Explanation of Position on Agenda Item 69(a), A/C.3/72/L.16/Rev. 1 on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Laurie Shestack Phipps
Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs
New York City
November 20, 2017


Mr. Chair, the United States joins consensus on L.16, Revision 1 on the “Rights of Indigenous Peoples” Resolution and thanks Ecuador and Bolivia for helping us arrive at a consensus text.

In explanation of position, the United States reaffirms its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as explained in our 2010 Announcement of Support.

With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we addressed our concerns in a detailed statement delivered earlier this morning.

Thank you for your attention.