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Recent Round Of Syria Talks In Geneva

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

We commend United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and his team for their efforts in the latest round of Syria talks in Geneva.

We also note the constructive participation of the Syrian opposition delegation, which stands in contrast to the obstructionism and procrastination of the Syrian regime delegation.

We support de Mistura’s call for the regime’s supporters to use their leverage to urge the regime to participate fully in tangible negotiations with the opposition in Geneva. The United States urges all parties to work seriously toward a political resolution to this conflict or face continued isolation and instability indefinitely in Syria.

All parties interested in resolving the conflict must commit to Geneva as the only venue for the Syrian political process and work to ensure all Syrian participants are ready to engage constructively and substantively on implementing UNSCR 2254 as the blueprint for a political resolution.

The Syrian people deserve an end to this conflict.

UK Welcomes UN Human Rights Council Special Session On Burma

UK reassures Bangladesh of its support on the Rohingya

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

On 5 December, Lord Ahmad attended a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The session was called by Bangladesh with support from the UK and other HRC members to address the situation in Burma and the plight of the Rohingya.

The overwhelming support of UN Member States for the Session demonstrated the importance the international community continues to place on this issue.

Speaking after his address to the Council Lord Ahmad said:

I was pleased to attend the Special Session of the HRC and to reiterate the UK’s commitment to working with international partners to resolve the desperate situation in Rakhine. Protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals belonging to minority groups in Burma, including the Rohingya, remains a key priority for my Government.

The Session, together with the overwhelming support for the OIC-led resolution in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee in New York last month –reflects growing international outrage at these despicable atrocities.

I was grateful for the opportunity, along with UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, to draw particular attention to the harrowing reports of rape and sexual abuse from refugees.

The UK will continue to extend its support to the survivors of sexual violence through the investigation and documentation of these abhorrent crimes.

The UK was pleased to vote in support of and co-sponsor the resulting resolution.

Human Rights Council Special Session On Burma

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Earlier today in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council held a special session on Burma. The United States was an early supporter of this special session and a co-sponsor of the resulting resolution on the Situation of Human Rights for Rohingya Muslims and other Minorities in Myanmar. At the special session, Ambassador Kelley Eckels Currie, the U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor reiterated Secretary Tillerson’s call for all actors to play a constructive role in resolving the human rights situation in Burma and holding perpetrators of human rights violations accountable.

The United States urges an immediate end to violence, restoration of the rule of law, countrywide access for the UN Fact-Finding Mission, immediate humanitarian and media access to affected areas, and guaranteed and verifiably safe, voluntary, and dignified return for those who want to return to their homes.

Respect for human rights of all peoples is a fundamental element of democracy and the United States stands ready to support the elected civilian government in its efforts to achieve peace, stability, and prosperity for all of Burma.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber Attends The United Nations Environmental Assembly

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, December 4–6, to represent the United States at the third meeting of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-3). The gathering will focus on ways governments, international organizations, and the private sector can work together toward reducing pollution globally. The U.S. delegation will promote U.S. leadership on pollution control and monitoring, and support private sector engagement and innovation within UNEA.

While in Nairobi, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber will engage with youth at an event that will highlight space cooperation, earth observation science, and how travels in space have improved our understanding of environmental challenges and the vulnerability of our planet.

Additionally, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber will join the Annual Network of Women Ministers breakfast to discuss the critical role of women in environmental policy decisions, and she will contribute to the UNEA-3 Leadership Dialogue on Practical Solutions for a Pollution-Free Planet.

For further information, contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov. Follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at @StateDeptOES.