Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
October 15, 2021
Thank you, Mr. President. And let me start by thanking all of the Council members here today for supporting this important resolution.
As we all know, the past year has been especially turbulent in Haiti. By renewing the mandate of BINUH, we have helped to ensure the UN can continue its vital efforts to support democratic institutions and planning for elections, strengthen the rule of law, and promote stability. We know that decisions about Haiti’s future and whether it will undertake the vital reforms that are so urgently needed are questions for the people of Haiti.
BINUH’s role is both advisory and essential. This resolution also calls for an assessment by the Secretary-General in six months to ensure the mandate remains fit for purpose. The United States looks forward to the conclusion of this assessment and the opportunity it presents to further strengthen BINUH’s mandate and effectiveness in helping to address the ongoing challenges facing Haiti.
Let me be clear: now is not the time for the Security Council to walk away from Haiti. We will not relent in our commitment to ensure that Haiti receives the assistance and support that it needs. The United States welcomes the mandate renewal and reaffirms its commitment to support Haitian-led efforts to address Haiti’s longstanding challenges.
Thank you, Mr. President.