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The Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) is the U.S. Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of international agencies and organizations. As such, the Bureau is charged with advancing the President’s vision of robust multilateral engagement as a crucial tool in advancing U.S. national interests. U.S. multilateral engagement spans the full range of important global issues, including peace and security, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, economic development, climate change, global health, and much more.


Resolution 2321 (2016) Strengthening Sanctions on the D.P.R.K.

Nov. 30: Resolution 2321 (2016), adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on November 30, 2016, strengthens the binding UN sanctions on North Korea (D.P.R.K.) in response to its fifth nuclear test conducted on September 9, 2016. This resolution sends a clear message to North Korea that the Security Council is united in imposing stronger sanctions on North Korea’s international trade, financial transactions, and weapons-related programs in response to the D.P.R.K. continuing its nuclear- and ballistic missile-related programs in violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. Fact Sheet»


Fulfilling International Commitments to Refugees Globally

Date: 09/20/2016 Description: President Barack Obama and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with participants of the Leaders' Summit on Refugees on the margins of the UNGA general debate on Sept 20. © UN Image

Nov. 22: On September 20, 2016, on the margins of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United States, together with Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Mexico, Jordan, Sweden, and the UN Secretary-General, co-hosted the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. The Summit set out to increase global responsibility sharing for refugees worldwide and thereby strengthen the international community’s capacity to address mass displacement. DipNote»


Unanimous Renewal by the UN Security Council of the Joint Investigative Mechanism

Spokesman Kirby (Nov. 18): "We welcome the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2319 to renew for another year the vital work of the Organization for the Prohibition Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) whose mission it is to determine attribution of confirmed chemical weapons (CW) use in Syria." Full Text»


Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in South Sudan

Date: 11/17/2016 Description: Ambassador Power delivers remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in South Sudan © UN Image

Ambassador Samantha Power (Nov. 17): "We agree with all of those who will stress that dialogue is critical, but we must compliment that engagement with steps that show a far greater seriousness of purpose; steps that show the Council means what it says and intends to actually perform the mission that was given to us, which is to enforce international peace and security, to have the backs of our peacekeepers, to take seriously the warning of multiple UN officials, and to protect civilians in desperate need." Full Text»


Remarks With United Nations Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres Before Their Meeting

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Sec Kerry (Nov. 4): "I am extremely pleased to welcome here the new secretary-general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who brings very, very special and important skills to this job at this particular moment in time. He has dedicated a lifetime to public service – former prime minister of Portugal and a commissioner of the UN mission on human – on refugees." Full Text»


Taking the Measure of U.S. #GlobalLeadership on the UN Human Rights Council

Date: 10/28/2016 Description: DipNote: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference following an address to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  - State Dept Image

Oct. 28: In the years since the United States joined, the Council has dramatically improved its track record in carrying out its fundamental mission of protecting and promoting human rights around the globe. While it remains an imperfect body -- with many states with poor human rights records among its members and a persistent (though diminished) bias against Israel -- the Council is now shining a light on the worst violations of human rights, including in places such as Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and Iran, and helping create space for civil society to hold governments to account. There is no doubt that U.S. leadership and diplomatic muscle have contributed to this dramatic change in orientation and performance, and to sustain this trajectory, on October 28 the United States will seek re-election to the Council. Dipnote»


Assessing U.S. Engagement on LGBTI Issues at the United Nations

Date: 10/26/2016 Description: DipNote: In a historic vote, the Human Rights Council voted June 30 to create the first UN Independent Expert dedicated to investigate and report on human rights abuses against LGBT people around the world.  © U.S. Mission Geneva

Oct. 27: The Obama administration has made an unprecedented commitment to addressing this trend globally. We’ve done this on the ground, and the United States has engaged robustly at the United Nations (UN) and various other international organizations over the past seven years to ensure that the human rights of LGBTI persons are protected as part of our broader work to promote human rights. I recently sat down with Jean Freedberg, deputy director of HRC Global at the Human Rights Campaign -- the largest U.S. organization advocating on behalf of LGBTQ people -- to discuss the real world effects of our multilateral efforts. You can listen to our conversation in our latest podcast. Dipnote»


Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Cuba Embargo

Date: 10/26/2016 Description: Cuba-U.S. flag © US Emb Havana

Ambassador Power (Oct. 26): "For more than 50 years, the United States had a policy aimed at isolating the government of Cuba. For roughly half of those years, UN Member States have voted overwhelmingly for a General Assembly resolution that condemns the U.S. embargo and calls for it to be ended. The United States has always voted against this resolution. Today the United States will abstain." Full text»