The UN General Assembly is an opportunity for the world to come together to address the most pressing global challenges we face today.
At the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77), the United States will reinforce the President’s commitment to multilateral action by actively participating in the full spectrum of UNGA events and activities.
UNGA 77 opens on September 13, 2022, with High Level Week taking place from September 19-23 in New York. Policy Priorities The United States believes that the United Nations provides a vital platform that can help address some of the most pressing and shared challenges that affect us all, from global food security to global health crises.
We are committed to continuing to work with and through the United Nations system to find solutions to these challenges.
The United States also recognizes that, at this time of heightened geopolitical tensions, we all have a role to play in helping shape a future United Nations that can deliver on its mandate and remain a central and effective problem-solving institution.
With that in mind, the United States is focused on three key political priorities for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly: Combating Food Insecurity, Promoting Global Health and Global Health Security, and Upholding the Charter of the United Nations.
and shape the future of the United Nations.
Combating food insecurity Food security is about having enough safe and nutritious food to eat.
Food insecurity can destabilize societies, increase hunger and malnutrition, drive migration and conflict, and cause serious economic dislocation.
The number of people affected by food insecurity continues to rise, with 2022 expected to be the most food insecure year on record globally.
Higher energy costs, climate change, COVID-19 and global conflicts are fueling the food crisis.
The World Bank estimates that the Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine may push an additional 40 million people around the world into extreme poverty and food insecurity this year.
To learn more, read Putin’s War Worsen Food Insecurity, Not Sanctions.
Consistent with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, the United States is committed to working with the international community and the United Nations to address the drivers of food insecurity, including climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the armed forces.
Global health promotion and global health security The world continues to struggle to end the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other global health threats.
The United States is exercising diplomatic leadership to mobilize an international response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its secondary impacts while strengthening the global biosafety infrastructure to address both the current crisis and future health-related threats.
As we have seen, if people get sick with an infectious disease, jobs can be lost and entire communities suffer.
Advancing global health security and disease outbreak preparedness is vital not only to protect health and safety, but also to ensure economic prosperity and defend national security interests.
We are committed to strengthening global health security so the world can build back better to prevent, detect, and respond to the next outbreak of infectious disease.
Uphold the Charter of the United Nations and Shape the Future of the United Nations The United States is committed to the United Nations.
founding principles of the protection of human rights and dignity.
When the Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26, 1945, it laid the foundation for a post-World War II era dedicated to the resolution of international disputes by peaceful means.
The charter proclaimed the UN’s commitment to maintaining international peace and security and supporting human rights.
Today, the UN includes almost every country in the world, with 193 members.
We must reaffirm the centrality of the UN Charter in international affairs, as part of a broader vision for the future of the United Nations and the international system.
The Secretary-General’s “Our Common Agenda” report provides UN member states with a starting point for that discussion, which he has urged world leaders to address at the “Future Summit”.
We welcome the Secretary-General’s taking this initiative.
We look forward to consulting with other Member States, especially through traditional regional divisions, to better understand how they see the way forward and to share and seek feedback on our own ideas.
In accordance with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, we must recommit to holding Russia accountable for launching an illegal war against Ukraine and condemning its ongoing efforts to erase Ukrainian identity, including Russian leak operations and attempts to illegally annex parts of Ukrainian territory.
We must take this occasion to once again reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, protected by the United Nations Charter, as we seek to address the adverse consequences of this war and prepare the ground for an eventual diplomatic process to put an end to it.