Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

Maria Apud
U.S. Adviser for the Second Committee
New York, New York
November 21, 2023

AS DELIVERED

Thank you, 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.

The United States attaches exceptional importance to our relationships with and the needs of our LDC partners and friends, and we are committed to working together to address our shared objectives and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution.

We take this opportunity to clarify our position on several items related to this resolution.

In reference to OP 23, the United States notes that the targets are set in paragraph 139 of the Doha Programme of Action, including a target for the doubling of financing from all sources in support of clean and renewable energy.

On Tailored Programs, in keeping with the principle of country ownership and consistent with the Doha Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United States’ bilateral cooperation programs are country-specific and respond to the priorities of LDCs’ national sustainable development strategies.

In reference to OPs 5, 11, 17, 33, and 48, we refer you to our General Statement delivered on November 9th. Our General Statement includes the U.S. positions on trade, technology transfer, debt, the independence of the multilateral development banks and International Monetary Fund, and international financial institution reform, among other issues.

Thank you.

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