Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 17 “Promoting investments for sustainable development”

Jason Lawrence
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 27, 2019


Thank you, Mr. Chair.

On behalf of the United States, we are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. However, we take this opportunity to make important points of clarification on some of the language contained therein.

Regarding calls for enhancing, ensuring, or strengthening the coherence and consistency of international financial, monetary, and trading systems and policies, this language presumes that he current level of coherence and consistency is suboptimal in some way, and we do not necessarily share this view. In addition, the United States does not support the attempt to prescribe the appropriate characteristics of international systems that are independent of the UN system. These are not matters on which the UN General Assembly should opine.

Regarding references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, world trade, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, we refer you to our Global Explanation of Position delivered on November 21.

Thank you.