72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly


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The 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened at the UN Headquarters in New York City on Tuesday September 12, 2017. The General Debate theme is ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’. During this session of UNGA, the United States will have numerous opportunities to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance U.S. priorities in five key areas: addressing the threat to global peace and security posed by North Korea; deescalating the conflict in Syria; broadening multilateral counterterrorism efforts to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations; taking bold steps on UN reform; and bolstering support for humanitarian assistance to ongoing emergencies, in particular for refugees and the communities that host them.

Administrator Green will meet with bilateral and multinational partners to discuss a variety of issues, including key global health initiatives such as the President's Malaria Initiative and Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the global response to famine and food insecurity, and stabilization efforts in Iraq and Syria.

Check this site for the latest information and releases surrounding U.S. participation in UNGA 72.

September 21, 2017

We remain deeply committed to combating hunger and helping the world's more vulnerable people. We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with people in their hour of need. As disaster or a crisis strikes we will continue to be there. That's why today I'm announcing that the United States is pledging an additional $575 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.

September 21, 2017

The reality, as we all know, is we will never have enough money as nations to do everything that we would like to do. That means we have to make choices and we have to prioritize. We in the U.S. government choose to prioritize to fight against malaria. Today I am pleased to announce that we will launch new President's Malaria Initiative programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Sierra Leone, and we will also expand dramatically the PMI program in Burkina Faso.

September 21, 2017

As we help our neighbors in Mexico and the Caribbean, I want to make clear that America is and will remain the world’s leading humanitarian donor.  Whether it’s responding to an earthquake, drought, or conflict, America is committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with people in their hour of need.  It is who we are as Americans. While we respond to immediate crises, America is also providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those suffering as the result of famine, food insecurity, drought, and conflict, all of which is driving the greatest movement of people since World War II.  In the face of this unprecedented need, we are continuing to show leadership.

The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative is Expanding. New countries: Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expanding existing program in Burkina Faso.
September 21, 2017

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso.

September 21, 2017

Today, the United States announced more than $575 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia.  This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to nearly $2.5 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.