Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 19 (k) “Combatting Sand and Dust Storms”

Dina Schorr
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 26, 2019


Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.

The United States would 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. We thought some progress was made in this resolution both on the issue of frequency as well as on references to transfer of technologies. In both cases the United States was very disappointed that certain delegations broke silence and the final text did not reflect the result of our negotiations.

Finally, we refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21, 2019 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, technology transfer, the Paris Agreement and climate change, as well as reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Thank you.