In 1984, the People’s Republic of China made a promise to the United Kingdom and the People of Hong Kong. It was a binding promise. A solemn promise witnessed by this very community and registered here at the UN as a formal treaty. But today, the Council must confront the shameful fact that China’s promise ...
For decades, Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom and enterprise - dynamic, prosperous, and secure. In 1984, the People’s Republic of China made a promise to the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong. It was a binding, solemn promise made in the presence of the international community and registered here ...
The United States welcomes expanded cooperation between the UN and EU, and we are hopeful that the strong, invaluable transatlantic relationship between the U.S. and the EU provides a useful model to follow.
The United States is deeply concerned by actions taken by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, which was registered with the UN as a legally binding treaty, and the Basic Law. This ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (via VTC)
The United States has already provided over $1 billion in health and humanitarian aid to combat COVID-19. Our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping address economic devastation around the world. Consistent with the U.S. strategy on Women, Peace, and Security, we are working to ensure our assistance includes local strategies to mitigate COVID-19’s acute ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Cyber Stability and Responsible State Beha
The United States remains committed to working with all member states to safeguard the extraordinary benefits of cyberspace. We must all redouble our efforts - and not just in New York and Geneva - to create accountability for state actions in cyberspace. Cyberspace has become a central and indispensable domain of global activity, and its ...
The United States welcomes the positive developments Somalia has made so far this year. Debt relief has opened new access to international grants to support economic growth, development, and reform. The Somalia National Army forces and AMISOM have continued to gain ground south of Mogadishu against Al-Shabaab. And the meeting between President Farmaajo and Somaliland ...
The letter from the illegitimate Maduro regime that prompted today’s meeting is - as such letters always are - a long-winded compilation of fantastical accusations and demonstrable falsehoods. Unfortunately, for the second time in less than a month our Russian colleagues have indulged their client regime’s habit of blaming others for its appalling choices.
Today, I want to speak about what needs to be done to move in the direction of meaningful progress in the Middle East. We listened closely to what each Council member will be saying about this matter and what they have said in February, March, and in April. So, I want to note, as I ...
The United States remains deeply concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in Syria. This Council knows full well that the virus is worsening the existing humanitarian crisis, and that the country’s already fragile health system, continuing displacement, high population density, and low levels of sanitation heighten the risk of a severe outbreak. Left unaddressed, an ...
The COVID-19 pandemic represents a human crisis of unprecedented scale, seriously affecting health and disrupting the livelihood and overall wellbeing of people all over the world. It impacts human rights and exacerbates inequalities already in existence. Persons with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and we need to ensure that they are not ...
To begin today, I want to be clear about the following points: all actors involved in the conflict in Libya must immediately suspend military operations; they must halt the ongoing transfer of foreign military equipment and personnel to Libya, including, as the UK mentioned, Wagner Group mercenaries; and they must allow local health authorities to ...
What is becoming increasingly clear is that the Assad regime is intent on exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to its own strategic political and military advantage. When Russia and China forced the reduction of cross-border aid points from four to two, they said that the UN should engage the regime to facilitate cross-line aid from Damascus ...
In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the United States Mission to the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to the principle that “the inherent dignity and ... the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Under ...
The United States remains concerned about the situation in Burma, and the many factors there with the potential to affect the peace and stability not only of Burma, but of the wider region. The significant number of internally displaced persons, as well as people living in refugee camps in neighboring countries, continue to face great ...
In light of these hardships, we welcome the Saudi-led Coalition’s extension of its unilateral ceasefire in support of the UN peace process and efforts to fight COVID-19. The U.S. strongly urges the Houthis to join the Government of Yemen in halting offensive operations in support of this ceasefire. This is so that all parties may ...
This launch was carried out by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a terrorist organization responsible for decades of violence and thousands of deaths throughout the Middle East. The IRGC’s leading role in Iran’s space program puts to rest Iran's absurd claims that its space program is solely civilian in nature. It is not.
Late April saw a disturbing turn of events in Lebanon. Peaceful protests that began in October became violent, amid economic distress and major public health concerns. Lebanon’s currency has collapsed. Its banking system is reeling. And inflation is spiraling out of control. We welcome Prime Minister Diab’s reform efforts, and we encourage him to undertake ...
Last month, the Council received from the Secretary-General the first report issued by the OPCW’s Investigation and Identification Team. The report explicitly attributed to the Assad regime responsibility for three chemical weapons attacks in Syria in March of 2017. Now, today, we have heard in person from the leaders of the OPCW and its IIT ...
Last week’s confirmation of Prime Minister al-Kadhimi by Iraq’s Council of Representatives marks a tremendous achievement. In the face of COVID-19, low oil prices, and long-standing economic and security challenges - including state control of armed groups - Iraq could not have asked for a more capable leader.
The U.S. envisions a modern, multi-ethnic, stable, and prosperous democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina - one that is responsible for its own destiny. Valentin, your latest reports demonstrates that while there are encouraging signs, there is still much work to do - and that is another thing that you were very honest about this morning ...
The United States is closely following the situation in Lebanon, which finds itself in an unprecedented crisis. The need for reform - reform that provides economic opportunity and ends corruption - is especially acute given the extraordinary economic and public health challenges now facing the country. The Trump Administration remains committed to its partnership with ...
The Secretary-General's report clearly states that the process to gain a response from the Syrian government for a request to deliver medical supplies to the northeast by land or air takes three to four months. Not days, months. In that same amount of time, COVID-19 has spread across the globe and more than 3 million ...
In its report released on April 6th, the UN Board of Inquiry found it was “highly probable” that the Assad regime and its allies launched attacks that destroyed medical facilities - an utterly inexcusable action. We also note and welcome the Secretary-General’s stated intention to appoint a senior independent advisor to address the recommendations of ...
The United States recognizes Ethiopia’s leadership, and we welcome the Ambassador today, in supporting UNISFA, as well as some positive steps Sudan and South Sudan have undertaken to address insecurity in Abyei, such as joint security monitoring, and we welcome the Ambassador to Sudan here today as well. However, despite these steps, the United States ...
In so many conflicts, youth continue to be caught in the crosshairs. Ninety percent of the 1.85 billion young women and men in the world today come from developing countries. Twenty five percent of them - more than 400 million people - are directly affected by violence or armed conflict. Surely this cannot continue to ...
The United States stands in solidarity with the Sudanese Government as it continues to engage in the Juba Peace Process, especially in the face of economic challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. We condemn, as other have today, the assassination attempt last month against Prime Minister Hamdok, and we remain concerned about continued insecurity, including ongoing ...
The United States supports a stable, secure, and prosperous Western Balkans, and we are committed to helping countries in the region advance their integration into Western institutions. Furthermore, it has been encouraging to hear continued statements from both Kosovo and Serbian leaders that they remain committed to the normalization of relations.
Israel is suffering from over 13,000 cases of coronavirus, and we understand that there are more than 300 cases in the West Bank and 15 in Gaza. Because of its limited medical infrastructure and fragile economy, Gaza is especially vulnerable to this virus. Fighting the pandemic must remain the focal point of regional authorities. But ...
Special Envoy Xia, this is a difficult moment and your role is more critical than ever. We urge your office to innovate, including by using videoconferencing technology to support Great Lakes governments. They will need this support especially as they balance their focus on both the COVID-19 response and the political, security, and economic needs ...
Today’s conversation is especially important, as we approach the two-year anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 2417, which acknowledged the clear connection between conflict and hunger. In a perfect world, our discussion today would focus on the positive trajectories we are beginning to see in some countries, where there has been progress in the decoupling ...
U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy April 20, 2020 Explanation of Position on resolution “International Cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face COVID-19” The United States remains deeply committed to working with the global community to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ...
Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York April 23, 2020 Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rwandan Genocide Since the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the establishment in 2003 of the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda,” April 7 ...
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the undersigned chairs and members of the Groups of Friends on the Safety/Protection of Journalists are calling on all states to protect journalists’ and media workers’ safety, safeguard a free and independent media and ensure unhindered access to information, both online and offline. Free, independent and pluralistic media ...
Unfortunately, as is too often the case in Yemen, many areas of concern remain. In Marib, internally displaced people and host communities remain equally vulnerable to continued ground fighting and the very real danger of a COVID-19 outbreak. The Houthis’ ballistic missile attacks on Riyadh are unacceptable and directly contravene their stated support for the ...
The United States stands with Colombia as we all confront the challenges posed by COVID-19. This being personal commitment for me as well, as when I visited Colombia back in November, I would be remiss not to compliment and acknowledge Colombia’s behavior and their full treatment of respect and acknowledge the dignity that they gave ...
Statement in Response to the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls
In addition to those women leading their communities in the fight against COVID-19, many women and girls around the world are battling the virus themselves. Moreover, in contexts where women and girls are already at risk of violence, the necessary public health measures put in place to battle the spread of the virus, such as ...
The United States reiterates today the need for complete transparency and the timely sharing of public health data and information within the international community. The most effective way to contain this pandemic is through accurate, science-based data collection and analysis of the origins, characteristics, and spread of the virus. We cannot stress enough how important ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Missio
As we approach MINUSMA’s mandate renewal in June, the Council needs to reflect on why the situation has continued to deteriorate so rapidly, and what changes should be made to the mandate to more effectively achieve MINUSMA’s objectives. The new mandate must further encourage the Government of Mali and the signatory armed groups to swiftly ...
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge. Addressing it requires global action, international solidarity, and unity of purpose. We hope this resolution will rally the international community to take tangible steps to counter the virus and its spread.
Afghanistan has now suffered through 40 years of war. The United States remains committed to helping Afghanistan achieve a political settlement to end this constant state of conflict. That is why the Trump Administration efforts to create the conditions for Afghans to begin Intra-Afghan Negotiations, which we believe can result in a durable peace.
I understand that in the current environment, much of our attention rightly remains focused on minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on communities around the world. We also recognize that this is not the time for a complex discussion of the granular details of the Trump administration’s Vision for Peace. There will be another day to ...
We’ve all seen how disruptive and deadly this virus can be, which is why there is no place where their calls for mercy and restraint are more urgent than in Syria. We reaffirm our full support for you, Geir, as you launch this effort to implement the ceasefire requested by the Council in Resolution 2254. ...
I am pleased to announce with United States Ambassador Kelly Craft the donation of 250,000 protective face masks, just located in United Nations stores in New York, to the United States.
The Department of State is taking decisive action to inform and safeguard U.S. citizens overseas, protect the homeland, advance the Administration’s commitment to building global health security capacity for this and future outbreaks, and reduce the impact for U.S. companies and supply chains overseas.
Once again, we are forced to bring specific attention to Houthi obstruction of humanitarian operations, which has become the unacceptable refrain of these briefings. We reiterate our message from last month to the Houthis: time is running out. Please do not make it impossible for us to continue providing aid in the areas where you ...
By working together as a part of a coalition, the United States and its allies deliver crushing blows to ISIS in the Middle East. Yet, ISIS has shown a dangerous ability to adapt by establishing ISIS branches around the world.
Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Adoption of a U.S.-Draft Resolution on the U.S.-Talib
On February 29th, the United States took a decisive step toward a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with the announcement of a joint declaration with the Afghan government and an agreement with the Taliban. We were pleased to introduce this resolution endorsing the U.S.-Taliban agreement and the U.S.-Afghanistan joint declaration, and we appreciate the Security Council’s ...
Joint Statement by Estonia, the United Kingdom, and the United States at a Press Availability on Rus
We are clear that Russia’s military intelligence service - the GRU - conducted these cyberattacks in attempt to sow discord and disrupt the lives of ordinary Georgian people.
Iraq still stands at a crossroads, as it did when we were briefed last December and in fact, as you said, are still in the headlines. Iraqis are choosing their new political leaders as a result of their legitimate demands regarding economic opportunity, good governance, electoral reforms, and responsiveness to all Iraqis.
On behalf of President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, I am here to show American solidarity with the people of Syria. To date, the generosity of the American people has facilitated a total U.S. humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria of $10.5 billion. To express our continued commitment, today the Trump Administration is announcing an ...
From March 2 through March 4, Ambassador Kelly Craft, joined by Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey, will visit Turkey to highlight our concern over the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Russia- and Iran-backed regime attacks in Idlib.
To reaffirm what President Trump just said on his phone call, he is just, um, reaffirming his commitment to the deescalation and our, um, actually our concerns are for the humanitarian needs on the ground. This is a major catastrophe, it’s inexcusable.
We have now seen Russia and the Assad regime violate Astana ceasefire agreements on three separate occasions: first in Eastern Ghouta, then in Dara’a, and finally in Idlib. This attack should serve as the final nail in the Astana Format’s coffin. It is a format broken beyond all repair and we cannot return to it.
The United States is encouraged by the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts’ recent travel to Somalia and meeting with the National Security Advisor to the President. We hope the visit will serve as a building block to re-establish important information sharing and constructive working relations between the 751 Committee and the Federal Government of ...
“There’s nothing that will protect a baby against the bombs being dropped on the tent they’re sleeping in.” Those were the words of Mark Lowcock two days ago when asked what could be done to end the catastrophe in Idlib. It is a wretched image. But for so many Syrians, tragically, he is describing what ...
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT, we look forward to celebrating this historic occasion together here at the UN on March 5th. Over nearly five decades, the NPT has proven to be critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. It has made us all the ...
The United States voted today in favor of the resolution to extend the Council’s sanctions against the Houthis and others responsible for the conflict in Yemen. These sanctions support the UN’s efforts to find a political solution to this war, and they help us hold spoilers accountable.
Mr. President, 2020 is a critical year as Somalia seeks economic growth and development promised by debt relief, inclusive, peaceful, and credible national elections, and progress towards the transfer of security responsibilities from AMISOM to Somali forces. While these developments each hold tremendous promise for the Somali people, realizing them will require the full commitment ...
Statement by Ambassador Craft on South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity
I welcome the decision by the government and opposition parties to form a new, transitional unity government. This is the first in a series of critical steps that must be taken to bring dignity and peace to the people of South Sudan.
Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Reprisals Against Women Human Rights Defen
The United States strongly supports women’s human rights defenders and peacebuilders and their participation at the UN Security Council and in subsidiary bodies. Civil society representatives have valuable and unique perspectives on issues that the Security Council faces. Their critical insights cannot be ignored. To uphold justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators, human rights ...
The United State has made clear that Haiti’s leaders must come together to find an inclusive solution. Political and economic stability will only follow when Haiti’s leaders set aside their differences and both build and support Haiti’s state institutions.
The Trump administration reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We welcome this opportunity to discuss Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, including its ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the Donbas and occupied Crimea.
Nearly one million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes in the past 90 days. One million people in 90 days. And so, I ask, how much longer will we tolerate these headlines. The unyielding military campaign of the regime, Russia, Iran, and Hizbollah amounts to a wholesale rejection of UN and Council efforts ...
The United States’ position is clear: we continue to support the Minsk agreements as the way forward in eastern Ukraine. We fully back the Normandy Format process. The resolution to this conflict must be a diplomatic one, and we will continue to engage with allies and partners to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The United States is troubled that implementation of the Riyadh Agreement has been slow. We call on the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council to implement the agreement promptly, and welcome continuing Saudi facilitation of this process.
The United States views missions and peacekeeping reforms through the lens of our five principles. Peacekeeping missions must have the consent and cooperation of the host country; support political solutions; adjust to progress and failure; possess realistic and achievable mandates; and have an exit strategy.
Iran attacked Saudi Arabian oil facilities on September 14, 2019. It was an attack not only against a sovereign state but against the global economy as well. The evidence pointed to Iran, despite unsubstantiated claims of responsibility by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, a report from the United Nations Security Council’s Yemen Panel of Experts confirms the truth ...
Statement by Ambassador Craft on the Release of a Database of Companies Doing Business in Israeli-co
UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2020 Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on the Release of a Database of Companies Doing Business in Israeli-controlled Territories Earlier this week the Security Council met to discuss President Trump’s Vision for Peace, and used that opportunity ...
We are, we are here today, we’re going to be there tomorrow, and, you know, there’s not been a resolution that has carried us this far. Today, we’re all together, we’re talking about peace and security from an international standpoint, and I think that’s what’s really important is this is a beginning today.
It is the beginning of a conversation - not the end of one. The United States stands willing to support all efforts to begin this conversation, and moving forward, we hope all parties will keep an open mind, listen, and engage. I’m optimistic all Council members will give this approach a fair hearing, rather than ...
We join the UN in calling on countries to live up to their Berlin commitments and we demand that Member States comply with their obligations to implement the UN arms embargo. This entails an immediate and permanent halt of all deployments of personnel, fighters, and military equipment to Libya. We also call on Libyan parties ...
Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 30, 2020 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: [INAUDIBLE] AMBASSADOR CRAFT: You know, I’m not going to prejudge, because I, nothing’s happened as of yet, but I am open to conversation with the Palestinian PR. This is an opportunity, it’s a very ...
The assault on Idlib that is underway represents the largest violation of Resolution 2254 to date, with humanitarian consequences that will prove both devastating and lasting. Attacks on the people of northwest Syria by forces of the Syrian regime, Russia, Iran, and Hizballah are unjustifiable, and will directly lead to life-threatening shortages of food, medicine, ...
The United States offers its full support to the UN Board of Inquiry mandated to investigate attacks that have struck UN and UN-supported facilities in northwest Syria, for which the regime and Russia are overwhelmingly responsible. We will continue to support the Board of Inquiry in its work and encourage all member states to do ...
You know, once again today, for decades of having the same meeting in the Security Council and everything on the Middle East and the challenges and, once again decades of this unrelentless criticism of Israel, and today I really called upon the Council to, let’s change this dialogue, let’s talk about what really does promote ...
I have said before that Israel has no better friend than the United States, and will I say it again today. Whether it is reminding the world of what Israel has done to make the substantive contributions to global peace and prosperity, or of what Iran is doing to frustrate efforts towards peace. President Donald ...
The United States categorically objects to Russia’s blatant attempt to use a Security Council meeting to weaken the credibility of the OPCW and its findings on the Douma attack. This is a brazen disinformation campaign, waged in advance of the anticipated release of the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team’s first report.
We call on the Houthi authorities to reduce the significant and detrimental impediments to the delivery of humanitarian assistance. This includes the lifting of access restrictions and the elimination of illegitimate levies on aid projects, both of which heavily delay the delivery of essential assistance and place an undue burden on humanitarian partners attempting to ...
Remarks on the Situation in Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mi
This Council though has spent years asking the signatories to make meaningful progress toward implementing the Agreement, even providing them with achievable benchmarks. Despite our robust support, we continue to witness inaction and a deteriorating security environment. And so, it is time for this Council to begin developing an alternative approach to address growing instability ...
My delegation wishes to express our deep concern regarding the action of the G-77 and China to table this resolution in this forum, ignoring the clear prerogative of the Fifth Committee and without any attempt to reach consensus. This action demonstrates bad faith on the part of the penholders and sets the precedent that any ...
I join others in expressing condolences to the people of Oman as well as Niger. We further extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Australia.
The United States views the transitional justice mechanisms outlined in the accord as important mechanisms for peace and justice in Colombia. We also welcome actions to ensure those who commit serious crimes post-accord are held accountable to the full extent of the law.
I want to very clear about who must bear responsibility for this outcome. It is the Russian Federation that brought us to this point. It is the Russian Federation that vetoed a compromise proposal on December 20th, and has since worked tirelessly to divide the Council. The only reasonable conclusion to draw from these actions ...
Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Humanitarian Cross-Border Man
In truth, we do not find ourselves in this situation because the conditions on the ground no longer allow for aid delivery; as we have heard over and over again from the UN officials, the existing cross-border aid mechanism is working. Nor are we here because of lack of willingness among the other Council members ...
So, as we approach the 75th anniversary, we should stand together to reaffirm our commitment to uphold the core principles of the Charter. The United States is a proud leader, partner, and host country of the United Nations, and we are firmly committed to these principles.
Ambassador Cherith Norman Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 8, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. At the outset, I’d like to join colleagues in welcoming you and the other incoming Council members to the chamber—the new members. And to extend our congratulations to you ...
UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2020 We appreciate the 27 United Nations Member States that spoke out against the December 31 Iran-orchestrated attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. They clearly recognize the importance of a host country’s obligations under the 1961 ...
When I started the presidency in the month of December, I talked about credibility in the Council. And today, we took a huge step backwards in credibility where it really matters.
UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2019 Yesterday U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, hosted the side event: “Decriminalizing Homosexuality in Solidarity with LGBTQ People” at the United Nations. At the event, panelists discussed ...
The United States and the international community are losing confidence that South Sudan’s leaders have the will to guide their country to genuine peace and security. We are losing confidence that they share the best interests of their people, who are calling for peace amid a devastating, conflict-induced humanitarian crisis. This Council visited Juba to ...
The United States and the Security Council have a goal – not a deadline. We have outlined this goal, in detail, in a series of unanimously adopted Security Council resolutions. We want to use this timely briefing to make crystal clear to the DPRK that its continued ballistic missile testing is deeply counterproductive to the ...
The DPRK must to do its part and it must avoid provocations. It must engage in this process. Peace is a better way, and peace can only be achieved by doing this together.
The drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights made clear that human rights are universal rights, guaranteed to all people, at all times. Until that goal is fully realized, the United States will continue to serve as a beacon to those yearning for freedom.
That’s what today is all about: accountability. And Resolution 2436 calls for the accountability we need: clear, objective performance standards for all UN peacekeeping personnel; measures to address underperformance; incentives and recognition for outstanding performance; improved reporting on performance; and deployment decisions based on performance data.
Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft at a UN Press Conference on the U.S. Program of Work for the Decem
This morning I’m going to walk us through a number of key elements of this month’s Program of Work as well as the events that are occurring outside the Council during the month of December. And I hope after this briefing, you’ll have a clearer sense as to what we’ll be addressing this month, and ...
In this critical moment, UNAMI has an indispensable role to play. It has been tasked by this Council with promoting inclusive political dialogue; assisting with constitutional and electoral reform efforts; protecting human rights; and promoting judicial accountability.
Remarks at a UN Security Council Press Stakeout following the Adoption of the December Program of Wo
My theme will be a credible Council and I think it’s really important to expound upon Ambassador Pierce’s presidency the month of November that she really held people accountable for their engagement, their remarks, because you know even though we are speaking to one another in the open chamber we are speaking to the world. ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/
it is our solemn responsibility to speak the truth about what ISIS did, to document this truth, and to answer the prayer for justice for those whose lives have been turned upside down by ISIS. This is what makes UNITAD’s work so important. With the support of the Iraqi government, UNITAD is moving quickly, carefully, ...
As we’ve previously stated, the United States remains open, in principle, to modest expansion of the Security Council for both permanent and non-permanent members. We believe this must be pursued in a way that will not diminish the Security Council’s effectiveness nor its efficiency, and that will not alter or expand the veto.
We encourage the parties to swiftly implement the terms of this Agreement. The return of the Government of Yemen to its temporary capital in Aden and the reintegration of forces in the south under government control are important steps on the path to a broader political settlement.
My engagement with other political and economic stakeholders reinforced the urgent need to support Haiti’s state institutions.
Media Note: Readout of Ambassador Kelly Craft’s Trip to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia from November 16
UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2019 United States Ambassador to the United Nations (USUN) Kelly Craft traveled to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia, November 16-20. Ambassador Craft reaffirmed our strong bilateral partnership with Colombia and expressed the United States’ deep appreciation for President ...
The United States remains committed to the cause of peace, and Monday’s announcement does not alter this fact. We continue to believe that discussion between the Parties is the path to finding a solution that works for both sides and promotes and protects the welfare of Palestinians and Israelis alike. But just as we are ...
UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2019 Ambassador Kelly Craft, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on November 20, 2019 to underscore U.S. support for a more peaceful, secure, prosperous, and democratic future for the Haitian people. ...
To be clear, the United States remains fully committed to the cause of peace. Today’s announcement does not alter this fact. Ultimately, an argument over international law will not bring about the lasting peace to which we are committed. And just as we are committed to peace, we are committed to Israel.
UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2019 United States Ambassador to the United Nations (USUN) Kelly Craft will travel to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia November 16-20 to observe firsthand the plight of displaced Venezuelans and refugees, the significant and meaningful Colombian response, and ...
The U.S. will not take responsibility for the human rights abuses caused by the Cuban regime.
My fellow Council members, we will know we have achieved something of lasting significance when all generations and ethnicities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are able to enjoy the blessings of a democratic, stable, and prosperous nation. The United States looks forward to that day’s arrival for its people, and we will not cease in our ...
When women are involved, the result is more durable peace and greater security. So, if this Council is serious about fulfilling its core mandate, let’s make use of the solution that has been ignored for so long despite standing in plain sight. Let’s give more women a seat at the table. And let’s listen to ...
My fellow Council members, developments in Burundi directly affect the entire Great Lakes region. This means that improving Burundi’s human rights situation and holding free, fair, and inclusive elections will brighten not only the future of Burundi, but of all of Central and East Africa. The United States will continue to invest in this better ...
Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Mandate Renewal on the United Nations
We are pleased with the Council’s strong statement of support for MINURSO and its mandate. We believe that the time has come for a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. While we are disappointed that some members of this Council chose to ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regi
Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madame President, and thank you to both of our briefers for your updates. The African Union is an essential partner to the U.S. and the UN in Africa. This is true in part ...
Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madame Chairman. Thank you, to the Secretary-General for his briefing and report on Women, Peace, and Security. And thank you to each of our special guests for speaking so candidly. We recognize the ...
Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace, and Secur
The United States has stated clearly on many occasions, consistent with the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action and its report, that we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support this in our women’s global assistance initiatives. The U.N. should not put itself in a position of promoting or ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, Including the Pale
I largely focused on Israel, which receives a disproportionate amount of the UN’s attention when it comes to discussion of peace and security in the Middle East. This attention is unfairly negative and one-sided: in the past two years, there have been some 20 resolutions in the General Assembly either implicitly or explicitly criticizing Israel.
The United States calls on Turkey to halt its offensive and declare a ceasefire immediately. To this end and at the President’s direction, the Vice President is leading a delegation including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, United States National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Ambassador James Jeffrey to voice the United States’ commitment to press ...
This is a historic day for Haiti and for the United Nations. In so many complex circumstances, the status quo prevails. But today is different. Today marks the transition – after 15 years of commitment and sacrifice – of a peacekeeping mission to a special political mission.
As the President has made abundantly clear, the U.S. has not in any way endorsed the decision of the Government of Turkey to mount a military incursion into Northeast Syria.
It is ultimately the DRC government that has the power to deliver resources and security to its citizens. And just as the people of DRC marked their ballots in favor of change, the new government has a vote of its own to cast – a vote against corruption, a vote against violence, and most importantly, ...
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Mali and the UN Multidimensional Integ
We cannot continue to support a peacekeeping mission where the signatory parties enjoy security provided by international forces while refusing to fully implement their own agreement. We have also heard calls to give MINUSMA a more robust counterterrorism mandate. In our view, however, MINUSMA – which is a peacekeeping mission – should not be viewed ...
This Council meets practically every week to discuss areas of the world affected by conflict and instability. But far too often, we issue statements, impose sanctions, create commissions, and establish peacekeeping missions to address conflicts after they break out. It seems to me that we’ve got this just a little bit backwards. So, if there ...
Political solutions, security sector reform, and the demobilization of armed groups into civilian life will be critical for future stability. For our part, the United States will continue to identify opportunities to engage the DRC government on how to attain greater security, peace, and prosperity for the Congolese people.
Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Peace and Security in Africa: Mobilizing the Youth Toward
Fellow Council members, Africa’s youth have a leading role to play in achieving the goals of Agenda 2063 – let all of us invest in the coolest generation so that they might one day see a world in which the last gun has been silenced.
The Assad regime and its allies must not use the launch of the Constitutional Committee as a pretext to stall the political process and pursue a military solution to the conflict. The violence in Idlib must cease immediately, and unconditionally. This will protect the lives of innocent civilians and improve the prospects of a political ...
Remarks at the UN Counterterrorism Cooperation with Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Centr
Following the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we are faced with the challenge of repatriating, prosecuting, and rehabilitating many Central Asian foreign terrorist fighters who had travelled abroad to fight in terrorist groups. The United States commends the governments of Central Asia for their actions to take responsibility for their citizens in ...
We anticipate a fruitful discussion today on how we can expand religious liberty, guarantee the sanctity of houses of worship, and combat religious persecution around the world, and I am so delighted that you have joined us for this timely event.
The United States has always supported Israel in the past. The United States supports Israel today. The United States will support Israel going forward. Israel will have no better friend than Kelly Craft.
It is deeply regrettable that the Council was not able to agree to a ceasefire resolution that would have saved lives in Idlib, especially as the Assad regime and its allies prepare to launch another offensive on the people of Idlib.
“Business as usual” cannot continue to define these monthly sessions. This Council must hold the regime and its allies accountable for the atrocities it has committed, and we must ensure access for humanitarians wherever aid is needed in Syria
We call on South Sudan’s leaders to agree to terms for security arrangements, and to resolve the critical issue of the number and boundaries of states in South Sudan. We also urge them to formally establish the Hybrid Court in partnership with the African Union (AU), whose role in the peace process – along with ...
Explanation of Vote following the Mandate Renewal of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghan
The United States voted in favor of the Security Council Resolution today to renew the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for one year with an updated mandate to address new developments on the ground.
We support the Special Envoy’s efforts to facilitate a comprehensive political agreement, and we encourage the parties to demonstrate progress, particularly by implementing the Hudaydah Agreement.
Explanation of Vote following the Renewal of the UN Sanctions Regime on the Central African Republic
The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption of today's resolution, which relaxes the arms embargo on the Government of the Central African Republic and commits to revisiting the sanctions regime in four months.
I come to the United Nations not only as the President’s emissary, but also as the voice of America’s unwavering commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights, and, whenever possible, the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
The United States continues to support Afghan political and electoral institutions. We welcome the findings of the UNAMA report that 9.6 million people have been registered to vote. We have pledged $29 million of the $59 million in donor funding offered toward the presidential election and have supported the UNDP’s work building the capacities of ...
Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, we appreciate and support your regular meetings with the Department of Operational Support and the Department of Management Strategy and Compliance, to discuss peacekeeping performance in individual missions. We would be grateful if the Department of Peace Operations would provide the Council with regular and formal briefings on outstanding performance in the field, ...
The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to UNIFIL and to Lebanon’s security, stability, and sovereignty. We have a common interest in seeing UNIFIL succeed, but it continues to be prevented from fully implementing its mandate; and we cannot continue to accept the status quo.
We continue to prioritize restoring key services and infrastructure in areas liberated from ISIS control. Additional donations are urgently needed for UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization and—as we announced earlier this year—the United States will contribute $100 million to this effort. We encourage other members of international community to also step up and do their ...
For years, this body has come together to discuss this contentious topic, but we have seen little success in making progress toward a solution that creates a lasting, secure, and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. The United States remains committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace through direct negotiations. We encourage all of you ...
The United States congratulates the people of Sudan on the August 17th signing of the Constitutional Declaration and political agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council. We are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government.
Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Advancing the Safety and Security of Relig
Religious freedom is essential for achieving peace and stability within nations and among nations. Where religious freedom is protected, other freedoms – like the freedom of expression, the freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly – can flourish. Where it is absent, we find conflict, instability, and very often, terrorism. We see these ...
We encourage both AMISOM and the Somali government to continue to work towards a conditions-based transfer of security responsibilities, and for international partners to closely coordinate in this effort. Likewise, the Somali police need ongoing capacity-building support to help stabilize areas reclaimed from Al-Shabaab.
The United States is deeply concerned by the outbreak of violence and by the deadly clashes in Aden. Violence plays into the hands of those who seek to prolong this conflict, at the cost of the Yemeni people, and exacerbates the humanitarian crisis the United Nations and others are working hard to address. We call ...
The United States will continue our efforts to respect, and ensure respect for, the Geneva Conventions. We call on all Member States – and the actors they support – to comply fully with their obligations, and to hold violators accountable.
The plight of Syrian civilians arbitrarily detained by the Assad regime is one humanitarian issue that is often overshadowed by the barbarity of the Assad’s military campaign in broad daylight, the continued forced starvation siege of Rukban, and continued restrictions on UN access. Some residents do not wish to return to areas under control of ...
We have called for a ceasefire, and urged the prompt return to a UN-mediated political process. And we call on all sides to work constructively with you, Special Representative Salamé, and UNSMIL to achieve a long overdue political solution to this conflict.
U.S. efforts are focused on achieving an inclusive political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan. As we seek a negotiated political settlement to the Afghan conflict, the United States continues to support bringing Afghans together at the negotiating table to decide the future of their own country – one that is inclusive of women, ...
The vision for peace that we plan to present will not be ambiguous, unlike many resolutions that have passed in this chamber. It will provide sufficient detail so that people can see what compromises will be necessary to achieve a realistic, lasting, comprehensive solution to this conflict — the conflict that has robbed so much ...
As Colombia continues to implement its peace plan, it is also demonstrating regional leadership by recognizing interim President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, and by supporting more than 1.5 million Venezuelans fleeing the man-made crisis in Venezuela. Colombia is supporting this vulnerable population by granting temporary residency and work permits, and by facilitating access ...
The United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering. We are committed to working with the Ukrainian people to promote democracy and prosperity and root out corruption. President Trump underscored this message to President Zelenskyy following peaceful, competitive elections that reflected Ukraine’s vibrant democracy.
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh (UNI
The United States welcomes the rapid initiation of UNITAD’s critical activities on the ground in Iraq over the past year. We will not waver from holding ISIS accountable for the atrocities it committed against all Iraqis.
We noted that while ISIS no longer controls any Iraqi territory, the fight is not over. The enduring defeat of ISIS requires the stabilization of liberated areas, building up resilient communities, and ensuring the continued security for all Iraqis, recognizing that Iraq’s diversity is critical to its richness and strength.
This is a historic moment. Today, we establish a new UN Special Political Mission that replaces the 15 year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
The Security Council and all nations should try to imagine the future of global air travel if a country can shoot down an aircraft merely for being in its flight information region. Indeed, we’ve already seen air carriers from around the world avoid Iran’s flight information region as a result. Iran must understand that these ...
Our delegation knows firsthand the challenges we face in mainstreaming disability rights across the UN system, including physical access here at Headquarters, so we are pleased to see a reference to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy in this text. Persons with disabilities are already marginalized in times of peace – their vulnerability and further marginalization ...
Reports of Assad regime forces shelling Turkish positions in the Idlib de-militarized zone that have resulted in the injuries of Turkish soldiers is alarming. The United States is gravely concerned about the threat that this offensive poses to Turkey and Turkish military forces. Such acts are increasing tensions and the threat of a wider escalation ...
The Houthis must demonstrate good faith in the political process and cease UAV and other attacks against their fellow citizens and their neighbors. Iran needs to stop supplying the Houthis with the weapons to do so. Attacks on Yemen’s neighbors threaten to derail progress made by the UN and the parties to the conflict, and ...
We also urge the Government of Burundi to address persistent and reliable reports of illicit arms transfers, combatant recruitment, and armed group activity in eastern DRC that are tied to Burundi. Now is the time for all of the parties to the 2013 Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework to live up to their commitments of ...
“While the political situations in Khartoum and Juba remain fluid, warming relations between Sudan and South Sudan and a stabilized security environment indicates that there is great potential for these two countries to capitalize on shared interests along their border and work together to resolve border disputes.” – Rodney Hunter
Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2468 on the UN Mission in W
“As the Security Council has clearly stated today with this mandate, it is crucial that the parties and the neighboring states cooperate more fully with each other and build additional trust, which is needed to achieve a political solution.” “We believe the Council’s close attention to this issue has been instrumental to the political progress made over the past year.” – Rodney Hunter
“Mr. President, the United States calls on all Council members, as well as our regional partners, to ensure that the UN has the operational capacity to implement cross-border aid deliveries throughout all agreed border crossings in accordance with resolution 2449. No one should politicize or try to dictate UN operations for cross-border aid delivery in Syria. Not the Assad Regime. Not the Russian Federation. No one.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
“The United States is resolute in recognizing that conflict-related sexual violence is a matter of international peace and security. It demands collective action to promote prevention, hold perpetrators accountable, and support survivors. None of us can turn our backs on this issue.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
“The United States commends the people of Sudan for their resilience and commitment to non-violence as they express their legitimate demand for inclusive and representative government that respects and protects human rights. The United States urges all parties to continue the process toward an inclusive, civilian transition, amid an atmosphere of restraint and calm.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/15/2019 “Since December, this Council has urged the parties to demonstrate their commitment to a political settlement by redeploying from Hudaydah, in line with the terms of the Stockholm Agreement….The Yemeni government has demonstrated a clear commitment to the UN-led process. It is time for the Houthis to also show the international community they, too, are serious about the UN process and the agreements that they themselves reached in Stockholm.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/12/2019 “This resolution will conclude the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 years….This transition will mean a significant handover of responsibility back into the hands of the Haitian government and its people. Now is the time for the Government of Haiti to step up and assume this responsibility. As a longtime partner and friend, the United States continues to support Haiti on this path, mindful of the challenges ahead.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/12/2019 “Ensuring meaningful justice for victims and accountability for the crimes committed during so many years of armed conflict is vital to reconciliation. We welcome efforts to strengthen accountability for war crimes and violations and abuses of human rights. Colombia must ensure that those responsible are held accountable, including when appropriate through prosecution and the imposition of sentences proportionate to crimes committed. Accountability should be for all, whether the crimes were committed by the FARC, paramilitaries, or state agents, including the military in Colombia.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/11/2019 “Madam President, we should all be taking steps to address the persistent barriers facing women peacekeepers, and to overcome these impediments in our systems. Collectively, we should remove these barriers and advance the meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping through our resolutions and our programs. Success depends on our determined, coordinated efforts to improve peacekeeper performance by championing women’s participation in all aspects of our peacekeeping efforts.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/03/2019 “Mr. President, the United States welcomes Haiti’s progress in promoting respect for human rights and we commit to continue working with the Government of Haiti to further address the country’s significant challenges. MINUJUSTH has a central role in promoting human rights. Its task to strengthen national human rights institutions is essential to promoting the rule of law, democratic institution building, and security in Haiti. It contributes to ensuring accountability, as well as respect for human rights, including for women and children.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/02/2019 “While we’ve made progress in our fight against terrorism, we must remain vigilant. Together, we must continue to fight terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists. Organized terrorist groups are coordinating and conducting attacks around the world. In this context, keeping people safe from terrorism requires a coordinated whole-of-society strategy that includes defeating violent ideologies, preventing terrorist radicalization, and when possible, rehabilitating those who have been committed to violent extremism.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
04/02/2019 “We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT. Over nearly five decades the NPT has grown even more critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. It has made us all more secure by constraining the spread of nuclear weapons, and has also thereby enabled the global peaceful use of nuclear energy and helped create conditions for progress on nuclear disarmament.” – Under Secretary Andrea Thompson
04/01/2019 “The United States strongly believes that full implementation of international humanitarian law by all parties to a conflict is the best way to provide protection for civilians, including humanitarian personnel. We also believe that additional guidelines and policies should avoid inadvertently diluting principles of humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, we know that the laws of war are not always universally observed – with grave consequences for civilians in need of protection and humanitarian assistance.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/29/2019 “We ask for a plan that positions MINUSMA to address the security and counterterrorism environment, protect personnel, and to support political progress more effectively than at present. The plan should include options for significant adaptation, so the Council can consider the best way forward in such a precarious environment. The plan should outline options to address the significant instability in Mali’s center. Turning to Mali, inclusive constitutional change will require tremendous political courage and significant input from all concerned. Inclusive constitutional reform will result in more voices in Mali’s institutions, the decentralization of power, and genuine political dialogue – important steps towards reestablishing security and governance throughout the country.” – Under Secretary David Hale
03/29/2019 “As Vice President Pence said to the Security Council in 2017, keeping the peace is the UN’s most important mission, and this ministerial is a reminder of our collective commitment to stronger, safer, and more effective peacekeeping. The Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping initiative is a significant step toward addressing the political and operational challenges facing UN peacekeeping, and lays valuable groundwork for the road ahead. Now, we should begin implementation so we maintain momentum that this initiative has created.” – Under Secretary David Hale
03/28/2019 “The comprehensive resolution adopted today is an important step forward in adapting UN tools to counter today’s counterterrorism finance threat. This new and very important global obligation will help to ensure that Member States have the frameworks in place to utilize effectively an important counterterrorism finance tool – the prosecution of those who knowingly finance and otherwise support terrorist groups.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/27/2019 “The United States believes that an UNSOM mandate that precisely delineates the UN’s roles and responsibilities, and that avoids language unrelated to the UN Mission, is needed in order to foster a clear understanding among all partners of the Security Council’s expectations in Somalia.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/27/2019 “As a Security Council, we should demand the regime respect international humanitarian principles and human rights standards. We encourage Special Envoy Pedersen to finalize a political settlement by and through the Syrian people, and we must see full implementation of Resolution 2254, including a political settlement, a nationwide ceasefire, and unhindered humanitarian access.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/26/2019 “Each of us around this table has a responsibility to condemn the rocket attacks, but we must also recognize that in addition to terrorizing Israeli civilians, Hamas has failed to provide for Palestinians in Gaza and most recently, cracked down violently on Palestinian protesters.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Remarks at a GA Commemorative Meeting on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination o
03/25/2019 “Today we recommit ourselves to working with civil society, international mechanisms, and all nations of goodwill to combat racism and racial discrimination at home and abroad, to defend equality and human dignity wherever they are threatened. We’ll continue robust implementation of our obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and we’ll continue to support the activities of the International Decade for People of African Descent.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/19/2019 “As we’ve been reminded too many times sitting in this Council, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, including to terrorists and other non-state actors, remains a real and current threat. Today’s briefing reminds us of the critical importance of fully and effectively implementing Security Council Resolution 1540.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/18/2019 “The United States is committed to helping the Congolese people create a more peaceful and prosperous Congo. We hope to work with the new government to forge a more constructive relationship with MONUSCO. We would like to recognize and support the proactive decisions taken by MONUSCO’s leadership, consistent with its mandate, to redirect efforts away from Kinshasa and toward the eastern DRC, streamline the force, and renew efforts to address the root causes of violence.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2405 Renewing the Mandate of the Un
03/15/2019 “When the Council considers important issues of international peace and security — such as the situation in Afghanistan — it cannot allow the national initiatives of one member state to derail negotiations. In this case, the issue was China’s demand that the resolution highlight its Belt and Road Initiative, despite its tenuous ties to Afghanistan and known problems with corruption, debt distress, environmental damage, and lack of transparency.” -Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2459 Renewing the Mandate of t
03/15/2019 “The position of the United States on South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement has been clear and consistent. The U.S. remains deeply concerned by the lack of political commitment from parties at the national level to fully implement all tenets of the agreement. Having seen previous peace agreements in South Sudan fail to hold and the country fall back into conflict and instability, the United States and the South Sudanese people expect South Sudan’s leaders to demonstrate a clear commitment to the implementation of the agreement through rhetoric and action.” -Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/15/2019 “We remain firmly opposed to Russian attempts to normalize this unlawful situation, and urge others to refrain from actions that might be interpreted as recognizing any change in the status of Crimea. Together we must continue to shed light on Russia’s brutal occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and reject Russia’s attempts to normalize or legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.” -Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-reg
03/12/2019 “The United States deeply appreciates the European Union’s contributions to promoting peace, security, and human rights in Europe and across the globe. The EU’s engagement and cooperation with the Security Council, in particular, brings an important degree of influence and resources to help deal with the challenges we collectively face. The United States considers the European Union to be one of our most valuable partners in our effort to ensure global security and prosperity. We recognize that Europe’s security and success are inextricably linked to our own.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/11/2019 “We look forward to the renewal for another year of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The next twelve months will be a pivotal period for Afghanistan, and UNAMA will have a critical role to play in strengthening the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s election process, supporting the Afghanistan peace process, and in donor coordination.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
03/08/2019 “Having seen previous peace agreements in South Sudan fail to hold and the country fall back into conflict and instability, the United States, the rest of this Council, and the South Sudanese people, all expect South Sudan’s leaders to demonstrate a clear commitment to the implementation of the agreement in words and in action.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the 2019 Priorities of the Organization for Security an
03/07/2019 “The OSCE’s crucial role in strengthening human rights, democracy, peace, and stability in Europe for more than 40 years cannot be overstated. The United States reaffirms the OSCE’s importance as a partner to the UN and particularly to the Security Council in addressing critical security challenges. We will continue to support the OSCE’s vital work in these and other conflicts.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/28/2019 “Next month will be the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian conflict. The United States believes that a political solution in Syria can only be arrived at through full implementation of Resolution 2254. We will continue to support the efforts of the UN and Special Envoy Pedersen to achieve that goal.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/26/2019 “When civilians cannot count on the Assad regime and its allies to allow the UN to provide sustained, unfettered humanitarian aid to areas under its control it’s clear that conditions are not conducive for sustained and voluntary returns, and that the time is still not right for the international community to support reconstruction efforts in regime-held areas of Syria absent irreversible steps toward a political solution to the conflict.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/25/2019 “We’re deeply concerned about the declaration of a national state of emergency and call on the Government of Sudan to respect the rights of all individuals in Sudan, bring an immediate end to the violent repression of peaceful protests, and seek accountability for those responsible for violations and abuses.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/22/2019 “In our work at the UN, we’re also focusing intensely, as I mentioned, on the humanitarian crisis and response. In all of this, from humanitarian work to peacekeeping to Security Council work to human rights, there are several unifying themes: protecting lives, advancing human dignity, maintaining international peace and security. These are the founding principles of the UN. They’re also U.S. values, and they require U.S. leadership and U.S. engagement with the UN to advance them.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/21/2019 “The United States is deeply committed to supporting the people of the Central African Republic as they work to build a peaceful and prosperous future. In the past several years, we’ve committed billions of dollars to life-saving humanitarian assistance, to helping displaced people and refugees rebuild and sustain their lives, to capacity-building efforts, particularly in the security and judicial sectors, and to the UN’s efforts in support of long-term peace and stability of CAR.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/20/2019 “The United States firmly stands with Ukraine in the face of Russia’s aggression, and we are committed to the success of a stable, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine. As we’ve repeatedly said: the United States does not, and will not, recognize the Kremlin’s purported annexation of Crimea. We will never accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Our Donbas-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/19/2019 “The Yemeni people must know — and the parties to the conflict must understand — that the United States remains focused, as does this Council as a whole, on achieving a comprehensive, credible, and durable political solution to the war. Such a solution will require compromise on all sides, so that we can start the long process of recovering from this humanitarian catastrophe.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/12/2019 “Let’s be clear. It’s Russia that must end this conflict. Withdrawing its military troops from eastern Ukraine and Crimea is the only acceptable outcome and the only one we should accept. The United States underscores our unequivocal position on Ukraine. We do not, and will not, recognize the Kremlin’s purported annexation of Crimea. We’ll never accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s control over its own territory, whether in eastern Ukraine or Crimea, including its territorial waters.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/12/2019 “We are proud of the work of our partners to better protect children affected by armed conflict in CAR and elsewhere. The United States supports UNICEF in its mandate to protect and assist children in CAR and globally, including specializing support for survivors of violence and ensuring children’s access to a range of life-saving assistance including nutrition, health, water, and sanitation.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Ambassador Cohen delivers Remarks on Threats to International Peace and Security caused by ISIS’ Ter
02/11/2019 “We strongly encourage the UN to continue guiding and enabling member states to comprehensively prosecute, rehabilitate and reintegrate foreign terrorist fighters and those associated with them, including children. The UN’s work on this and more broadly on counter-terrorism and on preventing violent extremism must include civil society participation, and we expect OCT to continue to mainstream civil society into the core of its work. We also expect CTED to continue their important work on civil society, human rights, and integrating a gender perspective as cross-cutting issues vital to their mandate.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
02/07/2019 It’s disappointing that at a moment when the atmosphere begs for improvement these Council meetings continue to be used to employ antagonistic language, and I agree with much of what my German and UK colleagues said. This is unfortunate and one reason that many Council members are reluctant to continue these meetings, wondering whether they actually contribute to or detract from prospects for international peace and security. – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks on Transnational Organized Crime at Sea as a Threat to Internation
02/05/2019 “To combat offshore illicit activities in Africa, the United States Africa Command has joined European and African partners since 2011 to conduct annual at-sea maritime exercises in the Gulf of Guinea and the Gulf of Aden. These programs have increased law enforcement capacity to interdict illicit goods, counter human trafficking, and prevent unlawful fishing.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Ambassador Jonathan Cohen delivered remarks on Mercenaries Activities as a Source of Instability and
02/04/2019 “the United States would like to draw a sharp contrast between illegal, destabilizing mercenary activities and the legal, legitimate role that private military and security companies can play in many places, including in Central Africa. Private security actors train national militaries, provide logistics support to UN and AU peace operations, and protect facilities. Actors operating in these roles, in accordance with all applicable laws and the consent of host governments, contribute positively to the maintenance of peace and security across the continent.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in
01/30/2019 It’s critical that this convoy include all the required assistance, as determined by the UN. As part of this delivery, the UN should also be able to conduct a survey of the Rukban resident intentions. The intentions survey will help facilitate the safe, voluntary, dignified, and informed departures from Rukban of those internally displaced persons who wish to leave the encampment. – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
01/28/2019 Today, we honor the memory of the millions of people – Jews, Slavs, Roma, LGBTI persons, persons with disabilities, and countless others – who were murdered during the Holocaust, a period of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity. We affirm our ongoing responsibility to live up to the admonitions, “Never forget and never again.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Impacts of Climate Rel
01/25/2019 “Mr. President, we’ve seen how natural disasters can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, threatening critical infrastructure that citizens rely on to reliably deliver food, water, and shelter in the wake of such events. This makes things harder for everyone – from relief workers to police forces to national militaries – as they try to access remote areas, supply their teams, and deliver needed services.” ...
Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at a Briefing on the United Nations Verification Mission in Colomb
01/23/2019 “Over the past two years, Colombians have put aside over a half century of fighting, held peaceful and inclusive elections, stood up transitional justice institutions, and extended development and governance to remote areas of the country. We believe the UN Verification Mission in Colombia has been vital to this success, and we welcome the Colombian government’s support for the UN. Despite this progress, now is not the time to become complacent.” ...
Ambassador Cohen Delivers Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democr
01/11/2019 “Mr. President, we want to acknowledge the millions of Congolese throughout the DRC who exercised their right to vote last week after two years of delay. Despite confusion, technical issues, weather, and long lines, the citizens of the DRC showed the world that they have a voice. The United States stands with the people of Congo at this historic moment and it is they who should determine their country’s future.” ...
01/09/2018 “Mr. President, we are concerned by the World Food Program’s reports of Houthi food aid diversion and call for a thorough investigation to identify and hold accountable those responsible for shameful theft. Interference with UN relief efforts can only prolong the misery of Yemeni citizens, and we call on all sides to ensure that food aid gets to those who need it most. We also call on all parties to honor fully the ceasefire in Hudaydah and to ensure that redeployments agreed to in Sweden proceed in due course. Credible redeployments are critical to sustaining peace in Hudaydah and restoring a functioning port to the country.” ...
12/18/2018 “As for the American people, we have demonstrated time and again our commitment to peace in the Middle East. We will continue to offer our hand in friendship to the Palestinian people, whom we have financially supported by far more than any other country has done. The Palestinians have everything to gain by engaging in peace negotiations. But whatever it is that others decide, the world must know that America will remain steadfast in our support of Israel, its people, and its security. That is an unshakeable bond between our two peoples. And it is that bond – more than anything else – that makes peace possible.” ...
12/14/2018 “In this season of hope, the international community doesn’t have to be satisfied with just hope for the people of Yemen. We have the ability to change their reality. Human beings created this crisis. Human beings can end it. Life and death are on the line, and we are not powerless. We call on all of our colleagues in the Security Council to take the next step. To build on what has begun. And to find the simple, political will to save lives – lives of millions – and bring about peace in Yemen.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft resolution to Con
12/06/2018 “I want to take a personal moment and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: is the hatred that strong? Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you’ll defend a terrorist organization, one that is directly causing harm to the Palestinian people? Isn’t it time to let that go? For true peace and security in the entire region, isn’t it time for both sides to let this go? For the sake of peace, and for the sake of this institution, I respectfully urge my colleagues to support the United States’ resolution.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/19/2018 “While this Council remains focused on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, it ignores other very serious conflicts in the Middle East. One has in recent months come to the doorstep of Europe and the United States. That is the continued evidence of increased international terrorist activity by the Iranian regime. Iranian assassinations of political opponents are as old as the Islamic Republic itself. While U.S. diplomats were still being held hostage by Islamic revolutionaries in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iranian agents and proxies began a campaign of political murder in Europe, North Africa, and across the Middle East. Iranian malign behavior does not just target one country, it targets us all.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Democratic Republic of Con
11/13/2018 ”To the Congolese people, as you prepare to take this momentous leap into your future, my message to you is this: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is your birthright and that of every human being. Claim it. Demand it. Seize it for yourselves and your grandchildren yet to come. Know that there are people throughout the world rooting for your success. And know that the prayers and the best wishes of the American people are with you.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Multilateralism and the Role o
11/09/2018 “Support for collective action falters when its burdens fail to match its benefits. And no multilateral work – no matter how worthy its goals – can continue long term when it takes its most generous donors for granted. I know I’ve spoken some hard truths this morning. But I’ve done so out of my obligation to reflect the American people’s sincere belief in this institution’s founding purpose. When we work in the true spirit of multilateralism – the spirit of principled objectives, shared burdens, and respect – this institution is capable of great things. The United States looks forward to many more successful years of collaboration with you on behalf of peace, security, and human rights for all people in the world.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/01/2018 “Cuba and its allies do the same thing every year. They propose a resolution blaming Cuba’s poverty, repression, and lack of freedom on the United States. They falsely blame America for all kinds of evil things, even genocide. But this resolution changes nothing. It doesn’t help a single Cuban family. It doesn’t feed a single Cuban child. It doesn’t free a single Cuban political prisoner. Those who support this resolution every year have it wrong. Our reason for the embargo is and has always been Cuba’s denial of freedom and the denial of the most basic human rights for the Cuban people. The United States will continue to stand with the Cuban people until their rights and their freedoms are restored. Period. We won’t back down”. –Ambassador Nikki Haley
10/24/2018 “Only accountability for the crimes against Rohingya will serve the cause of peace in Burma. This is not about finger pointing. It is about accepting the realities of what happened so that healing and accountability can occur. We’ve all heard the excuses offered by those who have fought this briefing. They argue that the Security Council is not the appropriate place to discuss these atrocities. Our work, they say, is peace and security. Not human rights. But the forcible movement of over 700,000 people across borders is undeniably a matter of international peace and security.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
10/18/2018 “The United States has followed the money that funds the recruitment, training, and coerced deployment of child soldiers in Iran. Earlier this week, we identified the sources of the Basij’s funding, and took action to cut them off from the global economy and financial system. Two days ago, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on a network of 20 Iranian corporations and financial institutions that provide funding for the Basij Resistance Force.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
10/01/2018 The UN Security Council was established by the UN Charter, and it’s primary responsibility is to work to maintain international peace and security. There are 193 members of the United Nations, and 15 members of the UN Security Council: the five permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) ...
09/24/2018 “The Global Call to Action began as way to build awareness among world leaders about the drug problem. The next step is to reaffirm the commitment of UN Member States to key UN conventions and institutions devoted to this issue. And we need to pay more attention to emerging challenges, specifically those posed by synthetic drugs.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/21/2018 “All of us support the efforts of Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to find ways to reduce the violence and return to talks. The tragedy that is building in Yemen is almost beyond comprehension. But we are not helpless in the face of it. Everyone – the Security Council, the warring parties in Yemen, and their partners – should be focused on negotiating an end to this war – not making the suffering of Yemeni children worse.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/21/2018 “All of us support the efforts of Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to find ways to reduce the violence and return to talks. The tragedy that is building in Yemen is almost beyond comprehension. But we are not helpless in the face of it. Everyone – the Security Council, the warring parties in Yemen, and their partners – should be focused on negotiating an end to this war – not making the suffering of Yemeni children worse.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Chairs the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on Peacekeeping Performance
09/21/2018 “The Secretary-General has challenged all of us to step up and strengthen peacekeeping. Today, the Security Council responded to the call. The United States is grateful for the Council’s leadership. The actions we take today will make the United Nations a better, more effective instrument of peace and security. And it will make us a more trusted caretaker of the people we are pledged to protect.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/20/2018 “For almost 40 years, the Iranian regime has existed outside the community of law-abiding nations. It is difficult to name a conflict in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints on it. The Iranian regime has backed dictators who gas their own people. It stokes conflict. It funds foreign fighters and terrorists. It transfers missiles to militants. It acts against the interests and policies of this Security Council, time and time again. Across the Middle East, Iran has trampled on the sovereignty of its neighbors. In Lebanon. In Syria. In Yemen. And the Iranian regime has shown a total disregard of the sovereignty of a country that is at a critical stage in its political development: Iraq.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/20/2018 Ambassador Nikki Haley previewed U.S. priorities for the 73rd UN General Assembly High-Level Week, set to begin on Monday September 24. She highlighted achievements in the United States’ September UN Security Council presidency and previewed the President’s schedule and events for the other members of the Administration who will visit New York next week. ...
09/17/2018 “Now is the wrong time to undo all the good work we’ve done in the Security Council. Now is the wrong time to ease sanctions pressure on the North Korean regime by repealing sanctions. And it’s never the right time to allow cheating to go unpunished. Every time the Security Council overlooks sanctions violations – every time we allow the Russians to bury evidence of violations – we remove incentives of Pyongyang to end its nuclear program.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/13/2018 “A secure, inclusive, and corruption-free Somalia is possible. Political and security challenges will occur – that’s a given. But if we stay unified in our commitment toward progress, I sincerely believe we will ultimately see a prosperous Somalia where all citizens can thrive in stability and freedom.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/12/2018 “The people of the United States support the UN when it lives up to the ideals of its founding because we share those ideals. Please help us show that this support is not misplaced. Join us in the effort to ensure that the men and women who represent the United Nations to the world have training, professionalism, and character to match their high mission. So many vulnerable people in the world are depending on us. They’re giving us their trust. We owe them our protection.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/11/2018 “As we heard today, there is a remarkable degree of Security Council unity on Yemen. Everyone around the table wants to see diplomacy succeed. The parties have got to act to help the Yemeni people. They can do things right now that will actually make the Yemeni people better off, instead of accelerating this humanitarian catastrophe.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/11/2018 “We consider any assault on Idlib to be a reckless escalation of the conflict. If Assad, Russia, and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire. The world will hold them responsible. And no number of Security Council meetings will ever change that.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/10/2018 “At its core, corruption is the transfer of wealth from the powerless to the powerful. Bribes, insider deals, skimming of public funds, and diversion of humanitarian aid – these are all forms of the involuntary tribute the poorest pay to the powerful in corrupt regimes. When the weight of this burden becomes too much for the people to endure, they inevitably react. Corruption also allows transnational crime and drug trafficking to flourish, threatening the health and safety of all of us. The resulting instability and outflows of desperate people demonstrate that corruption is not just an internal matter. It is a regional and global concern for all of us. Nowhere is this more true than in Venezuela. Those who have stood on the Simon Bolivar Bridge that connects Venezuela and Colombia – as I have – have seen the endless parade of people fleeing poverty and oppression in Venezuela.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/10/2018 “For all the time we spend here discussing conflict, we hardly ever talk about how corruption fuels the instability, violence, and criminal activity that put countries on our agenda. We pour billions and billions of dollars into trying to fix these problems. We deploy blue helmets, we set up massive assistance missions. We send experts to all corners of the globe. But we fail to recognize the issue that is staring us in the face – corruption.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/07/2018 “The Assad regime and its enablers, Russia and Iran, have a playbook for this war. First, they surround a civilian area. Next, they make the preposterous claim that everyone in the area is a terrorist, so every man, woman, and child becomes a target. Then comes the ‘starve and surrender’ campaign, where they keep attacking until the people no longer have food, clean water, or shelter. It’s a playbook of death. The Assad regime has spent the last seven years refining it with Russia and Iran’s help.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/06/2018 ‘The story of the war in Syria is still being written. There is still time for those who believe in human dignity to shape history. There is still time for the nations of the world to come to their aid. And there is still time for those who would commit additional acts of human savagery to reconsider their actions. The choice is theirs – and it will dictate our response, in the time and the manner of our choosing.’ – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/06/2018 “Rather than accept responsibility for its actions, the Russian government has offered only denials and counteraccusations – anything to deflect attention and distract from its guilt. The Russian denials have followed a familiar script. From Crimea to MH17 to the Donbas to the killing of Litvinenko, the list goes on and on. And the song is always the same. Russia is somehow never behind these incidents. But no one’s buying it. The most recent British action ensures that Russia doesn’t get away with this brazen attack.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/05/2018 “With each passing day, Nicaragua travels further down a familiar path. It is a path that Syria has taken. It is a path that Venezuela has taken. The Security Council should not – it cannot – be a passive observer as Nicaragua continues to decline into a failed, corrupt, and dictatorial state – because we know where this path leads.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
08/28/2018 “We are now all armed with the devastating eye-witness accounts of the Rohingya, which lead us to the following conclusions: Children, babies, women and men suffered unspeakable crimes. The attacks were planned, premeditated, and coordinated. The perpetrator was the Burmese military and security forces. The whole world is watching what we will do next, and if we will act.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in the Democrati
08/27/2018 “Today, the DRC is 118 days away from election day – that’s less than four months for the government to finish organizing free, fair, and credible elections. Fortunately, we have already reached an important milestone. President Kabila did not register as a presidential candidate before the deadline, guaranteeing that he cannot legally stand for reelection or legitimately serve as president past January 2019. The United States welcomes reports of President Kabila’s intent not to seek a third term. This is an important step towards a peaceful transition of power. History will look favorably on President Kabila’s decision if it culminates in free, fair, and credible elections that translate into a lasting democracy for the Congolese people, a legacy that we hope he earns in the coming months.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Threats to International Peace
08/23/2018 “So today, while we look back at the campaign against ISIS, we must prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. We must maintain our resolve, and we will prevail. There is no doubt about how this story will end. The forces of terror will never win. The fight against terror will take different forms, but the outcome is certain. The United States will continue to be a force in this effort against ISIS and al-Qa’ida until we defeat this threat.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
08/02/2018 “Civilians are at risk, infrastructure is at risk, and we as the international community have to demand that the two parties come together and understand the seriousness of this. And I think that as we are going through that, we will be very anxious to hear how your talks go, but I think that we as a Council and as members need to remind both of them that civilian casualties, civilian infrastructure, anything that would relate to that is a concern.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
07/27/2018 “We will continue to forcefully advocate for religious tolerance in the international arena. Not just because so many people are being denied this right, but because defending religious freedom makes for a safer and more peaceful world for all of us. Where there is religious tolerance, there is political tolerance. And where there is political tolerance, there is peace, security, and prosperity.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
07/24/2018 “The United States has provided over six billion – with a B – dollars in bilateral assistance to Palestinians. How much have the Arab countries – some of whom are wealthy countries – how much have they given to the Palestinians? It does not come anywhere close to what the United States has done. Words at the United Nations, or actions on the streets and in the schools of Palestinian communities? Which matters more?” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution Imposing an Ar
07/13/2018 “The arms embargo is a measure to protect civilians and help stop the violence. For negotiations to work, we must end the cycle of broken promises to stick to a ceasefire. Peace in South Sudan will not come by letting the parties get their hands on more weapons. The opposite is true. Supporting an arms embargo will show the parties that we are fed up with the delays and the stalling. It will show our resolve to make life better for the people of South Sudan.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
07/10/2018 “The United States is strongly committed to empowering women in developing communities from the ground up. We work to ensure that our assistance goes directly to the kinds of women I meet with on my trips abroad: the mothers struggling to feed their families, educate their kids, and create a future for their families and their communities. The women pushing through barriers to have equal political representation. The entrepreneurs, pioneers, goal setters, and other extraordinary women changing the face of society. Across Africa, the U.S. is helping to build the capacity of regional organizations and the African Union to support women’s political participation.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
07/09/2018 “The Security Council must hold governments accountable for how they treat children both during and after active conflicts. They cannot neglect the unseen damage done to children’s hearts and minds. To create a sustainable peace, stabilization plans must prioritize basic education and psychosocial support for all victims – both boys and girls, including children born from sexual violence. Childhood is short. Time is not on the side of child victims in conflict. The United States welcomes this discussion. We support the adoption of the resolution. And we urge our colleagues to do more to save new generations from being lost to the pain and trauma of armed conflict. Living through violence and conflict should not determine a child’s future. Every child deserves the opportunity to flourish.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
06/13/2018 “The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day. It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of Hamas, who routinely initiates violence in Gaza. Such one-sided resolutions at the UN do nothing to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Everyone recognizes that. But advancing peace is not the goal of this resolution.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks before Voting on Two Draft UN Security Council Resolutions on Gaza
06/01/2018 “The United States remains fully determined to pursue a long-term peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Such an agreement would benefit the entire Middle East region and most especially the Palestinian and Israeli people. But a necessary precondition for peace is recognition of reality. One of those realities is that Hamas is a major impediment to peace. They are in charge of Gaza, and they use their resources not to help the people of Gaza but to wage war against Israel. Another reality is when the United Nations sides with terrorists over Israel, as the Kuwait resolution does, it only makes a peaceful resolution of this conflict harder to reach. We strongly encourage this Council to vote against Kuwait’s resolution and acknowledge the concerns of Hamas by voting for the U.S. resolution. Each of you has a choice. You either support Hamas or not. This vote will tell the story.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/31/2018 “The resolution before us today is a modest step in this direction. It extends the sanctions regime for 45 days. It demands that the parties fully adhere to the cessation of hostilities. We hope they seize this opportunity for the sake of the South Sudanese people. This is a resolution we should all support. We urge Council members to use this time to think about the reality of life in South Sudan. I have said often that my fear in South Sudan is that the children are growing up uneducated, unskilled, and resentful. That will be all of our issue when they become adults. These children deserve a brighter future, and in the face of such barbaric violence, the Council’s failure to act denies them of that future.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/30/2018 “It is outrageous for the Security Council to fail to condemn Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, while the Human Rights Council approves sending a team to investigate Israeli actions taken in self-defense. I urge the members of the Security Council to exercise at least as much scrutiny of the actions of the Hamas terrorist group as it does to Israel’s legitimate right of self-defense.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/30/2018 “Iraq’s achievements in defeating ISIS and carrying out elections deserve our collective recognition and praise. Iraq has taken major strides toward a more stable, secure, and democratic future. Now Iraq’s leaders have the hard task of assembling their government and showing that they can deliver on the high expectations of their people. The United States will be ready to support Iraq in achieving this goal.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/29/2018 “Until Russia ends its outrageous actions in Ukraine, the position of the United States will not waver. We condemn, in the strongest terms, Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine and its purported annexation of Crimea. Until Russia returns the Crimean Peninsula to Ukrainian control, U.S. sanctions related to the invasion of Crimea will continue. And until Russia pulls its forces out of eastern Ukraine and honors its Minsk commitments, our sanctions in response to its flagrant misconduct in the eastern part of the country will stay in place.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/21/2018 “It is long past time for Libya’s leaders to put aside their narrow agendas and instead think about the aspirations of the Libyan people. It is long past time for Libyans to come together around the cause of a stable, unified, and democratic government. The United States will not hesitate to use all of the tools we have to help Libyans achieve this goal.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/17/2018 “The Security Council has been increasingly outspoken and demanding of respect for human rights and international humanitarian law. This is important. But the challenge that remains is a familiar one: following through. Human rights violations and abuses and humanitarian needs have only increased on our watch. And our response has been completely inadequate.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on Violence in the Midd
05/15/2018 “Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies. This is how determined they are to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable. They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible. When asked yesterday why he put a swastika on his burning kite, the terrorist responded, ‘The Jews go crazy when you mention Hitler.’ This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake: Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday. I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council, who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/14/2018 “It was absolutely critical for the Security Council to see the crisis in Rakhine State and the challenges facing Rohingya refugees first-hand. One of the main reasons for the trip is the continuing, disheartening response from the Burmese government. Judging from the reaction of the government and the Burmese military, it seems like they have failed to acknowledge their role in this crisis.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/08/2018 “We cannot allow the last, few surviving authoritarians to drag down the hemisphere. As neighbors, the United States and all the nations of Latin America are bound together on this journey. If we stay true to our principles, I have no doubt we will succeed. And we will help ensure that the Western Hemisphere remains the hemisphere of freedom.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/26/2018 “The use of human shields deliberately advantages those with no regard for human life, and disadvantages those who seek to minimize civilian casualties. And the use of human shields isn’t confined to any one conflict. It is present across the Middle East in virtually every conflict.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/19/2018 “The agreement that ended five decades of war in Colombia has created the conditions for the just and lasting peace that Colombians deserve. It was a historic achievement. But peace in Colombia remains an unfinished project. All of us have a role in ensuring that it succeeds. First, we should give credit where credit is due. We have seen significant and visible progress in the early phases of the peace implementation. In just over six months, the FARC handed over thousands of weapons and explosives. It has also transformed into a political party and participated in elections. For its part, the government has begun reincorporating thousands of ex-combatants into civilian life. It has established transitional justice institutions. The challenge remains for the government to expand its presence throughout the country.“ – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/18/2018 “Last week, the Council met five times to discuss the chemical weapons attack in Douma. Today, we are here yet again talking about chemical weapons. This time, it’s about a military grade nerve agent used against two people on British soil. In the constant push of meeting after meeting here in this chamber, it’s easy to lose track of what this means. We are rapidly confronting a frightening new reality. If chemical weapons can appear in a small English town, where might they start appearing next?” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/17/2018 “Yemen is an issue where it should be easy for all of us on this Security Council to agree. Yemen isn’t Syria. We agree that there needs to be peace in Yemen, and that this war has taken a horrifying toll on the Yemeni people. Government services, like schools, hospitals, and clean water, barely exist anymore. This chaos is the perfect environment for terrorist groups like Al-Qaida and ISIS to find safe haven and plan attacks that could threaten us all. Finding peace is urgent. But pushing for peace also requires that we do not reward bad behavior.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on U.S., UK, and French Military Strikes in Resp
04/14/2018 “We’re here today because three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council acted. The United Kingdom, France, and the United States acted – not as revenge, not as punishment, not as a symbolic show of force. We acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Unilateral Action in Response to Syria’s Chem
04/13/2018 “We know who did this. Our allies know who did this. Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover ups. Russia was supposed to guarantee that Assad wouldn’t use chemical weapons, and Russia did the opposite. The world must not passively accept the use of chemical weapons after almost a century of their prohibition.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/13/2018 “At some point, you have to do something. At some point, you have to say enough. We saw what happened in Salisbury. This is a renewed effort to bring chemical weapons back into mainstream and we can’t let that happen.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/10/2018 “And then today, they vetoed for the sixth time a resolution condemning Assad for chemical weapons attacks on his own people. So no matter what we do, Russia will be consistent. They’ll continue to play the games. And once again, they’re putting forward yet another surprise resolution. The first time any of us saw it was today at 11:00 a.m. They held no negotiations. They took no input. And when Sweden asked that the Council be allowed to discuss the resolution, they allowed it, but they didn’t allow any changes to it. So there’s a reason Russia didn’t want to discuss their resolution, because it doesn’t accomplish anything.” -Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/10/2018 “Month after month, the Assad regime, with full support of Russia and Iran, has strung along this Council. They ignored our calls for a ceasefire. They ignored our calls for political dialogue. They ignored our calls for deliveries of humanitarian aid. They ignored our calls to stop using chemical weapons – weapons that are universally banned from war. And then, last weekend, the Assad regime forced a moment of reckoning on all of us by gassing people of Douma.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/10/2018 “All of us say we want an independent investigation. Our resolution achieves that goal. Russia’s does not. This is not an issue that more time or more consultations could have resolved. At a certain point, you’re either for an independent and impartial investigation, or you’re not. And now that the Douma attack has happened, this is not a decision that we can delay any longer. The United States calls on all Security Council members to vote in favor of our resolution and to abstain or vote against the Russian draft. The Syrian people are counting on us.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
04/04/2018 “It’s a sad fact, just a few years ago, a single chemical weapons attack would have united us in shock and anger. It would have been enough for us to take immediate action. Now, we have a regime that uses chemical weapons practically every other week. Our lack of action has consequences. When we let one regime off the hook, others take notice. The use of nerve agents in Salisbury and Kuala Lumpur proves this point and reveals a dangerous trend. We are rapidly sliding backward, crossing back into a world that we thought we left. No one wants to live in a world where chemical weapons are used. No one wants to live in fear that a colorless, shapeless gas will suddenly seep into our lungs and leave us gasping for air. If we do not act, if we do not stop and change course, this is the world we could be fast approaching.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/28/2018 “One country should not shoulder more than one quarter of the UN peacekeeping budget, and we look forward to a more equitable distribution of the budget among Member States. Moving forward, the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget. This is a cap required by U.S. law. We pledge to work with Member States and the organization to ensure we make this adjustment in a fair and sensible manner that protects UN peacekeeping. All of us have a role to play, and all of us must step up. The Security Council, the UN Secretariat, regional organizations like the African Union, troop and police contributors, and host governments have to work together. As we move forward, we need to always remember why we deploy peacekeeping missions in the first place.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/27/2018 “If we were upholding our responsibility as a Security Council, we would pass a resolution today recognizing the reality of what happened in eastern Ghouta. A responsible Security Council would condemn Syrian authorities, along with Russia and Iran, for launching a military offensive to seize eastern Ghouta the same day that we called for a ceasefire.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/26/2018 “We gather today to commemorate a shameful and brutal period in the world’s history. We remember the over 10 million men, women, and children who lost their lives and their dignity at the hands of the transatlantic slave trade. The rare messages of hope that come from this terrible time are the stories of the courageous men and women who fought for and won their God-given right to freedom. Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice, dying in slavery, so that others may live in freedom. We can’t change this painful part of our history, but we can learn from it by remembering these remarkable people.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/12/2018 “Sixteen days ago, we came to an agreement. Russia cast its vote in favor of the agreement. And with that vote, Russia promised its support for a 30-day ceasefire, as did the rest of the members of the Security Council…During the negotiations, the United States put all parties on notice that we needed to act if the ceasefire was not honored, and members of the Security Council agreed. And now that day has come. The ceasefire has failed. The situation of the civilians in eastern Ghouta is dire. And the United States is acting. We have drafted a new ceasefire resolution that provides no room for evasion. It is simple, straightforward, and binding. It will take effect immediately upon adoption by this Council.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/24/2018 “Our goal with this resolution is clear: The Assad regime needs to stop its military activities around eastern Ghouta, and for once, allow humanitarian access to all of those who need it. We are deeply skeptical that the regime will comply. But we supported this resolution because we must demand nothing less. We owe this to the innocent people of Syria begging for help.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/21/2018 “It is important that we pause for a moment every so often to reflect why it is we’re here and what guides our work. And we should start by being honest: there is a lot of lip service paid to the Charter of the United Nations. Everyone claims to be motivated by it and to be acting in accordance with its principles. But all too often, Member States invoke the UN Charter not to inspire us to act, but to excuse their lack of action. And so we see the Security Council frequently failing to act at the times it’s most important to defend the principles of the Charter.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/21/2017 “It can be tempting to take Europe’s peace and security for granted. Europe is a continent of strong, stable democracies…But Europe faces serious challenges – most acutely, Russia’s attempts to destabilize Ukraine and infringe upon Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States is committed to the institutions that help keep Europe safe. We will not waver in our support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is the strongest alliance in history. We are working to make NATO even more effective – deepening cooperation among existing members and keeping the door open to new allies who fulfill the requirements for membership, while seeking to increase burden sharing.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley – Ambassador Nikki Haley – Ambassador Nikki Haley – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle E
02/20/2018 “You can choose to denounce the United States, reject the U.S. role in peace talks, and pursue punitive measures against Israel in international forums like the UN. I assure you that path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations. Or, you can choose to put aside your anger about the location of our embassy, and move forward with us toward a negotiated compromise that holds great potential for improving the lives of the Palestinian people. Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/13/2018 “The world is watching and waiting for Burma to act. What we have seen so far is cruel and barbaric. To top it off, they have the gall to blame the media. Unhindered media access is vitally important. Journalists like the two imprisoned Reuters reporters are an indispensable source of information. I also call on the Secretary-General to quickly appoint a Special Envoy for Burma. And I call on the Burmese government to allow a UN fact-finding mission and the Special Rapporteur into the country. Without the media and UN personnel in Burma to shed light on the crimes being committed, there is no hope for justice for the victims.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Electoral Process in the D
02/12/2018 “Our interest in free, fair, and credible elections begins with ensuring that the Government of the DRC genuinely represents and reflects the will of the Congolese people. But it is also about addressing a worsening political, human rights, humanitarian, and economic situation in the Congo.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMI
02/07/2018 “As Kosovo approaches the tenth anniversary of its independence, we believe that the opportunity is at hand for such a genuine peace. The people of Kosovo are establishing the institutions of self-government. Last year a new administration was formed following free, fair, and peaceful democratic elections. A functioning, multi-ethnic democracy continues to strengthen in Kosovo, one that respects the rule of law and human rights of all. The UN Mission in Kosovo has been an important part of this achievement. But now it is time for leaders in Kosovo and Serbia to take their future into their own hands.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/05/2018 “It’s a true tragedy that Russia has sent us back to square one in the effort to end chemical weapons use in Syria. But we will not cease in our efforts to know the truth of the Assad regime and ensure that that truth is known and acted on by the international community. That is why we hosted all 15 members of this Council at the U.S. Holocaust Museum last week. The exhibit was called: ‘Syria: Please Don’t Forget Us.’ All of us saw undeniable evidence of the Assad regime’s atrocities and human rights violations. We cannot and should not forget the Syrian people. The United States will not forget them. While this Council has not yet been able to act to provide real accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria, the United States will not give up on the responsibility to do so.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in the Middle Ea
01/25/2018 “The United States remains deeply committed to helping the Israelis and the Palestinians reach a historic peace agreement that brings a better future to both peoples, just as we did successfully with the Egyptians and the Jordanians. But we will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace. To get historic results, we need courageous leaders. History has provided such leaders in the past. For the sake of the Palestinian and Israeli people, we pray it does so again.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
01/24/2018 “Our attempts to ease the suffering of the people of South Sudan aren’t working. And what’s worse, we’re failing; not despite the leadership of South Sudan, but because of it. The time has come to acknowledge the hard reality that the leaders of South Sudan are not just failing their people, they are betraying them. And so this Council is at a crossroads. We are morally obligated, and obligated under the terms of the UN Charter, to address threats to international peace and security in South Sudan. We cannot stand by idly as innocent civilians are murdered and raped.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
01/18/2018 “The regimes that most threaten the world today with weapons of mass destruction are also the source of different kinds of security challenges. They deny human rights and fundamental freedoms to their people. They promote regional instability. They aid terrorists and militant groups. They promote conflict that eventually spills over its borders.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks to the Security Council After Calling an Emergency Meeting on Iran
01/05/2018 “Today the people of Iran are speaking to their government, and their message is undeniable: Stop the support for terrorism. Stop giving billions of our money to killers and dictators. Stop taking our wealth and spending it on foreign fighters and proxy wars. Think of us.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
12/22/2017 “On November 29, Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. This was another attempt by the Kim regime to masquerade as a great power, while their people starve and their soldiers defect. But for the international community, this is an unprecedented challenge from a defiant state. So we have leveled an unprecedented response.” – Ambassdor Nikki Haley
12/21/2017 “America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN. And this vote will be remembered.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
12/18/2017 “The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy…Today, for the simple act of deciding where to put our embassy, the United States was forced to defend its sovereignty. The record will reflect that we did so proudly. Today, for acknowledging a basic truth about the capital city of Israel, we are accused of harming peace. The record will reflect that we reject that outrageous claim.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
12/12/2017 “Burma must allow an independent, transparent, and credible investigation into what has happened. Allowing full access for the UN Fact-Finding Mission to gather information and evidence from the ground is vital to accountability and a solution to the crisis. We cannot allow more time to pass. There is no denying that these atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, have taken place. The United States unequivocally condemns all acts of violence in Burma, including the horrific violence conducted by the Burmese security forces, who should be the ones protecting their own people.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
12/11/2017 “We must tell the full story of the North Korean people. Only a few of them, some with us today, have escaped to tell the truth about their struggle for freedom. My hope is that we hear their stories today and add our voices to the cause of basic human rights in North Korea.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Remarks to the UN Security Council Supporting President Trump’s Decision to
12/08/2017 “The United States took this step in full knowledge that it will raise questions and concerns. Our actions are intended to help advance the cause of peace. We must recognize that peace is advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other. Our actions reflected an honest assessment of reality.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/29/2017 “The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it. We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday. And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/28/2017 “Every member of this Council is familiar with the horrifying statistics being produced by the violence in South Sudan. Millions of South Sudanese are facing famine and have been driven from their homes. Tens of thousands are dead. Thousands of children have been forced into conflict as child soldiers. I, too, knew these statistics before I traveled to South Sudan in October. But that knowledge did not prepare me for the suffering that I saw there.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/15/2017 “Our commitment to the Venezuelan people does not end with this session. We meet today to discuss peace and security. But at the heart of all this Council does is people… Our message to the Venezuelan people today is not to give up on hope for a better future for yourselves and for your families. We refuse to give up hope and will not stop fighting to get your voices heard.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/08/2017 “There can now be no higher priority for the Security Council than to renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism. Anyone who prevents us from achieving this goal is aiding and abetting those who have been using chemical weapons in Syria. They are helping to ensure, not just that more women and children will die, but that those women and children will die in one of the cruelest, most painful ways possible. We are better than this. We must be. Now is the time to show the world.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
11/01/2017 “The United States opposes this resolution today in continued solidarity with the Cuban people and in the hope that they will one day be free to choose their own destiny. We might stand alone today. But when the day of freedom comes for the Cuban people – and it will come – we will rejoice with them as only a free people can.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
10/30/2017 “We understand the force will need ongoing support and are eager for opportunities to work closely with our partners to make this effort a successful one. But we believe that the G5 force must be, first and foremost, owned by the countries of the region themselves. We expect that the G5 countries will take on full regional ownership of the force within a period of three to six years, with continued U.S. engagement. This is the approach that will be most effective, in the end, in freeing the region from terror.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
10/12/2017 “The main reason we face a risk of famine in Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, and Somalia is that fighters are not letting food get to those who need it. In some cases, there are reports that warring parties are trying to starve entire communities into submission. It’s horrifying. And it demands this Council’s full and immediate attention.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
09/26/2017 “The people of South Sudan are suffering, and the promise of their hard-fought independence is slipping away. We are so concerned, in fact, about the deteriorating situation in South Sudan – and elsewhere in central and east Africa – that President Trump announced last week that he has asked me to go to Africa in October. While there, I will go to Juba as a representative of my government, but also as a representative to the Security Council.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
08/02/2017 “As long as we allow the Iranian regime to violate this Council’s prohibitions with impunity, it will be a source of weapons to terrorist groups that will only grow in volume and destructive capability. The United States will continue to raise this issue of Iranian non-compliance with international obligations at every opportunity.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
07/05/2017 “North Korea’s destabilizing escalation is a threat to all nations in the region and beyond. Their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution…The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction. We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us and of addressing those who supply the threats.” “In the coming days, we will bring before the Security Council a resolution that raises the international response in a way that is proportionate to North Korea’s new escalation… If we are unified, the international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. We can increase air and maritime restrictions. We can hold senior regime officials accountable.” “Yesterday’s ICBM escalation requires an escalated diplomatic and economic response. Time is short. Action is required. The world is on notice. If we act together, we can still prevent a catastrophe, and we can rid the world of a grave threat. If we fail to act in a serious way, there will be a different response.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
06/29/2017 “The Secretary-General’s report is filled with devastating evidence of the nature of the Iranian regime. In paragraph after paragraph, it documents the Iranian government’s actions in defiance of Resolution 2231: repeated ballistic missile launches, proven arms smuggling, illicit procurement of ballistic missile-related technology. Iran’s destructive and destabilizing role in the Middle East goes far beyond its illicit missile launches. From Syria to Yemen and Iraq to Lebanon, Iran’s support for terrorist groups continues unabated. Iran’s weapons, military advisors and arms smugglers stoke regional conflicts and make them harder to solve.” “For our part, the United States will not continue to turn a blind eye to Iranian regime’s behavior. In our national capacity, the United States will do our part to enforce resolution 2231. We will work with our global partners to interdict cargo prohibited under the resolution. And we will continue to impose our own sanctions on those who help violate resolution 2231.” “The continuance of Iran’s destructive, destabilizing behavior will prevent it from ever having a normal relationship with the United States and the rest of the world. And the regime’s continued oppression of its own people speaks volumes about its true nature.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
06/20/2017 “The Security Council must unite to say that enough is enough. We need to pressure Hamas to end its tyranny over the people of Gaza. We should condemn Hamas in this Council’s resolutions and statements. We should name Hamas as the group responsible when rockets are fired from Gaza, or when fresh tunnels are discovered. And we should designate Hamas as a terrorist organization in a resolution, with consequences for anyone who continues to support it. That is how we can help build a more peaceful Middle East, and how we can fulfill our responsibility here on this Council to actually maintain international peace and security…This Council can go and do the thing it always does, which is pick a side. You can bash Israel. You can bash the Palestinian Authority. And we will get nowhere. But if you saw what I saw, if you see the terrorist activity that is happening in that area right now, you would understand that every ounce of what we say in this Council – pitting the two sides against each other is only strengthening the terrorists.” -Ambassador Nikki Haley
06/15/2017 “The African Union has a unique capacity to anticipate crises, mediate conflicts, and deploy troops and police on short notice. They do this, moreover, in some of the most challenging environments in the world. We applaud the increasing leadership the AU has exercised in contributing to peace operations and battling terrorist and insurgent groups…We are encouraged by the prospect of more effective, self-sufficient, and African-led peace operations. We understand, however, that additional progress will take time. Therefore, before considering moving forward on any framework resolution with regard to financial support through the UN, we will look for implementation and concrete results from the AU’s own benchmarks and timelines.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
06/06/2017 “In this session of the Council, it is crucial to adopt the strongest possible resolutions on the critical human rights situations in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Belarus, and Ukraine, and that it follow up to prevent further human rights violations and abuses in those countries.”
Ambassador Nikki Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Humanitarian Situati
05/31/2017 “This Council is in a position to chart a different course for the children of Syria and give them the future they dream of and that they deserve. Ultimately, the best and only way to truly support these kids is by ending the conflict and getting them the assistance they need. Unfortunately, delivery of humanitarian aid continues to be blocked by the government. The regime continues to put up bureaucratic roadblocks to the delivery of life-saving food and medicine. No one is fooled by the games they are playing. They are making the choice to starve their own people for political gain and are being supported by Iran as Russia looks the other way. The message I took to the refugees I visited with last week was that the United States will never give up working to ease their suffering. But we have to be honest: what they want – what they need – is to return home. But they will never have a home to return to until there is peace in Syria. In addition to the political solution, we must start to focus on the development needs of host countries, as well as the transition for Syrians to go home.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Nikki Haley Delivers Remarks Before UN Security Council Consultations on North Korea (DPR
05/16/2017 “This has become more than just a problem; this is a true threat to every country in the world….We have to turn around and tell the entire international community: you either support North Korea, or you support us, because that’s what it comes down to. You are either with North Korea or you are not…We are going to send a very strong, unified message to North Korea: that the international community wants to support you, but as long as you test and as long as you continue your nuclear program, you are on an island by yourself.” -Ambassador Nikki Haley
05/09/2017 “We deeply appreciate the European Union and its member states’ leadership and cooperation in promoting peace, security, and human rights in Europe and around the world. Today as we take stock of our global priorities, I am struck by how often the United States and the European Union partner to amplify each other’s important efforts…One of our most fruitful areas of cooperation has been in our effort to bring greater focus on the relationship between human rights and international peace and security. We commend and share the European Union’s emphasis on accountability and its efforts to fight impunity for human rights abuses and violations. Together, we’re fighting not only to hold violators accountable but also to ensure that victims receive the proper treatment, care, and justice.” –Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/27/2017 “All eyes and all pressure now need to go to Russia because they are the ones that could stop this if they wanted to…the images don’t lie. The humanitarian workers don’t lie. The fact that they can’t get the assistance they need – that’s not lying. What is, is to continue to give Russia a pass for allowing this terrible situation to occur. I will continue to press the Security Council to act, to do something, regardless of if the Russians continue to veto it, because it is our voice that needs to be heard. Because I can tell you the Syrian people don’t care about diplomacy. The Syrian people don’t care about any sort of task forces. Syrian people don’t care about any of the things we said today. They’re just trying to live their very last day.” -Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/25/2017 “If you truly care for the people of South Sudan, then we must tell the South Sudanese government that we are not going to put up with this anymore. If you care about the leadership of this Security Council, we should not allow a Presidential Statement to be totally ignored. And the person that’s benefitting from the division of this Council is the South Sudanese government. So if you want them to continue to harass the people of South Sudan, if you want to continue to see starvation in South Sudan, doing nothing is exactly what you need to keep doing. But if we’re going to stop it, and if we’re really going to truly say we want to help the people of South Sudan, that’s not about dialogue. That’s not about hope. That’s not about wishes. That’s about action, and I call on this Security Council to act.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/20/2017 “If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hizballah. Iran and Hizballah conspire together to destabilize the Middle East, and their actions are expanding. For decades, they have committed terrorist acts across the region. Today, they prop up Bashar al-Assad’s brutality, fighting alongside his forces, adding to the killing of thousands of civilians and the misery of millions of refugees. They train deadly militias in Iraq and arm Houthi militants in Yemen…While this Council has paid too little attention to this growing menace, the United States will not. We are going to speak up about Iran and Hizballah, and we are going to act against their lawlessness…The incredibly destructive nature of Iranian and Hizballah activities throughout the Middle East demands much more of our attention. It should become this Council’s priority in the region.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/19/2017 “For too many Libyans, the promise of throwing off a brutal dictator has been replaced by the reality of harsh conditions and life under militias. The effects of this instability are spreading throughout North Africa and across the Mediterranean. It doesn’t have to be this way. If Libya’s leaders can work together, with the support of the UN and the international community, Libya can start to rebuild.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/18/2017 “We don’t know where the next revolt against basic violations of humanity will come. But we know from history that they will come. And when they do, the Security Council will be called upon to react. We are much better off acting on the front end, standing for human rights before the absence of human rights forces us to react. It’s past time for this Council to fulfill the mandate we were given 72 years ago. It’s past time that we dedicate ourselves to promoting peace, security, and human rights.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Nikki Haley Chairs the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution to Draw Down the UN P
04/13/2017 “Today’s resolution brings to a close mission that began in 2004 when Haiti was first faced with an armed conflict that had spread to several cities across the country. Accountability and reporting language has been added so that we are able to track the effectiveness of remaining personnel…As the stabilization mission in Haiti draws down and the new mission gears up, the Haitian people will be set on the path of independence and self-sufficiency. This is a success story when it comes to drawing down a peacekeeping mission. The United States will continue to stand with the people of Haiti.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/12/2017 “The United States firmly believes that a political process can work, despite the odds. We remain committed to the Geneva process. We are ready to throw our weight and resources behind diplomacy. We are ready to help bring this conflict to an end. But our commitment is not enough. The United States is looking for partners who are serious about using their influence over the Assad regime and towards defeating ISIS. Every country needs to do its part. All of us must commit in not just words but also actions towards the same goal: peace in Syria.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/11/2017 “The new UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti will devote its efforts to where they are most needed: in support of the rule of law, developing the Haitian police force, and protecting human rights. At our Peacekeeping Operations Review Debate last Thursday, we asked Council members to focus on the political foundations necessary for the success of peacekeeping missions, including whether the mandated tasks and overall concept of the mission are consistent with political realities on the ground.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/07/2017 “On Tuesday, the Assad regime launched yet another chemical attack on civilians, murdering innocent men, women, and children in the most gruesome way. Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russia would have his back. That changed last night.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/06/2017 “We need to see host governments and peacekeepers working together to make life safer for people on the ground. We need to make sure that we have the backs of peacekeepers when they can’t do their jobs. And we need to make sure missions have benchmarks for accountability… The Mali mission is a key example of where the United States believes we need to take a hard look.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/04/2017 “Helping the people of Darfur means that we need to see change. Above all, the responsibility rests with Sudan’s government. We can – and should – reconfigure the mission to Darfur to make it more effective. But what will really bring peace to Darfur is holding the government accountable. Sudan’s leaders must disarm militias that still terrorize Darfur’s people. They must support UN peacekeepers and UN staff to accomplish their missions. And they must commit not just in words, but in deeds, to building sustainable peace for Darfur’s people.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
04/03/2017 As president of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a press conference previewing the Council’s program of work for April, including two thematic sessions devoted to peacekeeping reform and human rights. Ambassador Haley also announced that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...
03/31/2017 “It’s not every day that the United Nations saves millions of dollars and improves accountability, while at the same time doing its essential work of protecting civilians. With the support of the Security Council, we are changing lives and the culture of the UN for the better. That’s what we did today by reforming the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and what we will do more of in the days ahead as we review each and every UN peacekeeping operation.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/29/2017 On March 29, Ambassador Haley spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations, where she discussed the U.S. presidency of the UN Security Council in April, including her plans to assess current UN peacekeeping missions and make the case that human rights fall within the Security Council’s responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.
03/16/2017 “We want to make sure that our governments support girls and support women so that they always feel like they can show the power of their voice and also be free to act accordingly. We should encourage every country to support these basic rights, and we should help them in any way that we ...
03/15/2017 “In the coming weeks, the Department of State will launch an open and competitive process
03/15/2017 “In the coming weeks, the Department of State will launch an open and competitive process to fund transformational projects to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery under a new initiative called the “Program to End Modern Slavery,” which was recently signed into law and thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of U.S. Senator Bob Corker. This initiative will seek to raise $1.5 billion to help countries break the trafficking rings and give support to survivors. The funding will come partly from the U.S. government, but unlike most assistance programs, the initiative will seek to raise most of its money from partners in foreign governments and in the private sector. That is important because ending modern slavery has to be a collective effort.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/09/2017 “The magnitude of the humanitarian crisis is really difficult to overstate, particularly the food insufficiency challenges and the specter of famine. Enabling access for the humanitarian actors – both the UN humanitarian actors and the implementing partners, the NGOs – in each of the four countries we visited will be absolutely essential to turning back famine and for improving food security, especially for these vulnerable populations, such as mothers and their young children.” – Ambassador Michele Sison
Ambassador Nikki Haley Delivers Remarks Following UN Security Council Consultations on North Korea (
03/08/2017 “Two nuclear tests, 24 ballistic missiles by North Korea. That’s not normal on anybody’s radar…and it’s something that the world needs to be focused on. When you look at those actions, now go into 2017: we saw that we had a launch in February; we saw the assassination of Kim Jong Nam after that from chemical weapons…and now, a multiple-ballistic-missile launch. This is someone who’s trying to get attention. This is someone who’s trying to cause a reaction. But this is what bothers us: it hit less than 200 nautical miles of Japan. They said that their goal is to be able to reach U.S. bases in Japan. This is not something we can take lightly. The global community needs to understand every country is in danger from the actions of North Korea, and every country needs to respond to the actions of North Korea.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
03/07/2017 U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison traveled with the UN Security Council to the Lake Chad Basin region, meeting with government and civil society leaders in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. After speaking with displaced women in a camp in Maiduguri, she said, “I’m coming away with just two words in my brain – protection and ...
03/01/2017 “The United States condemns any use of chemical weapons by ISIS or any other non-state actor. We are determined to defeat ISIS, and we will defeat ISIS. Their use of chemical weapons only adds to that urgency. But ISIS’ barbarity is no excuse for Assad’s barbarity. Both used chemical weapons. Both should face the consequences.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/22/2017 “But let’s be clear. Defeating the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations cannot fully succeed until UN Member States stop their own support of terrorist activity. Proposals on paper will have limited impact as long as there are states that choose to arm, shelter, and finance terrorist organizations. It is vital that the international community, and this world body, state that with clarity, and act upon it. The United States will not hesitate to stand against the forces of terrorism, and that includes standing against the states that sponsor it, in particular the Islamic Republic of Iran.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/16/2017 “I am here to emphasize that the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face from the Middle East.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
02/02/2017 “The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions…The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, this crisis will continue.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
01/27/2017 “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the UN, and the way that we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies, and make sure that our allies have our back, as well. For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
Ambassador Michele Sison Speaks at the Observance of the International Day of Commemoration of the V
01/27/2017 “We now recognize as heroic the small number of individuals who showed the extraordinary courage to save as many people as they could from the Nazis. But most people said and did nothing. That is the behavior the Holocaust teaches us never to repeat, the reason we focus so much on educating future generations about the Holocaust.” – Ambassador Michele Sison
“I was blown away by the questions from the students, their sophistication, and the level of understanding of what is going on in the world today…it reminds those of us working on these issues of what we’re doing in our work at the UN – we’re representing these students as well, and their curiosity about ...
Building off the results of the Millennium Development Goals, the members of the UN General Assembly united in September 2015 to adopt seventeen new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals include ending extreme poverty in our time and combating climate change and its impacts. Starting this month, these Global Goals kick in, and member states ...
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