Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nationally Owned Transitions

The conclusion of the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 years, and the transition to a Special Political Mission, is an important milestone for Haiti. Once complete, we will be able to hold Haiti up as an example of a successful, nationally owned transition. As the Security Council has repeatedly stated, it …

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Remarks at a High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Democratic governance, rule of law, respect for human rights, and strong institutions provide the foundation for the peace and stability necessary to accelerate action across the Agenda, but in their absence, progress will erode and reverse course. Each Member State here has the sovereign responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens, to define and …

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Remarks at UN General Assembly Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Conference on Population and Development

The United States is the largest bilateral donor of foreign assistance to many programs that support the objectives set forth in the 1994 Programme of Action. We are proud of our contributions to expanding access to basic health care and promoting women’s health, including efforts to improve maternal and child health.

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Remarks at Informal Meeting of the General Assembly observing Nelson Mandela International Day

The United States strongly supports the elimination of racial discrimination throughout the world, and we are committed to continuing on the path to a world free from injustice. There is still much progress to be made, and we must continue our work, both internationally and domestically, to combat racism, racial discrimination, and intolerance.

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

Just one week past the anniversary of the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, UNIRMCT briefs Security Council on the appeals decision upholding the conviction of Radovan Karadžić for genocide for his role as mastermind of the murder of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. USUN strongly supports work of the UNIRMCT and is committed …

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

The United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering. We are committed to working with the Ukrainian people to promote democracy and prosperity and root out corruption. President Trump underscored this message to President Zelenskyy following peaceful, competitive elections that reflected Ukraine’s vibrant democracy.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Mission to Iraq and Kuwait

We noted that while ISIS no longer controls any Iraqi territory, the fight is not over. The enduring defeat of ISIS requires the stabilization of liberated areas, building up resilient communities, and ensuring the continued security for all Iraqis, recognizing that Iraq’s diversity is critical to its richness and strength.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Triangular Cooperation in Peacekeeping Operations

The United States views peacekeeping reforms through the lens of our five peacekeeping principles. Peacekeeping missions must: support political solutions; have the cooperation of the host country; possess realistic and achievable mandates; have an exit strategy; and adjust to progress and failure.

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Remarks at a High Level Political Forum Discussion on Quality Education

The United States is a leader in promoting inclusive, quality education and lifelong-learning opportunities around the world. Last year, we released the first-ever U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education. The Strategy aims to improve learning outcomes and expand access to quality basic education for all, particularly marginalized and vulnerable populations.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Linkages between International Terrorism and Organized Crime

Our existing treaties, including the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and international counterterrorism instruments and protocols, provide a useful framework to facilitate law enforcement cooperation. In the United States, we have used the UNTOC as a legal basis over six-hundred and fifty times since 2005 to provide or request mutual legal assistance, extradition, …

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Closing Remarks at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly

In support of this call, we are pleased that the Committee provided additional peacekeeping financial management mechanisms to the Secretary General to address some of the liquidity issues facing the Organization. But we continue to support overall improvements to the budget methodology and look forward to considering those elements at a later session.

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Explanation of Vote on the Board of Auditors at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly

Implementing these recommendations would contribute to improved performance in peacekeeping. The Secretary-General’s recent Action for Peacekeeping initiative, which has been endorsed by 151 member states, includes performance as one of its key pillars. The member states who have endorsed the A4P Declaration should be supporting these recommendations by the Board of Auditors and the Secretary-General’s …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Responsibility to Protect

The U.S. government supports a range of efforts that both directly and indirectly reduce risks of mass atrocities. Such efforts include establishing and training local communities to use early warning systems, supporting criminal justice system reform, and documenting human rights abuses for justice and accountability processes. In one example, we surveyed and documented human rights …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Mali (MINUSMA Renewal)

Mr. President, this is no ordinary mandate renewal — because MINUSMA is no ordinary peacekeeping mission. Since its creation in 2013, MINUSMA has operated in a challenging, dangerous, and asymmetric environment. It is a peacekeeping mission in a counterterrorism environment. MINUSMA peacekeepers are consistently and purposefully attacked by unrelenting violent extremists who are mobile, smart, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Political Briefing on Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the UN New York City June 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President; and thank you, Special Envoy Pedersen, for your briefing. The UN-led political process in Geneva is the only legitimate and internationally recognized forum to create a lasting, inclusive, and peaceful political solution …

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Explanation of Vote after the Renewal of the UN Security Council Mandate for UNAMID

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States thanks Council members for their endeavors to ensure that UNAMID is well positioned to continue its mission to protect civilians, support humanitarian aid to 1.2 million internally displaced …

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Remarks at a General Assembly Meeting on Combating Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, honored guests, colleagues, good afternoon. Each and every one of us should be working hard to tackle the challenges of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, violent extremism, and hate speech. It is critical that we …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Non-Proliferation (Iran)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you to Under Secretary-General DiCarlo, to the Permanent Representative of Belgium, and to the Head of the EU Delegation for your briefings. The seventh report of the Secretary-General reflects the …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock for yet another deeply sobering briefing. Mr. President, one hundred and thirty-nine days have now passed since the last UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian assistance convoy …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, Special Representative Shearer, Assistant Secretary-General Gilmour, and Ms. Minagano for your briefings. Though implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Agreement remains slow, the United States acknowledges that the …

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Remarks at a Press Availability Following Closed UN Security Council Consultations on Iran

The Security Council and all nations should try to imagine the future of global air travel if a country can shoot down an aircraft merely for being in its flight information region. Indeed, we’ve already seen air carriers from around the world avoid Iran’s flight information region as a result. Iran must understand that these …

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Remarks at Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Implementing a Zero Tolerance Policy (Agenda Item 132)

Brian Conroy Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to effectively address the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse and to reaffirm our collective support for the United Nations zero tolerance policy and …

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

Sustainable Palestinian economic growth is not achievable in the current environment. The economic vision is a roadmap, which includes detailed portfolio of real projects and capacity building programs which has the potential to unleash sustainable, private sector-driven growth – if and when there is peace. We want to underscore that this is why it is …

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

Our delegation knows firsthand the challenges we face in mainstreaming disability rights across the UN system, including physical access here at Headquarters, so we are pleased to see a reference to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy in this text. Persons with disabilities are already marginalized in times of peace – their vulnerability and further marginalization …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you Special Representative Yamamoto for your remarks today, UNAMA under your leadership continues to provide vital support to Afghanistan. I also want to thank Dr. Samar for your informative briefing today. …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Investigation in Darfur, Sudan

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President and thank you Madame Prosecutor for your briefing. In April, civilian-led protests led to the removal of President Omar al-Bashir, whose regime was synonymous with genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and human …

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

Reports of Assad regime forces shelling Turkish positions in the Idlib de-militarized zone that have resulted in the injuries of Turkish soldiers is alarming. The United States is gravely concerned about the threat that this offensive poses to Turkey and Turkish military forces. Such acts are increasing tensions and the threat of a wider escalation …

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U.S. Statement on UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Secretary-General for his leadership on this Strategy and Plan of Action. The United States strongly agrees that the Plan of Action should not endorse limitations on freedom of speech, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

The Houthis must demonstrate good faith in the political process and cease UAV and other attacks against their fellow citizens and their neighbors. Iran needs to stop supplying the Houthis with the weapons to do so. Attacks on Yemen’s neighbors threaten to derail progress made by the UN and the parties to the conflict, and …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Burundi

We also urge the Government of Burundi to address persistent and reliable reports of illicit arms transfers, combatant recruitment, and armed group activity in eastern DRC that are tied to Burundi. Now is the time for all of the parties to the 2013 Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework to live up to their commitments of …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 14, 2019 DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thanks to Under-Secretary-General LaCroix and Assistant Secretary General Gilmour for your briefings on the latest developments in Darfur and UNAMID. Since our last briefing in April, the United States has become …

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Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Press Availability Following UN Security Council Consultations on the Gulf of Oman Attacks

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. I just finished briefing the Security Council at Secretary Pompeo’s request on what we assess to be yet another example of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, the attacks today and in the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN Cooperation with the League of Arab States

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome to the Secretary-General of the Arab League and Foreign Minister of Poland. Thank you all and Secretary-General Guterres for your contributions to today’s debate. The United States supports continued …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Mali (MINUSMA)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 12, 2019 AS PREPARED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you SRSG Annadif for your briefing. And welcome Foreign Minister Dramé to the Council today, we very much look forward to working with you and Mali’s new government. Mr. President, every quarter …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Conflict Prevention and Mediation

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, thank you for organizing this important debate on mediation and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Secretary-General Guterres, we recognize your leadership in advancing the UN’s mediation and conflict prevention work, including the creation of …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Missing Persons in Armed Conflict

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Minister, for convening and presiding over today’s briefing. We also thank ICRC President Maurer and Operations Director Ghelani for participating today and we commend their teams for their critical work to address …

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Remarks at the UNICEF Annual Session of the Executive Board

Jim Morris U.S. Representative to UNICEF Executive Board New York City June 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We wish you well. Executive Director Fore, thank you for your presentation and for challenging us to focus on the strategic issues that have a real effect on the well-being of children. This week’s annual …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations June 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, the Security Council must ensure that we are using the time and resources of this Council wisely and where the needs are greatest. In light of last week’s …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in the Caribbean

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you and thanks to all the panelists for your insights on how to better prevent and counter transnational organized crime. The United States remains committed to combating transnational organized crime, the organizations behind it …

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Remarks for a UN Security Council Debate on Working Methods of the Security Council

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations June 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President and thanks to today’s briefers. Welcome to the ministers who are joining us for today’s open briefing. The United States extends its appreciation to Kuwait for chairing the Informal …

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Remarks at the UN Development Program Annual Session of the Executive Board

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. I would like to thank Administrator Steiner for the annual report and his remarks outlining UNDP’s accomplishments and future directions. The United States appreciates the dedication and the hard work …

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Remarks at the UN Development Program Executive Board Regarding Gender Equality

Hector Brown Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States welcomes the Administrator’s report. I take the floor today to underscore the United States’ commitment to one of the most undervalued resources in the developing world – the talent, ambition, and …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Let me begin by joining my colleagues in congratulating Kuwait as you begin your presidency of the council. And thank you, Special Representative Fall, for your briefing today and for the efforts that …

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Remarks for Adoption of GA Resolution: “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, and Tskhinvali region

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this resolution, which reaffirms the commitment of all states to ensure the voluntary, safe, dignified, and unhindered return of refugees and persons displaced from the Abkhazia …

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Remarks for June 4 Election for the President of the General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, as host country of the United Nations, we extend our sincere congratulations to Tijjani Muhammad Bande upon his election to President of the General …

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U.S. Statement: Fifth Committee, 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 138: Improving the Financial Situation of the UN

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations June 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank Secretary-General Guterres for being with us this afternoon and for presenting his report on Improving the Financial Situation of the United Nations. I …

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Remarks at the UN Population Fund Annual Session of the Executive Board

Susan Olson, Senior Population Policy Officer, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration New York City June 3, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Dr. Kanem for your statement and update on the implementation of UNFPA’s strategic plan for 2018 to 2021. We join other delegations in noting UNFPA’s 50th anniversary this …

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Remarks at UN Security Council on the Adoption of South Sudan Sanctions Renewal

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the Security Council’s support for renewing the South Sudan sanctions regime, including the arms embargo.  If there is to be any chance for lasting peace in South …

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U.S. Statement on the Adoption of an International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief

Austin Smith, Acting Representative of the United States to the United Nations Economic and Social Council New York City May 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Poland and other members of the core group for their leadership and spirit of cooperation in establishing an international day to commemorate the victims of violence based …

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Remarks at UN Security Council for Syria Humanitarian Monthly Briefing

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Mueller, for your important briefing today. Mr. President, the Assad regime, with the help of its military allies in the air and on the ground, has …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, to today’s briefers, and to Indonesia for organizing today’s debate on protection of civilians. We also welcome the Ministers who are with us in the Council today. Madam President, as we …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to today’s briefers. Clearly, Somalia continues to face significant challenges on its path toward building a safe, stable, and prosperous state.  We strongly condemn recent attacks by Al-Shabaab …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Mauritian BIOT Resolution

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madame President.  The resolution before us today addresses the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice concerning sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, which the United Kingdom administers as the British Indian Ocean …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Jason Greenblatt Special Representative for International Negotiations New York City May 22, 2019   AS DELIVERED Good morning. Thank you for your briefing, Nikolay, and thank you for your redoubled efforts to restore safety and security both to the people of Israel, who came under sustained attack from Gaza, and to the Palestinian civilians among …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert, for being with us today and for your helpful and comprehensive briefing. Today’s unanimous vote to renew the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq once again …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  Special Representative Salamé, Commissioner Chergui, Ambassador Schulz, thank you for your briefings today. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the two terrorist attacks on MINUSMA last weekend that killed …

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Explanation of Vote Before a Procedural Vote to hold a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations May 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  As we’ve made clear to other members of the Council, we, like France and Germany, do not see a need for this briefing. In our view, requesting this meeting is a clear attempt by …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Semi-Annual Briefing on Counter-Terrorism and Nonproliferation by the 1267, 1373, and 1540 Committees

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you to the chairs of the 1267, 1373 and 1540 Committees for their strong cooperation. These committees play a crucial and complementary role in assessing and countering global threats …

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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Idlib

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President and thanks to Undersecretaries General DiCarlo and Lowcock for their deeply concerning briefings today. Mr. President, the United States believes the September 2018 ceasefire agreement between …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on G5 Sahel

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  And thanks to today’s briefers.  A warm welcome to Foreign Minister Barry. Mr. President, the last six months in the Sahel have been concerning.  The security …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you to our distinguished briefers for their presentations today and for the tireless effort of your teams.  Thank you also to the Ambassador of Peru …

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Statement by the U.S. Mission to the UN on a Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the UN Security Council met in closed consultations to discuss the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. In the meeting, the United States raised alarm over the May 8 detention of Edgar Zambrano, the First Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly. We are concerned Zambrano’s arrest is a major escalation of the ongoing …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis in Cameroon

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Opening Remarks On behalf of the United States, it is my pleasure to welcome you to today’s Arria-Formula meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis in Cameroon. We are joined by a …

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U.S. Statement, UN Management and Reform Section Fifth Committee, 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 150: Support Account

Ms. Grace Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank the Controller, Mr. Chandru Ramanathan and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ for introducing their respective reports. Madam Chair, my delegation remains fully supportive of the Secretary-General …

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Closing Remarks at a UN Event on North Korean Abductions

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED We also thank the experts who joined us today to share their insightful views and ideas about how the international community can better address these issues. And finally – and most of all – thank …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Israeli Settlements

Jason Greenblatt Special Representative for International Negotiations New York City May 9, 2019 AS DELIVERED Ministers, members of the Council, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank those that came here today who are truly interested in finding a comprehensive and lasting peace to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians, Israelis, and the region all …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Libya and the ICC

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Madam Prosecutor, for your briefing. Eight years ago, the UN Security Council referred the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court. The resolution addressed a dangerous moment …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, High Representative Inzko, for your leadership and for being back with us today. The United States reiterates our strong support for the Office of the High Representative’s mandate …

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Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 150: Cross-cutting Issues

Brian Conroy Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Assistant Secretary-General and Controller, and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ, for introducing their respective reports. As my delegation noted in our statement on the …

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Statement before the Election to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. As we prepare to consider the membership of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the United States must note with serious concern the inappropriate conduct of the Chinese delegation …

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Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 134: Board of Auditors

Carolyn Strainic Advisor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Mr. Peter Korn, Director of External Audit and Chair of the Audit Operations Committee, Mr. Pedro Guazo, Director, Finance Division, Office of Programme Planning, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacekeeping Training and Capacity-Building

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam President and congratulations on Indonesia’s council presidency this month. Thanks also to our briefers and to Indonesia for organizing today’s debate on how training and capacity-building can strengthen UN peacekeeping. In that …

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Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation has not raised this issue before in the Fifth Committee, but since the Palestinian representative decided to clarify their representation at the …

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Statement at the 2nd Resumed Part of the 73rd UN General Assembly Agenda Item 150: Cross-Cutting Issues

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Mr. David Kanja, Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Ms. Aruna Thanabalasingam, Director, Administrative Law Division, Office of …

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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) Agenda Item 4: U.S. Response to Chinese Remarks on Dolkun Isa

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED I would like to emphasize that the Chinese delegate’s accusations against Dolkun Isa are unfounded and inappropriate. Dolkun Isa is a widely respected human rights defender who has dedicated his entire adult life to …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. At the outset, the United States is compelled by the urgency of the humanitarian conditions in the Rukban camp to reiterate in the strongest terms our call on the Assad regime …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Sudan and South Sudan

“While the political situations in Khartoum and Juba remain fluid, warming relations between Sudan and South Sudan and a stabilized security environment indicates that there is great potential for these two countries to capitalize on shared interests along their border and work together to resolve border disputes.” – Rodney Hunter

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Sudan and South Sudan

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I also thank the Under-Secretary-General and Special Envoy for their briefings. Parfait, the United States welcomes you to your new role, and we look forward to working together. The United States was pleased …

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Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2468 on the UN Mission in Western Sahara

“As the Security Council has clearly stated today with this mandate, it is crucial that the parties and the neighboring states cooperate more fully with each other and build additional trust, which is needed to achieve a political solution.” “We believe the Council’s close attention to this issue has been instrumental to the political progress made over the past year.” – Rodney Hunter

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Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2468 on the UN Mission in Western Sahara

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We are pleased with the Council’s strong statement of support for Personal Envoy Koehler’s efforts to achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the …

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Remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator New York City U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We agree with EcoPeace that the road to stability in the Middle East will be paved by regional cooperation on many levels, and water and energy security are certainly essential …

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U.S. Statement: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), 18th Session Agenda Item 9; Traditional Knowledge: Generation, Transmission, and Prote

Valerie Hauser Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations April 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States engages and works with Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and other indigenous communities to support, share, utilize, and protect traditional knowledge.  We have a legal framework in place to incorporate traditional knowledge into U.S. government decision-making. For example, …

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U.S. Statement: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 18th Session Agenda Item 12; Participation of Indigenous Peoples

Linda Lum Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to champion ensuring the diversity of views in the United Nation system, through pushing for robust participation of various stakeholders including civil society and indigenous peoples.  Unfortunately, the General Assembly’s enhanced participation process ended …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. The United States also condemns Russia’s decision to grant expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in the Russia-controlled Donbas. Through this highly provocative action, Russia is clearly intensifying its assault on …

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

“Mr. President, the United States calls on all Council members, as well as our regional partners, to ensure that the UN has the operational capacity to implement cross-border aid deliveries throughout all agreed border crossings in accordance with resolution 2449.  No one should politicize or try to dictate UN operations for cross-border aid delivery in Syria.  Not the Assad Regime.  Not the Russian Federation.  No one.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 24, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. During a December 2018 Arria-formula meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in conflict, the United States made a commitment to raise the situation of persons with disabilities more systemically …

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Remarks at a GA Debate on the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the submission of the third report of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. A warm welcome and our thanks to today’s briefers for their very important contributions. Mr. President, allow me to begin by offering the United States’ heartfelt condolences to the people of …

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Remarks at the Closing Ceremony for the National Model UN Conference

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon everyone and thank you Michael for that warm introduction. Thanks to all of you for being here. It is a bit surreal to stand before you all today as the Acting U.S. Ambassador …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome, it’s great to have you join us in the Council today. Mr. President, over the past days, we have seen a dramatic and significant series of events unfold in …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

“The United States commends the people of Sudan for their resilience and commitment to non-violence as they express their legitimate demand for inclusive and representative government that respects and protects human rights. The United States urges all parties to continue the process toward an inclusive, civilian transition, amid an atmosphere of restraint and calm.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thanks to our briefers today, and especially to the UN teams on the ground in Yemen for their tireless efforts in exceptionally difficult conditions. Since December, this Council has urged the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Yemen

04/15/2019 “Since December, this Council has urged the parties to demonstrate their commitment to a political settlement by redeploying from Hudaydah, in line with the terms of the Stockholm Agreement….The Yemeni government has demonstrated a clear commitment to the UN-led process. It is time for the Houthis to also show the international community they, too, are serious about the UN process and the agreements that they themselves reached in Stockholm.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2466 to Renew the Mandate of MINUJUSTH

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President We are pleased to vote in favor of the final renewal of MINUJUSTH until October 15, 2019. This resolution will conclude the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and welcome Foreign Minister Trujillo . Since the signing of the historic 2016 peace agreement, Colombia has taken several important steps and has become an inspiration for peace not just in …

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Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2466 to Renew the Mandate of MINUJUSTH

04/12/2019 “This resolution will conclude the UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti after more than 15 years….This transition will mean a significant handover of responsibility back into the hands of the Haitian government and its people. Now is the time for the Government of Haiti to step up and assume this responsibility. As a longtime partner and friend, the United States continues to support Haiti on this path, mindful of the challenges ahead.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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

04/12/2019 “Ensuring meaningful justice for victims and accountability for the crimes committed during so many years of armed conflict is vital to reconciliation. We welcome efforts to strengthen accountability for war crimes and violations and abuses of human rights. Colombia must ensure that those responsible are held accountable, including when appropriate through prosecution and the imposition of sentences proportionate to crimes committed. Accountability should be for all, whether the crimes were committed by the FARC, paramilitaries, or state agents, including the military in Colombia.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women in Peacekeeping

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you for convening today’s open debate and for being with us in the Council this morning. Thanks, also, to our briefers today. Madam President, I reaffirm the United States’ …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Women in Peacekeeping

04/11/2019 “Madam President, we should all be taking steps to address the persistent barriers facing women peacekeepers, and to overcome these impediments in our systems. Collectively, we should remove these barriers and advance the meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping through our resolutions and our programs. Success depends on our determined, coordinated efforts to improve peacekeeper performance by championing women’s participation in all aspects of our peacekeeping efforts.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 2464 to Renew the Mandate of the North Korea Sanctions Committee Panel of Experts

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is pleased to renew the mandate of the 1718 Panel of Experts so that it can continue its important work to strengthen the DPRK sanctions regime. The full and comprehensive …

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Remarks at a GA Meeting to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the International Labor Organization

Joan Barrett Director for Multilateral Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor New York City April 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madam President, Director-General Ryder, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, the United States offers its warm congratulations to the International Labor Organization on its centenary. The ILO has carried on its mission through the Great Depression, World War II, …

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Remarks at a Special Session of the UN Security Council on the Crisis in Venezuela

Michael R. Pence Vice President of the United States New York City April 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, to all the members of the Security Council: I am here today, on behalf of the President of the United States of America, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and to call …

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Open Debate on the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti

04/03/2019 “Mr. President, the United States welcomes Haiti’s progress in promoting respect for human rights and we commit to continue working with the Government of Haiti to further address the country’s significant challenges.  MINUJUSTH has a central role in promoting human rights. Its task to strengthen national human rights institutions is essential to promoting the rule of law, democratic institution building, and security in Haiti. It contributes to ensuring accountability, as well as respect for human rights, including for women and children.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Resolution on Combating Terrorism and Other Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

04/02/2019 “While we’ve made progress in our fight against terrorism, we must remain vigilant. Together, we must continue to fight terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists. Organized terrorist groups are coordinating and conducting attacks around the world. In this context, keeping people safe from terrorism requires a coordinated whole-of-society strategy that includes defeating violent ideologies, preventing terrorist radicalization, and when possible, rehabilitating those who have been committed to violent extremism.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Non-proliferation

04/02/2019 “We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT. Over nearly five decades the NPT has grown even more critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. It has made us all more secure by constraining the spread of nuclear weapons, and has also thereby enabled the global peaceful use of nuclear energy and helped create conditions for progress on nuclear disarmament.” – Under Secretary Andrea Thompson

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Safeguarding Humanitarian Space

04/01/2019 “The United States strongly believes that full implementation of international humanitarian law by all parties to a conflict is the best way to provide protection for civilians, including humanitarian personnel. We also believe that additional guidelines and policies should avoid inadvertently diluting principles of humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, we know that the laws of war are not always universally observed – with grave consequences for civilians in need of protection and humanitarian assistance.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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

03/29/2019 “We ask for a plan that positions MINUSMA to address the security and counterterrorism environment, protect personnel, and to support political progress more effectively than at present. The plan should include options for significant adaptation, so the Council can consider the best way forward in such a precarious environment. The plan should outline options to address the significant instability in Mali’s center. Turning to Mali, inclusive constitutional change will require tremendous political courage and significant input from all concerned. Inclusive constitutional reform will result in more voices in Mali’s institutions, the decentralization of power, and genuine political dialogue – important steps towards reestablishing security and governance throughout the country.” – Under Secretary David Hale

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Remarks at a UN Ministerial on Peacekeeping

03/29/2019 “As Vice President Pence said to the Security Council in 2017, keeping the peace is the UN’s most important mission, and this ministerial is a reminder of our collective commitment to stronger, safer, and more effective peacekeeping. The Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping initiative is a significant step toward addressing the political and operational challenges facing UN peacekeeping, and lays valuable groundwork for the road ahead. Now, we should begin implementation so we maintain momentum that this initiative has created.” – Under Secretary David Hale

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Combating the Financing of Terrorism

03/28/2019 “The comprehensive resolution adopted today is an important step forward in adapting UN tools to counter today’s counterterrorism finance threat. This new and very important global obligation will help to ensure that Member States have the frameworks in place to utilize effectively an important counterterrorism finance tool – the prosecution of those who knowingly finance and otherwise support terrorist groups.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on UNSOM

03/27/2019 “The United States believes that an UNSOM mandate that precisely delineates the UN’s roles and responsibilities, and that avoids language unrelated to the UN Mission, is needed in order to foster a clear understanding among all partners of the Security Council’s expectations in Somalia.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

03/27/2019 “As a Security Council, we should demand the regime respect international humanitarian principles and human rights standards. We encourage Special Envoy Pedersen to finalize a political settlement by and through the Syrian people, and we must see full implementation of Resolution 2254, including a political settlement, a nationwide ceasefire, and unhindered humanitarian access.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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

03/26/2019 “Each of us around this table has a responsibility to condemn the rocket attacks, but we must also recognize that in addition to terrorizing Israeli civilians, Hamas has failed to provide for Palestinians in Gaza and most recently, cracked down violently on Palestinian protesters.” – Ambassador Jonathan Cohen

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