United States National Statement At Unicef Executive Board, First Regular Session

Ambassador Lisa Carty
Representative of the United States of America to the Economic And Social Council
New York, New York
February 6, 2024

AS DELIVERED

Mister President, Madame Executive Director, it’s an honor to be with you today. UNICEF’s work to support children is our shared priority, and we appreciate your dedication to delivering on this critical mission. We admire and are grateful for UNICEF’s commitment to do hard work in hard places.

The United States demonstrates its unwavering support for children around the globe by remaining the top donor to UNICEF, contributing $1.84 billion dollars. Within that, our contribution of $134 million dollars in unearmarked resources reflects our trust in UNICEF’s stewardship and our confidence in its continued pursuit of improvement.

In a spirit of continuous advancement, the United States emphasizes 2024 as a year of opportunity to strengthen the Executive Board. The Joint Inspection Unit’s report on Executive Board governance and oversight offers recommendations to enhance the Board’s structure and function. We look forward to working with Board Members and the Secretariat to take appropriate action on these recommendations.

We appreciate UNICEF’s attention to the most marginalized and underserved groups, including girls in all their diversity, children from marginalized racial, ethnic, and Indigenous communities, LGBTQI+ individuals, and mothers, fathers, and children with disabilities. In FY2023, we were proud to contribute to UNICEF’s Programs on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and to End Child Marriage, jointly working with UNFPA to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children. We recognize the importance of UNICEF’s multi-sectoral approach in addressing critical issues like lead exposure, which affects 1 in 3 children globally. Domestically, we have championed this work and commend UNICEF for prioritizing lead mitigation activities.

In addition, the United States appreciates UNICEF elevating locally led development, drawing in local partners to design and implement projects. Effective development programs are driven by those on the ground, with local knowledge and expertise. Ensuring that UNICEF’s work is locally led, means results will be sustained over time.

And finally, a question – with 2030 fast approaching, an important challenge for all of us is determining how we can better orient our work to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Fundamental to our success will be a clear focus on young women and girls, whose progress on so many indicators has been sorely lagging. UNICEF has been a leader in innovative approaches and we would welcome your thinking on how you could share UNICEF’s expertise across the UN system.

Thank you.

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