Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Combating Sand and Dust Storms Resolution

Jesse Walter
Adviser for ECOSOC
New York, New York
November 23, 2021


The United States maintains the position that the title of the Convention on Biological Diversity 15th Conference of Parties does not reflect well-defined, consensus language or international principles. We understand that the host country has a prerogative to choose a title for any event hosted, but we do not consider the inclusion of this theme in the resolution as precedent or inter-governmentally agreed language. We regret that the compromise language regarding this text as reflected in other resolutions this session and agreed during this negotiation was removed from the final text.

Regarding references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sendai framework, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we refer you to our general statement delivered on November 18. Thank you.