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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