U.S. Intervention on Education Beyond 2015

As one of the sixteen GEFI Champion Countries, the United States applauds UNESCO’s leadership on the Post-2015 education development agenda. Securing a stand-alone education goal, and a limited set of targets focused on access plus quality, will serve as a powerful instrument to help eradicate extreme poverty within a generation. As First Lady Michelle Obama ...
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Explanation of Vote for Middle East Items

The United States takes the floor to explain our “No” vote and express our profound disappointment in the renewed politicization of these agenda items.  We understand these are difficult issues – but the harsh nature of these resolutions only distracts from the positive work of UNESCO; it belies the founding principles of this organization and ...
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Explanation of Position- Follow-up on the situation in the autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)

As a co-sponsor, the United States expresses our strong support for this important resolution and the commitment of UNESCO and its member states to advance respect for freedom of expression, support equal access to education for all, and protect and preserve cultural heritage. Respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights and fundamental ...
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Statement by Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines to the 195th Executive Board

Mr. Chairman, Madame Director General, Mr. President, and Distinguished Colleagues, I’m so honored to be here with you for my first Executive Board session. After President Obama announced my nomination, friends asked me one of three questions:  “What exactly is UNESCO?”  “Isn’t UNESCO that controversial political group?”  And for those familiar with UNESCO, “How are ...
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