Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Central Asia Facing Environmental Challenges

Isabel Udell
U.S. Adviser for the Second Committee
New York, New York
November 20, 2023

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Central Asia Facing Environmental Challenges: Fostering Regional Solidarity for Sustainable Development and Prosperity

AS DELIVERED

Thank you, Mr. Chair. On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for the successful shepherding of this resolution. We are pleased to join consensus.

The United States supports strengthened regional cooperation to tackle environmental challenges in Central Asia and promoting socioeconomic development and adaptation to climate change. The United States welcomes the leadership and initiative of each Central Asian country to concretely address international and regional climate issues, as demonstrated by Uzbekistan convening an International Climate Forum in 2024; Tajikistan agreeing to convene the International Year of Glaciers’ Preservation in 2025; Kazakhstan organizing a Regional Climate Summit in 2026; the Kyrgyz Republic convening the second Global Mountain Summit in 2027; and Turkmenistan hosting the Regional Center for Climate Change Mitigating Technologies.

Regarding references to international financial institutions, disaster risk reduction, and climate change, we refer you to our general statement delivered to the 78th General Assembly Second Committee session.

Thank you.

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