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Remarks by US Mission to UNESCO Charge d’Affaires a.i. Chris Hegadorn on the occasion of the U.S. Independence Day

Thank you everyone for being here tonight. We’re here for a number of things, including my farewell, that of my deputy, Michael, and to welcome two new officers to our mission.  I will introduce [them] in a moment and, since that’s not enough, we’re also celebrating the U.S.’s Independence Day. So to begin the formal ...
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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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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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