Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to be able to again join consensus on this resolution on human rights and extreme poverty.
The people and government of the United States are strongly committed to combating poverty in our own country and around the world. The United States is the world’s largest provider of Official Development Assistance. Last year we contributed 8 billion US dollars in ODA alone to the least developed countries. The United States is also a leading source of development finance through foreign direct investments, trade, remittances, and private donations to developing countries. Recent estimates show that our private contributions, which are encouraged by incentives in our tax laws, now eclipse even our ODA.
These investments alone, however, are insufficient; economic growth is the only sustainable way to accelerate development and eradicate poverty. This is why on September 22, at the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, President Obama announced a new global development policy, the first ever for an Administration, which places a premium on broad-based economic growth, democratic governance, game-changing innovations, and sustainable systems for meeting basic human needs to maximize impact and ensure sustainable development outcomes. The policy provides the framework under which we hope to sustain the historic development progress we have achieved since 2000 and accelerate progress towards the achievement of the MDGs.
We join consensus on this resolution today with the express understanding that it does not imply that States must become parties to instruments to which they are not a party or implement obligations under human rights instruments to which they are not a party. By joining this resolution, we do not recognize any change in the current state of treaty or customary international law. We also understand the resolution’s reaffirmation of prior documents to apply to those who affirmed them initially. That said, we have every intention of continuing our role as a leader in the global effort to reduce and progressively eliminate extreme poverty.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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