Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Universal Realization of the Right of Peoples to Self-Determination

Timothy Johnson
U.S. Adviser for the Third Committee
New York, New York
November 16, 2023


The United States recognizes the importance of the right of peoples to self-determination and therefore joins consensus on this resolution.

We note, however, as frequently stated by the United States and other delegations, that this resolution contains many misstatements of international law and is inconsistent with current state practice. Furthermore, we are disappointed that the sponsors did not circulate the draft until the week prior to adoption, which did not give Member States sufficient time to review.

We also refer to our Third Committee General Statement, which will be posted on the U.S. Mission’s website at the end of the session.

Thank you.