U.S. Adviser for the Third Committee
New York, New York
October 16, 2023
Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States appreciates the efforts of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.
We recognize that climate change, food insecurity, economic instability, and conflict have collectively placed greater strain on marginalized and underserved communities around the world, resulting in higher levels of global migration.
This is why the United States supports initiatives like Early Warnings for All to help communities anticipate climate change impacts and take appropriate action. These programs have the potential to reduce “push” pressures and serve as instruments to support safe migration.
With migration management programs in every corner of the globe, the United States, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others, is invested in addressing the root causes of forced migration and strengthening governments’ capacities to manage migration humanely.
We are also working with partner countries and international organizations to develop safe and orderly pathways, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. This includes through our Safe Mobility Offices (SMOs), which are a platform for migrants to access refugee, humanitarian, and labor pathways to the United States and other countries in the region and beyond.
Above all, it is essential that States work together to facilitate orderly, secure, and responsible processes that promote dignity and respect.
Question: How can the U.S. and partner countries ensure information about the SMOs and other lawful pathways reaches migrants and people considering irregular migration from the region?
I thank you.