Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 22 (c) “Human Resources Development”

Emma Locatelli
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 26, 2019


Mr. Chairperson,

On behalf of the United States, I would like to extend our thanks to the facilitator for his successful shepherding of this resolution on Eradication of Poverty and Other Development Issues: Human Resources Development.  The United States appreciated the opportunity to participate in these important discussions over the past couple of weeks.

We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution and refer you to our remarks delivered on November 21 regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; climate change; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; and technology transfers.

Regarding “migration” and “migrants” in PP15, we note these terms are not well-defined in international law.  Nevertheless, the United States understands the challenges posed by migration to sending countries as well as receiving countries, and we appreciate the balanced language in this resolution.  To promote the development of its own human resources, among other reasons, the United States maintains the sovereign right to facilitate or restrict access to its territory, in accordance with its national laws, policies, and interests, subject to its existing international obligations.  We refer to the National Statement of the United States of America on the Adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, issued December 7, 2018.

With respect to the call for international assistance and funding in OP22, the United States rejects any implication that this resolution creates a duty on the United States to provide additional funding.