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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Kelly Craft’s Travel to Taiwan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Education for Democracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fact Sheet: Reforming the Human Rights Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Statement on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement in Commemoration of All Victims of the Second World War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Eradicating Rural Poverty

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on International Migration and Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Water for Sustainable Development

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Financing for Development

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Agenda 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Missing Persons

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Extrajudicial Killings

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Indigenous Peoples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Burma

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on South-South Cooperation

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Sustainable Tourism

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Landlocked Developing Countries

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Least Developed Countries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Investments for Sustainable Development

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on International Trade and Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General Statement in a Meeting of the Second Committee

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Death Penalty

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Right to Development

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Right to Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Literacy for Life

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Female Genital Mutilation

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Obstetric Fistula

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

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

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

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Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the World Drug Problem

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

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

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

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General Statement in a Meeting of the Third Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at a State Department Press Briefing on Iran Snapback Sanctions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Statement after UN Security Council Consultations on Myanmar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNSOM

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

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Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNIFIL

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

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

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

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Cyber Attacks Against Critical Infrastructure (via VTC)

The United States believes strongly that all UN member states must work together to safeguard the extraordinary benefits of cyberspace. UN member states have been considering the security of cyberspace for more than two decades, and remain focused on two areas of work: domestic cybersecurity policy best practices and how to achieve and maintain international …

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

During their meeting at the White House, President Trump and Prime Minister Kadhimi reaffirmed that the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq is based on a mutual desire for security and prosperity. We continue to work in close coordination to ensure ISIS is rendered incapable of posing a threat to Iraq or any …

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

For months and months, we told the Council that President Trump would never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons. The countries of the Middle East most familiar with Iran’s terror pressed us to stay true to our commitment.

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

The leadership and foresight of President Trump, as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed made this momentous achievement possible. Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.

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

Last year, we saw how our collective efforts resulted in ISIS’s loss of territorial control and the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These victories in the battle against ISIS are a testament to the ongoing work of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The Coalition continues to pursue four main non-military lines of …

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

Mr. President, Somalia sits before a moment of profound opportunity. The country faces difficult circumstances and security challenges to get there, however, including the attack on a hotel Mogadishu last weekend, which the United States condemns. We express our condolences to the victims and their families. This and other attacks highlight the need for Somalia …

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

I want to take a moment to note the irony in discussing this issue after the results of last Friday’s vote on renewing an arms embargo on Iran. Iran continues to engage in activity in Syria that is counter to the interests of the Syrian people, and yet many members of this Council voted on Friday …

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Explanation of Vote on the U.S. Resolution Extending the Iran Arms Embargo

One of the enduring truths of the last 75 years is that the United Nations rarely lives up to its own ideals, and far too often falls victim to the narrowest political interests of its membership. Well, today was one of those days. When the worst tendency of the United Nations was on display in …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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