Call for UN Security Council Meeting on Hong Kong

27 May, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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)

27 May, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 Briefing on the Situation in Somalia (via VTC)

21 May, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

19 May, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

5 May, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

28 April, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

24 April, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Explanation of Position on resolution “International Cooperation to ensure global access to me

20 April, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

17 April, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

9 April, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

U.S. Government COVID-19 websites

16 March, 2020 | Highlights

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.

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

10 March, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

24 February, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

21 February, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

13 February, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

29 January, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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, ...

Remarks for the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Yemen

16 January, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

15 January, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

6 January, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Media Note: Decriminalizing Sexual Orientation

19 December, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

6 December, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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.

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

20 November, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...
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Media Advisory: Ambassador Kelly Craft Travels to Haiti

19 November, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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. ...
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Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft

18 November, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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.
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Media Advisory: Ambassador Kelly Craft Travels to Colombia

16 November, 2019 | Highlights

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 ...

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

28 October, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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.

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

8 October, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

30 September, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

25 September, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

10 September, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Peacekeeping Operations

9 September, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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, ...

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

28 August, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Advancing the Safety and Security of Relig

22 August, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

21 August, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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.

Remarks at a UN Security Council on Yemen

20 August, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

26 July, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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, ...

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

19 July, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

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

20 June, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

17 June, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Burundi

14 June, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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 ...
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Open Debate on the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti

3 April, 2019 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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
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United States Security Council Presidency September 2018

1 October, 2018 | Highlights

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) ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley Delivers Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

5 July, 2017 | Highlights

 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
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Ambassador Nikki Haley Discusses U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council at a Press Conference

3 April, 2017 | Highlights

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 ...
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Ambassador Michele Sison Travels to Lake Chad Basin Region

7 March, 2017 | Highlights

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 ...
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Engaging the Next Generation

20 January, 2017 | Highlights

“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 ...
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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

20 January, 2017 | Highlights

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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