"Mr. President, we want to acknowledge the millions of Congolese throughout the DRC who exercised their right to vote last week after two years of delay. Despite confusion, technical issues, weather, and long lines, the citizens of the DRC showed the world that they have a voice. The United States stands with the people of Congo at this historic moment and it is they who should determine their country’s future."
- Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
"Mr. President, we are concerned by the World Food Program’s reports of Houthi food aid diversion and call for a thorough investigation to identify and hold accountable those responsible for shameful theft. Interference with UN relief efforts can only prolong the misery of Yemeni citizens, and we call on all sides to ensure that food aid gets to those who need it most. We also call on all parties to honor fully the ceasefire in Hudaydah and to ensure that redeployments agreed to in Sweden proceed in due course.
“As for the American people, we have demonstrated time and again our commitment to peace in the Middle East. We will continue to offer our hand in friendship to the Palestinian people, whom we have financially supported by far more than any other country has done. The Palestinians have everything to gain by engaging in peace negotiations. But whatever it is that others decide, the world must know that America will remain steadfast in our support of Israel, its people, and its security. That is an unshakeable bond between our two peoples.
“In this season of hope, the international community doesn’t have to be satisfied with just hope for the people of Yemen. We have the ability to change their reality. Human beings created this crisis. Human beings can end it. Life and death are on the line, and we are not powerless. We call on all of our colleagues in the Security Council to take the next step. To build on what has begun. And to find the simple, political will to save lives – lives of millions – and bring about peace in Yemen.”
“I want to take a personal moment and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: is the hatred that strong? Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you’ll defend a terrorist organization, one that is directly causing harm to the Palestinian people? Isn’t it time to let that go? For true peace and security in the entire region, isn’t it time for both sides to let this go? For the sake of peace, and for the sake of this institution, I respectfully urge my colleagues to support the United States’ resolution.”
“While this Council remains focused on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, it ignores other very serious conflicts in the Middle East. One has in recent months come to the doorstep of Europe and the United States. That is the continued evidence of increased international terrorist activity by the Iranian regime. Iranian assassinations of political opponents are as old as the Islamic Republic itself. While U.S. diplomats were still being held hostage by Islamic revolutionaries in the U.S.
"To the Congolese people, as you prepare to take this momentous leap into your future, my message to you is this: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is your birthright and that of every human being. Claim it. Demand it. Seize it for yourselves and your grandchildren yet to come. Know that there are people throughout the world rooting for your success. And know that the prayers and the best wishes of the American people are with you."
-Ambassador Nikki Haley
“Support for collective action falters when its burdens fail to match its benefits. And no multilateral work – no matter how worthy its goals – can continue long term when it takes its most generous donors for granted. I know I’ve spoken some hard truths this morning. But I’ve done so out of my obligation to reflect the American people’s sincere belief in this institution’s founding purpose.