U.S. Explanation of Position on the adoption of resolution A/67/L.70 on sustainable development

Courtney Nemroff
Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
June 21, 2013


Mr. President,

The United States thanks the delegations of Norway and Kazakhstan for their balanced and stoic facilitation leading to the consensus adoption of this resolution establishing the composition of the intergovernmental committee of experts on sustainable development financing called for in outcome of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. We are pleased to be able to join consensus on this resolution. The United States strongly supports the international community’s discussion of financing for development. The Member States have identified a distinguished group of experts to participate in this process and we have every expectation that they will produce a report that effectively informs the discussion surrounding the post-2015 development agenda, including sustainable development goals, as well as the broader financing for development process.

We take the floor today to outline some concerns with the approach taken in establishing this intergovernmental committee of experts. We remain uncomfortable with the large-scale seat rotation and replacement arrangements adopted by regional groups. We see these as inconsistent with the terms set out in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. At a practical level, effectively bringing in a much larger number of participants through such arrangements would appear to defeat the purpose of selecting a defined expert body which can help direct the broader UN membership toward consensus. Member States should reconsider the wisdom of this “hybrid” intergovernmental-expert approach to working groups in the future.

Finally, we take this opportunity to reiterate our understanding that the report of the intergovernmental committee of experts shall, in addition to informing the various strands of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development follow-up and the post-2015 development agenda, be an important contribution to the General Assembly’s broader consideration of financing for development. Indeed, the committee’s work must be fully integrated into the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council’s Financing for Development process which began in Monterrey.

Thank you, Mr. President.


PRN: 2013/104