Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on the Universal Right to Self-Determination

Courtney R. Nemroff
Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 19, 2020


The United States recognizes the importance of the right of peoples to self-determination and therefore joins consensus on this resolution. We note, however, as frequently stated by the United States and other delegations, that this resolution contains many misstatements of international law and is inconsistent with current state practice.

We also refer to our general statement made on November 13.