U.S. Explanation of Vote – Rhetoric to Reality

The United States remains fully and firmly committed to combating racism, racial discrimination, and related forms of intolerance. We believe the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“CERD”) provides comprehensive protections in this area and constitutes the relevant international framework to address all forms of racial discrimination.
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U.S. Opposes Resolution on “Traditional Values:” Could Have Negative Effect on Women, Minorities, Vulnerable Groups

The concept of Traditional Values, not anchored to, or in conformity with, human rights law, undermines the universal principles enshrined in international human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and can have a particularly negative effect on the rights of women, minorities, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups.
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U.S. Hopes to See an Action-Oriented Outcome from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Item 3 and 5: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur James Anaya and EMRIP Chair Statement by the Delegation of the United States Delivered by Eric N. Richardson Human Rights Council 21st Session Geneva, September 18, 2012 Thank you Madame President.  The United States would like to use this time with Special Rapporteur Anaya and ...
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Civil Society Activists, Human Rights Defenders and Media Play Crucial Role in Advancing Human Rights

Item 3: General Debate Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Human Rights Council 21st Session Geneva September 14, 2012 Thank you, Madame President. The United States is delighted to have the opportunity to affirm our unwavering commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights.  ...
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Statement by Peter Mulrean, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, at the WIPO Program and Budget Committee

The U.S. is very concerned that WIPO conducted technical assistance projects and transferred U.S.-developed technology to countries subject to UN Security Council sanctions without the knowledge of the United States, other Member States, or the appropriate UN Security Council sanctions committees. The United States is primarily concerned with three questions: what happened, how to correct ...
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State’s Frank Rose on Missile Defense Cooperation

Today, I am going to provide a brief update on the implementation of the European Phased Adaptive Approach or EPAA, our ongoing and growing cooperation with our NATO allies, the current status of U.S. and NATO missile defense cooperation efforts with Russia, and recent developments in our missile defense cooperation in other key regions.
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Secretary General, Michael Rockefeller and Ambassador King Dedicate League of Nations and UN Archives reading room to John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

We are here today to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr. that created the UN library, to appropriately rename the reading room in his honor, to reflect on the generosity of the Rockefeller family and to accept another generous Rockefeller donation of a portrait of John D. Rockefeller Jr. ...
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