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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.


Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Date: 02/22/2019 Description: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York City. - State Dept ImageDeputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino (Feb. 21): Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in New York with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. They discussed ongoing events in Venezuela, as well as the importance of parties in Yemen beginning redeployments in Hudaydah. Full Text»


Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen

Ambassador Cohen (Feb. 19): Mr. President, the escalation of violence in Hajjah governorate in January reminds us that while the Hudaydah ceasefire is a promising first step, the broader conflict persists. The Yemeni people must know — and the parties to the conflict must understand — that the United States remains focused, as does this Council as a whole, on achieving a comprehensive, credible, and durable political solution to the war. Such a solution will require compromise on all sides, so that we can start the long process of recovering from this humanitarian catastrophe. Full Text»


Remarks Before the Conference on Disarmament Plenary Session

Date: 02/22/2019 Description: Ambassador Wood gives remarks before the Conference on Disarmament Plenary Session - State Dept ImageAmbassador Wood (Feb. 15): A number of countries represented in this chamber have recognized Juan Guaido as the legitimate and rightful president of Venezuela. And the number of countries that recognize Guaido is increasing daily. I raise the issue, Mr. President, because Venezuela is scheduled to assume the CD presidency in a few months. Having a representative of the former Maduro regime presiding over this august body would be a travesty, further undermining the credibility of the CD following the disastrous Syrian presidency last year. In order to preserve the integrity, dignity and respect for this chamber, Maduro representatives must vacate the chair reserved for the government of Venezuela. I call on ALL responsible countries represented in this room to stand with the people of Venezuela by calling on Maduro’s sycophants not to assume the presidency of the CD later this year. Let us not give one iota of legitimacy to this decrepit, dictatorial regime. Let’s send a powerful message to the Venezuelan people and to other people seeking freedom around the globe that the CD is unwilling to continue business as usual with representatives of such a cruel regime presiding over the important work of our conference. Full Text»


Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UN World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley

Deputy Spokesperson Palladino (Feb. 9): "Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with UN World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley. The Secretary and the Executive Director emphasized the need for a political agreement that ends the conflict and brings peace, prosperity, and security to Yemen, and also discussed ongoing U.S.-World Food Programme cooperation to relieve Yemen’s dire humanitarian situation, especially increased food security needs. The Secretary and Executive Director also discussed the situation in Venezuela and the difficult humanitarian circumstances forcing millions of Venezuelans to flee their country in search of basic necessities including food and medicine." Full Text»


Under Secretary Hale Participates in G7 Political Director's Meeting

Feb. 6: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Paris, France on February 7 and 8 in order to participate in a meeting of the Group of 7 Political Directors. France holds the G7 Presidency for 2019. The G7 brings together representatives of the world’s leading industrialized democracies to seek common ground on major global issues. Text»


Secretary Pompeo's Call With UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths

Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino (Jan. 31): Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths. The Secretary thanked the Special Envoy for his continued dedication and conveyed strong U.S. support for progress made following consultations between the parties in Sweden. The Secretary and the Special Envoy discussed the latest efforts by the Republic of Yemen government and the Houthis to implement agreements made in Sweden, as well as next steps in the political process. The Secretary and the Special Envoy agreed that the release of prisoners by the Saudi-led Coalition and the Houthis was a positive step and hoped this would lead to swift implementation of the prisoner exchange agreement discussed in Sweden. The Secretary and the Special Envoy reaffirmed that parties must transition from conflict to compromise in order for all Yemenis to achieve a brighter future. Text»


Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Secretary Pompeo (Jan. 26): "We hope that the international community will support the people of Venezuela and the transitional government led by Juan Guaido. On January 23rd, Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela in accordance with Venezuela’s own constitution. He made this declaration with the full support of the National Assembly and of the Venezuelan people. Our nations must stand up for the rule of law and support the leader who the Venezuelan people have affirmed as their legitimate interim president. It is our hope that free and fair elections happen as soon as possible." Full Text»


Remarks at a Press Stakeout

Secretary Pompeo (Jan. 26): "Good morning. The United States is very proud that we had a long overdue meeting here of the UN Security Council today and we are equally proud to stand with the Venezuelan people as they protest and restore democracy in their nation. Former President Maduro’s socialist experiment has ruined a once proud nation, as I said earlier, and we’re – we stand with the Venezuelan people to restore democracy and return that country to its rightful condition. Got a whole nation starving, massive malnutrition, refugees fleeing. This is an international crisis to be sure. And nations like Cuba and Russia and China have shamefully cast their lot in support of the former president. They don’t have the best interests of the Venezuelan people at heart.We hope that every nation will join us in recognizing interim president Juan Guaido. We hope too that each of those nations will ensure that they disconnect their financial systems from the Maduro regime and allow the assets that belong to the Venezuelan people to go to the rightful governors of that state." Full Text»


Press Statement: Secretary Pompeo Travel to New York City

Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino (Jan. 25): "U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to New York to participate in an open meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Venezuela on Saturday, January 26. During the Security Council meeting, Secretary Pompeo will underscore the Administration’s support for the Venezuelan people. Secretary Pompeo will urge members of the Security Council and the international community to uphold international peace and security by recognizing Juan Guaido as the constitutional interim President of Venezuela, and call for support for the transitional government in their quest to restore democracy and the rule of law." Full Text»


Remarks at the Organization of American States

Secretary Pompeo (Jan. 24): "Thank you very much. The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people. We have watched Venezuelans suffer for far too long. We know what they know, that the tyranny of the now defunct Maduro regime has far too long – for far too long choked the country and its citizens. Yesterday, in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and out of respect for Venezuelan democracy, the United States proudly recognized National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela. You’ve seen the statements from President Trump and from myself. Many other countries, including a number of OAS states, have also recognized the interim president. We thank them for their support." Full Text»


Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran

Secretary Pompeo (Dec. 12): "Our goodwill gestures have been futile in correcting the Iranian regime’s reckless missile activity and its destructive behaviors. No nation can dispute that Iran is in open defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231." Full Text»


Press Availability at the United Nations

Secretary Pompeo (Dec. 12): Good afternoon, everyone. We had a productive Security Council meeting where the United States made clear that Iran’s ballistic missile activity is out of control and that they are defying the UN Security Council 2231 in numerous ways. Iran has been testing – on a testing spree and a proliferation spree and this must come to an end. We want to work with all members of the Security Council to reimpose tougher restrictions on the Iranian ballistic missiles. The restrictions that were in place under UNSCR 1929 are the place that the world needs to be today. This threat is real and upon us. We clearly see that the JCPOA didn’t succeed in stopping this malign activity. This Security Council has a responsibility to protect citizens in the Middle East, Americans traveling through the Middle East, Europeans who are now at risk from Iranian missiles, and we called upon every member of the Security Council to undertake actions that would achieve that. Full Text»


Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order

Secretary Pompeo (Dec. 4): "Our mission is to reassert our sovereignty, reform the liberal international order, and we want our friends to help us and to exert their sovereignty as well. We aspire to make the international order serve our citizens – not to control them. America intends to lead – now and always." Full Text»


Press Statement: Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban

Secretary Pompeo (Dec. 1): The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East. This test violates UN Security Council resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology . . .” Full Text»


Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Ambassador Haley (Nov. 26): “This is no way for a law-abiding, civilized nation to act. Impeding Ukraine’s lawful transit through the Kerch Strait is a violation under international law. It is an arrogant act that the international community must condemn and will never accept.” Full Text» Secretary Pompeo's Statement» More»


Press Statement: Moving Forward in Yemen

Spokesperson Nauert (Nov. 21): The United States reiterates its call for all parties to support UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths by immediately ceasing hostilities and engaging in direct talks aimed at ending the conflict. We welcome the UN Special Envoy's statement that the Houthis and the Republic of Yemen Government are committed to attending the consultations in Sweden, and we call on the parties to follow through on that commitment. All parties must not delay talks any longer, or insist on travel or transport conditions that call into question good faith intentions to look for a solution or to make necessary concessions. The time for direct talks and building mutual confidence is now. Full Text»


The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Salah Badi

Nov. 19: Today, the United States, in coordination with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, imposed financial sanctions on Libyan militia leader Salah Badi (Badi). In accordance with the UN listing, which the United States, United Kingdom, and France co-sponsored, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated Badi pursuant to Executive Order 13726. Consequently, all of Badi’s assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him. In addition, the corresponding UN sanctions require all UN Member States to impose an asset freeze and travel ban. Full Text»


Assistant Secretary Kevin E. Moley Travel to Belgium and Austria

Nov. 14: Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin E. Moley will travel to Brussels, Belgium, and Vienna, Austria from November 14 to November 20. In Brussels, Assistant Secretary Moley will participate in the Meeting of Executive Managers of International Organizations at the NATO Headquarters. In Vienna, Assistant Secretary Moley will consult with officials at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, and meet with a number of officials from the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Full Text»


Press Statement: Election of Doreen Bogdan-Martin to the ITU

Spokesperson Nauert (Nov. 2): The United States congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin for her election as Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Bureau of Telecommunication Development. We were honored to support her candidacy for this position and believe she is the right person for the job. Ms. Bogdan-Martin is the first woman to be elected for any senior leadership position at the ITU in its 153-year history. With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, including 14 years focused on the development work of the ITU, Ms. Bogdan-Martin is a strategic leader who will effectively and collaboratively advance the development efforts of the ITU. Text»


Assistant Secretary Kevin E. Moley Travel to New York and Montreal

Oct. 29: Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin E. Moley will travel to New York and Montreal from October 29 to November 1. In New York, the Assistant Secretary will hold consultations with officials at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In Montreal, the Assistant Secretary will meet with senior leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and attend a session of the ICAO Council. Full Text»


Presidential Proclamation on United Nations Day

Oct. 23: On United Nations Day, we recognize the many ways the United Nations has contributed to peace and security among nations. Since it was founded more than 70 years ago with the aim of breaking the cycle of global conflict, the United Nations has provided a forum for nations to resolve conflicts peacefully in an increasingly complex world. The United States is committed to the organization’s future and is confident that responsibility more equally shared among member states will lead to greater effectiveness and efficiency. Full Text»


Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

Ambassador Haley (Oct. 18): The sanctions the United States is leveling against Iran are broad and deep – and for good reason. Any company or individual that does business with this Iranian network is complicit in sending children to die on the battlefields of Syria and elsewhere. The United States will do all we can to reverse the flow of international funds into the coffers of the Iranian regime. Full Text»


Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation Concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ambassador Cohen (Oct. 11): "Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Zerrougui, Special Envoy Djinnit, thank you for your briefings today. We deeply appreciate your updates, especially in these final two months before elections in the DRC. Following the Security Council’s trip to Kinshasa, our focus remains on the state of elections preparations in the DRC. We were particularly glad that the Council met with the President of the Independent National Election Commission, who had not been able to join us for the August Council briefing. Mr. President, we agree with the Electoral Commission officials that another electoral delay is not acceptable and appreciate their focus on maintaining the December 23 date. The Congolese people have already waited two years to cast their votes. With that in mind, we will continue supporting MONUSCO’s efforts to establish contingency plans to distribute voting materials if the Congolese government makes a last-minute request. We would encourage MONUSCO to be transparent with the Congolese government regarding deadlines for requesting this assistance." Full Text»


Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

Ambassador Cohen (Oct. 10): "Muchas gracias, Señor Presidente. Thank you, Special Representative Arnault, for your important, detailed briefing today. We warmly welcome Foreign Minister Trujillo and our other distinguished Colombian guests. The historic peace accord that ended a half century of fighting in Colombia brings us together today. The United States welcomed the unanimous renewal of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia last month. We join the Security Council in our enthusiastic support for peace in Colombia. But the success of the peace process is, in turn, dependent upon other areas of progress. That said, we believe this is truly a time of re-birth for Colombia. President Duque said it well when he introduced himself to the General Assembly a couple weeks ago. He identified himself as a member of a new generation of Colombians committed to uniting his country around common goals. The continuing success of peace in Colombia is caught up in the achievement of these goals." Full Text»


Remarks to the Media

Date: 10/04/2018 Description: Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks to the press in the Press Briefing Room, at the Department of State, October 3, 2018. - State Dept ImageSecretary Pompeo (Oct. 3): "Now let me turn to the ICJ ruling from today. I’m announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue. In July, Iran brought a meritless case in the International Court of Justice alleging violations of the Treaty of Amity. Iran seeks to challenge the United States decision to cease participation in the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose the sanctions that were lifted as a part of that deal. Iran is attempting to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions necessary to protect our national security. And Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit." Full Text»


DipNote Blog: Outlining American Interests at the United Nations General Assembly

Date: 2018 Description: A general view of the United Nations General Assembly hall. © UN ImageSept. 21: This week marks the formal opening of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, with High-Level week beginning on September 24. The United States will be actively engaged across a wide spectrum of UNGA events and activities, and will frame that engagement around five broad policy priorities: non-proliferation; humanitarian assistance and food security; peace and security; counterterrorism; and UN reform. Full Text»