Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Development Cooperation with Middle-Income Countries Resolution

Jesse Walter
ECOSOC Adviser
New York, New York
November 22, 2021


The United States remains a steadfast partner of Middle-Income Countries, and we are pleased to join consensus on this resolution.

The United States notes that the “Middle-Income Country” designation is a World Bank income grouping, in contrast to the UN groups of countries in special situations. We believe the Addis Ababa Action Agenda uses the most accurate and appropriate statement of our financing commitments in regard to MICs. In this regard, we believe “MICs face significant challenges” and partners should work “to ensure that the diverse and specific needs of MICs are appropriately considered and addressed” should guide statements on financing and MICs in Second Committee resolutions.

Regarding our position on the World Trade Organization, International Financial Institutions, Special Drawing Rights, and technology transfer, we refer you to our General Statement delivered on November 18.