United States Explanation of Position on Item 204 EX/5, Part I.D, “Follow-up of the Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)”

The United States joins members of this Board in restating our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.  We once again condemn Russia’s occupation and purported annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and call on Russia to immediately return control of the peninsula to Ukraine. We also recall United Nations ...
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National Statement, United States of America to the 204th Executive Board of UNESCO Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Chris Hegadorn

Thank you, Mr. Chairman of the Executive Board, Madam President of the General Conference, Madam Director-General and staff, distinguished representatives and colleagues: It is with a degree of optimism that I address this Executive Board session, my last before departing the U.S. Mission to UNESCO later this year.  With a new leadership team at UNESCO ...
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United States National Statement to the 39th General Conference

United States National Statement 39th General Conference November 4, 2017 Madam President of the General Conference, Madam Director-General, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen; it is an honor to represent the United States of America at this 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference. On October 12, the United States made public its decision to withdraw ...
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United States Explanation of Position on item 202 EX/5 Part 1 (L)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Three-and-a-half years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. Echoing the joint statement delivered by Sweden at last month’s information session concerning Crimea, the United States joins members of ...
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The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with ...
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Statement by the United States on items 202 EX/38 and 39

The United States welcomes the agreements among key parties here at UNESCO to postpone consideration of these two items, as we have consistently objected to such one-sided and divisive resolutions. While a postponement itself does not resolve the underlying issues, it will be imperative for all sides and this Executive Board to work in the ...
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United States National Statement to the 202nd session of the Executive Board

United States National Statement 202nd Executive Board Session October 10, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman of the Executive Board, Madam Director-General Bokova, President of the General Conference, fellow Member States representatives. Let me begin by thanking those who shared condolences following the recent horrific shootings in Las Vegas, a grim reminder of why we must ...
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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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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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U.S. Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 5, Part I (G) at the PX 201st UNESCO Executive Board

U.S. Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 5, Part I (G) at the PX 201st UNESCO Executive Board As Delivered Paris, April 28, 2017 Echoing the joint statement delivered by Sweden at last month’s information session concerning Crimea, the United States joins members of this Board in restating our unwavering support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity ...
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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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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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Dr. Jill Biden’s Remarks Launching the TeachHer STEAM Initiative at UNESCO (June 14, 2016)

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release June 14, 2016 Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Prepared for Delivery Paris, France Bonne après midi! Good afternoon. I would like to begin by asking you to join me in continuing to offer ...
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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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Remarks by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the 50th IHP Anniversary

U.S. Contributions to the International Hydrological Program (IHP) of U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization On November 9, 2015, U.S. Mission to U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Chief of Mission Chris Hegadorn spoke on a panel of regional representatives at the Celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Water Programs and the ...
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