On U.S. Appearance Before the International Court of Justice

Today, oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began in The Hague on an application for provisional measures in a case brought by Iran against the United States, Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights. Iran’s filing with the ICJ is an attempt to interfere with the ...
Read More»

Assistant Secretary Poblete Addresses the Conference on Disarmament

United States Remarks at the Conference on Disarmament As delivered by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Yleem D.S. Poblete Geneva, Switzerland August 14, 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, all. Mr. President, I would like to bring to the attention of this body a matter related to outer space ...
Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Nomination of Michelle Bachelet to be UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Nomination of Michelle Bachelet to be UN High Commissioner for Human Rights August 8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Press Release – U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York) The United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council in part because of the Council’s consistent failure to address ...
Read More»

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai the 18th Global Symposium for Regulators

Geneva, Switzerland July 10, 2018 Good afternoon!  It’s great to be at GSR-18 and a part of this discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies. Thank you to Director Brahima Sanou and the ITU for facilitating this week’s discussions.  I appreciate Director Sanou’s singular focus on bringing the benefits of technology to billions around the ...
Read More»

United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 26, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. This funding for the Venezuelan people includes a contribution to the International Organization for Migration ...
Read More»

Remarks on the UN Human Rights Council

Remarks by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State and Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Treaty Room Washington, DC June 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable. They are ...
Read More»

Joint Statement of President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Singapore Summit

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
Read More»

U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Guinea & Mauritania

Statement by Ambassador Dennis Shea, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Permanent Representative to the WTO Geneva, May 29, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes Secretary General Cisse and Minister Hamdi Ould Mouknass and their respective delegations to this, Guinea’s fourth and Mauritania’s third WTO Trade Policy Review.  We appreciate the Secretariat’s thorough ...
Read More»

Syria has Neither the Credibility nor the Moral Authority to Assume the Presidency of the CD

Ambassador Robert Wood: Simply put, it is a travesty that the Syrian regime – which continues to indiscriminately slaughter its own people with weapons banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention – should presume to preside over this body.
Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Referendum in Burundi

Press Statement by Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 21, 2018 The United States notes that the May 17, referendum process in Burundi was marred by a lack of transparency, the suspension of media outlets, and attempts to pressure voters. The government allowed vigorous campaigning by the opposition during the designated two-week campaign period, but ...
Read More»

An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20. This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy. Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through free, fair, and transparent elections, the government faces isolation from the international ...
Read More»

After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

Secretary Pompeo: "We'll continue to work with allies to counter the regime's destabilizing activities in the region, block their financing of terror, and address Iran's proliferation of missiles and other advanced weapons systems that threaten peace and stability. We will also ensure Iran has no path to a nuclear weapon -- not now, not ever. ...
Read More»

Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding an Alleged Incident in Saraqib on 4 February 2018

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 17, 2018 On May 15, 2018, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact-Finding Mission, released its report regarding an alleged incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018. The FFM “determined that chlorine, released from cylinders through mechanical impact, was likely ...
Read More»

U.S. Statement at the UPR of Bangladesh

As delivered by Huda Ibrahim 30th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group Geneva, May 14, 2018 The international community appreciates the Government of Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees and welcomes its commitment to a voluntary, safe, and dignified repatriation process that includes the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and relevant international agencies. However, ...
Read More»

NPT PrepCom: Closing Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood

Closing Statement by the United States Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Ambassador Robert A. Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Geneva, May 4, 2018 Mr. Chairman, First, allow me to thank you for your impressive ...
Read More»

U.S. Hosts ITU Council Reception

The United States hosted a reception in honor of delegates to the 2018 ITU Council and to express support for two women making outstanding contributions to the work of the ITU, Doreen Bogdan Martin, the U.S. candidate for Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, and Joanne Wilson, candidate for a second term on the ...
Read More»

Statement by Assistant Secretary Christopher Ford at the Opening of the 2018 NPTPrepcom

Today, we open this Preparatory Committee as part of the NPT’s review cycle, meeting in Geneva – the lovely “second city” of the auspicious United Nations organization that a traumatized but hopeful international community built at the close of the last and most horrible of the global conflagrations that convulsed the 20th Century world.
Read More»

U.S. Statement on Possible Options for Addressing the Humanitarian and International Security Challenges Posed by Emerging Technologies

The United States remains interested in sharing practice on weapons reviews with a view towards more States understanding their usefulness in improving States’ implementation of their existing legal obligations and for States that currently conduct such reviews to have an opportunity to learn about good practices of others.
Read More»

CCW GGE: U.S. Slide Presentation – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM)

The goal of this presentation is to increase understanding of how autonomy in various functions can enhance the ability of weapons serve their intended, legitimate, purposes while also supporting humanitarian interests on the battlefield In this case, helping protect people and installations against attacks by rockets, artillery, and mortars.
Read More»

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

USAID: Today, the United States announced nearly $87 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who face the world's largest food-security emergency and worst cholera outbreak, driven by more than three years of war. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Yemen response since the beginning of Fiscal ...
Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia

At the forty-third round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia, March 27-28, the United States condemned the tragic death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili following his arrest and detention in South Ossetia in February and the unacceptable delay in the return of his remains. 
Read More»

The Need for an Integrated Approach to the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the Full Realization of Human Rights, Foc

The United States recognizes that the 2030 Agenda can help countries work toward global peace and prosperity, and that each country has its own development priorities and must work towards implementation in accordance with its own national policies and priorities.
Read More»

High Level Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Central African Republic (CAR)

We remain deeply concerned by reports of widespread abuses by armed groups, such as unlawful killings; involuntary disappearances; torture; pervasive sexual violence, including against men and boys; unlawful restrictions on freedom of movement; and the continued use of child soldiers by armed groups.
Read More»

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and the Report of the High Commissioner on Burundi

The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work. In Burundi, where the situation remains grave, the Government and actors affiliated with it continue to commit serious human rights violations and abuses, some of which the Commission found provide reasonable grounds to believe may amount to crimes against humanity.
Read More»

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar and the Myanmar Fact-Finding Mission

The United States is deeply concerned by Myanmar’s cessation of cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and continued non-cooperation with the Fact-Finding Mission. The government should immediately resume cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and allow the Fact-Finding Mission access to Myanmar.
Read More»

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

We remain deeply concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people, who face egregious human rights violations and abuses, including those involving extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual and gender-based violence, and forced labor.
Read More»

U.S. Statement for Item 3 General Debate

As the Council commemorates the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action, we are concerned by efforts to inappropriately collectivize human rights, which are rights guaranteed to individuals, as well as by efforts to make development a precondition for the fulfillment of human rights obligations and ...
Read More»

U.S. Strongly Urges All Human Rights Council Members to Support Resolution on Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Explanation of Position By the Delegation of the United States of America Urgent Debate on Syria Human Rights Council 37th Session Geneva, March 2, 2018  Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Theodore Allegra Note:  The Human Rights Council will continue its consideration of the resolution on Eastern Ghouta on Monday, March 5. The United States strongly ...
Read More»

U.S. Strongly Supports Efforts to Hold Accountable Those Responsible for Atrocities

Interactive Dialogue on the Joint Study of the Special Adviser of the SG on the Prevention of Genocide and the SR on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence 37th Session of the Human Rights Council Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by David G. Mandel-Anthony, March 2, 2018 Thank ...
Read More»

U.S. Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR and the 25th Anniversary of the VDPA

On this 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA), the United States celebrates the importance of these declarations, reaffirms our commitment to the principles enshrined in them, and reflects on the challenges to the universal realization of human rights and ...
Read More»

U.S. National Statement at the HRC37 High Level Segment

U.S. National Intervention – High Level Segment Human Rights Council – Geneva, Switzerland As delivered by Mary Catherine (Molly) Phee Acting Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of International Organization Affairs February 28, 2018 Thank you, Madame Vice President, Excellencies, distinguished colleagues. Over the past year, the United States has actively pursued Council action on two ...
Read More»

Nuclear Posture Review 2018 – NPR

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Defense James Mattis to initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The President made clear that his first priority is to protect the United States, allies, and partners. He also emphasized both the long-term goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and the requirement that the United ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation

Through the Treaty’s verification regime, which includes short-notice, on-site inspections at New START Treaty-related bases and facilities, the United States is able to verify information about the strategic nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other’s strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities.
Read More»

New START Treaty Central Limits Take Effect

The United States of America and the Russian Federation have implemented the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START Treaty) for seven years. February 5, 2018 marks the date that the Treaty’s central limits on each country’s strategic nuclear arsenal take effect.
Read More»

U.S. Statement at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Burma

The United States again calls on Myanmar authorities to respect the rights of its entire population, provide unhindered UN, humanitarian and media access throughout Burma, especially in Rakhine State, ensure justice for victims and accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and take all necessary measures so that all persons can safely ...
Read More»

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx

Special Briefing Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Washington, DC November 30, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Hope you’re all having a good day. Many of you may have received a notice from us earlier today about World AIDS Day, and tomorrow is World ...
Read More»

U.S. Opening Statement at the Meeting of the Parties of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

U.S. Statement as delivered by Josh Dorosin Meeting of State Parties – Opening Statement Meeting of the Parties of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Geneva, November 22, 2017 Thank you Mr. Chairman, Let me first extend our congratulations on your election as Chairperson of this Meeting of High Contracting Parties, and our appreciation for ...
Read More»

U.S. Statement at CCW GGE Meeting: Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force delivered by John Cherry Geneva, November 15, 2017 Mr. Chair: We thank you for the “food for thought” paper that you circulated prior to this GGE ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance in Response to the Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis in Burma

We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society, and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights and religious freedom.
Read More»

Secretary Tillerson Joint Press Availability With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

"I am announcing today that the United States will provide an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees, bringing the United States response to the Rakhine State crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh to more than $87 million since August of this year, and total humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from this region ...
Read More»

Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, an

The Syrian regime violated international law, including the Chemical Weapons Convention. We condemn this heinous act and demand that the Syrian regime immediately cease any and all use of chemical weapons and finally declare to the OPCW all chemical weapons that it possesses.
Read More»

EOV in the First Committee on Resolution L.45: Follow-up to the 2013 High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament

We believe that nuclear proliferation and non-compliance by a few States with their respective nonproliferation obligations, as well as nuclear terrorism and the deterioration of the international security environment constitute serious threats to international peace and security.
Read More»

Secretary of State Tillerson in Geneva

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended a week-long trip -- which included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and India – with a stop in Geneva on October 26. While in Geneva, he met with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, spoke with the media and met with U.S. Mission staff and their ...
Read More»

Remarks at the #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Event

Remarks John J. Sullivan  Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns Auditorium Washington, DC October 12, 2017 DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Alyson, for that kind introduction. And thanks to you and to OES Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber for the good work you and your teams have done in putting together this event. First, I ...
Read More»

Remarks by Simon Henshaw at UNHCR ExCom Reception

At UNGA two weeks ago, President Trump expressed appreciation for the United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance. Further, Secretary Tillerson, Administrator Green, Ambassador Haley, and I reaffirmed U.S. commitment – and the international community’s commitment – to seek solutions that end crises and bring peace, prosperity, and stability.
Read More»

Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo 09/20/2017 11:20 AM EDT Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic ...
Read More»

Ambassador Robert Wood Remarks at CD Plenary on North Korea

Ambassador Robert Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Opening Remarks for Plenary on North Korea August 30, 2017 As prepared for delivery I have requested the floor in today’s Plenary meeting to address the undeniable threat North Korea poses to international peace and security.  This Conference is a critical ...
Read More»

Fourth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack at Ghouta, Syria

Fourth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack at Ghouta, Syria Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2017 Four years ago today, the Syrian regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the opposition-controlled suburb of Ghouta in Damascus – leaving more than 1,400 Syrians dead, many of ...
Read More»

Enhancing the Ability of Individuals in Recovery to Fight Addiction, in the U.S. and Abroad

INL convened an Expert Working Group that included U.S. and international experts in substance use recovery, including from the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United Nations, the Colombo Plan, the Organization of American States, and civil society organizations.
Read More»