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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Statement on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Statement after UN Security Council Consultations on Myanmar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNSOM

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

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Explanation of Vote on the Resolution to Renew UNIFIL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today, the United States again voted in favor of a draft resolution that would have enabled the UN and its implementing partners to deliver humanitarian assistance to otherwise inaccessible places inside northwest Syria through two border crossings. We cast our vote to save nearly 3 million Syrian lives, and we were proud to do it …

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U.S. National Statement to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (via VTC)

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is focusing on the world’s most pressing development challenges in the context of a devastating global pandemic. As we look forward to the Decade of Action, the achievement of sustainable development will be severely challenged by these and other disruptions. The United States is committed to the values …

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

With growing instability and the COVID crisis, 2020 has proven and is showing to be a critical year for the future of West Africa and the Sahel. West Africa will see five presidential elections from October to December, including in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Niger. We look to UNOWAS to play a …

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Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on U.S. Opposition to the Russian Resolution on Humanitarian Aid to Syria

Yesterday Russia and China vetoed a compromise Security Council resolution that would have maintained two humanitarian border crossings into Syria – the bare minimum necessary to address the growing desperation of Syria’s civilian population. That resolution had the support of the thirteen other Council members, including the United States.

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Explanation of Vote on the Russian Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid

The United States of America voted against the draft resolution authored by the Russian Federation today. We are disappointed, but not surprised, by Russia’s disingenuous attempt to put forward a resolution designed to protect the murderous Assad regime and divide this Council.

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

Since this Council last met to discuss Libya, we have seen dramatic shifts on both the military and health fronts. On the military battlefield, fighting has led to territorial gains for one side and losses for the other, and unfortunately a continued influx of foreign fighters, weapons, and materiel for both. And on the COVID-19 …

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Statement from Ambassador Craft on Russian and Chinese Vetoes of a UN Security Council Resolution to Extend Cross-Border Aid in Syria

It is sadly no surprise that Russia and China look for every opportunity to support the murderous Assad regime and its campaign of brutality against the Syrian people. Once again the voices of the Syrian people, humanitarian experts, and the Secretary General calling for increased cross-border assistance to Syria have fallen on deaf Russian and …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Explanation of Position Regarding the UN Forum on Forests 15 Omnibus Resolution

With respect to the Paris Agreement and climate change language in this document, the United States reaffirms its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement at the earliest opportunity. Therefore, the Paris Agreement and climate change language is without prejudice to U.S. positions. We affirm our support for promoting economic growth and improving energy security, …

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Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on Exposing China’s Gross Human Rights Abuses

The world has known about the Chinese Communist Party’s gross and systematic abuses of human rights for decades, but too often turned a blind eye. I salute the United Nations special rapporteurs and human rights experts for courageously breaking this silence and standing up for the Chinese people.

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Explanation of Vote on the Renewal of the Mandate for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

The United States would like to thank Council members for their collaboration during the negotiations. We are grateful for France for conducting the negotiations. As we renew the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for its eighth year, this Council and the international community must be honest about where we find ourselves in Mali …

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

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.

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

In only 11 days, the Council’s mandate for the life-saving cross-border humanitarian aid mechanism will expire. Eleven days. I can’t overstate how important this Council’s decision will be to millions of people throughout Syria. And the decision before the Council is simple: Will we do the right thing and save lives, or will we allow …

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U.S. Intervention on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter

The United States joins with the international community today to commemorate the signing of the United Nations Charter.  This is an appropriate moment for reflection on the aspirations of the international community when this document was signed, how far we have come since, and yet, how far we have to go.

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

The United States recognizes the efforts to date by the Government of the DRC and MONUSCO to develop a joint strategy and benchmarks to prepare for the eventual drawdown and transition of the UN peacekeeping mission out of the eastern DRC. We look forward to hearing the outcomes of these discussions and would encourage the …

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

Peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is the primary reason we are gathered here today and President Trump has dedicated so much time and energy into developing the Vision for Peace. The United States cares deeply about the people in the region and we believe that the status quo hurts both the Israelis and the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (via VTC)

Fifteen years after the Council established its working group on Children and Armed Conflict and the UN-led monitoring and reporting mechanism, the United States remains fully committed to supporting this critical work – because the impact of conflict on children remains all too real around the world. Far too often, and sadly, we still see …

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

The United States remains concerned about increasing violence in Jonglei State, including widespread sexual and gender-based violence. This has already killed at least 600 individuals this year and resulted in the abduction of 150 women and girls. The violence, which is spreading to other parts of the country, risks eroding gains in the peace process …

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Statement on the Agenda Item 3: Annual Report of the Executive Director at the UN Women Executive Board Virtual Annual Session

We categorically reject efforts by a self-appointed and narrowly drawn group of activists to overturn and supplant the delicate consensus reached by Member States at Beijing and to circumvent the multilateral process that supports global progress for women. We have repeatedly urged UN Women to address the serious problem.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (via VTC)

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

As we all know, COVID-19 has placed significant stress on Haiti’s already fragile healthcare system. Reports of attacks on COVID-19 patients, and on medical facilities treating them, are deeply concerning, as fear and distrust will only worsen the situation. In this challenging time, the United States stands with Haiti: to date, we have committed over …

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Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the High Commissioner for Refugees (via VTC)

The United States commends UNHCR’s efforts to assist and empower millions of refugees and internally displaced and stateless people around the globe. Especially in times like this, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the thousands of aid workers in the field who are not only “staying and delivering” assistance to the most vulnerable, but …

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

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (via VTC)

The United States’ commitment to UNITAD is unwavering. Not only did we contribute $2 million nationally in support of UNITAD’s first exhumations of mass grave sites in the Yezidi Sinjar region, but we provided an additional $1 million to UNITAD’s work with Iraqi religious minority communities, including Christians and Shabaks.

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Remarks at the “IMF and COVID-19: The Global Economic Response” Event

Our urgent priority is to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and its intertwined health, social, and economic impacts. We are determined to protect lives, safeguard people’s jobs and incomes, support the global economy, and ensure the resilience of the international financial system. In response to the pandemic, the U.S. continues to be the largest global provider …

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Cross-Regional Statement on “Infodemic” in the Context of COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and declaration of the pandemic, the UN Secretary-General and other senior leaders of the UN and its institutions have increasingly drawn attention to the challenge of the “infodemic” [1] or misinformation and disinformation pandemic. Quoting the UN Secretary General, “as COVID-19 spreads, a tsunami of misinformation, hate, scapegoating …

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

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 …

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Statement on the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the Economic and Social Council

The United States is pleased to join other Member States in supporting the “Call to Action in support of humanitarian response in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” put forward by this year’s Chair, Morocco. During these unprecedented circumstances, all of our best efforts must focus on addressing this pandemic to ensure recovery and progress toward a …

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

I wish to congratulate you and your country’s courageous forces for killing the leader of Al Qaida in northern Africa, Abdelmalek Droukdel, along with members of his inner circle, last week. This daring operation and others, such as the capture of a senior Islamic State group commander in Mali last month, are exacting severe blows …

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

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are being felt everywhere, we are heartened to see continued positive developments in Sudan over the past few months. The civilian-led transitional government (CLTG), in their discussions with armed opposition, are demonstrating that they are committed to justice for victims of atrocities in the Darfur conflict.

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Statement on the International Day to Protect Education from Attack

U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York June 9, 2020 Statement on the Resolution for the International Day to Protect Education from Attack The United States joins consensus on this “International Day to Protect Education from Attack” resolution, and strongly believes that education in emergencies can provide life-saving safe spaces, access to …

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Remarks at the Meeting of the UN Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (via VTC)

The United States has acted swiftly to respond to and mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic among SIDS. I want to highlight our some key assistance data, but to echo as well some of the calls for action today. To date, the U.S. government has allocated over $122 million in health assistance to Pacific Island countries. 

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

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.

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U.S. Statement on the Impact of Women Leaders in the Fight Against COVID-19

We have seen COVID-19 quickly unleashed interconnected health, social, and economic consequences that affect all member states. As the world prepares for the associated second- and third-order effects of the disease, women around the world are serving on the frontlines of this crisis. In the United States today, one in three American women hold a …

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

The G5 Sahel Joint Force remains the long-term solution to reestablishing security in the Sahel. The United States is committed to supporting the Joint Force by providing equipment, training, and advisory support to fill critical capability gaps on a bilateral basis and continue to call on other countries to do the same. We commend the …

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

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 …

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Statement by the United States of America for the first meeting on Treaty Body Reform (via VTC)

The United States has been integrally involved in conversations about treaty body reform since well before Resolution 68/268. The treaty body system plays a critical role in holding States accountable for their human rights obligations. We firmly support efforts to strengthen it and to enhance coordination among the bodies.

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

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 …

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

Last month, when we gathered to discuss this issue, we were briefed by OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias and IIT Coordinator Santiago Onate. They provided the Council with an important overview of the IIT’s first report, which explicitly attributed responsibility to the Assad regime for three chemical weapons attacks in Syria in March 2017. They did …

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Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft at Today’s UN Security Council Discussion of the Situation in Hong Kong

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 …

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Call for UN Security Council Meeting on Hong Kong

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 …

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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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Cyber Stability and Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace (via VTC)

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 …

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

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

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.

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Statement by Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet at the Operational Activities ECOSOC Segment

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York May 29, 2020 AS DELIVERED Mr. Secretary-General Thank you for your support in creating a robust Operational Activities Segment with a diverse set of colleagues contributing global, regional, and country level perspectives. We greatly appreciate Mexico’s leadership …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

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 …

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

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Working Methods of the Security Council (via VTC)

The Security Council has demonstrated its resilience and flexibility in adapting its working methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been impressive to see us continue to conduct the Council’s important and lifesaving work during such a difficult time, and it is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of every delegation around this virtual …

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

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 …

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Media Note: Statement on Iran’s Defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231

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.

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (via VTC)

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 …

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

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 …

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

It is shameful that several of the most notorious perpetrators of crimes against the Libyan people this past decade continue to enjoy impunity. Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, Mahmoud al-Werfalli, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, and Abdullah al-Senussi should face justice for their alleged crimes. We call on those who harbor Saif al-Islam Qadhafi and Mahmoud al-Werfalli to deliver …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

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 …

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

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 …

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

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.

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

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Climate Change and Security Risks (via VTC)

The United States supports a balanced approach that promotes economic growth and improves energy security while protecting the environment with affordable and reliable clean energy technologies. This includes sharing voluntarily, and on mutually-agreed terms, world-class knowledge, data and tools to help countries predict, prepare for, and adapt to change.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Great Lakes Region (via VTC)

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 …

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

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 …

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Explanation of Position on resolution “International Cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face CO

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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Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rwandan Genocide

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Statement in Response to the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 …

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

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (via VTC)

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 …

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Statement at the Conclusion of the First Resumed Part of the 74th General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York April 3, 2020 AS DELIVERED My delegation would like to express its sincere gratitude to Lionel Berridge and the Fifth Committee Secretariat team for facilitating our first resumed session under unique and difficult circumstances amidst the COVID-19 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (via VTC)

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.

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

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 …

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

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. …

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

The Security Council now has even greater reason to ensure Libya finds a political path to stability, as continued conflict threatens to fuel the spread of COVID-19. The United States strongly opposes the renewed fighting in Tripoli this week. This is not the time for violence, but rather for all actors to immediately suspend military …

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U.S. National Statement of the United States Delegation to the 64th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Women’s active role in American political and public life has fundamentally changed the economic, political, and security sectors of our nation.  We know that countries that empower women to participate fully in their societies are more prosperous and successful because we live that reality every day.

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

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 …

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Statement in the Fifth Committee on Accountability in the UN Secretariat

Anca DiGiacomo Adviser for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York March 11, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States appreciates the Secretary-General’s Ninth Progress Report on Accountability, as well as the Report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. We are encouraged …

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

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 …

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CSW 2020: U.S. EOP For Political Declaration (As Delivered)

Ambassador Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York March 9, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Recognizing the limited time, a longer more complete statement will be posted online, https://go.usa.gov/xdssF . But I would like to highlight a few key points this morning. Enhancing women’s participation in power …

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CSW 2020 Political Declaration: U.S. EOP for Submission to the UN (As Prepared)

Enhancing women’s participation in power structures across economic, political, and social spheres, and from the local to the international level, is critical to advancing individual human dignity. When governments protect and promote the human rights of women and girls, societies prosper. The United States is proud to be leader in the promotion and protection of …

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Remarks at a UN Arria-Format Meeting on Crimea and Human Rights

Russia’s occupation of Crimea translates into a grim reality for many Ukrainians living on the peninsula. Occupation authorities have severely restricted fundamental freedoms, including of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. Nearly all independent media and civil society have had to flee the peninsula, and those that remain operate at great risk to their safety and …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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.

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Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response

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 …

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U.S. Statement at the Fifth Committee of the First Resumed Part of the 74th General Assembly

My delegation is pleased to see the progress made on the Information and Communications Technology strategy and the many accomplishments that have been achieved including the reduction of a significant number of applications and the consolidation of ICT units;  the implementation of security mechanisms to address cyberattacks; the modernization of important functions in the areas …

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Statement by Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet at the First Resumed Part of the 74th UN General Assembly

While my delegation will address the human resources management items in greater detail later this week, we would like to underline that the inability of this committee to reach decisions on critical agenda items, particularly those with policy considerations, inhibits advancement of the Secretary-General’s reform agenda and the important goals set by member states. 

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U.S. National Statement at the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda

The United States appreciates efforts made to address Member States’ concerns in the Panel’s Terms of Reference.  Specifically, we welcome Annex 2 which includes the Financial Action Task Force, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UN Convention Against Corruption Conference of States Parties, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime as important …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on the Situation in Idlib, Syria

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.

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

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 …

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

“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 …

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Statement of the U.S. Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization

As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco, we reaffirm our commitment to the Charter, and the spirit of multilateral cooperation embodied in that landmark occasion. In this milestone year, examining and strengthening adherence to the Charter through the work of this Committee takes on renewed importance.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Briefing on the Situation in Ukraine

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.

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

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 …

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

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.

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Remarks for General Assembly Opening Debate on C-34

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. 

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

The United States commends Guinea-Bissau for having held peaceful first round and run-off elections in December, with the help of the international community. Free, fair, and transparent elections are the cornerstone of democracy, and we are encouraged by how far Guinea-Bissau has come in empowering its citizens to choose their own leaders.

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Media Note on the United Nations Yemen Panel of Experts Report

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 …

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

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 …

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Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on Libya Ceasefire

However, I do want to note that we are disappointed that today’s vote did not garner unanimous support among the Council members, despite commitments agreed to by leaders in Berlin, including the Russian Federation. It’s also very unfortunate that foreign mercenaries, including from the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group, are making an inclusive political solution harder to …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Children and Armed Conflict

There is perhaps no group of people harmed more by the absence of peace and security than children. In most cases, they are the most vulnerable among us. And so, we deeply appreciate the efforts of Belgium to highlight global child protection, including through leading consensus on conclusions on Syria, Burma, and Sudan, and by …

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Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the UNICEF Executive Board on Private Fundraising and Partnerships

The United States has long supported strong private sector engagement across the UN and sees private sector engagement in three  key dimensions: 1) the private sector as a source of investment;  2) the private sector as a source of know-how – business models and practices, innovative ideas, and efficiency and effectiveness in achieving outcomes; and …

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Remarks at a Press Availability on the Situation in the Middle East

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.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Organization for the Security and Cooperation of Europe

Nowhere is the OSCE’s presence more important than in Ukraine. Russia’s ongoing aggression has led to the deaths of more than 13,000 people, displaced 1.4 million people, and left 3.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance. This poses the greatest threat to European security since the Cold War.

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Explanation of Vote after the Renewal of Sanctions in the Central African Republic

The United States is pleased to join the large majority of Council members in voting in favor of this resolution renewing the sanctions regime in the Central African Republic. We hope the extension of the arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban will keep necessary pressure on the armed groups that continue to undermine CAR’s …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Cooperation with ASEAN

The United States’ and ASEAN’s deepening economic relationship has resulted in explosive growth and tangible, tangible benefits on both sides of the Pacific. U.S. collective investment in ASEAN Member States stands now at $271 billion dollars, and American businesses strengthen ASEAN communities where they operate.

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

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 …

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Remarks at a Press Availability on the Vision for Peace in the Middle East

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 …

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

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, …

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

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 …

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Remarks on the Agenda Item 110: Report of the SG on the work of the Organization in the Trusteeship Council Chamber

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 22, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for convening this important briefing today. Mr. Secretary-General, thank you for clearly outlining your top priorities and challenges we face for 2020, and for your leadership and drive …

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Remarks at a Press Availability Following a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

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 …

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Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Syria Chemical Weapons

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.

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Remarks for the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Yemen

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 …

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Remarks on the Situation in Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

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 …

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

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 …

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Statement in Explanation of Vote on the Syria Accountability Mechanism – UNGA 74 Main Session of the Fifth Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The General Assembly, in resolution 71/248, established the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism in Syria to help provide prosecutors and investigators with the evidence needed to make the …

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Closing Statement – UNGA 74 Main Session of the Fifth Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chairman. I want to thank you for your leadership in guiding us to a good conclusion this session. It wasn’t easy, but your steady and wise hand kept us …

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Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Humanitarian Cross-Border Mandate Renewal

The United States of America voted against the draft resolution authored by the Russian Federation today because it mocks our values and principles; it defies the recommendation of the Secretary-General, OCHA, international NGOs; and, most importantly, it has from the start been a disingenuous attempt to keep this life-saving mechanism functioning for Syrian civilians.

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Explanation of Vote on Security Council Resolution 2449

The consequences of the Russian Federation and China’s vetoes of this Security Council resolution will be disastrous. This decision is reckless, irresponsible and cruel. Right now, in Syria, four million people depend on the UN’s cross-border assistance mechanism for medicine, shelter, and food. There is no justification imaginable for any member of this Security Council …

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

Due to Special Envoy Pedersen’s determination, the willingness of the Syrian parties to step forward, and support from the international community, especially the Small Group, Turkey, and Russia, we witnessed a notable political breakthrough after almost two years of negotiations. After the successful October launch of the Constitutional Committee, the United States – and many …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iran, Resolution 2231

We appreciate the Secretary-General’s detailed report on the September 14 attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities. As we have said numerous times, Iran is responsible for these attacks. The United Kingdom, France, and Germany have joined us in that assessment. There is simply no other plausible explanation. Only Iran could have carried out an attack …

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

The United States rises alongside the Secretary-General; OCHA; the millions of Syrians who depend on this resolution; and UN implementors to demand the renewal of the resolution’s provisions for all existing crossings. As we set our intentions for the new year, we do see several achievable steps this Council can take to demonstrate our commitment …

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Media Note: Decriminalizing Sexual Orientation

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

We’ve been encouraged by concrete steps parties in Sudan have taken to build a more stable, secure, and human rights-respecting future. The formation of the CLTG this summer, the signing of the Juba Declaration in September, and ongoing negotiations between the government and armed opposition forces have increased the prospects for an enduring peace across …

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Press Release: USUN Panel Discussion on Trafficking in Persons

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2019 Ambassador [Cherith Norman Chalet], U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, hosted a panel discussion today on trafficking in persons to illustrate the importance of documentation as a tool for combatting modern slavery. She reaffirmed the …

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

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 …

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United States Statement: Annual Discussion on International Year of Indigenous Languages

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. And thank you to all of the civil society speakers, including representatives of the native Hawaiian and Cherokee Nation Communities. The United States recognizes that validating, revitalizing, and sustaining indigenous languages strengthens indigenous …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

The United States remains deeply committed to Afghanistan. As Afghanistan continues its process of auditing votes to ensure the credible outcome of the presidential election, we call for the continued support of the electoral bodies, and we continue to call on all Afghan candidates to engage with the audit process, file any complaints through legal …

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United States Statement: UN General Assembly Humanitarian Debate

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Affairs Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Two weeks ago, the United Nations released the Global Humanitarian Overview for 2020. It paints a sobering picture of the challenges and human …

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Explanation of Position on Resolutions under Agenda Item 15 “Culture of Peace”

Theodore Ho Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam President, Distinguished Facilitators of the Resolution, Esteemed Colleagues and Delegates, The United States strongly believes in encouraging a culture of peace through the promotion of justice, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nonproliferation and the DPRK

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 …

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United States Explanation of Position on Agenda Item 126: Global Health and Foreign Policy

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Affairs Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States takes the floor to speak to the Global Health and Foreign Policy resolution and its theme this year of “An inclusive approach to strengthening …

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Statement at a Joint Debate on Agenda Items 74(a) and (b) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Emily Pierce Counselor for Legal Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED President, Distinguished Delegates, My delegation is pleased to co-sponsor the General Assembly resolution on oceans and the law of the sea. The United States underscores the central importance of international law as reflected in …

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Statement for the International Day of Victims of Genocide

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 9, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States pays tribute to victims of genocide and is pleased to participate in today’s commemoration to ensure we end these and future atrocities. We recognize the …

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

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.

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Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft at a UN Press Conference on the U.S. Program of Work for the December Security Council Presidency

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 …

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Statement on the Political Declaration of the Midterm Review on the Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing…

Rebecca Wallace Senior Economic Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Excellencies, distinguished delegates, it is an honor to be here today to review the progress made since the adoption of the Vienna Program of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC). On behalf of the United …

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Media Advisory: Ambassador Craft to Hold Press Conference to Preview U.S. Security Council Presidency

Ambassador Kelly Craft, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the United Nations on Friday, December 6, 2019. Ambassador Craft will outline the program of work for the U.S. presidency of the UN Security Council in December, highlighting U.S. priorities for the month.

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Statement at a Peacebuilding Commission Session on the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, and Manu River Union

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the briefers. We are pleased the Peacebuilding Commission is taking up this important issue today. We agree that …

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Explanation of vote on the General Assembly Palestinian Resolutions

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 3, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States once again, opposed the five resolutions voted upon today, which are entirely biased against Israel. These are in addition to the ten other resolutions in …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Press Stakeout following the Adoption of the December Program of Work

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. …

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Press Release: Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft

On World AIDS Day, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations joins the international community in support of those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Today, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS. We celebrate the progress we have made together in countering this disease. And we …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22d “Eradicating rural poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame chair, The United States agrees entirely with the statement and recommendations provided by the European Union and others. We too are disappointed with the outcome of this resolution and the approach that led us to this …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22b “Women in Development”

Danielle Maniscalco Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is committed to advancing the status of women and promoting their role as agents of transformation in the economic development of their countries, and therefore the world. The United States joins consensus on the …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20a “Role of the United Nations in promoting development in the context of globalization and interdependence

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States regrets that we cannot join consensus on this text and would like to highlight our concerns. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item “Sustainable Mountain Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame Chair, The United States refers you to our remarks delivered on November 7, 2019 in the Third Committee and November 21, 2019, in the Second Committee regarding our positions with respect to the t2030 Agenda, the Addis …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19h “Education for Sustainable Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, We are pleased to join consensus on this “Education for Sustainable Development” resolution. The United States is firmly committed to providing equal access to quality education. We note that States have a wide array …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19f “Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable…&#82

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon and thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development. We would like to clarify several …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19e “Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious..

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa. We would …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19d “Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is disappointed by the inclusion of language in paragraph 9, which promotes the domestic political priorities of a single Member State. Regrettably, such language detracts and …

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Second Committee Statement on the Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and of the UN…

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, The United States supports the achievement of sustainable development, and we maintain that Second Committee should make meaningful contributions to global development priorities. The Agenda 21 resolution advances neither goal. We could better spend our …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 “Strengthening cooperation for integrated coastal zone management for achieving sustainable development”

Kathryn Bacher Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. While we recognize the importance of integrated coastal zone management to some countries, the subject does not warrant a biennial resolution in an already over-burdened Second Committee agenda. The issue is better considered …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 18 “Follow-up to and Implementation of the Outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing…&#82

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, We would like to thank the facilitator for their leadership on this resolution. We are pleased to join consensus on it today. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17f “Promotion of international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows & strengthen good practice

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our positions with respect to illicit financial flows, the 2030 Agenda and Leave No Country Behind. The United States firmly believes that …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 “Promoting investments for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. On behalf of the United States, we are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. However, we take this opportunity to make important points of clarification on some of the language contained therein. …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 21 (b) “Follow-up to the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the Follow-up to the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries. We wish to make several clarifying points on the final text. Regarding the reference …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (g) “Report of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED In joining consensus on this resolution, we reiterate the position of the United States, delivered on November 21, 2019, with respect to references to the 2030 Agenda for …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (a) “International Trade and Development”

David Messenger Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States has had to vote against this resolution now for the third year in a row because of problematic language we have previously highlighted that remains in this year’s resolution. The United States …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (i) “Harmony with Nature”

David Dreilinger Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED While we strongly support sustainable development and environmental protection and recognize that the concept of Harmony with Nature is important to several Member States, we also note that this resolution changes little from year-to-year and its function …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (k) “Combatting Sand and Dust Storms”

Dina Schorr Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States would like to raise our concerns with the workload of this committee. I think many of us have noticed in this year, where we have resolutions – more than ever before, …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (b) “Follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway”

Jesse Walter Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to the co-facilitators from Cabo Verde and Trinidad and Tobago. Their leadership and collegiality resulted in a resolution that addresses the very important issues …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (e) “Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development”

Jesse Walter Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. Government, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for his successful shepherding of the biannual review of the resolution on Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development. The United States appreciated …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 10 “Agricultural technology for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We wish to thank the facilitators for their flexibility and constructive approach in negotiating this resolution. We are pleased to vote in favor of this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 “Sustainable tourism and sustainable development in Central America”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, technology transfer, and the Paris …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (d) “Commodities”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We regret that we cannot join consensus and would like to highlight our concerns with this text. As in previous years, we must express our concerns over portions of this resolution which make obsolete …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (c) “External Debt Sustainability and Development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. While we are joining consensus on this resolution, we take this opportunity again to clarify important points, in the hope that the Second Committee can do better the next time this item is on …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 (b) “International Financial System and Development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States is disappointed to see there has not been sufficient change in this resolution this year, and we must therefore vote against it for the third year in a row. A significant number …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 16 “Information and communication technologies for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and technology transfers. …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD)

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, …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20 (b) “Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development”

Daniel Fogarty Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21, 2019 regarding our positions with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 24 “Agriculture development, food security, and nutrition”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Australian delegation for their leadership, creativity, and collegiality in facilitating this resolution.  The United States, as the single largest bilateral donor to programs to reduce …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22 (a) “Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair.  The United States would like to thank the facilitator for their leadership on this resolution.  We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution, however we would like to make several points on …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20 (d) “Development cooperation with middle-income countries”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States would like to thank the facilitator for their leadership on this resolution.  We are pleased to join consensus on it. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (j) “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.  We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 24 “International Tea Day”

Dina Schorr Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. During these negotiations, we have been clear about our issues regarding this text.  However, regretfully the United States cannot join consensus on this text due to language contained in preambular paragraph 4, which elevates …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 23 (b) “South-South Cooperation”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution, and we refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our positions with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 23 (a) “Operational activities for development of the UN system”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22 (c) “Human Resources Development”

Emma Locatelli Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, On behalf of the United States, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for his successful shepherding of this resolution on Eradication of Poverty and Other Development Issues: Human Resources Development.  The …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 21 (a) “Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries”

Jason Lawrence Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for the successful shepherding of this resolution on the Follow-up to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries.  The …

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Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 20 (c) “Culture and Sustainable Development”

Daniel Fogarty Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States believes strongly that the protection of cultural heritage in countries of origin promotes regional stability and good governance.  We also understand the importance of cultural heritage to sustainable development and well-being among indigenous peoples.  …

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Statement on Agenda Item 137: Strategic Heritage Plan Main Session of the Fifth Committee, 74th General Assembly

Cherith Norman Chalet Ambassador for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States appreciates the Secretary General’s update on the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) and the significant work done over the last year. Transparency and good governance …

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Remarks for a UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting on UN Security Council Reform

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.

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Statement on ‘Unilateral economic measures as a means of political & economic coercion against developing countries’

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, as we’ve noted in prior years where this resolution was considered, the United States believes that each member state has the sovereign right to determine how …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

James F. Jeffrey Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Ms. Al-Halak, that was a very commendable and very moving presentation of the problems to the civilians and …

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Statement on the 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Ambassador Elisabeth Millard U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is proud to participate in today’s Commemoration for this milestone in promoting and protecting the human rights of all children. As we stated at the Convention’s adoption 30 years ago, the United States continues …

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Statement on the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s Launch of the 2020 Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, for gathering us here today for the launch of the informal phase of the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture. I also …

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

Michael Barkin Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you to our briefers for joining us today. We’d like to add our condolences for the tragic death and urge justice and security for all of Somalia Civil Society …

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United States Second Committee Global Explanation of Position

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to Senegal as chair of this Second Committee session. I take this opportunity to clarify …

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Statement on Agenda Item 24- ‘Natural Plant Fibers and Sustainable Development’

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED We congratulate Bangladesh on this new resolution, and for your skill-full and stalwart facilitation to bring us to consensus today on this exciting new text. Thank you so …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa

The G5 Sahel states must make progress toward effective governance, respect for human rights, accountability, and inclusiveness, including the meaningful participation of women, youth, and marginalized groups. Our collective efforts to stabilize the region depend on this progress – and our combined endeavors can achieve durable peace and stability and unleash the potential of this …

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Media Note: Readout of Ambassador Kelly Craft’s Trip to Bogota and Cucuta, Colombia from November 16-20

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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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

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 …

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Media Advisory: Ambassador Kelly Craft Travels to Haiti

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 on Agenda Item 25 (b), ‘Policies and Programmes Involving Youth.’

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We thank Cape Verde, Kazakhstan, and Portugal for introducing their resolution on Youth. The United States joins consensus on the resolution. With regard to …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Strengthening the role of the UN in enhancing periodic and genuine elections and the promotion of democratization’

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is pleased to introduce this resolution on strengthening the role of the United Nations in enhancing periodic and genuine elections and the …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to cosponsor this resolution on “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons.” Our co-sponsorship reflects our deep concern about the plight of the more than 40 million persons internally displaced across …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks Greece, Argentina, Austria, Costa Rica, France, and Tunisia for introducing a strong resolution that emphasizes the importance of this issue, and the need to combat impunity. We share the commitment …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘National Human Rights Institutions’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks Germany for introducing this resolution that emphasizes the important role that such national institutions play and will continue to play in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. The …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Human Rights Defenders’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is proud to again co-sponsor this important resolution recognizing the vital role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection. We sincerely thank the main sponsor, Norway, for its …

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Statement on Agenda Item 69 ‘Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination’

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States recognizes the importance of the right of self-determination of peoples and therefore joins consensus on this resolution. We note, however, as frequently stated by the United States and other delegations, that this resolution contains …

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Statement on Agenda Item 68 (b) ‘Follow-up to the Durban Declaration’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States remains firmly committed to combatting racism and racial discrimination. Indeed, we recognize a special obligation to do so given historical injustices perpetrated during past eras of colonial expansion into indigenous …

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Statement on Agenda Item 26 (b) ‘Follow-Up to the Fourth World Conference on Women”

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Liberia for its resolution on follow-up to the Beijing Women’s Conference. We join consensus on the resolution. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Beijing Women’s …

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Statement on Agenda Item 26 (a) ‘Violence Against Women Migrant Workers’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; the New Urban Agenda; economic, social, and cultural rights; the Beijing Women’s Conference, International Conference for Population and Development …

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Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b) ‘Follow-Up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chair. The United States thanks the G-77 for its resolution on “Follow-Up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing.” And would in particular like to express our appreciation to its facilitator, Argentina. The United …

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Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b) ‘Follow-up to the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and beyond’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED We thank the G-77 for its resolution on “Follow-Up to the Twentieth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and Beyond.” The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution. The United States strongly …

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Statement on Agenda Item 25 ‘Persons with Albinism’

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We thank Malawi and Tanzania for their resolution on “Persons with Albinism.” The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution. We believe that States must take effective measures to protect …

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Statement on Agenda Item 25 (a) ‘Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the 24th session of the GA’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is disappointed that issues remain in this resolution which are not clearly linked to social development or the work of this Committee. We must express our concerns that portions of this …

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Statement on Agenda Item 61 ‘Assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa’

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this resolution. We fully support it. Our support in fact reflects our deep concern about the plight …

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US General Statement on ‘Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol Thereto’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is proud to co-sponsor this resolution, particularly given its focus on accessibility this year. We thank New Zealand and Mexico for their good facilitation and their efforts to accommodate all …

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Statement on Agenda Item 66 (a), “Promotion and protection of the rights of children”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States joins consensus on this resolution to underscore the priority we place on our domestic and international efforts to protect and promote the well-being of children. …

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Statement on Agenda Item 26 (a), “Improvement of the Situation of Women and Girls in Rural Areas”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We sincerely thank Mongolia for its resolution on “Improvement of the Situation of Women and Girls in Rural Areas,” and appreciate the Mongolian delegation’s …

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Statement on Agenda Item 107 ‘Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes’

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is disappointed with the decision of the sponsors of this resolution to bring it to the Third Committee today.  Adopting this resolution will drive a wedge between Member States and …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Human Rights and Cultural Diversity’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States continues to support the promotion of cultural pluralism, tolerance, cooperation and dialogue among individuals from different cultures and civilizations. We also firmly believe that all governments are responsible for protecting the …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Promotion of equitable geographical distribution in the membership of the human rights treaty bodies’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. Our views on this resolution are longstanding and well-known. As stated in years past, the United States has concerns with the general premise of the resolution, as well as with specific aspects of the …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The ideas underpinning this resolution have no basis in international law and do not advance the promotion and protection of human rights. We emphasize the longstanding principle that it is the responsibility of States …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights’

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is firmly committed to the promotion and advancement of global development efforts. The U.S. government collaborates with developing countries, other donor countries, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector in order to …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘The Right to Development’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is firmly committed to the promotion and advancement of global development efforts. The U.S. government collaborates with developing countries, other donor countries, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector in order to …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Strengthening United Nations action in the field of human rights….’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States agrees with the important concepts on non-selectivity, impartiality, and objectivity, and finds the UN’s, and particularly the Human Rights Council’s, anti-Israel bias inexcusable. With regard to other references in this resolution, …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States is committed to promoting and protecting democracy around the world. However, as stated in years past, the United States has concerns with the general premise of the resolution, as well as …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) ‘The Right to Food’

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. This Committee is meeting at a time when the international community is confronting one of the most serious food-security emergencies in modern history. Hunger is on the rise for the third year in a …

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Statement on Agenda Item 69 ‘Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights & impeding the exercise of the right…to self-determinat

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States condemns the grave threat that non-state armed groups continue to present to States’ ability to protect human rights and maintain order. However, we disagree fundamentally with a central premise of this resolution: that mercenaries, private …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 “The human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation”

Brian Kelly Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States recognizes the importance and challenges of meeting basic needs for water and sanitation to support human health, economic development, and peace and security. The United States is committed to addressing …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70, “International Equal Pay Day”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We thank Iceland for its resolution on an International Equal Pay Day. The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution. The United States supports the concept of equal pay for …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “Effective promotion of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic… Minorities”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks Austria for bringing forward this historically significant and important resolution. Consistent with this resolution, the United States affirms the promotion and protection of the rights of persons belonging to national …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “Protection of Migrants”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. States have the responsibility to protect the human rights of all persons in their territories and subject to their jurisdiction, regardless of migration status. The …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region”

Daniel Thompson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is glad to co-sponsor this resolution, further recommending the work of the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region bolstering human rights. We also thank the …

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

Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of more than a dozen resolutions biased against Israel. This one-sided approach only undermines trust between the parties and fails …

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Statement on Agenda Item 70 (b) “Terrorism and Human Rights”

Charles Bentley Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We agree to maintain consensus on the resolution Human Rights and Terrorism. However, we take the floor today to state fully our understandings regarding its text and to disassociate from operative paragraphs 14 …

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Statement on Agenda Item 66 (a), “The Girl Child”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED We thank Tanzania for its resolution, “The Girl Child.” The United States joins consensus today. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for …

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Statement on Agenda Item 61, “Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States voted yes on the resolution before us to underscore our commitment to supporting the work of the Office of the UN …

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Statement on Agenda Item 25 (b) “Promoting social integration through social inclusion”

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED We thank Peru for its resolution on Promoting Social Integration through Social Inclusion. The United States joins consensus on the resolution. With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa …

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Statement on agenda item 70c “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to cosponsor this resolution on the human rights situation in Iran, and we thank Canada for its leadership in achieving a …

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Remarks on co-tabling agenda item 74 (c) “Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic”

Cherith Norman Chalet Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is proud to co-table with Saudi Arabia this year’s Third Committee resolution on the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic. In …

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Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)

While Sudan and South Sudan have important political transitions of their own to navigate, the situation in Abyei and along the border between the two countries must not be forgotten. With that in mind, the United States thanks Council members for their efforts to ensure the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei can provide security …

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Statement on agenda item 70c “Situation of Human Rights of the Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar.”

The United States calls on Myanmar authorities to deepen democratic reforms; establish civilian control of the military; ensure accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses; remove those responsible for human rights violations and abuses from positions of authority and bar them from public office; protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, …

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Statement on agenda item 70c “Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks the European Union for introducing this resolution that emphasizes the importance of accountability for human rights violations and abuses …

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Statement at the UN Management and Reform Section Agenda Items 138 & 141: Pattern of Conferences and Joint Inspection Unit Disabilities

Cherith Norman Chalet Ambassador for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States recognizes the important work of conference management support in enabling multilateralism at the United Nations. These professional efforts allow member states to conduct our …

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Statement at the UN Management and Reform Section Agenda Item 140: Human Resources Management, Main Session of the 74th General Assembly

When Secretary-General Guterres outlined his vision to member states on UN reform two years ago, he highlighted human resources management as one of the most critical areas in need of improvement. We couldn’t agree more. The need to improve and shorten recruitment processes, the need to develop a comprehensive workforce planning strategy, and implement an …

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Statement at the UN Management and Reform Section Agenda Item 132: Reports of the Board of Auditors Main Session of the 74th General Assembly

J. Laurence Wright II Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States places great importance on the work of the Board of Auditors, as the oversight of the UN’s operations and finances provided by the Board is crucial to ensuring …

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Statement at the 74th General Assembly Debate on U.N. Revitalization

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. First of all, the United States would like to express its appreciation to the co-chairs of the Revitalization Working Group during the 73rd Session, Ambassador Bahous and Ambassador Mlynar. We very much …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Cuba Embargo Resolution

Like all nations, we get to choose which countries we trade with. This is our sovereign right. So, it is worrying that the international community, in the name of protecting sovereignty, continues to challenge this right. But what is even more concerning is that every year, this body entertains the claim that the Cuban regime …

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Explanation of Position on “Enforced Disappearances”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. State-sanctioned enforced disappearances are devastating to both the victim and their families who are left not knowing the fate of their loved ones. …

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Explanation of Position on “Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We thank Bolivia and Ecuador for their resolution entitled “Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The United States reaffirms its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As explained in our 2010 …

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Explanation of Vote by the United States on the “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices…” Resolution

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Chair, today the United States expresses opposition to this resolution, a document most notable for its thinly veiled attempts to legitimize longstanding Russian disinformation narratives smearing neighboring nations under the cynical guise of halting Nazi glorification. The …

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United States General Statement on Issues Relevant to Multiple Third Committee Resolutions

November 7, 2019 U.S. Statement as Submitted for the Record   The United States takes this opportunity to make important points of clarification on some of the language we see reflected across multiple resolutions. We underscore that these and other UN General Assembly resolutions are non-binding documents that do not create rights or obligations under …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Criminal Court on the Situation in Libya

I must reiterate our longstanding and principled objection to any assertion of ICC jurisdiction over nationals of States that are not party to the Rome Statute, absent a UN Security Council referral or the consent of such States. Our concerns regarding the ICC and the situation in Afghanistan are well-known.

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Statement at the Sixth Committee Debate Agenda Item: 79 Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 71st Session (A/74/10)

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Cluster III Succession of States in Respect of State Responsibility General Principles of Law Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will start our comments today with succession of States in respect of State responsibility, and on …

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Statement at the Sixth Committee Debate, Agenda Item 79: Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 71st Session (A/74/10)

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY November 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Cluster II Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflicts, Immunity of State Officials from Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction, Sea-Level Rise in Relation to International Law Thank you, Madam Chair. With respect to the topic “protection of …

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Explanation of Vote by the United States on the Submission of Draft Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Syrian Arab Republic

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet United States Representative for United Nations Management & Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY November 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States appreciates the Bureau’s decision to bring this matter forward today, which will determine if the Third Committee will discuss and consider …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

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 …

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Explanation of Position of the United States Report of the International Criminal Court Agenda Item 73

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York November 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States has historically been, and will continue to be, a strong supporter of meaningful accountability and justice for victims of atrocities through appropriate mechanisms. Perpetrators of atrocity crimes must face …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa

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 …

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

Twenty years later, every single one of the goals enumerated as a mandate obligation and a Security Council resolution has either been substantially completed, or become obsolete, as the sovereign, independent government of Kosovo has assumed responsibility for them. It is high time for the United Nations and the Security Council to acknowledge this fact. …

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Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Mandate Renewal of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

The United States calls on all parties to fully and actively participate in the peace process, and to honor the commitments they make in that process. To be clear, this is only the beginning of the long road to stability, security, and democratic governance in Sudan. There must also be follow through.

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Statement in a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, etc.

The United States strongly condemns all forms of racial discrimination, and remains dedicated to pursuing its elimination. We also underscore the need to protect fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly while in that pursuit.

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

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 …

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Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Mandate Renewal on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

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 …

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Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Meeting on the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The United States supports UNHCR’s continued reform efforts to ensure maximum efficiency, transparency, and accountability, as well as its focused efforts to engage with the larger humanitarian system in a more comprehensive and coherent manner. These changes will take consistent effort and an institutional commitment to achieve the desired results.

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Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Chair Chris Kwaja

Aaron Marcus Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Chair, The United States agrees that states must take further efforts to advance respect for human rights by private military and security companies. The market for private military and security contractors often prioritizes the utility …

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Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Meeting on the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr./Madam Chair, and to UNHCR for this report. The United States and UNHCR remain strong partners in our effort to protect and find durable solutions …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations (AU)

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 …

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Sixth Committee Debate Agenda Item 79: Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 71st Session

Marik A. String Acting Legal Adviser United States Department of State New York October 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Cluster I – Crimes Against Humanity, Peremptory Norms of International Law, Other Decisions and conclusions of the Commission Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to begin by thanking Mr. Pavel Šturma, the Chairman of the Commission, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

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 …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 10 Year Anniversary of the Sexual Violence in Conflict Mandate

Sexual violence erodes security and unravels families perpetuating cycles of conflict, indignity, and human rights abuses. This is a security issue, a human rights issue, and a public health issue that deserves a collective response. We are deeply appreciative of the Special Representative’s role in mobilizing such responses and we look forward to continued partnership …

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Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America in the Third Committee, UN Business and Human Rights Working Group

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent an important global consensus on both the state duty to protect and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. We stand behind efforts to strengthen and improve the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles by states and businesses, including focus on pillar three access to …

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Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security

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 …

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

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.

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

Despite positive developments, the Federal Government of Somalia continues to face significant challenges on its path towards building a safe, stable, and prosperous country. Somalia’s ongoing humanitarian crisis remains particularly concerning. An estimated 1.7 million people in Somalia face life-threatening food insecurity, and at least 4.2 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance.

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Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We thank you, Special Rapporteur Bhoola, for your report in which you describe a range of complex and interrelated causes that facilitate child slavery. The U.S. government recognizes, as do you, that adversity may …

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