Explanation of Position given by Courtney Nemroff, Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs, on the Second Committee Resolution titled, "Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind"

Courtney Nemroff
Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 22, 2011




AS DELIVERED

In these final days before the important climate talks in Durban, the United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution “Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind.” Climate change is a global challenge that demands a global solution. It is not just about the limitation of carbon emissions, but also the pursuit of sustainable economic development with low-carbon economies.

The United States supports the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and will continue to do so through our voluntary contributions. However, we wish to reaffirm the principle that the UN regular budget should not be used to subsidize independent and self-sustaining treaty bodies and conventions such as the UNFCCC.

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PRN: 2011/266