All articles from: June, 2017

Explanation of Vote on Resolution on the Social Forum

The United States strongly supports the engagement and participation of civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the work of the Human Rights Council.

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Explanation of Position on Resolution on Discrimination against Women

Eliminating discrimination against women worldwide is a key foreign policy goal of the United States, as reflected among other programs in the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally and our Let Girls Learn initiative.

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The Right Of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development

The United States continues to oppose language that we believe undermines intellectual property rights.

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Human Rights in Cities and Other Human Settlements

The United States takes its human rights obligations and commitments seriously in cities, just as it does everywhere within its territory.

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Explanation of Vote on Resolution on Protection of the Family

The United States believes that discussions at the United Nations must consider all types of loving families that exist today, be those families headed by one mother and father, a single parent, a same-sex couple, grandparents, or the many other family structures that provide essential support for raising children and assisting in caring for the elderly.

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Explanation of Vote on Resolution L.12

We also regret that the sponsors have introduced controversial elements to this resolution, breaking the consensus this resolution has long enjoyed.

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U.S. Statement on the Resolution on Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage

We reiterate that while the United States fully supports the principle of voluntary choice regarding maternal and child health and family planning, we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance.
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Explanation of Position by the United States of America on Resolution L.35

While the United States condemns attacks on educational institutions, it does not recognize an obligation under international law to provide an enabling and secure environment to ensure the safety of schools.

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Statement on the Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants Resolution

In joining consensus on the resolution, we would like to clarify our views on several elements in the text.

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U.S. Explanation of Position on HRC Climate Change Resolution

A/HRC/35/L.32 Explanation of Position by the United States of America Human Rights Council, 35th Session We thank the members of the core group for their continued dedication to an issue of importance to many countries.  Climate change is a complex global challenge.  As we said with respect to a prior Human Rights Council resolution on […]

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