Explanation of Vote on A/C.3/72/L.31 on Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

Mordica Simpson
ECOSOC Advisor
United States
New York City
November 16, 2017


Democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are all critical elements of U.S. foreign policy. Our views on the topics of this resolution are longstanding and well-known, as are our views about the existence of a “right to development.” Because the United States continues to have reservations about this resolution and a number of controversial and extraneous issues it contains, we are calling a vote and voting against this resolution. We urge other member states to vote against this resolution as well.