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

18 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

General Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Burma

18 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

18 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution Entitled “Intensification of Efforts to Prevent and Eliminate Al

17 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

General Statement in a Meeting of the Third Committee

13 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

5 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

3 November, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

30 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

26 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

26 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

26 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

16 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

9 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Remarks at an Interactive Dialogue with Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All H

8 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

6 October, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Remarks at a Global Cooperation and Training Framework Event on Advancing International Development

29 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

23 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

22 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

18 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

17 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

16 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

16 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerm

15 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Explanation of Vote on the Omnibus Resolution: Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the COVID-1

11 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

11 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

9 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

9 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

4 September, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNSOM

28 August, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNIFIL

28 August, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Cyber Attacks Against Critical Infrastruct

26 August, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

25 August, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

12 August, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Linkages between Terrorism and Transnational Organi

6 August, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

29 July, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

21 July, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

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

17 July, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

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

Explanation of Vote on the Syria Humanitarian Mandate Renewal Resolution Drafted by Belgium and Germ

7 July, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

Today the United States voted in favor of Belgium and Germany’s draft resolution to renew the UN Security Council’s authorization of the cross-border humanitarian life-line into northwest Syria. In the midst of a global pandemic, this draft resolution would have made it possible for the United Nations and its implementing partners to continue to provide ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Human Rights and Peacekeeping (via VTC)

7 July, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

Human rights are universal, and defending them is non-negotiable. That’s why 154 member states, including the United States, endorsed the Secretary-General’s Declaration of Shared Commitments. These commitments in part recognize that lasting progress in human rights is fundamental to advancing political solutions to conflict. Integrating human rights into peacekeeping enhances the impact of peacekeepers while ...

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

2 July, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

Early on, President Trump rightly pointed out the unquestionable need for complete transparency and the timely sharing of public health data and information with the international community. Our recent experiences have only further underscored that important point. Timely age- and sex-disaggregated data collection and accurate, science-based analysis of the origins, characteristics, and spread of the ...

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (via VTC)

29 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

The GERD poses a unique opportunity for this part of Africa, where precipitation droughts, desertification, and economic underdevelopment have befallen generations of people. An agreement on the GERD has the potential to transform a region that is home to over 250 million people, expanding economic opportunities through transboundary cooperation and regional integration.

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Missio

22 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

First and foremost, today, we want to congratulate the Government of the Central African Republic on its efforts to advance preparations for credible, free, and fair elections. We were especially heartened by the Constitutional Court’s recent decision emphasizing that, quote, “any slippage of the electoral calendar should derive from broad national consultations seeking a consensual ...
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Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

19 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

The United States remains strongly committed at the highest levels to prevent sexual violence in conflict, hold perpetrators accountable, and support survivors. We continue to promote equality and accountability by leveraging the full weight of the U.S. government including through the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) strategy to promote human rights and dignity for all ...

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

16 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

The United States reiterates its call for the Assad regime to immediately release the thousands of civilians being held arbitrarily in detention centers, where - as we've noted before - crowded and inhumane conditions significantly increase the risk of a rapid spread of COVID-19. Equally important is progress on the Constitutional Committee, whose stakeholders have ...

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

12 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

The United States is committed to supporting COVID-19 response efforts in the subregion, and we share your concern regarding the ability of national health systems to prevent the spread - especially in countries already experiencing humanitarian crises. To that end, we have committed more than $1 billion for emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance ...

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

8 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

The United States wishes to congratulate the Residual Mechanism, the Government of France, and all the other national and international bodies that collaborated to bring about the recent arrest of Rwandan businessman, Félicien Kabuga, who was indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

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

4 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

The pandemic has challenged UN peacekeeping missions in new and unforeseen ways, including through suspended troop rotations, restrictions on movement of personnel and equipment, the need for quarantine and isolation facilities, and access issues in countries such as South Sudan. Force Commanders have re-prioritized mandate implementation while dealing with movement restrictions on troops. But even ...

U.S. Statement on the Proposed Resolution for the 2020 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

2 June, 2020 | Highlights, Remarks and Highlights

We appreciate the Chair’s efforts during negotiations of this resolution to bring delegations to consensus under unprecedented circumstances. However, we are disappointed with the approach the Chair chose to take for this year’s resolution, specifically that the vast majority of this year’s text is a cut-and-paste job from previous text, key elements of which garnered ...

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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