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General Statement on Indigenous Peoples

General Statement: A/HRC/27/L.22 on Indigenous peoples The United States is pleased to co-sponsor the Resolution on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples around the world face grave challenges, and... Read More

Explanation of Vote: Right to Peace

Explanation of Vote: A/HRC/27/L.15 on Right to peace First, the United States welcomes the efforts of Costa Rica in trying to find a consensus on this difficult issue. While we... Read More

Explanation of Position: World Program on Human Rights Education

Explanation of Position: World Program on Human Rights Education The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the World Programme for Human Rights Education and thanks... Read More

Explanation of Vote: Right to Development

Explanation of Vote: Right to Development Resolution International development is a critical component of United States foreign policy. Still, we have still long-standing concerns about the notion of the right... Read More

Explanation of Position: The Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Explanation of Position: The Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Resolution The United States recognizes the importance and challenges of meeting basic needs for water and sanitation to... Read More

President Obama UNGA Address

United Nations General Assembly 69th Session PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder... Read More

HDIM Session 4 - Protection of Human Rights and Fighting Terrorism

As prepared for delivery by the Honorable Professor J. Brian Atwood, U.S. Head of Delegation   Moderator, my delegation commends the Swiss Chairmanship for focusing on the prevention of torture... Read More

Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan

AS DELIVERED: Thank you, Mr. President.  The United States would like to thank the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Dr. Baderin, for his report and... Read More

Joint Statement on Violations of the Rights of Crimean Tatars and Other Minorities in Crimea

AS DELIVERED by Peter Mulrean, Deputy Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva   Thank you, Mr. Vice-President. I am pleased to deliver this joint statement on behalf... Read More

U.S. Calls Attention to the Situation in Ukraine

AS DELIVERED by Peter Mulrean, Deputy Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva Thank you, Mr. Vice-President. The United States welcomes the Office of the High Commissioner’s report... Read More

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur for Cambodia

AS DELIVERED by Sarah M. Brooks Thank you, Mme. Vice-President. The United States expresses its appreciation for the report of the Special Rapporteur.  We remain concerned about the human rights... Read More

Presidential Memorandum: Assistance to Ukraine

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority Under Sections 506(a)(1) and 552(c)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 By the authority vested in me as President... Read More

The UN World Conference on Indigenous People: An Opportunity for Real Change

The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), which kicked off September 22, 2014, at the United Nations General Assembly, provides us with the opportunity to reflect and take action... Read More

President Obama at Open Government Partnership Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, thank you very much.  And thank you, Rakesh, for your introduction.  It is wonderful to see all of you here today.  I still remember your eloquent words... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at Luncheon with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, good afternoon.  First of all, you should know that the Secretary General was late because of me.  I take the blame.  Second of all, I do think... Read More

Fact Sheet: Announcing New U.S. Open Government Commitments on the Third Anniversary of the Open Government Partnership

Three years ago, President Obama joined with the leaders of seven other nations to launch the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an international partnership between governments and civil society to promote... Read More

HDIM Session 5 - Democratic Lawmaking

As Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Head of Delegation J. Brian Atwood Rule of Law 2, including: Democratic Lawmaking; Independence of the Judiciary; Right to a Fair Trial The principles... Read More

Fact Sheet: The U.S. Global Anticorruption Agenda

President Obama and the U.S. Government continue to drive a robust agenda to stem corruption around the world and hold to account those who exploit the public’s trust for private... Read More

Fact Sheet: UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Today, President Obama is chairing a historic high-level summit of the UN Security Council focusing on the surge in Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) worldwide. At this session, the Security Council... Read More

President Obama at the United Nations General Assembly

Each and every year, the world's leaders gather in New York for a session of the United Nations General Assembly. Earlier today, President Obama spoke to them directly in an... Read More



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