Explanation of Vote by Courtney R. Nemroff, Counsellor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, on Agenda Item 18(a): International Trade and Development, in the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly

Courtney Nemroff, Counsellor, US Mission to the UN
New York, NY
November 18, 2010


Madame Chair, the United States is a strong advocate of the development benefits of international trade and we believe that opening markets to trade across the globe can play a key role in attaining our shared goals of reducing poverty and hunger and sharing the benefits of economic growth worldwide.

We had hoped that this year, the United Nations would send a unified, positive message from all member States to encourage an ambitious and balanced conclusion to the Doha Round of Trade negotiations. Rather than learn and build from our near success last year, however, we are disappointed that member states remain divided on fundamental issues that have blocked consensus for many years now.

The United States cannot accept this text as we do not believe it provides a constructive basis on which to build a fair and inclusive trade dialogue, and so we regrettably must call a vote and vote no.


PRN: 2010/309