Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Israel's Membership in JUSCANZ in New York's Third Committee, February 11, 2014

Ambassador Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
New York City
February 11, 2014


Today, for the first time, Israel participated in one of the core coordinating groups focused on human rights and social policy at the United Nations.  Israel's participation in the "JUSCANZ" caucus in the United Nation's Third Committee is an important step toward securing Israel's full participation across the UN system.

The United States has long been a tireless advocate for Israel's full participation and inclusion at the UN.  Today's inclusion, coupled with our successful efforts to secure Israel's membership in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) last November in Geneva, are important steps in the right direction. Israel is now able to fully participate in the main regional and core coordinating groups in New York and Geneva where much of the behind-the-scenes work at the UN gets done.

While more work remains, the United States will combat every effort to undermine Israel's legitimacy as a full and equal member of the community of nations, including by ending the various forms of structural discrimination against Israel throughout the UN system.