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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Press Release: Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2019 During my meeting today with Jovenel Moise, Haiti’s democratically elected president, he made clear his commitment to addressing Haiti’s urgent needs, promoting economic prosperity, and building a better future for all Haitians. My engagement with other …

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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 by Ambassador Kelly Craft

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 18, 2019 Press Release: Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft “It is important to be clear on serious matters, and today’s announcement regarding Israeli settlements is a serious matter. Israel is a beacon of democracy in a region where …

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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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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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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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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)

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 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 justice, but we must …

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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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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Chair of the former Fact-Finding Mission for Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman

We urge the Government of Myanmar to acknowledge human rights abuses, to hold the perpetrators accountable, and to lay the groundwork for reconciliation and justice for victims, including by establishing conditions that will allow for safe, dignified, and voluntary returns of Rohingya and members of other communities displaced by violence across Myanmar.

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The United States condemns the government’s involvement in international abductions and forced disappearances. Migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons, especially to China, are increasing. We are gravely concerned about the reported use of torture and coerced abortions and infanticide following individuals’ forced repatriation to the DPRK.

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee

The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the declining protection of fundamental freedoms in Myanmar. We call for the unconditional and immediate release of all those who have been arbitrarily detained, including filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, and for an end to the use of problematic laws to stifle freedom of expression, …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with Doudou Diene, Chair, Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work, and regrets the Government of Burundi’s continued refusal to acknowledge the Commission’s mandate. For the third year in a row, the COI has documented credible reports of violations and abuses of human rights and reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity continue to …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings

The United States takes seriously its international obligations with respect to consular notification and access. The U.S. Government trains thousands of local law enforcement around the country regarding U.S. obligations for consular notification. We are also committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas and assist incarcerated citizens and their families …

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

The United States welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Turkey would halt its offensive in northeast Syria and agree to a permanent ceasefire. As a result, U.S. Treasury sanctions imposed on October 14th have been lifted. Unfortunately, as was noted in the briefing, the events of the past week have resulted in the displacement of as many …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)

The United States recognizes that Abyei is a strategic crossroads between Sudan and South Sudan and resolving Abyei’s political status is needed for a complete and lasting peace in the region. While the internal political shifts in Sudan and South Sudan provide some momentum toward resolving ongoing disputes, unfortunately these developments have yet to prompt …

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Statement by the United States in a Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar

Jason Mack Counsellor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York October 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, and Special Envoy Burgener, the U.S thanks you and the Secretary General for your continued focus on the very serious governance and human rights issues in Myanmar. In your role as Special Envoy, we encourage …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Agenda Items 64 (a) and (b) and 13

Our promise to Africa is this: U.S. economic engagement in Africa, both bilaterally and through international organizations, such as the United Nations, will continue to be predicated on respect for our partners’ sovereignty; ensuring that local workers benefit from our cooperation; upholding environmental standards; combating corruption; and producing outcomes that are built to last. We’re …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Persons with Albinism, Ikponwosa Ero

In the United States, the ADA opens the doors for full participation by all in all aspects of everyday life, including accessibility in and to buildings, transportation, and telecommunications systems, as well as access to information and communications technologies, employment, health care, education, and services provided by state and local government.

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression

In the United States, our experience has taught us that broad speech restrictions are not effective. Instead, they all too often constrain democratic engagement, diminish respect for human dignity, and stifle change and social advancement. Banning offensive speech has often served to protect those interested solely in maintaining the status quo or their own political …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Karima Bennoune

The United States firmly believes that the expression of cultural identity is an essential part of inclusive, quality education. We are, therefore, gravely concerned about prohibitions on the use of the Uighur language in China’s Xinjiang region classrooms. Credible reports of children being forcibly placed in Mandarin-language boarding institutions for indoctrination – severed from all …

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Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 85: The Law of Transboundary Aquifers

David Bigge, Attorney Adviser Office of the Legal Adviser Washington, D.C. October 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States continues to believe that the International Law Commission’s work on transboundary aquifers constituted an important advance in providing a possible framework for the reasonable use and protection of underground aquifers, which are playing …

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Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 81: Consideration of prevention of transboundary harm from hazardous activities

David Bigge, Attorney Adviser Office of the Legal Adviser Washington, D.C. October 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The Commission’s draft articles on prevention of transboundary harm from hazardous activities have marked a positive step toward encouraging States to establish the means to address such issues as notification in specific national and international contexts. …

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Statement in aThird Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

We support the Special Rapporteur’s call for states to take immediate, effective, and appropriate measures to raise awareness of older persons with disabilities; make full use of existing resources including through international cooperation to promote the human rights of older persons with disabilities; and provide access to social protections and support services.

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Statement in a Dialogue with the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United States was proud to negotiate and vote in favor of Security Council 2475 on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict. This groundbreaking resolution is a significant step forward to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities across the UN by bringing the issue here, an area of the UN where …

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Statement at the Main Part of the 74th UN General Assembly Agenda Item 137: 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 New York, NY October 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chairman. We appreciate the President of the General Assembly being here with us. I would like to thank Ms. Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary General for DMSPC for her …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly 3rd Committee Meeting on Agenda Item #70, Countries of Concern Statement

The United States is deeply concerned by certain governments’ ongoing abuses of human rights. In Iran, we condemn custodial deaths, torture, and arbitrary detention to silence individuals exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including women, members of religious minority groups, human rights defenders, and workers.

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Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with Anais Marin, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

Jordyn Arndt Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Rapporteur Marin, for your report.  The United States regrets the Government of Belarus’ continued non-recognition of your mandate. We remain concerned by the Government of Belarus’ efforts to restrict human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly …

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Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 148: Administration of Justice at the United Nations

Emily R. Pierce, Counselor United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We would like to thank the Secretary-General, the Internal Justice Council, and the Office of the United Nations Ombudsperson and Mediation Services for their reports. This year marks ten years since the United …

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Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

We are deeply concerned by accounts in the Secretary General’s report of increased criminality, internal displacement, and kidnapping—including of NGO workers—in Darfur. These incidents disrupt progress toward peace and diminish hope among the Sudanese people that they might go about their daily lives without fear. Mr. President, we were especially disheartened to read in the …

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Statement by U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today’s election of the former Maduro regime in Venezuela to the UN Human Rights Council is an embarrassment to the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela. I am personally aggrieved that …

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Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Chair of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Chairperson Duhaime, the United States thanks you and the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances for your work on this important issue. The chilling and devastating effect of enforced disappearances in a society cannot be overstated – these acts …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

We continue to call on all parties to exercise restraint, respect government institutions underpinning economic stability, refrain from imposing bureaucratic impediments on humanitarian response, and allow humanitarian aid workers unhindered access to civilians affected by the unrest. We hope these concrete actions will lead to further de-escalation through Yemen, and we hope they will help …

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Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Charles Bentley Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Special Rapporteur Ní Aoláin, thank you for your work. The protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms is complementary to and a necessary component of effective counterterrorism measures. Efforts to counter terrorism that do not respect …

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Remarks in a UN Third Committee Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges & Lawyers

John Giordano Public Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Rapporteur García-Sayán, for your report. The United States recognizes the importance that, as for everyone, the rights of freedom of expression, religion or belief, association, and peaceful assembly are safeguarded for judges and prosecutors …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Press Stakeout Following Consultations on Syria

The United States calls on Turkey to halt its offensive and declare a ceasefire immediately. To this end and at the President’s direction, the Vice President is leading a delegation including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, United States National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and Ambassador James Jeffrey to voice the United States’ commitment to press …

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Explanation of Position on Agenda Item 19 (a): Political Declaration for the High-level Political Forum (HLPF)

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Good morning. Thank you, Mr. President. We would like to thank the co-facilitators, Bahamas and Sweden, for their leadership on this High-level Political Forum (HLPF) resolution. Today the United States is pleased to …

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United States Statement in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

Courtney R. Nemroff Acting U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Forst, for your report on the situation of human rights defenders, which thoroughly lays out how impunity compounds violations against defenders, impedes respect for human rights, and erodes the rule …

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United States Statement in an Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Clemont Voule, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

The United States reminds member states that affording the right of peaceful assembly and association does not weaken countries, but actually strengthens governance and respects the fundamental freedoms we have all recognized enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Remarks following the Presentation of the High Commissioner’s Report

The United States is proud to continue its support for much of OHCHR’s programming with significant voluntary contributions, as we recognize that OHCHR initiatives, and in many instances your role as High Commissioner, can prove critical to states honoring the unalienable human rights possessed by every individual.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH)

This is a historic day for Haiti and for the United Nations. In so many complex circumstances, the status quo prevails. But today is different. Today marks the transition – after 15 years of commitment and sacrifice – of a peacekeeping mission to a special political mission.

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Remarks in a UN Third Committee meeting on the Committee Against Torture

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The US applauds the adoption of a mechanism to prevent, monitor and follow up to cases of reprisal against civil society organizations, human rights defenders, victims and witnesses after their engagement with the treaty body …

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Statement in the UN Third Committee meeting on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment

Sofija Korac Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We thank SR Melzer for his work on this critical issue. The United States remains appalled by the many instances of torture around the globe. We are deeply concerned by reports of violence in Cameroon …

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Remarks in a UN Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Chair of the Human Rights Committee

Mordica Simpson Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair and thank you, Mr. Fathalla, for your presentation of the report of the Human Rights Committee. We note the Committee’s increasing backlog of individual communications, which has doubled from 2011 to 2018, according to …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 75: Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts

The draft articles on the responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts, with commentaries, were adopted in 2001. Since that time, they have been relied upon by States and other litigants, as well as by international courts and tribunals, as providing guidance on the customary international law of state responsibility.

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Statement at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 83: Rule of Law at the National and International Levels

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First, let me join other delegations in thanking the Secretary-General for his report on this agenda item.  I would also like to thank the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group …

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Statement at the the 74th UN General Assembly Fifth Committee Agenda Item 146: Report on the Activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services

Anca DiGiacomo Advisor UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States would like to thank Assistant Secretary-General David Kanja for his presentation of the annual report on the work of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). We …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Agenda Item 69: Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Jason Mack Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chair. Under the agenda item “Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” it is appropriate to call attention to the continuing violence, discrimination, persecution, and human rights abuses that indigenous peoples face around the world. Indigenous peoples themselves …

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Explanation of Position on the High-level Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage

Courtney Nemroff Acting U.S. ECOSOC Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10th, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States believes that our shared ambitions toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) must be viewed in the light of the goal toward which we as nations have been working toward at the United …

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Remarks at the Adoption of the SAMOA Pathway Political Declaration

Courtney Nemroff Acting U.S. ECOSOC Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10th, 2019 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to co-facilitators Ambassador Prasad, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji, and Ambassador Nason, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ireland for …

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Remarks at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 76: Criminal Accountability of UN Officials and Experts on Mission

Emily R. Pierce Counsellor United States Mission to the United Nations New York, NY October 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United Nations plays a critical role in the world, discharging its solemn mandate to maintain international peace and security, promote and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and promote international cooperation in …

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Remarks at the 74th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 109: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Domestically, we continue to engage and raise community awareness of violent extremism or radicalization to terrorism and recruitment dynamics, including racially and ethnically motivated terrorism—which can have international connections. We also provide community leaders tools and resources to work on prevention efforts. One continuing area of work is state and local intervention services for individuals …

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

It is ultimately the DRC government that has the power to deliver resources and security to its citizens. And just as the people of DRC marked their ballots in favor of change, the new government has a vote of its own to cast – a vote against corruption, a vote against violence, and most importantly, …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Our laws protect and advance the rights and welfare of children, including children born from surrogacy arrangements, and are among the strongest in the world. However, we do not accept the premise put forward in the Special Rapporteur’s report that the OPSC creates obligations related to surrogacy.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Mali and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Force in Mali (MINUSMA)

We cannot continue to support a peacekeeping mission where the signatory parties enjoy security provided by international forces while refusing to fully implement their own agreement. We have also heard calls to give MINUSMA a more robust counterterrorism mandate. In our view, however, MINUSMA – which is a peacekeeping mission – should not be viewed …

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Statement at the 74th UN General Assembly Agenda Item 135 and 136: Proposed Program Plan and Budget 2020

We take the concerns regarding the financial situation seriously and will continue to do our part to ensure our payments are received according to our fiscal year timing and availability of funds. My delegation applauds the changes made to the format of the budget that focuses on results and ownership by senior managers. We support …

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

This Council meets practically every week to discuss areas of the world affected by conflict and instability. But far too often, we issue statements, impose sanctions, create commissions, and establish peacekeeping missions to address conflicts after they break out. It seems to me that we’ve got this just a little bit backwards. So, if there …

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Statement at the Main Part of the 74th UN General Assembly

We also recognize that the Global Service Delivery Model is a key reform that we will consider in optimizing and streamlining the way the Secretariat delivers administrative services. However, in order for this reform to actually deliver the intended benefits, it must stay grounded in a solid technical basis and not be co-opted by political …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting in an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls, Dubravka Simonovic

A key concern remains assuring the health and safety of mothers and their babies before, during, and after home births. If complications arise in a home birth scenario, the health of the mother and baby may be endangered because trained medical personnel, equipment, and/or supplies may not be available.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Great Lakes Region

Political solutions, security sector reform, and the demobilization of armed groups into civilian life will be critical for future stability. For our part, the United States will continue to identify opportunities to engage the DRC government on how to attain greater security, peace, and prosperity for the Congolese people.

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Crime, Information and Communications Technologies, and Drugs

In the United States, drugs, organized crime, and cybercrime touch our citizens’ lives more directly now than ever before. In 2018, 47,000 people in the United States died of an overdose from fentanyl or another opioid. Nearly everyone in the United States knows someone who knows someone who is affected by this crisis.

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on the International Day of Non-Violence

President John F. Kennedy once said, “The United States is different because Gandhi lived and I venture to the think that the world is different because of Gandhian ideas.” His words still hold true to this day. Gandhi’s message of love, unity, and tolerance is needed more than ever in a world undergoing profound political …

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Remarks at a UN Third Committee Meeting on Social Development

Instead of using our limited human and monetary resources for prolonged multilateral negotiations on a new instrument, we should rather devote ourselves to short-term, results-driven actions that address older persons’ immediate needs, including protection from violence and abuse, as well as enhancing economic security, health, and nutrition. We are already doing this in the United …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

The Assad regime and its allies must not use the launch of the Constitutional Committee as a pretext to stall the political process and pursue a military solution to the conflict. The violence in Idlib must cease immediately, and unconditionally. This will protect the lives of innocent civilians and improve the prospects of a political …

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Remarks at the United Nations High Level Interactive Dialogue IV – Financing for Development in Trusteeship Council Chamber

U.S. government support can catalyze significant amounts of private capital into emerging markets. This model of mobilizing private investment is critical to addressing the needs of the developing world, which are too great to meet with government resources alone.

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Remarks at the UN Counterterrorism Cooperation with Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Central Asia

Following the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we are faced with the challenge of repatriating, prosecuting, and rehabilitating many Central Asian foreign terrorist fighters who had travelled abroad to fight in terrorist groups. The United States commends the governments of Central Asia for their actions to take responsibility for their citizens in …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Sudan and South Sudan

We call on South Sudan’s leaders to agree to terms for security arrangements, and to resolve the critical issue of the number and boundaries of states in South Sudan. We also urge them to formally establish the Hybrid Court in partnership with the African Union (AU), whose role in the peace process – along with …

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Informal Briefing of the Secretary-General on the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard

As member states of the United Nations, our commitment to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” will ring hollow if people are afraid to attend their houses of worship. So we welcome this opportunity, today, to again stand …

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Action on “ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work” (A/73/117) Agenda Item 14 Explanation of Position

We would like to thank the co-facilitators, Belgium and Jamaica, for their leadership on the ILO Centenary Resolution. Today the United States is pleased to join consensus. We agree that full and productive employment and decent work for all are key elements of sustainable development.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

The United States continues to support Afghan political and electoral institutions. We welcome the findings of the UNAMA report that 9.6 million people have been registered to vote. We have pledged $29 million of the $59 million in donor funding offered toward the presidential election and have supported the UNDP’s work building the capacities of …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on Peacekeeping Operations

Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, we appreciate and support your regular meetings with the Department of Operational Support and the Department of Management Strategy and Compliance, to discuss peacekeeping performance in individual missions. We would be grateful if the Department of Peace Operations would provide the Council with regular and formal briefings on outstanding performance in the field, …

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Explanation of Vote after the Renewal of the UN Security Council Mandate for UNIFIL (Lebanon)

The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to UNIFIL and to Lebanon’s security, stability, and sovereignty. We have a common interest in seeing UNIFIL succeed, but it continues to be prevented from fully implementing its mandate; and we cannot continue to accept the status quo.

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

We call upon all members of this Council to help ensure that efforts to establish a de-escalation zone take hold, accompanied by a ceasefire across all of Syria and in particular in Idlib and northern Hama. Progress on a political track is unrealistic unless these conditions are met. Of course, no path forward is possible …

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

We continue to prioritize restoring key services and infrastructure in areas liberated from ISIS control. Additional donations are urgently needed for UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization and—as we announced earlier this year—the United States will contribute $100 million to this effort. We encourage other members of international community to also step up and do their …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts

The latest report from the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIS demonstrates the hard-won progress that we have made over the past several years, culminating in the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria in March. We have achieved substantial success against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. We cannot relent. The United States …

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

For years, this body has come together to discuss this contentious topic, but we have seen little success in making progress toward a solution that creates a lasting, secure, and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. The United States remains committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace through direct negotiations. We encourage all of you …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

The United States congratulates the people of Sudan on the August 17th signing of the Constitutional Declaration and political agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council. We are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security

We are here today because the Russian Federation preferred a world in which the United States continued to fulfill its INF Treaty obligations, while the Russian Federation did not. Now that the INF Treaty no longer exists due to the Russian Federation’s conduct, the United States is taking the necessary steps to address the threat …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Advancing the Safety and Security of Religious Minorities in Armed Conflict

Religious freedom is essential for achieving peace and stability within nations and among nations. Where religious freedom is protected, other freedoms – like the freedom of expression, the freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly – can flourish. Where it is absent, we find conflict, instability, and very often, terrorism. We see these …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Detainees and Missing Persons in Syria

The issue of detainees and missing persons in Syria is one of the great tragedies of the Syrian conflict. Today, the United States calls for the immediate, unilateral release of civilians – including women, children, and the elderly – held in Assad regime prisons in an effort to pave the path forward to the implementation …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Annual Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC)

The United States continues to prioritize child protection programming that is life-saving and essential for survival as well as longer-term recovery, resilience and healing, and we will continue to invest in preventive and responsive programming to protect children from violence. We know that the resumption of familiar, safe, and nurturing routines, particularly within a family, …

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Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of Cooperation between the UN and Other Organizations: Cooperation Between the UN and Pacific Island Forum

As evidenced by Secretary-General Guterres’ visit this year to the Pacific Island Forum in Fiji, it is vital for the UN to support those countries most in need of assistance as they address specific economic development and security challenges due to their unique geographic location, limited resources, and small populations. We recognize the Secretary-General’s effort …

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

The plight of Syrian civilians arbitrarily detained by the Assad regime is one humanitarian issue that is often overshadowed by the barbarity of the Assad’s military campaign in broad daylight, the continued forced starvation siege of Rukban, and continued restrictions on UN access. Some residents do not wish to return to areas under control of …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

U.S. efforts are focused on achieving an inclusive political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan. As we seek a negotiated political settlement to the Afghan conflict, the United States continues to support bringing Afghans together at the negotiating table to decide the future of their own country – one that is inclusive of women, …

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Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization

The United States has called a vote on today’s resolution because we have deep concerns about potential UN collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization. Iran, which chairs and hosts the Economic Cooperation Organization, has a clear track record of undermining regional security. Iran has destabilized its neighbors, in particular through its support to terrorist organizations …

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Explanation of Vote after the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on UNFICYP (Cyprus)

The United States believes this new mandate sends an important message from the Security Council to the sides and relevant parties: that the leaders of the communities must work with a sense of urgency to resume full-fledged negotiations that will fulfill the hopes of the Cypriot people to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation …

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Explanation of Position on Adoption of GA Plenary Resolution Establishing an International Day for the Elimination of Child Labor

We join consensus on this resolution with the express understanding that it does not imply that States must become parties to instruments to which they are not a party, or implement obligations under human rights instruments to which they are not a party, including, in the case of the United States, the Convention on the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)

The United States is encouraged by the success of the largely peaceful elections in Nigeria, Senegal, and Mauritania and we extend our particular appreciation to Special Representative Chambas for his efforts in all countries to emphasize the importance of dispute resolution processes rather than violence as means to pursue grievances with the electoral process.

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Remarks at UN Security Council Briefing on the Peacekeeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO)

The United States is extremely troubled by the recent clashes across eastern DRC, including violence in the provinces of Ituri, South Kivu, and North Kivu that left hundreds dead and displaced hundreds of thousands. Ending the Ebola outbreak also remains a top U.S. priority. The United States is the largest single-country donor to the Ebola …

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Remarks at a ECOSOC Meeting on the Fourteenth Session of UN Forum on Forests

The United States has been a strong supporter of the UN Forum on Forest (UNFF) since its inception. Regarding a possible future office in China for the GFFFN, the United States underlines the importance of GFFFN’s work being carried out in a balanced, transparent, and effective manner that maintains international best practices. Such provisions must …

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

The vision for peace that we plan to present will not be ambiguous, unlike many resolutions that have passed in this chamber. It will provide sufficient detail so that people can see what compromises will be necessary to achieve a realistic, lasting, comprehensive solution to this conflict — the conflict that has robbed so much …

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

As Colombia continues to implement its peace plan, it is also demonstrating regional leadership by recognizing interim President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, and by supporting more than 1.5 million Venezuelans fleeing the man-made crisis in Venezuela. Colombia is supporting this vulnerable population by granting temporary residency and work permits, and by facilitating access …

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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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