Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on Peace and Security

Ambassador Michele J. Sison
U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
December 20, 2017


Mr. President, the United States wishes to thank you and the co-facilitators for leading a transparent and swift consultation process on reforming the United Nations peace and security architecture.

Mr. President, the United States supports the Secretary-General’s initiative to reform the UN’s peace and security architecture and his efforts to make the UN more field-focused. With more focused, effective, and efficient UN operations, the UN will be better able to address the needs of those on the ground. Any reform that we implement must advance political solutions and enable the UN system to tailor its responses to the needs of countries in conflict or transition.

My delegation continues to support the Secretary-General’s efforts to change the way the UN does business, and we endorse the Secretary-General’s vision for management reform of the Secretariat. Today’s resolution demonstrates that the Secretary-General has wide-reaching endorsement from Member States for his vision to make the UN a stronger and more relevant institution that can prevent and respond to conflicts and atrocities.

We look forward to seeing further details in the coming months, and we pledge to be effective partners in working with all Member States to help implement this vision.

Thank you.