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 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

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

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

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 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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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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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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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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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 9, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, High Commissioner Grandi. The United States is committed to assisting those displaced by circumstances beyond their control. As such, we remain the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance worldwide. …

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Remarks at an Arria Formula Session on Western Balkans Small Arms

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The Balkans’ experience as a key source and transit point for illicit small arms transfers underscores the need for strong international standards to address trafficking challenges globally. Strong implementation of these standards is …

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Statement at the Conclusion of the First Resumed 73rd General Assembly

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to express its sincere gratitude to you for your continued leadership as Chair of this Committee. This Committee continues to benefit greatly …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 3, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and I’m glad to be the first subjected to the hourglass test. We would like to thank Foreign Minister Edmond for joining the Council today. The United States welcomes this opportunity …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Non-proliferation

Andrea Thompson Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security U.S. Department of State New York City April 2, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Foreign Minister Maas for convening this crucial meeting today on supporting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty or NPT. I’d also like to thank Under-Secretary-General Nakamitsu and Director General Amano for their briefings …

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Remarks at the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on Combating Terrorism and Other Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 2, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madam Chairperson, ministers, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I’m honored to join you today at the adoption of this resolution on combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belief. We offer our …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Safeguarding Humanitarian Space

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We congratulate Germany on assuming the presidency of the Council for April, and thank France for its productive presidency during a very busy month of March. Thanks, too, to the briefers, …

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UN Commission on Population and Development 52nd Session, U.S. Explanation of Position

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairman, the United States appreciates your extensive consultations with all regional member state groups in the lead up to the Commission. Your leadership in preparing a concise declaration to …

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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2463 on the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 29, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States strongly supports MONUSCO and is pleased to have voted in favor of this resolution today. We thank SRSG Zerrougui and her team for their stewardship of MONUSCO at an important …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We thank France for raising this issue in the Security Council and for its efforts to generate the groundbreaking counterterrorism financing resolution we adopted this morning. Thanks, too, to our briefers …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the UN Disengagement Observer Force and the Golan Heights

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for your briefings today. The United States is concerned by the Secretary-General’s reports of continued military activities and presence of the Syrian armed forces in the …

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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2461 on the UN Mission in Somalia

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Today’s vote on a UN Security Council Resolution supporting the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia underscores the strong and continued commitment of the international community to support peace, stability, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Director Rajasingham, for your briefings today. Mr. President, after eight years of the Syrian conflict, we would like to remind members of the Council that this …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Envoy Djinnit, thank you for your dedicated service of nearly five years. Your efforts have been deeply appreciated, and we wish you every success in your future endeavors. Mr. President, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Coordinator Mladenov, thank you for your sobering briefing. The United States strongly condemns the rocket attack on Israel from Gaza yesterday that injured seven innocent civilians, and we reaffirm Israel’s …

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Remarks at a GA Commemorative Meeting on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madam President, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m honored to join you here today in marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. I offer my thanks to the President of the …

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Concluding Statement on the CSW 2019 Agreed Conclusions

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam Chairwoman and thank you Madam Facilitator. The United States is concerned by all reports of harassment and bullying during this session, including of the facilitator. …

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Statement by Anca S. DiGiacomo Advisor, UN Management and Reform Agenda Item 135: Review of efficiency – Accountability

Anca DiGiacomo Adviser for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Pedro Guazo, Director of the Finance Division, Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ …

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Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. And thank you, Ambassador Djani, for your briefing. As we’ve been reminded too many times sitting in this Council, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, including …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Zerrougui, thank you for today’s briefing and for your tireless efforts that contributed to the DRC’s first peaceful transfer of power earlier this year. Thank you, Anny Modi, for …

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U.S. Statement, UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 63rd Session

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame Chairwoman, I am honored to be here today to speak on behalf of the United States of America. I also want to express my government’s condemnation of the barbaric …

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Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2405 Renewing the Mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for

Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2405 Renewing the Mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for Six Months Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam President. The United States has voted in favor of this Security …

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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2459 Renewing the Mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States thanks Council members for their efforts to strengthen the UNMISS mandate to ensure the Mission supports the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of lasting peace, security, …

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Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2019 AS DELIVERED Merci, François, and before I turn to my remarks on Crimea, the United States strongly condemns today’s attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we …

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Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations March 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam Minister. Thank you very much to France and Germany for calling this important Arria meeting and are happy to be one of the co-sponsors. We also welcome the contributions from …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations March 14, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Madam Minister. Thank you very much to France and Germany for calling this important Arria meeting and are happy to be one of the co-sponsors. We also welcome the contributions from …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organization (European Union)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, High Representative Mogherini, for joining us today and for your useful and comprehensive briefing. The United States deeply appreciates the European Union’s contributions to promoting peace, security, and …

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Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 136(g): Standards of Accommodation for Air Travel

Brian Conroy Counselor New York City March 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Patrick Carey, Division of Administration, Department of Operational Support and Mr. Cihan Terzi, Chair of the ACABQ, for introducing their respective reports. Madam Chair, an organization’s travel policies and their related implementation offer …

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Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 142: Joint Inspection Unit Annual and Program of Work Report

Shawn Duncan First Secretary U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank the new chair and Inspector of the Joint Inspection Unit, Ms. Sukai Prom-Jackson for presenting the Unit’s 2018 annual report and the 2019 program of work. …

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Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 136: Status of Implementation of the Information Communications Technology Strategy for the United Na

Remarks to the UN Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 136: Status of Implementation of the Information Communications Technology Strategy for the United Nation Carolyn Strainic Advisor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Ms. …

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Remarks at the Opening of the First Resumed Session of the UN’s Fifth (Administrative and Budgetary) Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would also like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 tragedy. We mourn the lives …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UNAMA and the Situation in Afghanistan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We offer our condolences and solidarity to the people and government of Ethiopia who are responding to the crash. Our embassies in Addis Ababa and Nairobi are working tirelessly to offer …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Thank you Special Representative Shearer and Ms. Jial for your briefings about the latest developments on the ground in South Sudan. Today, International Women’s Day, reminds us of a key reason …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the 2019 Priorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and let me add our voice to the others in congratulating you on assuming the presidency of the Council for this month and congratulations to Equatorial Guinea on completing their hard …

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Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Resolution “United Nations Decade on Ecosystem (2021 – 2030)”

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We are quite surprised and disappointed to learn of the PBI associated with this resolution. This once again calls into question the utility of such decades, years, and days. …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations on completing your presidency of the Council. And thank you, Special Envoy Burgener, for your briefing and for your important work on Myanmar. Welcome, to the Foreign Secretary of …

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Explanation of Vote on a U.S. Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Venezuela

Elliott Abrams U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The situation in Venezuela demands our action now. The corrupt former Maduro regime has caused an economic collapse that threatens peace and security throughout the region. Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country in search of …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy Pedersen, for being here today. The United States congratulates you on your appointment and welcomes you to the Security Council for your first briefing as UN …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate: Silencing the Guns in Africa

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 27, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and welcome back to this Council chamber. Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, High Representative Lamamra, Executive Director Gounden, thank you for your briefings today. Mr. President, today’s debate and vote on a UN Security …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Venezuela

Elliott Abrams U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela New York City February 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Security Council. Good afternoon. Thank you to Under-Secretary DiCarlo for her very sobering and comprehensive briefing. We’re here today because of the de facto Maduro regime’s refusal to allow humanitarian aid to …

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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 February 26, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ms. Ghelani, for your briefing and for the important work that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and your partners are doing to support the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Situation in Sudan

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Keita, for your briefing on the latest developments on the ground in Darfur. Mr. President, we continue to evaluate the impact of President Omar al-Bashir’s announcement …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and a warm welcome to Foreign Minister Baipo-Temon. Thank you, Special Representative Onanga-Anyanga, for your briefing and, more importantly, for your stewardship of MINUSCA over the past three-and-a-half challenging years. Parfait, …

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Remarks at the UN General Assembly’s 67th Plenary Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 20, 2019 AS DELIVERED The United States would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for hosting today’s important meeting, and welcome President Poroshenko. Thank you for joining us today. Five years ago, the world bore witness …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Envoy Kafando, thank you for today’s briefing on the latest developments in Burundi, and Ambassadors Mohammed and Lauber, thank you too for sharing views of the African Union and the …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 19, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Special Envoy Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General Lowcock for your briefings, your tireless efforts, and those of your teams. Mr. President, on February 13, the United States joined the United …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to Assistant Secretary Generals Jenca and Müller and Ambassadors Abakan and Sajdik for your briefings and for your calls for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Mr. President, …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to Assistant Secretary Generals Jenca and Müller and Ambassadors Abakan and Sajdik for your briefings and for your calls for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Mr. President, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 12, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you very much, Mark, and the United States wants to thank the representatives of Belgium, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, and France for organizing this timely conversation on the occasion of the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Under-Secretary-General Voronkov and Executive Director Coninsx for your briefings. We also thank the Secretary-General, the 1267 Monitoring Team, and the staff of the UN Office of Counterterrorism and …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Accountability for Conflict-related Sexual Violence

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 8, 2019 AS DELIVERED Madame Minister, thank you for joining us today, and thanks to Germany for convening this meeting, which the United States is pleased to co-host along with 11 other members of the Security Council. And thanks …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 7, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you Special Representative Tanin for your briefing today. Welcome back Foreign Minister Dacic and Ambassador Citaku. We appreciate the understanding reached by this Council to end the practice of …

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Remarks at the 2019 UNICEF Executive Board Session on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 6, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Mr. President. The United States would like to align ourselves with the statement just delivered by the United Kingdom. The US appreciates Executive Director Fore’s strong leadership on protecting aid recipients from sexual …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Transnational Organized Crime at Sea as a Threat to International Peace and Security

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, Foreign Minister Angue, thank you for joining us today and thank you for hosting this meeting. Thanks as well as to Mr. Fedotov and Ms. Ukonga for your briefings. The United States thanks …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Mercenary Activities as a Source of Insecurity, Instability and Destabilization in Africa

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations February 4, 2019 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, thank you for convening today’s session, which is focused on African countries, but relevant throughout the globe. Thank you Secretary-General and Chairperson Al-Baki Mohammed for your remarks today, and welcome to the ministers who are joining …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Preventing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 31, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador. Thank you as well to Australia, France, Indonesia, Peru, and Tunisia for bringing us together here today to discuss this very important topic. The United States, as you know, has been at the forefront …

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Remarks at a UN Civil Society Meeting “A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania During the Holocaust”

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 31, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Smale. Thanks to the Albanian mission and Ambassador Kadare for hosting this event today, and thanks for the invitation to address you all. Especially, thank you to the distinguished speakers and to …

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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 January 30, 2019   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your briefing and for the important work that OCHA and your partners are doing to support the Syrian people. Last month, Mr. President, the UN …

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Explanation of Vote After the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 30, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thanks to the UK delegations for their efforts to strengthen UNFICYP’s mandate to ensure it conveys the strong sentiment of the UN Security Council and the international community that peacekeeping …

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Remarks at a UN Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Secretary General, Excellencies, distinguished guests, I am deeply honored to represent the United States at this commemoration for victims of the Holocaust. Thank you to the Secretary General and the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Impacts of Climate Related Disasters on International Peace and Security

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 25, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President – Foreign Minister Vargas – for calling this important meeting. And welcome to the many ministers joining us today. I would also like to thank Administrator Steiner, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, Professor Kabat, …

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Remarks at an Arria Formula Meeting on Women Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 24, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thanks Mr. Minister. The United States remains strongly committed to the global Women Peace and Security agenda. While this effort began as an initiative of the Security Council, we continue to believe that it requires the full …

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Remarks on Executive Board Working Methods of UN Women, UN International Children’s Emergency Fund, World Food Program, UN Development Program,

Hector Brown Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 24, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Working methods has long been an issue of concern for this and the other UN executive boards. The United States welcomes greater efficiencies that ensure each member state serving on its board can adequately perform its oversight …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 23, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. It is excellent to have you with us back in the Council, welcome. Special Representative Ruiz Massieu, thank you for your briefing. We look forward to your leadership as we begin …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 22, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thanks to Special Coordinator Mladenov for his briefing. Minister Marsudi, welcome and thank you for joining us in the Council for today’s briefing. Mr. President, we offer our deepest condolences …

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Remarks at the United Nations Development Program Executive Board

Hector Brown Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 21, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. As the implementation of the UN development system reform officially begins, the United States would like to use this Board meeting to articulate our expectations for UNDP’s work in terms of both substantive focus …

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Remarks to the UN NGO Committee on a Recommendation to Withdraw Status for the NGO China Energy Fund Committee

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 21, 2019   The United States continues to be gravely concerned about the global crackdown on civil society and attempts to close civic space, including here at the UN. We are a strong promoter and defender of civil …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 18, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Salamé, thank you for your briefing, your continuing efforts – and those of your team – in a very challenging environment. Mr. President, as the United Kingdom noted – …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ambassador Wronecka, for your briefing today on the important work undertaken by the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee and for your commitment to the work of the committee‎. As always, you …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, thank you Assistant Secretary-General Keita for your briefing today. I would also like to thank Foreign Minister Camara for participating in today’s meeting. Sadly, this has been a very difficult reporting period for …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 11, 2019 Thank you, Special Representative Zerrougui, Foreign Minister Malanji, Ambassador Fatima Mohammed, CENI President Naanga and CENCO Secretary General Nshole, for your informative briefings today. Special Representative Zerrougui, thank you for MONUSCO’s continued efforts to support the DRC electoral …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Representative Chambas for your briefing here today, which outlined areas of progress as well as immense challenges that remain present in West Africa. Mr. President, we appreciate the work UNOWAS does in …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 9, 2019   Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, Special Envoy Griffiths, for your briefings and for your excellent work to achieve and implement the agreements reached in Stockholm. We also deeply appreciate General Cammaert’s work establishing the Redeployment …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Accomplishments During UN Fifth Committee Negotiations (December 2018)

December 22, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States again led efforts at the United Nations to instill budgetary discipline; pursue equitable financial burden sharing; enhance accountability and oversight; and advance key priorities of reform, human rights, and peace and security in the UN’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budget). which just concluded. Key accomplishments achieved …

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Explanation of Position on Scales of Assessments for UN Peacekeeping Operations

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States takes its obligations to the United Nations seriously and its partnership with the organization and with other Member States. As a …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Zerihoun and Ambassador Vieira, for your briefings on the situation in Guinea-Bissau and the Secretary-General’s assessment of UNIOGBIS. We look forward to discussing that assessment with our Council …

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Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2451 on Yemen

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We gather to vote on this resolution today in order to address the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and to endorse the Stockholm agreements. The United States remains deeply concerned about …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa and the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to all of our briefers today for your briefings and for your dedicated work advancing peace and development in the Sahel. We share the Special Advisor’s assessment that the Sahel …

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Explanation of Vote Before the Vote on Mexico’s UNGA Resolution on the International Criminal Court of Justice Avena Decision

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States believes that it is inappropriate that Mexico has brought this bilateral matter to the UN General Assembly. We are also disappointed that Mexico failed …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Special Envoy de Mistura, for your briefing. Staffan, on behalf of the United States, I express our sincere gratitude for your four and a half years of service as the UN …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Rights of Peasants

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. My delegation has called for a vote on this resolution as we have persistent, fundamental difficulties with the text of the annexed Declaration proposed for adoption. We have previously articulated our position regarding …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Drug Trafficking in West Africa as a Threat to International Security

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Executive Director Fedotov, for your briefing. The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives around the world, including West and Central Africa. The harms of Illicit drug …

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Remarks to the UN General Assembly on the Global Compact for Migration Resolution

Andrew Veprek Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration New York City December 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States cannot support the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. We therefore object to the adoption of a resolution that welcomes the adoption of a Compact rejected by …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for your briefing today. Over the past few weeks, we have seen images and news of tunnels discovered in northern Israel. As the Under-Secretary-General has told us this morning, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, we thank you for your updates on the situation in South Sudan. Special Representative Patten, if you’re still here, your briefing reminds us why the international community needs to strengthen calls …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly High-Level Plenary Meeting on the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is thankful for the opportunity to provide remarks on the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Twenty years ago, we collectively passed this Declaration to …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to all the briefers who briefed us today. The United States welcomes the outcomes of the Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan. Three weeks ago, the international community reaffirmed its long-term …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Under-Secretary-General for your briefing today. Welcome to President Vucic and President Thaci. We thank you for your remarks and for joining us here today. The United States reaffirms its support …

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Explanation of Vote at a Third Committee Plenary Meeting on an Amendment to a Resolution on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. We regret we were unable to deliver this statement at the time of adoption in the Third Committee, but wish to take the opportunity to provide clarification of the U.S. position regarding elements …

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Explanation of Position at a Third Committee Plenary Meeting on Human Rights and Terrorism

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City December 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We are pleased to maintain consensus on the resolution Human Rights and Terrorism. We take the floor today to state fully our understandings regarding its text. We understand OP8 of this resolution to refer to the importance …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Merci, Monsieur Le Président, and thank you, Madam Prosecutor, for your briefing. The United States will always believe that victims in Darfur deserve justice and that accountability is essential for …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Humanitarian Debate

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Last week, the United Nations released the Global Humanitarian Overview for 2019. The facts on the humanitarian needs around the world are sobering. Over 135 million people across the world …

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Explanation of Position on the Adoption of a General Assembly Humanitarian Agenda Item

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on these resolutions and reaffirms the vital function of the United Nations in responding to humanitarian need around the globe. The United States has long been …

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Remarks at a UN Fifth Committee Meeting on Agenda Item 137: Flexible Workplace at United Nations Headquarters

Shawn Duncan First Secretary U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Acting Controller of the OPPBA, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the ACABQ, for their respective reports. By its resolution 69/274, the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Central African Region

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Merci, Monsieur Le Président. Special Representative Fall and Director Ghelani, thank you for your briefings today. Your work is vital to a region facing a wide range of political, economic, …

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Explanation of Vote following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2448 Renewing the Mandate of MINUSCA

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, the United States strongly supports MINUSCA and is pleased to have voted for this mandate renewal. We note that it will be difficult for this Council and MINUSCA …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your briefing. Once again, we commend the very important work OCHA and your humanitarian partners do on a daily basis to help the Syrian people. Your briefings shed …

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Explanation of Position on a UN General Assembly Plenary Resolution on Education for Democracy

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Chair, the United States believes that education is transformational for individuals and societies, and that it creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies. On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Agency for …

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Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Plenary Resolution on Global Health and Foreign Policy: Healthier World Through Better Nutrition

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States regrets that we find it necessary to vote against this resolution today. No nation makes greater contributions in terms of resources and actions to promote global health than our country. And …

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Remarks at the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on “Return or Restitution of Cultural Property”

Hector Brown Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, The United States welcomes resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly and other international forums that draw attention to the important issue of trafficking in cultural property. The United …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Haiti

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Merci, Monsieur Le Président. Special Representative La Lime, thank you for your briefing and for being with us today. We appreciate the update on MINUJUSTH’s efforts and its preparation for a successful drawdown …

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Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution on an International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace [A/RES/L.48]

Ashley Bagwell Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED We have expressed on many occasions previously that we have concerns that a proliferation of International Days tends to dilute whatever value there is in highlighting or commemorating legitimate international‎ developments or urgent …

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Explanation of Position on the Adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution “Follow-Up to the Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace”

Ashley Bagwell Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-faith nation, the United States recognizes the importance of dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among individuals of different religious and cultural backgrounds. The United States strongly believes …

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Explanation of Position on UN General Assembly Resolutions on “Enlightenment and Religious Tolerance” [A/73/L.52] and “Promotion of Interreligious and

Ashley Bagwell Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States firmly supports efforts to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue and cooperation. However, while we join consensus on these resolutions, we take this opportunity to clarify important points. The …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 11, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to thank President Meron and Prosecutor Brammertz for their informative briefings and for being with us today. Mr. President, the United States would …

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Remarks on General Assembly Resolutions on Oceans and Law of the Sea and on Sustainable Fisheries

Margarita Palau-Hernandez Public Delegate United States December 10, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States is pleased to co-sponsor the General Assembly resolution on oceans and the law of the sea. The United States underscores the central importance of international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention – …

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National Statement of the United States of America on the Adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

December 7, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States did not participate in the negotiation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (“the Compact”), objects to its adoption, and is not bound by any of the commitments or outcomes stemming from the Compact process or contained in the Compact itself. The …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Subregional Organizations in Maintaining Inter

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, Foreign Minister Amon-Tanoh, thank you for convening and chairing this important briefing. Thanks, too, to the Secretary-General and our AU and ECOWAS briefers. Mr. President, the United States …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Umoja

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. We thank Under-Secretary-General Ms. Jan Beagle, Ms. Parama Sen, and Mr. Babou Sene for introducing their respective reports. We also wish to extend our thanks to …

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Remarks on a Procedural Vote at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft Resolution to Condemn Hamas Terrorism

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. A simple majority is required for the adoption of the U.S. proposed resolution. Since coming to the UN, everyone in this room has heard me talk …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft Resolution to Condemn Hamas Terrorism

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. Today could be a historic day at the United Nations. Or it could be just another ordinary day. Today could be a day in which the UN General Assembly …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peace, Security, and Stability

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman, today, the American people mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush, the forty-first President of the United States …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Iran’s Latest Violation of UN Security Council Resolutions

December 4, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Over the weekend, Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Today, the UN Security Council will meet to discuss this latest violation. The United States welcomes the initiative of the United Kingdom and France in requesting the discussion. “Iran’s recent ballistic …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 4, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And let me also repeat in the open chamber our congratulations to Côte d’Ivoire on assuming the presidency of the Council and our thanks and congratulations …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on an Open Letter by Families of Political Prisoners in Iran

December 3, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Iranian regime’s long history of human rights violations are well known. Judicial cases, trials, and sentences continue to proceed without transparency and due process for Iranian citizens as well as citizens of other countries unjustly imprisoned by the regime in Iran, including several American citizens. The families …

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Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on Agricultural Development and Food Security

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States remains committed to promoting agricultural development, food security and nutrition worldwide. Indeed, the United States is the single largest bilateral donor to programs to reduce hunger and to …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Energy

Danielle Maniscalco Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States recognizes the importance of access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy. However, the United Nations must respect the independent mandates of other processes and institutions, and it exceeds its mandate in calling for governments …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Illicit Financial Flows

Angela Palazzolo Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations December 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States firmly believes that combating money laundering, corruption, and other related crimes is essential to our common security and economic prosperity, and we appreciate the opportunity to address these threats today. However, we also find it necessary to express …

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Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on UN Industrial Development Organization

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States would like to highlight that we withdrew from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in 1996, after concluding that the organization lacked a clear purpose and was generally …

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Situation in the Middle East

Leslie Ordeman Deputy Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of a disproportionate number of unfair resolutions biased against Israel. As in the past, this one-sided approach damages the prospects for peace by undermining trust between the …

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Statement by the U.S. Mission on Palestinian Delay Tactics Designed to Defend Hamas Terrorism

November 30, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the United Nations approved six anti-Israel resolutions. That makes it pretty much an ordinary day at the UN. But today was not ordinary in another way. The United States has introduced a resolution, supported by the European Union, to condemn Hamas’ militant activities and diversion of aid, …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the Convention on Biological Diversity

Angela Palazzolo Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development. We would like to clarify several points regarding the resolution. The United States dissociates …

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Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on the International Financial System and Development

Danielle Maniscalco Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States sought to return to consensus this year and we regret that we had to vote against this resolution for the second year in a row. A significant number of the concerns we highlighted …

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Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on International Trade and Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, the United States has had to vote against this resolution for the second year in a row because of problematic language we highlighted last year that remains in this year’s resolution. The …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the UN Environment Program

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED While the United States joined consensus on the adoption of this resolution, we stress that we do not support any additional allocation to UNEP from the UN Regular Budget. UNEP has …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Least Developed Countries

Danielle Maniscalco Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States acknowledges and appreciates the significant effort that went into this resolution, as well as the importance of the Program of Action. We do, however, want to emphasize the importance of ensuring that scarce resources are …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 29, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Miss Ghelani, for your briefing and for the important work that OCHA is doing to support the Syrian people. We are grateful …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Landlocked Developing Countries

Angela Palazzolo Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the Follow-up to the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries. We wish to make several clarifying points on the final text. Regarding the reference …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Climate

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States affirms our support for promoting economic growth and improving energy security while protecting the environment. Although we join consensus on this resolution, we must take this opportunity to make important …

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Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on International Migration and Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States objects to this resolution for a number of reasons, in particular its overarching focus on a role for the UN in advancing global governance of migration and development, a role that …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Cou

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution: Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa. We would …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Financing for Development

Jay M. Kimmel Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chair, and thanks to the Vice Chair, facilitator, and participants in the negotiation for their constructive engagement. The United States is proud to be leader on financing for development. …

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Remarks on Second Committee Resolutions on “Leave No Country Behind”

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED As a result of the previous vote, the United States hereby disassociates itself from all language across United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session Second Committee resolutions that refers to “leave no country behind.” …

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Remarks at the UN Secretary-General’s Briefing to the General Assembly on the Implementation of UN Reform

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 27, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President and Mr. Secretary-General. The United States applauds you for your leadership and sustained engagement on the UN Reform agenda and we thank your senior leadership …

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Remarks Before a UN Security Council Procedural Vote on the Agenda Item Proposed by Russia

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you. I make this statement on behalf of the United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Poland, Swede, and the United Kingdom. We stand united in opposing Russia’s attempt …

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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the …

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Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on the Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development resolution. We believe it recognizes the critical role that entrepreneurship can play in achieving sustainable development. We would like …

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Explanation of Vote on the Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and of the United Nations Confe

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States supports the promotion and achievement of sustainable development, and we maintain that Second Committee should make meaningful contributions to global development priorities. The Agenda 21 resolution advances …

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Explanation of Position on the Second Committee Central Asia Radiation Threat Resolution

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED Mr. Chair, the United States is delighted to co-sponsor this resolution, and to highlight several key themes in the resolution on preventing the radiation threat in Central Asia being presented by Kyrgyzstan. These …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Burundi

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 21, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Envoy Kafando and Ambassador Lauber, thank you very much for your briefings. We deeply appreciate the Secretary-General’s November 14 report on the situation in …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security in Africa: Strengthening Peacekeeping Operations in Africa

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And we thank Secretary-General Guterres and Commissioner Chergui for their briefings. I, too, would like to begin by saying a few words in special tribute to …

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Remarks Before the Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States is disappointed that a vote was called on this very important resolution that enabled the Third Committee to call attention to the threats and attacks we are …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to present this resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of association. We …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Extrajudicial Killings

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED We join the sponsors of the text in condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions against any persons, irrespective of their status. We continue to stress that all states have obligations to …

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Explanation of Position at a Third Committee Meeting on the Special Session of the General Assembly Against Corruption

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States strongly supports efforts to combat corruption. In this regard, we would like to underscore the leading role of the Conference of States Parties of the UN Convention against Corruption within the UN and in global efforts to prevent …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Right to Privacy

Thomas Weatherall Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States appreciates the efforts of Germany and Brazil on this resolution, and we join consensus today because it reaffirms privacy rights, as well as their importance for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression …

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Remarks on an Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Terrorism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States calls for an amendment to delete OP14. We are concerned that language in this paragraph is contradictory to U.S. law, which does not permit U.S. assistance to be …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Terrorism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We appreciate the efforts of the co-facilitators. We support the broad principles underlying this text: specifically the desire to craft …

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Remarks on a Third Committee Resolution on Rights of the Child

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 20, 2018   AS DELIVERED We thank the EU and GRULAC for their efforts on the “Rights of the Child” resolution. The United States joins consensus on this resolution to underscore the priority we place …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I thank Mr. Mladenov for his briefing. His presentations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are always detailed and well-considered. But, as we have pointed out, as a …

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Explanation of Amendments on a Third Committee Resolution on Violence Against Women

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. First, the United States would like to thank the Netherlands and France for co-facilitating this resolution. We greatly appreciate their leadership to produce the first Third Committee resolution on the …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Violence Against Women

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States believes that women should have equal access to reproductive health care. We remain committed to the commitments laid out in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Female Genital Mutilation

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank Burkina Faso, on behalf of the Africa Group, for its resolution on efforts to end female genital mutilation. This is an important resolution for all Member States and we thank Burkina Faso …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank Senegal, on behalf of the Africa Group, for its resolution on efforts to end obstetric fistula. The United States disassociates from operative paragraphs including 3 and 14(m) because of our concern that …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And we’d like to thank Special Envoy de Mistura for his briefing and for all the work he has done on behalf of the Syrian people. …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Rights of Peoples to Self-Determination

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 19, 2018 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 …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Human Resources Management

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. My delegation would like to thank miss Martha Helena Lopez, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the ACABQ, for …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, Commissioner Chergui, Executive Director Mlambo-Ngcuka, for sharing impressions from your October visit to South Sudan and for your perspectives on recent …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and a special thanks to today’s briefers for your exceptionally sobering, compelling, and powerful presentations. As always, we are grateful for the hard work that you …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Strategic Heritage Plan

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Christian Saunders, Assistant Secretary General for Central Support Services, Mr. Bernard Holstein, United Nations Board of Auditors, and Mr. …

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Explanation of Vote on the annual Israeli-Palestinian resolutions

Samantha Sutton Political Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States continues to oppose the annual submission of a disproportionate number of unfair resolutions biased against Israel. As in the past, this one-sided approach damages the prospects for peace by undermining trust between the …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States maintains its long-standing commitment to international development and therefore joins consensus again on the resolution “Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.” We thank Peru for taking the lead on this resolution, which highlights the important issue of extreme poverty …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Missing Persons

Thomas Weatherall Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States agrees that avoiding harm to civilians, including through minimizing military use of civilian infrastructure, is important for preventing missing persons in armed conflict. The United States notes, however, that there is no obligation under international …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Elimination of Racism

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is firmly committed to combatting racism and racial discrimination. For the United States, this commitment is rooted in the saddest chapters of our history and reflected in the most cherished values of our nation. Despite our progress, fighting …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Outcome of the World Summit for Social Development

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, we regret that yet again, the United States will have to vote against this resolution. The United States is disappointed that several issues remain in this resolution that are not clearly linked to social development …

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Statement Introducing an Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on the Glorification of Nazism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. Every year since this resolution was introduced in 2005, the United States has expressed our concerns about the resolution’s politcized roots, as well as its provisions calling …

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Explanation of Vote before the Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Glorification of Nazism

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED As previously noted, for the first time ever, the United States actively engaged in negotiations on this resolution. Despite our constructive proposals on the draft, we failed to achieve consensus in …

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Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2446 Extending the Mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabiliz

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ambassador Delattre, for France’s efforts to find compromise language on a difficult resolution and to pursue this technical rollover. The United States supports …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, Permanent Secretary Sidikou, High Representative Buyoya, and Deputy Secretary-General Serrano for your briefings today. Mr. President, there is no denying the …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chairperson. The United States thanks the European Union and Japan for introducing a strong resolution that emphasizes the importance of accountability for human rights violations and abuses committed by the Democratic …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 74: Human Rights

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes the consideration of proposals under Agenda Item 74: Human Rights. We must never be silent when it comes to the defense of human rights. Today, the Third Committee of …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the United States Changing its Vote from Abstain to No on the Annual UN Resolution on the Golan Heights

November 15, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The annual United Nations resolution entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan” is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16. In previous years, the United States has abstained from voting on this resolution. However, given the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol,

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States would like to offer this general statement. It has been more than four years since Russia’s occupation and purported annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. …

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Explanation of Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Explanation of the Amendment Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First, the United States would like to thank Canada and Zambia for co-facilitating this important resolution on an issue of great importance to the United States. …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States is proud to co-sponsor this timely and important resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. The United States expresses deep concern at continuing reports of serious human rights …

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Remarks on a Third Committee Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Syria

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States supports the resolution “the Situation of Human Rights in the Syrian Arab Republic” before us today. We call on all countries to join us in voting for this resolution. By …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on a Right to Development

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. 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, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in order to alleviate poverty and …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Persons with Disabilities

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Philippines and Tanzania for its resolution on persons with disabilities. We are pleased with the Secretary-General’s decision to conduct an institutional review of the UN’s current approach to disability across its operations. …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Second World Assembly on Ageing

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the G-77 for its annual resolution on the Second World Assembly on Ageing. We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution which focuses on the well-being of older persons. The resolution calls …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Trafficking in Women and Girls

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks our Philippine colleagues for its biannual resolution on trafficking in women and girls, and for running an efficient and transparent negotiation process. We share the international community’s commitment to address human trafficking, and …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes Eritrea’s rapprochement with its neighbors. We are encouraged by its stated commitment to reengage in an effort to establish enduring peace and …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 14, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you for your briefing, Special Representative Tanin. We appreciate your service and your contributions to the UN Mission in Kosovo. We also thank Foreign …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation Concerning Iraq

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I want to express our special thanks to Special Representative Kubis for his comprehensive briefing on the latest developments in Iraq, to congratulate him on a …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Special Representative Zerrougui, as well as Ms. Mbela, for your briefings and your insight. I want to direct my comments today to my colleagues, …

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Explanation of Vote in a Meeting of the Third Committee on a UNHCR Omnibus Resolution

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States has called for a vote and voted no on this resolution although we value much of what is contained in the resolution and the …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States cannot agree with establishing an international moratorium on, and the eventual abolition of, the use of the death penalty as a criminal punishment. It is up to individual Member States to …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States expresses its profound disappointment at the decision of the Russian Federation and its co-sponsors to press forward with this resolution. During the so-called negotiations on this initiative, which were limited in …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Report of the Human Rights Council

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States offers this statement as an explanation of vote. The United States continues to view the resolution on the Report of the Human Rights Council as procedurally unnecessary. …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Promotion of Democratic and Equitable International Order

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States is committed to promoting and protecting democracy around the world. However, as stated in years past, the United States strongly disagrees with numerous aspects of this resolution. This …

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Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on Enhancement of International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States continues to support increased international cooperation to further the protection and promotion of human rights. However, that we must dissociate from preambular paragraph 5, due to the incorrect …

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Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We call a vote and will vote no on this resolution as the resolution has no basis in international law and does not advance promotion and protection of human rights. We …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 9, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Secretary-General. And thank you to all the briefers. In a short time I will be leaving the Security Council and the post as …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the UN Pension System

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman My delegation would also like to thank Mr. John Levins, the Chair of the UN Joint Staff Pension Board; Mr. Sudhir Rajkumar, Representative of the Secretary-General …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. We, too, would like to thank Special Representative Salamé for his important and detailed briefing, and I’d like to thank Ambassador Skoog for sharing his impressions …

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Explanation of Vote in a Meeting of the Second Committee on L.23 – Item 22a: Towards a New International Economic Order

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairperson, we regret that the United States has to call a vote against this resolution. Yet again the UN General Assembly attempts to prescribe actions for institutions outside the purview of the …

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General Explanation of Position on Second Committee Agenda Items for Action

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED I would like to start by thanking Second Committee Chair Guatemala, under the strong leadership of Ambassador Skinner-Klee. We are impressed with the Chair’s willingness to enforce deadlines, and we encourage all Member States …

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Explanation of Position at a Meeting of the Second Committee on L.2/Rev.1 – World Food Safety Day

Jason Lawrence Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. We want to thank the delegation of Costa Rica for their hard work on this resolution. I would like to make one point of clarification. The United States believes …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Administration of Justice

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Reaffirming the importance of ensuring respect for the rule of law and human rights in the administration of justice, the United States joins consensus on this year’s resolution. We appreciate the incorporation of some of our suggestions …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President, and thank you, High Representative Inzko, for your work in Bosnia and Herzegovina for these past nine years and for your dedicated leadership of the Office …

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Explanation of Position at a Third Committee Meeting on Literacy for Life

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City November 6, 2018   AS DELIVERED We take this opportunity to make important points of clarification on language related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We underscore that the 2030 Agenda is non-binding and does not create or affect rights or obligations under international law, …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Assistant Secretary Zouev and Police Commissioners, for your briefings. The United States welcomes the opportunity to commend UN police personnel for their commitment …

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Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2441 on Libya Sanctions

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Today’s vote to renew the mandate authorizing UN Security Council sanctions on illicit petroleum exports from Libya and asset freezes and travel bans on Libyan political …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General Nakamitsu, for your briefing. The United States is pleased that the agreement to establish a demilitarized zone in and around Idlib continues …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, allow me to congratulate China on assuming the presidency of the Security Council and to assure you of our support through the course of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the UN Common System

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. My delegation would like to thank Mr. Kingston Rhodes, Chair of the International Civil Service Commission, Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Acting Controller, and Mr. Babou Sene, Vice …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the President of the Human Rights Council, Vojislav Šuc

Jason Mack Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations November 2, 2018 AS DELIVERED President Šuc, the United States appreciates your efforts in two key areas. First, to improve the Council’s work and efficiency. Second, to protect human rights advocates from reprisals. Thank you for your leadership. Looking ahead to the 2021 review process, when …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 90: Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters

Emily Pierce Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 1, 2018 AS DELIVERED Protection of persons in the event of disasters is a critically important issue. The United States underscores its commitment to reduce the risks and impacts of disasters at home as well as abroad. To this end, we are …

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Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2440 Extending the Mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Wester

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 31, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. As the United States said in April, we have embarked on a new approach on MINURSO’s mandate. First, there can be no more “business as usual” …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 82: Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its 70th Session

Jennifer Newstead Legal Advisor U.S. Department of State New York City October 31, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to thank Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, for his introduction of the Commission’s report. The U.S. delegation looks forward to this annual debate on these important areas of international law. …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 31, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair, and to UN High Commissioner for Refugees for that thorough and inspiring 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 Meeting of the Third Committee on Racism and Self-Determination

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. The United States is committed to fighting racism and condemns the spread of racist doctrines. We continue to work to eradicate racial discrimination and to defend the equality and dignity of all persons. While …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you also, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo and Assistant Secretary-General Muller, for briefing the Council today. The United States joins with others in condemning the announcement by the …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 77: Report of the International Criminal Court

Margarita Palau-Hernandez Public Delegate United States New York City October 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States recently announced a change in its policy regarding the International Criminal Court. The reasons for this change in policy have been made public, including in the speech delivered on September 10 by National Security …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your sobering briefing. The timing of this session is especially important. On Friday, we heard the Syrian representative issue a …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Statements by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States concurs with statements by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination regarding the Chinese government’s worsening crackdown on Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy de Mistura, for your briefing. The United States, along with all other members of the Small Group, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, …

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Remarks to the UN’s First Committee on a Vote to Consider Adding a Russian Draft Resolution to the Committee’s Agenda

Ambassador Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Remarks Before the Vote Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to thank you for your efforts to try and find a consensus way forward on this issue. With regard to the Cameroonian resolution, I would note …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Protecting Children Born of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you. I especially want to thank our briefers today for their excellent work on the ground. I appreciate Poland very much for convening this important session at this important time. …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the Burundi Commission of Inquiry

Elizabeth Walsh Special Delegate U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work. We are deeply troubled by the Commission’s finding that it has reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity continued to be committed in 2017 and …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 74: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmi

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank the Special Rapporteur for her latest report on the gender-related dimensions of contemporary forms of slavery. In her report, the Special Rapporteur recommends collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data on contemporary forms of slavery in specific economic …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Chi

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for her report. We recognize that sex and labor trafficking are common in conflict and post-conflict situations. Armed conflict breaks down rule of law, judicial systems, job markets, and community support …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for organizing this open debate. And our thanks, too, to the Secretary-General for his briefing and strong commitment to supporting the meaningful participation of women in …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States strongly opposes bias-motivated violence against LGBTI persons, the criminalization of LGBTI status or conduct, and discrimination against LGBTI persons in matters such as employment, housing, healthcare, and access to government services. We welcome the …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice and Reparation, and Guarantees

Lindsey Whitehead Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States supports both judicial and non-judicial accountability mechanisms to hold responsible perpetrators of atrocities, including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights violations. These are further supported by other measures including, but …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings

Lindsey Whitehead Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 25, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States expresses concern about extrajudicial killings, even in countries that have made great strides in overcoming a history of human rights violations. The United States is concerned that impunity for extrajudicial killings has become common in …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the

Ambassador Richard Erdman Senior Advisor for the Middle East U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED We are grateful for the late Asma Jahangir’s lifetime of service advocating for universal human rights. Her work to show the true face of the Iranian regime will not be forgotten, and …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED We are grateful for the UN’s continued interest in the human rights situation in Eritrea. We strongly believe that improving the human rights situation in Eritrea will create more opportunities at home and reduce the number of people …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States regrets that the Government of Belarus continues to refuse to recognize and engage with the Special Rapporteur. We are disappointed at the lack of progress on electoral reforms recommended by OSCE observation missions and are …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Independent Expert on Somalia

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED Welcome, Independent Expert Nyanduga, and thank you for your continued interest in the human rights situation in Somalia. The recent attacks in Baidoa and the one-year anniversary of the Mogadishu truck bombing are stark reminders of Somalia’s considerable …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I want to especially thank Mr. Darusman, Chairperson of the Fact Finding Mission. It is critically important that you are with us in the Security Council today …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I also thank each of our three briefers today for their presentations and for the work that they’ve done in support of peace and security in …

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Remarks at a Formal Meeting of the Fifth Committee on 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 City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to join other delegations in thanking Under-Secretary-General for Management Ms. Jan Beagle for her presentation last week and for her statement and updates …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And let me add our voice to those thanking you, Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your deeply concerning, sobering, and important briefing today. We are very grateful for …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic

Henrietta Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States thanks Special Rapporteur Quintana for his report and for his efforts to champion human rights in the DPRK. We remain deeply concerned by gross human rights violations and abuses committed by …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

Henrietta Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States thanks Dr. Yanghee Lee for her reporting on the situation of human rights in Burma and for her continued courage and commitment. We remain outraged by the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission in Burma

Henrietta Levin Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States expresses support for the independent international fact-finding mission and its well-researched documentation of human rights violations and abuses in Burma. We are appalled at systematic and premeditated abuses and violations by …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee in the Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Def

Jason Mack Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Mr. Forst for his work in support of human rights defenders. To do their vital work, human rights defenders must be able to exercise their fundamental freedoms of expression, association, movement and peaceful assembly. …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fourth Committee on Questions Relating to Information

Andrea Stanford Press Officer U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Chairman, thank you for running an effective and smooth process in bringing about adoption of these important resolutions. The United States continues to strongly support UN efforts to protect and advance core shared principles including respecting …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on “Moving from a Culture of Impunity to a Culture of Deterrence: The Use of Sanctions in

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is proud to have played a leading role in strengthening the collective efforts of the UN Security Council to address sexual violence in conflict. This is not only …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee for an Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur for the Right to Freedom of Religio

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good afternoon. The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for his efforts in promoting religious freedom for all people. We commend Mr. Shaheed for his direct engagement with governments to highlight their significant role in protecting this …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks Special Rapporteur Kaye for his important work on this critical mandate. As we grapple with the impacts of new technologies on freedom of expression, we continue to contend with ever-present and growing challenges to the exercise of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Board of Auditors

Carolyn Strainic Advisor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Ms. Parama Sen, Director of External Audit and Chair of the Audit Operations Committee, Mr. Pedro Guazo, Acting Deputy Controller and Director of Accounts Division, Office of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas Agui

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States appreciates Special Rapporteur Devandas Aguilar’s work to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, particularly the work that supports independent living and autonomy for disabled persons. Promoting, protecting, and advancing human rights – …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for today’s briefing. Implementing MINUSMA’s mandate is an incredibly challenging task. A large part of that mandate, commanding over 12,000 military …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the African Union’s Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020 Initiative

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED The ambitious and worthy goal of creating an African continent free of conflict will not be easy, but gatherings like today’s demonstrate the willingness of the African Union and its …

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Remarks to the UN’s First Committee for a Thematic Discussion on Nuclear Weapons

Ambassador Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States remains a leader in efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and is committed to reducing nuclear stockpiles in ways that advance international security. History illustrates not only the steadfast U.S. …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 81: United Nations Program of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, and Wider Appreciation of

Emily Pierce Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 19, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. The United States thanks the Secretary-General for his report on the United Nations Program of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination, and Wider Appreciation of International Law. The Program of Assistance has made, and continues …

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Remarks to the UN’s Third Committee on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Lindsey Whitehead, Advisor New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. Enforced disappearances are devastating to victims, their families, and entire societies. The United States remains concerned about enforced disappearances in the Crimean peninsula, where Russian occupation authorities have made no efforts to investigate dozens of enforced disappearances of Crimean Tatars …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Administration of Justice

Anca DiGiacomo Adviser for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank Ms. Alayne Frankson-Wallace, Executive Director, Office of Administration of Justice, Ms. Shireen Dodson, UN Ombudsman and Head of the United Nations Ombudsman …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee for an Interactive Dialogue with Cecelia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Interna

Ambassador Terence P. McCulley U.S. Senior Advisor for Africa New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States is a champion in supporting the rights and needs of internally displaced persons. We will continue to advocate for IDPs, and target our humanitarian and development assistance to improve the lives of those trapped by …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on Enforced Disappearances

Lindsey Whitehead Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Enforced disappearances are devastating to victims, their families, and entire societies. The United States remains concerned about enforced disappearances in the Crimean peninsula, where Russian occupation authorities have made no efforts to investigate dozens of enforced disappearances of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 84: Consideration of Effective Measures to Enhance the Protection, Security and Safety of D

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It is essential for the normal conduct of relations among states that the rules protecting the sanctity of ambassadors, other diplomats, and consular officials are respected. These rules enable such officials to …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you, Special Coordinator Mladenov, for your briefing. Coordinator Mladenov’s briefing was informative and it is appreciated. Mr. El-Ad’s briefing, by contrast, was the sort of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank Special Rapporteur Mr. Diego García-Sayán for his work to support the independence and autonomy of the judiciary. We support the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers as foundational elements of the rule of law. …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 130: UN General Assembly Briefing on the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

Margarita Palau-Hernandez Public Delegate United States New York City October 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. With the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in December 2017, the United States thanks those who have served at the ICTY for their hard work in providing justice to the victims of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 16, 2018 AS DELIVERED We thank Special Rapporteur Voule for his report. As you know, in countries across the globe, we are witnessing increasing attacks on individuals’ rights to peaceful assembly and freedom …

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Remarks at a U.S. Event Launching the “Jailed for What?” Campaign Highlighting Cuba’s Political Prisoners

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 16, 2018   AS DELIVERED On behalf of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, I welcome you to the UN. A few weeks ago, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel came here to the United Nations …

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Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution Enabling the Palestinians to Act as Chair of the Group of 77

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations United States U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 16, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. For decades, the United States has been committed to achieving a comprehensive end to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. We have been clear that …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on a Vote Regarding the Status of the Palestinian Delegation at the United Nations

October 16, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the United States voted against a UN General Assembly resolution granting the Palestinians privileges at the United Nations as chair of the “Group of 77” – a coalition of developing Member States at the UN. The United States does not recognize a Palestinian state, notes that‎ no …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Root Causes of Conflict and the Role of Natural Resources

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 16, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for calling this meeting on today’s important topic today. We’d also like to thank the Secretary-General for his briefing and participation in today’s meeting. The …

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Remarks at a U.S. Event Launching the “Jailed for What?” Campaign Highlighting Cuba’s Political Prisoners

Ambassador Michael Kozak, Senior Official with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor New York City October 16, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador Currie. I think we’re getting a good demonstration of the respect for freedom of expression that exists in Cuba. This event is a kickoff for a …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Committee Against Torture

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment without exception or equivocation. Torture is contrary to the founding principles of our country and to the universal values to which we hold ourselves and …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or puni

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED As Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer stated in his July interim report, torture and ill-treatment “inflict lasting trauma, cripple all bonds of humanity and seriously damage entire communities.” These practices are dehumanizing for the victims, perpetrators, and societies in …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, and I want to thank the Cuban delegation for reminding Member States of our event on Political Prisoners in Cuba tomorrow at 1:15 in the ECOSOC Chamber. We hope …

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Remarks at a Sixth Committee Meeting on the Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on the Work of Its Fifty-First Session

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes the Report of the 51st session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and commends the efforts of UNCITRAL’s Member States, observers, and Secretariat in continuing …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 83: Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 15, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. Chairman. The United States has long been a strong proponent of the development and implementation of international humanitarian law, IHL, which we often also refer to as the law of war or the …

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Remarks to the UN’s Fifth Committee on Human Resources Management

Brian Conroy Counselor New York City October 12, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Ms. Aruna Thanabalasingam, Officer-in-Charge, OHRM, Ms. Elia Armstrong, Director of the Ethics Office, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the ACABQ for introducing their respective reports. We would also like to thank the …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Re-opening of the Quneitra Crossing in the Golan Heights

October 12, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The UN, Israel, and Syria have agreed to re-open the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights on October 15. The re-opening is part of an ongoing effort of UN peacekeepers in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to carry out their mandate, which includes …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 71: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, V

David Silverman Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for her preliminary thoughts on indigenous peoples and self-governance and looks forward to her future report on the subject. The United States has a government-to-government political relationship with 573 U.S. federally …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 71: General Discussion on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

David Silverman Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Today, I will speak about a priority concern for the United States and for U.S. indigenous communities: violence against indigenous women and girls. No country is immune to this problem, including the United States, which is …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 85: Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengt

Emily Pierce Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. We welcome this opportunity to provide a few observations on the report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization and the …

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Statement on the 2018 Human Rights Council Elections

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations October 12, 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the UN chose new members for the Human Rights Council. Yet again, countries with poor human rights records ran uncontested. This lack of standards continues to undermine the organization and demonstrates …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 11, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Zerrougui, Special Envoy Djinnit, thank you for your briefings today. We deeply appreciate your updates, especially in these final two months before elections in …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED Muchas gracias, Señor Presidente. Thank you, Special Representative Arnault, for your important, detailed briefing today. We warmly welcome Foreign Minister Trujillo and our other distinguished Colombian guests. The historic peace …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Scales of Assessments

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. I would like to thank Ambassador Bernardo Greiver, Chair of the Committee on Contributions, and Mr. Chandru Ramanathan, Acting Controller for introducing their respective reports yesterday, …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)

Aisha Sabar Counselor for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States would like to thank Assistant Secretary-General Kanja and Ms. Tan for presenting their respective reports. Madam Chair, the work of OIOS is as important as ever, …

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Remarks at the Opening of the Main Session of the Fifth Committee

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you and good morning, Madam Chair. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your election as Chair of this Committee. My delegation looks forward to …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 70: General Discussion on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Today we will highlight some U.S. activities that respond to the Secretary-General’s report on child, early, and forced marriage, CFEM. We know that CEFM is a human rights issue that arises from and perpetuates inequality of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you. Today we will highlight some U.S. activities that respond to the Secretary-General’s report on child, early, and forced marriage, CEFM. We know that CEFM is a human rights issue that arises from and perpetuates inequality of …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 87: Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We greatly appreciate the Sixth Committee’s continued interest in this important item. We thank the Secretary-General for his reports, which have usefully summarized the submissions made by states on this topic. Despite …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 70: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED The United States shares the Special Rapporteur’s alarm that many Member States are falling short on their shared commitments to end the sale and sexual exploitation of children and to protect them from violence. We underline the importance …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 86: Rule of Law at the National and International Levels

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 8, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States would like to thank the Secretary-General for his report on this agenda item. We would also like to thank the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group and the …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes, and Conseque

Gregory McElwain Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you. The United States is against all forms of violence against women, and we appreciate the opportunity to share our leadership on the protection and promotion of women. We will use our time to address one specific …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 91: Debate on Strengthening and Promoting the International Treaty Framework

Julian Simcock Deputy Legal Adviser U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We welcome the opportunity to address issues related to treaties. Treaties provide an important means by which states can establish frameworks to advance their common interests. The United States works actively to …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 110/111: General Discussion on Drugs and Crime

Mordica Simpson ECOSOC Advisor United States New York City October 4, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is acutely focused on combating the challenges posed by transnational organized crime and illicit drugs. We are experiencing a devastating opioid crisis that is killing thousands of Americans every year. In 2017 alone, …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 109: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Emily Pierce Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States reiterates both its firm condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as well as our commitment to the common fight to end terrorism. All acts of terrorism – by …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Counterterrorism by Chairs of Subsidiary Bodies of the Security Council

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 3, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Let us first congratulate Bolivia on assuming the presidency of the Security Council, and we wish you every success in the month ahead. And thank you …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 28: General Discussion on Social Development

Sofija Korac ECOSOC Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 2, 2018   AS DELIVERED Thank you. The United States champions social development and the empowerment of social groups through government policies and programs at the domestic and international levels. These groups, including older persons, youth, and persons with disabilities participate …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on Agenda Item 28: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights b

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 2, 2018   AS DELIVERED The United States thanks the Independent Expert for her report on the social exclusion of older persons. We view housing, social protection, employment, health, and independent living as goals to be realized over …

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Remarks at a High-Level Event on “Freedom from Persecution: Christian Religious Minorities, Religious Pluralism in Danger”

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED Even though it’s an early Friday morning, this is such an important topic. It’s not only an important topic for the Administration – the Vice President has really taken to the …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Those Affected by the Crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State

September 24, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, during a ministerial-level meeting on Burma, Ambassador Nikki Haley announced more than $185 million in additional humanitarian assistance for those in Burma and Bangladesh who have been affected by the Rakhine State crisis. ‎The new funding, which includes $156 million for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Ahvaz, Islamic Republic of Iran

September 24, 2018 NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Ahvaz on 22 September. The terrorist attack, at a …

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Remarks at a High-Level Event on the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 24, 2018 AS DELIVERED Good morning, and thank you and welcome to the first major event of High-Level Week 2018. We’re very excited to see all of you this morning. The President takes a personal …

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Remarks Following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2436 on Peacekeeping Performance

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED One of the themes of the U.S. Security Council presidency is transparency. This focus on outreach, inclusion, and speaking the hard truths was also the approach we brought to the development …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Lowcock, for your briefing. What we know about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is horrifying. But, truthfully, what’s even scarier is what we don’t know. Recently, journalists visited …

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Explanation of Vote on the Inclusion of a New Agenda Item on Ukraine in the UN General Assembly’s Agenda

Mark Simonoff Minister Counselor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 21, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President The United States fully supports the addition of the agenda item “the Situation in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.” The United States’ position on Ukraine is consistent and clear – we condemn …

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Media Advisory: Ambassador Haley to Hold Press Availability to Preview U.S. Priorities for the UN General Assembly

September 20, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will outline U.S. priorities for the 73rd UN General Assembly High-Level Week today at 2:30 p.m. Ambassador Haley will speak with reporters at the press stakeout outside the UN Security Council chamber. Her remarks will be livestreamed at  http://webtv.un.org . …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for your briefing and the explanation of recommendations for UNISFA’s reconfiguration. Special Envoy Haysom, thank you for your briefing, and let me take this opportunity to …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 20, 2018 AS DELIVERED Mr. Mladenov, thank you very much for your briefing. I’ve listened to my colleagues statements this afternoon with great interest. I have always been open about my belief that this Middle …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on Developments in the Horn of Africa Region

September 20, 2018 NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council welcomed the Agreement on Peace, Friendship and Comprehensive Cooperation signed by the President of the State of Eritrea and the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on …

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

Ambassador James Jeffrey U.S. Special Representative for Syria United States U.S. Department of State New York City September 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you to Ambassador Haley for her leadership to support the people of Syria and her invitation to present here today. Thank you, Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 18, 2018 AS DELIVERED We would like to thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, for your update on the implementation of the UNMISS mandate. And thanks to you and Mr. Wais for the discussion of the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nonproliferation and the Implementation and Enforcement of UN Sanctions on North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Whether international sanctions succeed or fail depends on the difference between words and deeds. Sanctions are just words on a page unless they are effectively enforced. Russia originally called for this …

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Additional Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nonproliferation and the Implementation and Enforcement of UN Sanctions on North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED Deny, distract, and lie. We have heard this same song many times before. Whether it was aiding the Assad regime with chemical weapons. Whether it was the attempted murder of the …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 17, 2018 AS DELIVERED I thank Special Representative Yamamoto for his briefing. And I’m particularly grateful to Afghan Youth Representative Ramiz Bakhtiar for sharing the critical and important perspective of youth and civil society …

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Statement from the U.S. Mission on a UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea Sanctions

September 14, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Given recent efforts by some Member States to undermine and obstruct North Korea sanctions implementation, the United States has called an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting for Monday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m., to discuss the implementation and enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea. ###

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 13, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Special Representative Keating, for your briefing and for your dedicated work over the last three years advancing our shared goals in Somalia. I also thank Ambassador Madeira for your …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Russia’s Interference in a UN Report on North Korea Sanctions

September 13, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE This week, a report from the UN’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of UN North Korea sanctions was submitted to the Security Council. The report submitted to the Council was not the same independent report that was submitted to the UN’s North Korea sanctions committee last month. …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on UN Peacekeeping Reform

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix and Ms. Blakemore, for your briefings and for your commitment to UN peacekeeping reform. In a speech to the UN General Assembly in 2004, President George W. …

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Remarks at the Presentation of the 2017 Annual Report of the Security Council to the UN General Assembly

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED Let me begin by thanking you, Mr. President, on behalf of all the members of the Security Council, for your service as President of the General Assembly and for arranging …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s Inaugural Statement to the Human Rights Council

September 12, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On September 10, newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet gave her inaugural statement to the current session of the Human Rights Council. The United States withdrew from the Council in June, as a result of its outrageous bias and politicization. In her full statement, High …

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UN Security Council Press Elements Following Consultations on Yemen

September 11, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council met and heard a briefing from the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Yemen. They thanked him for his efforts to bring together representatives of the Yemeni …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar, Afghanistan

September 11, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in Afghanistan, in Kabul on 5 September, which was claimed by Islamic State …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Corruption and Conflict

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED I thank Secretary-General Guterres for being here today and shining a light on the link between corruption and international peace and security. I also thank John Prendergast for telling us about …

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Explanation of Position at a Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Agenda Item 13: Decade to Roll Back Malaria

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED The U.S. government remains honored to be a part of the massive and concerted global effort to end malaria and its devastating impact on individuals and communities. Progress over the past …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on Venezuela as a Case Study in Corruption, Peace, and Security

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mercedes and Marshall, for bringing two different but equally important perspectives to our conversation. I thank everyone here for this special session on the instability, violence, and human misery …

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Statement by the U.S. Mission to the UN on President Trump Chairing a UN Security Council Meeting

New York City September 7, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As Ambassador Haley stated on September 4, President Trump will host a UN Security Council meeting when he visits New York for the UN General Assembly at the end of September. In addition to addressing Iran’s destabilizing aggression and sponsorship of terrorism, the President will address …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on Guinea-Bissau

September 7, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council were briefed on 30 August 2018, on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, by Special Representative of the Secretary General and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on Syrian Voices on Preventing a Deathtrap in Idlib

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 7, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you to the hosts, and especially thank you to our Syrian guests today for your very compelling testimonies. Very briefly – we said a few things in Council that …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you for your briefing, Assistant Secretary-General Keita, and for the very helpful graphics that you distributed today. We warmly welcome Helen La Lime and wish her every success with …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Salisbury Investigation

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED This morning the Security Council addresses the use of chemical weapons for the first of two times today. As we have previously, the United States expresses its unequivocal condemnation of the …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED I thank High Representative Nakamitsu for her briefing. History’s verdict on the conflict in Syria is not yet written. There have been plenty of missteps, miscalculations, and willful negligence over the …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on Libya

September 6, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council welcomed the briefing from the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General, Ghassan Salamé, on 5 September 2018. The members of the Security Council condemned the recent violence in …

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Remarks at a Meeting of the United Nations Development Program Executive Board

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 6, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. On behalf of the United States, I would like to recognize Achim for his leadership, in particular for UNDP’s work to make the development system truly deliver …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley to Chair UN Security Council Meeting on Idlib, Syria

September 5, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Friday, September 7, the United States will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Idlib, Syria. The session comes as the Assad regime and its backers threaten coordinated military attacks against the city and its civilian residents. “The Trump …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED One month ago I stood on the Simon Bolivar Bridge that connects Venezuela with Colombia and watched an unending line of desperate people trying to escape tyranny. The irony – and …

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UN Security Council Press Statement on UN Consultations with Yemeni Parties

New York City September 5, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council. The members of the Security Council expressed their full support for the UN-led political process in Yemen and the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to bring about …

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

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 5, 2018 AS DELIVERED We’d like to thank Special Representative Salamé for his sobering briefing today. The key conclusion from today’s meeting is that you have the full support of this Council for your …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley Announces President Trump’s Priorities for UN General Assembly High-Level Week 2018

September 4, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE During a meeting this morning of the Security Council on the Council’s program of work for the month of September, Ambassador Haley announced that President Trump intends to host a high-level meeting of heads of state and heads of government on a global challenge and chair a session of …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Security Council’s September Program of Work

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 4, 2018 AS DELIVERED All of you had the Program of Work; it was circulated to you. I have always believed in transparency and always believed that everything we do should be in the open. …

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Remarks at the Conclusion of a UN Security Council Meeting on the Security Council’s September Program of Work

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 4, 2018 AS DELIVERED The contention seems to be around the session on Nicaragua. And I said to some of you this morning that all of the explanations and all of the reasonings that you …

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Remarks at the UN Population Fund Executive Board Meeting

Courtney Nemroff Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 4, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President, and thank you, Dr. Kanem, for your statement. The United States is committed to improving maternal health worldwide and to ending preventable child deaths. We will continue to lead promotion …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Announcement of a Guilty Verdict in the Trial of Reuters Journalists in Burma

September 3, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, a Burmese court found two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, guilty of violating the colonial-era “Official Secrets Act” for investigating and reporting on an army massacre of Rohingya‎. “It is clear to all that the Burmese military has committed vast atrocities. In a free country, …

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

August 31, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, September 4. Ambassador Haley will outline the program of work for the U.S. presidency of the UN Security Council during the month of September, highlighting U.S. priorities for …

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

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you also to all the briefers who briefed us today. Thank you for your remarks. We welcome Prime Minister Gomes and express our appreciation for the ongoing efforts to foster unity in …

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Remarks following the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2433 Renewing the Mandate of UNIFIL

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 30, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. The United States is pleased to join consensus in support of the mandate renewal today. I also want to commend France for the cooperative spirit in which it led this process. Maintaining peace …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Mediation and Settlement of Disputes

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 29, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for coming to chair this briefing. Thank you also to the Secretary-General, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to Ms. Qadeem for your remarks today. The United States joins the Archbishop in honoring the …

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Release of a UN Report Detailing Human Rights Abuses in Nicaragua

August 29, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the UN released a report detailing widespread human rights violations and abuses by the Nicaraguan government and its affiliated groups against its own people. The report comes four months after President Ortega began repressing and targeting Nicaraguan people who engaged in peaceful protest against his regime, including violence …

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

Ambassador Kelley Currie U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, John, for your briefing. All eyes are now on northwestern Syria, and we are gravely concerned about the threats to civilian lives should the regime and its allies undertake …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 28, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and welcome back to New York. We also want to thank Mr. Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General Gettu, and Ms. Blanchet I will just tell thank you for using the …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 27, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you to the briefers for updating the Council on elections planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In particular, thank you, Madam President, for calling this very important and timely …

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Media Advisory: Ambassador Haley to Receive Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award

August 27, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will attend the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) National Security Summit on Tuesday, August 28, where she will receive the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award. Following this presentation, Ambassador Haley will participate in a moderated conversation with …

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations August 23, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Foreign Secretary, for coming to chair this very important briefing, and welcome to New York. The United States is grateful for the United Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to the fight against terrorism. …

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Statement of the United States, the United Kingdom and France on the Fifth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack in Ghouta, Syria

August 21, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reiterate their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. Since 2012, the regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons during military offensives, not only in …

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Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Passing of Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

August 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kofi Annan devoted his life to making the world a more peaceful place through his compassion and dedication to service. He worked tirelessly to unite us and never stopped fighting for the dignity of every‎ person. We join the entire United Nations and diplomatic community in celebrating his life …

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Statement by Ambassador Haley on New U.S. Sanctions on Burmese Military Personnel Involved in Atrocities

August 17, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The new sanctions announced today by the U.S. Treasury Department make it clear that the United States is prepared to hold those responsible for atrocities in Burma accountable for their actions. The security forces who have been designated have taken part in some of the most horrific forms of …

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Remarks to the UN General Assembly on the Adoption of Michelle Bachelet’s Appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Stefanie Amadeo U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 10, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States’ withdrawal from the Human Rights Council was not a withdrawal from our commitment to advancing universal human rights within the UN system and around the world. The …

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Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Strike Against Civilians in Yemen

August 10, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The images of the strike in Yemen that killed innocent civilians – including many children – are ‎appalling. The death of innocent civilians in war, under any circumstance, to include their use as human shields, is unacceptable. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to quickly complete their investigation into …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Burundi

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 9, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. President Kafando, thank you very much for your briefing today. The United States welcomes President Nkurunziza’s announcement in June that he does not intend to seek …

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Statement by Ambassador Haley on Reports that DRC President Joseph Kabila Will Not Seek Re-election

August 8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE We welcome reports that President Kabila will not seek a third term in accordance with his country’s constitution. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a historic opportunity to carry out its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power on December 23, 2018. This development is another step, but there …

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Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Nomination of Michelle Bachelet to be UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

August 8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council in part because of the Council’s consistent failure to address extreme human rights abuses in the Western Hemisphere, in Venezuela and Cuba in particular. The failures of the Human Rights Council make the Secretary-General’s selection of a new High …

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Media Advisory: Ambassador Nikki Haley Travels to Colombia

August 6, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ambassador Nikki Haley will travel to Colombia August 6-9. In Bogota, Ambassador Haley will lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the inauguration of Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque Marquez and meet with senior Colombian officials and heads of state attending the inauguration. She will also travel to the Colombian border …

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