Explanation of Vote for EX/32, Follow-Up by UNESCO of the Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)

This resolution should not have been controversial.  It was grounded in principles that provide the foundation for international stability in law.  Article 2 of the UN Charter — the prohibition on the use of force to acquire territory, and respect for sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Member States — these are the principles ...
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Explanation of Vote for EX/5.4, Follow-up relating to the Ascent to the Mughrabi Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem

We take the floor to explain our vote and express our disappointment that the parties and this Executive Board could not find meaningful consensus on this item. Without the consensus of all parties involved, this resolution distracts from the positive work of the Organization, and harms efforts to promote a positive atmosphere for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. ...
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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires Beth Poisson to the 194th Executive Board

Madam Director General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by welcoming the Chair and pledging our cooperation. As we look at the state of the world today, we see that the fundamental freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly are under assault in many regions.  UNESCO has a unique and critical role to play in ...
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