U.S. Public Delegate
New York, New York
October 31, 2022
Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related
Thank you. We welcome this opportunity for continued dialogue on countering systemic racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.
Comprehensively addressing the multidimensional legacies of systemic racism and racial discrimination is a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration, as demonstrated by our efforts at home to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities, to implement civil rights protections related to use of emerging technologies, to promote health equity, to enhance voting access, to ensure equitable implementation of infrastructure investments, and to advance environmental justice.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken appointed the Department of State’s first Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice to lead efforts to advance the human rights of persons belonging to marginalized racial and ethnic communities and combat systemic racism, discrimination, and xenophobia around the world.
The United States strongly supports the broadly accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism and encourages other countries to embrace it as well. We were disappointed that the latest report politicized the IHRA definition. The United States unequivocally condemns antisemitism.
We must comprehensively tackle the complex challenges of our time, including the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic instability on racial and ethnic minorities and marginalized communities globally.
We look forward to continued engagement on these crucial issues.
Our question is: How can countries work together to ensure our efforts in the areas of racial justice and sustainable development are complementary?