Allocution du Secrétaire d’Etat Adjoint, Antony J. Blinken le 6 Novembre 2015

Monsieur le Président de la Conférence générale, Madame la Directrice générale, Mesdames et Messieurs les délégués, c’est un honneur pour moi de représenter les États-Unis lors de cette 38ème session de la Conférence générale, à l’occasion du 70ème anniversaire de l’UNESCO. J’apprécie l’opportunité qui m’est accordée de reconfirmer notre candidature pour la réélection au Conseil ...
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Explanation of Position on Vote on Item 8.3 Request for the Admission of the Republic of Kosovo to UNESCO

The United States stands alongside the 92 Member States voting in support of Kosovo’s UNESCO membership bid, and we are profoundly disappointed by the outcome of today’s decision. We believe that Kosovo would be a welcome partner in the important work we are doing at UNESCO, such as countering violent extremism through education, promoting the ...
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Statement Regarding the Loss of Voting Rights of the United States in UNESCO’S General Conference

Madam Director-General, Mister President, I would like to thank you, Director-General Bokova, for your strong, moving and eloquent statement of support for the relationship between the United States and UNESCO.  At this important moment in UNESCO’s history, I would like to respond briefly on behalf of the United States. As I noted in my national remarks ...
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U.S. Statement at the 37th General Conference as Delivered by Ambassador David Killion

Madam Director-General, Madam Chair, fellow delegates, UNESCO has faced its share of both good times and challenging times.  Today, we find ourselves in one of those challenging periods.  I assure you:  No one appreciates the seriousness of the challenges this organization is currently facing better than my government; however, it is important to remember that ...
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U.S. Statement in Explanation of Vote on Draft Resolution 9.1 Regarding Membership for Palestine in UNESCO

Thank you, Madame Chair. The United States has voted against Resolution 9.1 because we cannot accept the premature Palestinian admission for membership in a United Nations specialized agency such as UNESCO. No nation is more committed to the quest for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians than the American people.  As President Obama said ...
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U.S. National Statement, as delivered by U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter

Madame Chair, fellow delegates, Since the General Conference last convened, great things have happened at UNESCO.  UNESCO has taken a central role in the UN system.  It has strengthened its partnerships with private sector partners that support its work.  We have all witnessed the incredible transformations imagined and brought to fruition by Director-General Bokova and ...
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