Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 16 “Information and communication technologies for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 26, 2019


The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. We refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and technology transfers.

The United States also interprets the term “local content” in the resolution to mean content that is customized and/or relevant to local needs, and not to measures that require or provide benefits for the use of domestically-produced goods (i.e. local content requirements).

We would also like to raise our concerns with the workload of this committee. I think many of us have noticed in this year, where we have resolutions – more than ever before, that our work seems more hectic and rushed. We believe we can improve our ability to consider more thoughtfully our work if we were to address the issue of periodicity and triennialize and biennialize a number of resolutions. There is not enough meaningful change on many topics so as to require annual consideration. That is why we proposed adjusting the periodicity of this resolution. Thank you, Mr. Chair