Explanation of Position on Operative Paragraph 10 Amendment in “Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind”

Courtney R. Nemroff
Acting U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 24, 2020


Thank you, Mr. Chair.

The United States offers a very simple amendment which reads “reaffirming the commitment to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social, and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner.” These words should be very well known to everyone in the room as they come directly from the 2030 Agenda. We propose this amendment to safeguard a critical innovation of the 2030 Agenda: that the three dimensions of sustainable development must be addressed holistically and in a comprehensive way – in a “balanced and integrated manner.” The language currently in OP10 does not appropriately capture this important insight and deflects away from a key idea enshrined the Sustainable Development Goals.

The amendment we have put forward draws language directly from paragraph 2 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Declaration to address this concern. We urge Member States to vote in favor of this amendment.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.