Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on International Migration and Development

Jesse Walter
Advisor 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 objects to this resolution for a number of reasons, in particular its focus on a role for the UN in advancing global governance of migration and development, a role that impinges on state sovereignty and should be strictly reserved for member states, subject to their existing international obligations and commitments. While the United States honors the contributions immigrants have made to our nation, we do not support processes that impose additional international guidelines, standards, and commitments that might constrain our ability to make sovereign decisions in the best interests of the American people.

We refer delegations to our general statement, delivered on November 18, with respect to references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement, climate change, and the Sendai Framework.