Explanation of Vote on a Second Committee Resolution on Combating Sand and Dust Storms

Jason Lawrence
U.S. Adviser to the Second Committee
New York, New York
November 21, 2022


The United States supports the efforts of various organizations to combat sand and dust storms, including the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Global Coalition to Combat Sand and Dust Storms. Sand and dust storms have different causes, in different places, at different times, and thus regional, national, and local efforts are extremely important. We look forward to the UNCCD releasing its toolbox soon.

Unfortunately, due to language in the final text that reflects bias against a single UN Member State, the United States must vote against the adoption of this resolution.

Regarding references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the transfer of technology, we refer you to our general statement delivered earlier this afternoon.

Thank you.