Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Promotion of Peace

Mordica Simpson
Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 17, 2020


Thank you, Chair.

As we have stated previously, the United States does not agree with the definition of a collective “right to peace,” as human rights are universal and are held and exercised by individuals. We do not support efforts that would in any way modify or stifle the exercise of existing human rights.

Because this resolution continues to frame improperly existing human rights, we call for a vote and will vote against this resolution. We encourage other countries to vote against it as well.

Thank you, Chair.