Advancing U.S. Interests, Promoting Peace and Security at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly

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The flags of member nations fly outside the General Assembly building at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The flags of member nations fly outside the General Assembly building at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Advancing U.S. Interests, Promoting Peace and Security at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly

This week, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joins world leaders in New York City for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Secretary Pompeo and members of the U.S. delegation will advance American interests and promote a more peaceful and prosperous world and will focus on five top priorities throughout the week. 

First among those priorities is countering the malign influence of autocratic state actors that threaten global peace and security. Secretary Pompeo has made clear that the United States stands for individual liberty and human dignity and supports states that protect “unalienable” rights. This week, Secretary Pompeo will hold to account those regimes and governments that consistently attempt to undermine human rights, and will continue to lead global discussions highlighting the abuses of actors like North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela.

Second, the United States will urge the international community to come together to end conflicts in places like Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and to support peace agreements in places like South Sudan. The United States firmly believes that the UN must play an active role in addressing the causes and destructive impacts of conflicts.

Third, Secretary Pompeo will continue to push the United Nations to evolve. The UN must utilize its resources effectively and transparently to provide maximum benefit to member states. Meaningful and lasting reform is essential to the future of the United Nations.

Fourth, Secretary Pompeo will focus on increasing global economic growth. Economic growth is the key to a prosperous and peaceful world.

Finally, Secretary Pompeo will reinforce his call on UN member states to equitably share the burden of addressing global humanitarian needs. The United States is the largest single country donor of humanitarian assistance worldwide, but the growing number of crises are beyond the capacity of any single donor to address.

As this week unfolds, the Secretary and members of the U.S. delegation will actively lead and engage with our international partners, demonstrating that American leadership on critical foreign policy issues has never been stronger. 

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