United States Explanation of Position Delivered after adoption by consensus On Items 25/26 – “Occupied Palestine” and Arab Education Institutions

UNESCO 204th Executive Board April 12, 2018 Madame Chairwoman; distinguished colleagues; The U.S. delegation warmly welcomes the progress demonstrated here today and congratulates the parties for taking the steps necessary for a constructive approach to a very difficult and sensitive file. Joined by other delegations concerned about how this issue has consistently damaged UNESCO’s reputation ...
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Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee

Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee Krakow, Poland July 7, 2017 Item 41 COM 8B.1:  Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town   Thank you Mr. Chairman, The decision to inscribe Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town on an emergency basis is divisive, confusing, and impossible to justify.  The site is not under ...
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Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee

Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee Krakow, Poland July 4, 2017 Item 41 COM 7A:  Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls   As we have emphasized in the past, these politicized and one-sided resolutions are damaging to the credibility of UNESCO, and greatly hinder the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hegadorn and Swiss Ambassador host a reception in honor of Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse team

  After receiving the Legion d’Honneur from the French President, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse team were honored at a cocktail reception hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Chris Hegadorn and Ambassador of Switzerland to UNESCO Jean-Frederic Jauslin for their contributions to science, exploration, and education. Chargé Hegadorn highlighted the remarkable achievements made by Bertrand and his ...
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Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/31

Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/31 Statement as delivered on May 2, 2017 The United States regrets that the Executive Board was again presented with a one-sided resolution on which our position is well-known.  It is our view that going forward, Members should engage in a more constructive manner to ...
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Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/30

Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/30 Statement as delivered on May 2, 2017   The United States expresses its strong opposition to this agenda item.  While changed somewhat from the draft decision text since the last Executive Board session, these revisions are still insufficient, and the very agenda item itself ...
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United States National Statement to the 201st session of the Executive Board

United States National Statement 201st Executive Board Session April 24, 2017   Thank you, President of the Executive Board, Madam Director-General, and fellow Member State delegations. With an election for a new Director-General and Executive Board Members scheduled for this coming November, this seems an appropriate time to underscore where the United States hopes this ...
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Ambassador Nix-Hines launches an IdeaLab on: “Public Private Partnerships and UNESCO: Maximizing Impact to Address 2030 Agenda Goals”

  November 22, 2016, Paris UNESCO’s relations with the private sector encompass cooperation with corporations, small and medium enterprises, philanthropic foundations, professional and economic associations as well as civil society. Public-Private Partnerships are expected to play an increasingly important role as UNESO, like other multi-lateral organization, faces expanded mandates and increased fiscal pressure. With the ...
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National Statement of United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines to the 200th Executive Board

National Statement of United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines to the 200th Executive Board October 10, 2016 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Madam Director-General Bokova, President of the General Conference, Excellencies. We appreciate the condolences for Hurricane Matthew and extend our profound regrets to the people of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. The Director General has ...
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Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 200 EX/26

Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 200 EX/26 Statement as delivered on October 13, 2016 Despite our repeated calls and efforts with other Members on this Board to avoid such one-sided, and damaging resolutions, the Executive Board was once again presented with a near-identical text from earlier sessions. This text – like ...
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Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 200 EX/25

Statement as delivered on October 13, 2016 Before me is a binder containing all the resolutions involving Israel and the Palestinians since 2000. Through 2009, and even as late as 2013, these resolutions were not politicized and were adopted by consensus. But, in recent years, these resolutions have grown increasingly inflammatory and one-sided, to the ...
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Remarks to the UNESCO Leaders’ Forum by Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines

Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines Paris, France November 17, 2015 Mr. President of the General Conference, President of the Executive Board, Madam Director General, Excellencies, I have been asked to share with you a statement from President Obama, in light of the tragic events that took place here in Paris Friday evening. I also saw Secretary of ...
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Ambassador Nix-Hines Presents Her Credentials to UNESCO

  On Friday August 8, 2014, the United States Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, presented her credentials to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Ambassador Nix-Hines and Director-General Bokova discussed their shared desire for robust U.S. engagement at UNESCO and highlighted key priorities such as girls’ and women’s education, tolerance building, cultural preservation, and public-private ...
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Crystal Nix-Hines is Sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO

On July 16, 2014, Crystal Nix-Hines took the oath of office as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a friend and former colleague of the Ambassador, ...
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