Advisor U.S. Department of State New York City October 31, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to thank Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, for his introduction of the Commission’s report. The U.S. delegation looks forward to this annual debate on these important areas of international law. ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 31, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, and to UN High Commissioner for Refugees for that thorough and inspiring report. The United States and UNHCR remain strong partners in our effort to protect and find durable solutions ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Racism and Self-Determination

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. The United States is committed to fighting racism and condemns the spread of racist doctrines. We continue to work to eradicate racial discrimination and to defend the equality and dignity of all persons. While ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you also, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Assistant Secretary-General Muller, for briefing the Council today. The United States joins with others in condemning the announcement by the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 77: Report of the International Criminal Court

Margarita Palau-Hernandez Public Delegate United States New York City October 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States recently announced a change in its policy regarding the International Criminal Court. The reasons for this change in policy have been made public, including in the speech delivered on September 10 by National Security ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your sobering briefing. The timing of this session is especially important. On Friday, we heard the Syrian representative issue a ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Statements by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States concurs with statements by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination regarding the Chinese government’s worsening crackdown on Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy de Mistura, for your briefing. The United States, along with all other members of the Small Group, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN’s First Committee on a Vote to Consider Adding a Russian Draft Resolution to the Committee’s Agenda

Ambassador Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Remarks Before the Vote Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to thank you for your efforts to try and find a consensus way forward on this issue. With regard to the Cameroonian resolution, I would note ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Protecting Children Born of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you. I especially want to thank our briefers today for their excellent work on the ground. I appreciate Poland very much for convening this important session at this important time. ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the Burundi Commission of Inquiry

Elizabeth Walsh Special Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work. We are deeply troubled by the Commission’s finding that it has reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity continued to be committed in 2017 and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 74: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmi

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank the Special Rapporteur for her latest report on the gender-related dimensions of contemporary forms of slavery. In her report, the Special Rapporteur recommends collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data on contemporary forms of slavery in specific economic ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Chi

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for her report. We recognize that sex and labor trafficking are common in conflict and post-conflict situations. Armed conflict breaks down rule of law, judicial systems, job markets, and community support ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for organizing this open debate. And our thanks, too, to the Secretary-General for his briefing and strong commitment to supporting the meaningful participation of women in ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States strongly opposes bias-motivated violence against LGBTI persons, the criminalization of LGBTI status or conduct, and discrimination against LGBTI persons in matters such as employment, housing, healthcare, and access to government services. We welcome the ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice and Reparation, and Guarantees

Lindsey Whitehead Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States supports both judicial and non-judicial accountability mechanisms to hold responsible perpetrators of atrocities, including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights violations. These are further supported by other measures including, but ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings

Lindsey Whitehead Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States expresses concern about extrajudicial killings, even in countries that have made great strides in overcoming a history of human rights violations. The United States is concerned that impunity for extrajudicial killings has become common in ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the

Ambassador Richard Erdman Senior Advisor for the Middle East U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED We are grateful for the late Asma Jahangir’s lifetime of service advocating for universal human rights. Her work to show the true face of the Iranian regime will not be forgotten, and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED We are grateful for the UN’s continued interest in the human rights situation in Eritrea. We strongly believe that improving the human rights situation in Eritrea will create more opportunities at home and reduce the number of people ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States regrets that the Government of Belarus continues to refuse to recognize and engage with the Special Rapporteur. We are disappointed at the lack of progress on electoral reforms recommended by OSCE observation missions and are ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Independent Expert on Somalia

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED Welcome, Independent Expert Nyanduga, and thank you for your continued interest in the human rights situation in Somalia. The recent attacks in Baidoa and the one-year anniversary of the Mogadishu truck bombing are stark reminders of Somalia’s considerable ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I want to especially thank Mr. Darusman, Chairperson of the Fact Finding Mission. It is critically important that you are with us in the Security Council today ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I also thank each of our three briefers today for their presentations and for the work that they’ve done in support of peace and security in ... Read More»

Remarks at a Formal Meeting of the Fifth Committee on 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 City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to join other delegations in thanking Under-Secretary-General for Management Ms. Jan Beagle for her presentation last week and for her statement and updates ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And let me add our voice to those thanking you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your deeply concerning, sobering, and important briefing today. We are very grateful for ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic

Henrietta Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States thanks Special Rapporteur Quintana for his report and for his efforts to champion human rights in the DPRK. We remain deeply concerned by gross human rights violations and abuses committed by ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

Henrietta Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States thanks Dr. Yanghee Lee for her reporting on the situation of human rights in Burma and for her continued courage and commitment. We remain outraged by the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission in Burma

Henrietta Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States expresses support for the independent international fact-finding mission and its well-researched documentation of human rights violations and abuses in Burma. We are appalled at systematic and premeditated abuses and violations by ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee in the Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Def

Jason Mack Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Mr. Forst for his work in support of human rights defenders. To do their vital work, human rights defenders must be able to exercise their fundamental freedoms of expression, association, movement and peaceful assembly. ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fourth Committee on Questions Relating to Information

Andrea Stanford Press Officer U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairman, thank you for running an effective and smooth process in bringing about adoption of these important resolutions. The United States continues to strongly support UN efforts to protect and advance core shared principles including respecting ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on “Moving from a Culture of Impunity to a Culture of Deterrence: The Use of Sanctions in

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is proud to have played a leading role in strengthening the collective efforts of the UN Security Council to address sexual violence in conflict. This is not only ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee for an Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur for the Right to Freedom of Religio

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good afternoon. The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for his efforts in promoting religious freedom for all people. We commend Mr. Shaheed for his direct engagement with governments to highlight their significant role in protecting this ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Special Rapporteur Kaye for his important work on this critical mandate. As we grapple with the impacts of new technologies on freedom of expression, we continue to contend with ever-present and growing challenges to the exercise of ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Board of Auditors

Carolyn Strainic Advisor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Ms. Parama Sen, Director of External Audit and Chair of the Audit Operations Committee, Mr. Pedro Guazo, Acting Deputy Controller and Director of Accounts Division, Office of ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas Agui

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States appreciates Special Rapporteur Devandas Aguilar’s work to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, particularly the work that supports independent living and autonomy for disabled persons. Promoting, protecting, and advancing human rights – ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for today’s briefing. Implementing MINUSMA’s mandate is an incredibly challenging task. A large part of that mandate, commanding over 12,000 military ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the African Union’s Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020 Initiative

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED The ambitious and worthy goal of creating an African continent free of conflict will not be easy, but gatherings like today’s demonstrate the willingness of the African Union and its ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN’s First Committee for a Thematic Discussion on Nuclear Weapons

Ambassador Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States remains a leader in efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and is committed to reducing nuclear stockpiles in ways that advance international security. History illustrates not only the steadfast U.S. ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 81: United Nations Program of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, and Wider Appreciation of

Emily Pierce Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States thanks the Secretary-General for his report on the United Nations Program of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination, and Wider Appreciation of International Law. The Program of Assistance has made, and continues ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN’s Third Committee on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Lindsey Whitehead, Advisor New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. Enforced disappearances are devastating to victims, their families, and entire societies. The United States remains concerned about enforced disappearances in the Crimean peninsula, where Russian occupation authorities have made no efforts to investigate dozens of enforced disappearances of Crimean Tatars ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Administration of Justice

Anca DiGiacomo Adviser for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank Ms. Alayne Frankson-Wallace, Executive Director, Office of Administration of Justice, Ms. Shireen Dodson, UN Ombudsman and Head of the United Nations Ombudsman ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee for an Interactive Dialogue with Cecelia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Interna

Ambassador Terence P. McCulley U.S. Senior Advisor for Africa New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is a champion in supporting the rights and needs of internally displaced persons. We will continue to advocate for IDPs, and target our humanitarian and development assistance to improve the lives of those trapped by ... Read More»