Explanation of Vote on an Amendment to a Second Committee Resolution on the Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations

Faith Kroeker-Maus
U.S. Adviser to the Second Committee
New York, New York
November 23, 2022


The United States offers this amendment to safeguard a critical innovation of the 2030 Agenda: that the three dimensions of sustainable development must be addressed holistically and in a comprehensive way — in a “balanced and integrated manner.”

The language currently in OP13 does not appropriately capture this key insight and deflects away from a key idea of the Sustainable Development Goals. The language in OP13 provides an alternative set of principles that do not enjoy consensus.

The amendment we have put forward draws language directly from paragraph 2 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Declaration to address this concern and facilitate a fully consensus text.

We urge Member States to vote in favor of this amendment.