Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Andrew Weinstein
U.S. Public Delegate
New York, New York
November 1, 2022


The United States remains committed to providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to the record number of forcibly displaced persons around the world. We have provided more than $17 billion in aid around the world this year, continuing our long, proud tradition of humanitarian leadership. The nearly $2.2 billion we provided to UNHCR last fiscal year was our largest-ever annual contribution — a true testament to our enduring and invaluable partnership.

We support UNHCR’s efforts to promote responsibility-sharing. To this end, we are expanding our refugee resettlement program as a durable solution and encouraging others to do the same. The United States is aiming to admit up to 125,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2023.

However, we recognize that even with these concrete steps, durable solutions will remain out of reach for most refugees. We must work together, including with host governments, development actors, and the private sector, to provide protection and enable refugees and their host communities to thrive until they can access a durable solution. Thank you, UNHCR, for demonstrating leadership on these conversations on inclusion and refugee rights; we will all need to push harder on this agenda moving forward.

It is clear that the humanitarian community is struggling to respond to a long and growing list of protracted and emerging crises and humanitarian challenges, including the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, climate change, and conflicts. The ability of UNHCR and its partners to “stay and deliver” assistance despite these challenges is commendable.

In the face of unprecedented need, we commit to strengthening our collaboration with UNHCR and its partners and call upon all Member States to do the same.