Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the New International Economic Order

Jesse Walter
Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 18, 2020


Mr. Chairperson, we regret that the United States has no choice but to vote against this resolution. We urge others to join us in also doing so.

Yet again this resolution attempts to prescribe actions for institutions outside the purview of the UN; dictate the attributes and characteristics of trade and WTO processes; and call for technology transfer that is not voluntary and on mutually agreed terms. In addition, this resolution contains an unacceptable reference to “foreign occupation.”

The United States calls on member states to avoid the unnecessary politicization of resolutions. It is a waste of the UN’s time and scarce resources to consider this resolution and it should be retired. For other issues in the resolution, we refer you to the U.S. General Statement delivered today.

Thank you.