Statement on Agenda Item 26 (b) ‘Follow-Up to the Fourth World Conference on Women”

Jason Mack
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 19, 2019


The United States thanks Liberia for its resolution on follow-up to the Beijing Women’s Conference. We join consensus on the resolution.

With regard to this resolution’s references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Beijing Women’s Conference and its 2000 five-year follow-up conference, the negotiated outcome documents of the Commission on the Status of Women, and treaties that the United States has not ratified, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, we have addressed our concerns in previous statements including in our general statement on November 7.

In addition, we understand that the resolution’s reaffirmation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action includes the conference’s report.

Finally, we dissociate from operative paragraph 8, as the United States does not accept that the ICCPR or other U.S. obligations under international human rights law contain a broad “due diligence” obligation on behalf of the state to prevent all forms of violence committed by non-state actors against women and girls.