Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a UN Press Briefing Previewing the United States’ Participation and Priorities for UNGA76

Today, these are the same principles with which the Biden-Harris administration has approached our commitment to multilateralism and the work of the United Nations. Next week, President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, Special Envoy Kerry, and other senior officials from the State Department will join us here in New York for the 76th UN General ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Following the Adoption of a Resolution on the Mandate Renewal of UNAMA

By extending UNAMA’s work as assigned in Resolution 2543, we are emphasizing the importance of the UN’s continued commitment to human rights, civilian and child protection, humanitarian assistance coordination, and countless other functions, which will be fundamental to the future of Afghanistan. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ryan Heath on Politico’s “Global Insider” Podcast

We’re dealing with climate. We’re dealing with the pandemic. You mentioned cyber. Cyber is a huge, huge issue for us. But there are roiling humanitarian and political crises that we’re dealing with. So Afghanistan is certainly high on our list, but Ethiopia is equally of concern to us. You see what is happening in Haiti ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Small Arms and Light Weapons

The Security Council maintains a unique set of tools to combat the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons, but sanctions and arms embargoes are only effective if they are effectively implemented. UN reporting often highlights the lax implementation or violations of UN sanctions and arms embargoes. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

The safety and wellbeing of children is also a deep concern as the conflict in Tambura could lead to an increase of gender-based violence, including sexual violence, particularly against girls. Also, forced recruitment and use of child soldiers by armed groups and the denial of humanitarian access to children in need. Read More»

U.S. Statement during UN Women Executive Board Meeting on UN Women’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan (via VTC)

The Strategic Plan is a Plan for all women and girls in all their diversity. It emphasizes women’s human rights and considers the diverse situations and concerns of women and girls worldwide. It gives attention to the most vulnerable individuals, committing to leaving no one behind. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

In addition to protecting civilians, the government must hold accountable those responsible for perpetrating human rights abuses and violations. So, the United States welcomes the government’s initiative to enhance implementation of the Juba Agreement and advance reforms that address the root causes of violence in Darfur, including the provisions on transitional justice and land reform. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Abraham Accords One-Year Anniversary Event

Peace begets peace and friendships begets relationships. And that is what we are here to commemorate and to honor today. So, thank you ambassadors. Thank you, everyone for being here today, for choosing the path toward peace. I hope that this time next year, we are celebrating even more positive steps toward a more peaceful ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announcing Nearly $64 Million in Humanitarian Assistance at a High-Level Meeting on Afghanistan

So today, I am proud to announce that the United States is providing nearly $64 million in new humanitarian assistance. This new funding will support the work of the United Nations, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and World Health Organization, as well as international NGO actors. This funding will help provide lifesaving food ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

Today we honor the nearly 3,000 people, from the United States and 90 countries across the globe, who were taken from us on September 11, 2001. Twenty years later, we remember them – those who perished in the World Trade Center, including the heroic first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice to help others, the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

It is time for this Council to live by its words. Council members must support the implementation of – and abide by – the ceasefire agreement and facilitate the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya without delay. Those who obstruct or undermine the successful completion of Libya’s political transition may be subject ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Afghanistan

If a new Afghan government upholds its commitments and obligations, brings greater stability to the country and region, demonstrates real inclusion, and protects the gains of the past two decades, we’ll work with it. But we will not do that on the basis of trust or faith alone. The Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support. ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

So, today, the members of the Security Council re-commit to the words set forth in the Charter of the United Nations to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…and for these ends to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security.” Those words are a guiding light to all nations as we engage ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Visit of the UN Security Council to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Over 90 countries, including some of us here today, lost citizens on that day. And I hope that we can use this occasion to reflect and remember and honor those victims, as well as the survivors and first responders from that day. The Council and the world should never forget the attack on the city ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield Leads UN Security Council Visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

This morning, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield led the United Nations Security Council on a visit to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The Security Council delegation laid a memorial wreath in honor of the 2,977 people from ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacekeeping and Transitions

Transitions are only successful if they are supported by committed and accountable host governments, and we appreciate the Government of Sudan’s reform efforts. But we remain very concerned about the intercommunal violence occurring in Darfur and the resulting number of people displaced from their homes. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Human Rights Council Pledging Event Hosted by Amnesty International and the ISHR

Systemic racism, regular targeting of the LGBTQIA+ community, and persistent discrimination against religious minorities, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and women and girls continues in every country around the world. Including mine. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Elders on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

The United States is committed to meeting our human rights obligations and ending discrimination in all its forms. To that end, in July, the United States announced its intent to issue a formal standing invitation to all UN experts who report and advise on thematic human rights issues. Read More»

Remarks at the 75th meeting of the General Assembly Agenda Item 131: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Implementing a Zero Tolerance Policy    

We look forward to the Secretary-General’s analysis of shortcomings and possible solutions to improve the UN system’s response, including through existing systems such as Gender Based Violence response and prevention programs, service mapping, information management, and referral pathways. Read More»

Statement during UNFPA Executive Board Meeting on UNFPA’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

The United States applauds UNFPA’s continued focus on family planning in the Strategic Plan and advocacy for its integration in universal health coverage. Leveraging the global commitment on access to contraception is an investment that better enables communities to reach critical goals around women’s education and economic empowerment and maternal and child health, and plays ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at an Event on “Ensuring Protection for Full and Equal Participation in Peacebuilding and Political Spac

And I want to end by saying that the United States stands firm in our commitment to promoting the women, peace, and security agenda and to protecting the equal rights for all people, but particularly for women and girls – both here at home, as well as abroad. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

Today, we join people around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. By creating this day, the United Nations aims to promote the contributions of the African diaspora while seeking to eliminate discrimination against people of African descent around the globe. This inaugural celebration falls mid-way through the International ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the United States stands with victims of enforced disappearances, as well as their family members and friends, who live every day with anguish and uncertainty about what has become of their loved ones. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Adoption of a Resolution on Afghanistan

Today, the Security Council took decisive action, and we must continue to do that going forward. The United States will keep pushing here at the United Nations and in other diplomatic contexts to protect the rights of the people of Afghanistan, and to do everything in our power to advance security and peace. Read More»

Remarks at the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Aug. 30 – Sept. 10, 2021, Regular Session

We collectively have a lot more work to do to increase civil society participation across the UN. The United States is committed to advancing the work of the NGO Committee and welcome measures to ensure this Committee and the United Nations are more accessible for civil society organizations. Read More»

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Following the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on Afghanistan

First, the Security Council expects the Taliban to live up to its commitment to facilitate safe passage for Afghans and foreign nationals who want to leave Afghanistan, whether it’s today, tomorrow, or after August 31. Consistent with the right to leave any country, including one’s own, everybody must be allowed to safely leave Afghanistan, for ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists on the situation in Afghanistan

We strongly condemn any targeting of journalists and the grave attacks on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including for members of the media, in Afghanistan. We particularly share our deep concern over intimidation and violence that has disproportionately targeted women journalists in Afghanistan. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ethiopia and the Situation in Tigray

This Council was very clear when we passed Resolution 2417 in 2018: the denial of humanitarian access and depriving civilians of objects indispensable to their survival is a violation of international humanitarian law and can constitute a war crime. Mr. President, Council Members: This is happening on our watch. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iraq

To this end, we applaud UNAMI’s work documenting human rights abuses and violations and laying the groundwork for proper accountability. Together, let us hold perpetrators accountable, support free and fair elections in Iraq, and prepare for the new phase of the Defeat-ISIS campaign in Iraq, led by Iraq and its people. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

After more than a decade of conflict, we need to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict and an end to this war. So, the United States remains committed to Resolution 2254. It provides the only viable path to a political solution to the Syrian conflict. We call on the Assad regime to adhere to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on ISIL/Da’esh

And as President Biden has stressed, we will hold the Taliban accountable for its commitments not to allow any terrorists to threaten the United States or its allies from Afghan soil. And as I said earlier this week, we all, we must all work together to ensure Afghanistan cannot ever, ever again be a base ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Humanitarian Day

Today, we honor the world’s humanitarian aid workers who selflessly put themselves at risk to ensure vulnerable people have the food, medicine, and supplies they need to survive. Every day, humanitarian workers head directly into the most challenging and dangerous places on earth – sites of famine, pandemic, and war – to save lives and ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil of CBS This Morning

You know, Gayle, absolutely preparations were made. We did contingency planning but none of us can appreciate what happens when the end of a civil war takes place and the victors entered the city. But we were prepared for this and we’re working around the clock to ensure that people are given support to get ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping

Technology can be used both as a tool for good or a weapon for harm. It can take lives. Or, more importantly, it can save lives. Together, let us make sure we deploy technology rightly, and justly, to protect the protectors and empower them to better serve so many of the world’s most vulnerable people. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ailsa Chang on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Well, look, there is always a window for diplomacy. That is what we do. But, I think we have to be clear that any – any future relationship with the Afghan government is going to require that government to be exclusive.* And we will be looking at what this government does, not just what it ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN

We are hearing from people in Afghanistan that they are getting threats from the Taliban. And we have expressed, in no uncertain terms, here at the United Nations through a very strongly worded press statement from the Security Council, that we expect the Taliban to respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls. ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

The United States disassociates from PP13 to the extent that the paragraph promotes technology transfer or distribution of intellectual property rights that is not both voluntary and on mutually agreed terms.  The United States firmly considers that strong protection and enforcement of intellectual property provides critical incentives needed to drive the innovation that will address the ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council called for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and the establishment, through inclusive negotiations, of a new government that is united, inclusive and representative – including with the full, equal and meaningful participation of women. They underlined that institutional continuity and adherence to Afghanistan’s international obligations, as well as ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

Finally, and critically, all Afghan nationals and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so safely. President Biden has made clear that any action that put U.S. personnel or our mission at risk will be met with a swift and strong military response. The United States promises to be generous in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

The United States remains committed to ensuring both UNSOM and AMISOM are mandated to provide tailored, appropriate support to the Somali people during this time of political transition. This is a moment of tremendous opportunity for Somalia, and we would urge the government to do its utmost to adhere to established electoral timelines, to continue ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Overcoming Challenges in Situations of Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism Operations

So, to conclude, it's imperative that the UN Security Council collaborate with Member States, humanitarian organizations, civil society, and the private sector to tailor solutions on how best to navigate requirements and risks under domestic sanctions regimes and international sanctions obligations. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and continued dialogue is essential to ensure counterterrorism measures and humanitarian operations are mutually reinforcing. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand today in Bangkok. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Prime Minister Prayut reaffirmed the enduring strength of the U.S.-Thai alliance and the importance of our longstanding partnership, which has advanced shared prosperity and security across the Indo-Pacific. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also affirmed the United States’ commitment ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Thailand’s Deputy PM and FM Don Pramudwinai and NSC Secretary-General Nattaphon Na

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met in Bangkok today with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and National Security Council Secretary-General Nattaphon Narkphanit. In both meetings, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the strength of the longstanding U.S.-Thailand alliance. The Ambassador also underscored the U.S. commitment to the Thai people as we work together to fight ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announcing $55 Million in U.S. Assistance at Med Park Hospital Vaccination Center in Bangkok

I am proud to announce the U.S. government is providing 55 million dollars in assistance, the vast majority of which is going toward humanitarian response efforts. We are also providing assistance to support the pandemic response that will help alleviate the strain on Thailand’s health systems. Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Maritime Security

Together, our nations have spent decades building this maritime order and the broader rules-based international system that it is a part of. We’ve done so out of a shared recognition that it benefits all our nations and all our people when governments accept certain constraints on their actions rather than living in a world where ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report

Climate change is a challenge the world must take on together, which is why President Biden has made it a top priority for the United States to lead the way on raising our global ambition. The international community, the private sector, and each of us individually must accelerate our efforts to protect our planet and counteract ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Uto Takashi

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and State Minister Uto reaffirmed the shared commitment of both governments to bilateral and multilateral cooperation with allies and partners to address pressing global challenges and advance a free and open Indo-Pacific, as well as to uphold and strengthen the rules-based international order. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu today in Tokyo. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato reaffirmed that the U.S.-Japan Alliance is the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato for hosting First Lady Dr. Jill ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Arrests in the Alleged Plot Targeting Burma’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kyaw

I am grateful that law enforcement moved swiftly to respond to the horrific alleged plot to seriously injure or kill my colleague and UN counterpart, Kyaw Moe Tun, Burma’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The United States stands in solidarity with Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who continues to demonstrate remarkable courage and bravery in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

As we continue with our military withdrawal from Afghanistan, we want all Afghans to know, as President Biden has stated, that we remain committed to a strong partnership with the country and its people. U.S. security assistance continues to Afghan forces, as does our development and humanitarian aid to the Afghan people. We will continue ... Read More»

Joint Statement by UN Security Council Members Following an AOB on Georgia

We remain deeply worried that in the past several years no international human rights monitoring mechanism has been granted unrestricted access to the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We therefore call for immediate unhindered access to be granted to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights and other international and regional human ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

The Security Council must call out atrocities and hold those who use chemical weapons accountable. Without accountability for the atrocities committed against the Syrian people, lasting peace in Syria will remain out of reach. It is disappointing that the use of a weapon of mass destruction by a government against its own people could possibly ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on the Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the deplorable attack against the United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan, on 30 July 2021, which resulted in the death of an Afghan security forces guard and several injured. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a Resolution Establishing the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent

First, we want to emphasize that our strong support for this resolution does not change the United States position on Durban. The creation of this forum is one step – among many – the UN System and Member States are taking to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and intolerance. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Attack on a UN Compound in Afghanistan

The United States condemns the attack on the United Nations compound in Herat by anti-government militants, which resulted in the death of a local guard defending the compound. Attacks against civilians and protected persons and objects are prohibited under international law, and the perpetrators of this deplorable action must be held accountable. The civilians who ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Burma

The United States remains committed to helping vulnerable persons from Burma seeking protection and assistance, including Rohingya, and is the leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rakhine State and Rohingya refugee crisis. But the long-term crisis in Rakhine cannot be addressed if the ongoing violence does not cease. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Arria-Formula Meeting Co-Sponsored by the United States on Preventing Terrorism and Violent Extremism

It’s important that we recognize the role that gender stereotypes play in radicalization. In June, the White House released our first National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, which highlights the threat from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism. It notes the need for specialized analysis, including on ways gender-motivated violence can have implications for domestic ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield during a Conversation with the U.S. Institute of Peace on the 70th Anniversary of the Convention on Refugees

I was at the Syria border and I saw the extraordinary work that was being done by humanitarian workers, NGOs, United Nations, as well as local organizations to support people who were in need. And I asked the question, and I’ve repeated this several times so people have heard it over and over again, but ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

The United States has zero tolerance for manifestations of anti-Semitism, racism, or other forms of hatred in UN agencies, and that includes UNRWA. This is why our framework of cooperation – the most robust to date – outlines expectations and include benchmarks to increase UNRWA’s transparency and accountability, consistent with UN principles, including neutrality. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan and South Sudan

We emphasize that the primary responsibility to protect civilians remains with the Government of Sudan. We support UNITAMS fully utilizing its mandated authority to assist Sudan in protecting civilians and building trust between Darfuris and new Joint Force. We urge the Government of Sudan to take full advantage of this assistance and actively cooperate with ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Fireside Chat with Haydé Adams for the Corporate Council on Africa’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit

We have to do everything possible to ensure that whatever experiences women have right now in Africa that we find a way to turn those around. There is a lot at risk, but it’s not just for women and girls. It’s for their entire families, because we know that when women are empowered, they empower their families, they empower their communities, they empower their countries. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during “It’s Your Turn! Africa’s Recovery Talk Series” Hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa

We have to look for opportunities to invest in the continent, and we have, through our institutions, worked to do that. So to give you another example through the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, we’ve provided roughly $541 million to health and humanitarian and economic support assistance to more than 40 ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Today’s Presidential Delegation to Haiti

Members of the Presidential Delegation to the funeral of President Moïse have arrived safely back in the United States. The people of Haiti deserve peace, security, and a better future. Now is the time for the international community to come together to support the Haitian people in a time of great suffering. Read More»

Explanation of Position on Resolution on the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS President’s Text

At the UNAIDS PCB, civil society, represented through the NGO delegation, is an invaluable voice, one that firmly—and necessarily— grounds us in the reality of the AIDS epidemic. They push each of us to do better as governments – voices who question or disagree with governments are important as they keep us accountable and shed ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield upon Arrival of the Presidential Delegation in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

Our delegation is here to bring a message to the Haitian people: You deserve democracy, stability, security, and prosperity, and we stand with you in this time of crisis. So, we come here in solidarity with the Haitian people during this difficult time. And also, it’s important that we share our condolences with First Lady ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Members of Haitian Civil Society

Ahead of the Presidential Delegation’s travel to Haiti this morning, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Representative Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, participated yesterday in a virtual dialogue with civil society representatives in Haiti hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison. The officials heard from diverse civil ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution for Bosnia and Herzegovina

The objective and critical role of the High Representative in this process is essential to ongoing efforts for peace and security and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and remains so until the conditions of the 5+2 Agenda are met. These conditions have been endorsed by the Security Council numerous times, most recently in November 2020. ... Read More»

Explanation Of Position ECOSOC Management Segment Agenda Item 17 Non-governmental organizations Georgian NGO

The United States strongly supports the participation of civil society in the work of the UN, and as a member of the NGO Committee, underscores the importance of the work of the Committee. Due to additional information that has come to light in this matter, we strongly support the proposal by Georgia for the Council ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly Annual Observance of Nelson Mandela International Day

Around the world, young people are following President Mandela’s footsteps and driving change with resilience and creativity. Young people have been at the frontline of global movements against systemic issues like racism and climate change, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are driving campaigns to ensure that the most impacted and vulnerable communities have access ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Nelson Mandela International Day

I once had the great honor and fortune of a lifetime to meet Madiba. His leadership, his courage, and his commitment to doing what was right – in the face of difficult odds and grave danger – continue to inspire me today. As the international community honors him today, let us follow in his footsteps ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today in New York with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard and discussed issues of common interest. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Foreign Secretary Ebrard for Mexico’s support in the Security Council on renewing the Bab al-Hawa humanitarian border crossing in Syria. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Libya’s Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Libyan Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba to discuss the Libyan political process, and the need to maintain forward momentum. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed concern that there is not yet a constitutional basis for timely elections, and emphasized the importance of holding elections on December 24, 2021, as outlined in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Protection of Humanitarian Space

Humanitarian workers represent the best of us and they deserve our protection. And as Mr. Mardini said, without exceptions. So today, let us recommit ourselves: to protecting them, to holding those that threaten them accountable, and to ensuring they have the space and the resources they need to serve the world. Read More»

Remarks at the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Affairs Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous suffering and loss of life; it has also caused an economic downturn that for many has had similarly grave effects through loss of livelihood. The COVID-19 pandemic also revealed strengths and vulnerabilities in our global and national food systems and exacerbated humanitarian needs globally. At the same time, sustainable ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Affairs Council (Full Statement)

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and we are committed to its implementation. We value the declaration’s reaffirmation of the crucial cross-cutting values that drive progress in the achievement of the SDGs, including transparency, good governance and the rule of law, combatting inequality, respect for human rights, inclusive economic growth, environmental protection, gender ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and we are committed to its implementation. We value the declaration’s reaffirmation of the crucial cross-cutting values that drive progress in the achievement of the SDGs, including transparency, good governance and the rule of law, combatting inequality, respect for human rights, inclusive economic growth, environmental protection, gender ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an International Visitor Leadership Program Event on Racism and Injustice

The truth is, no one country can eliminate racism and uproot white supremacy on its own. We need strong leaders like you – people positioned to push for progress, advance equity, and serve as examples in your own society. So together, let’s dismantle systemic racism, brick by brick. Let’s fight for civil rights and fundamental ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Foreign Secretary Shringla discussed enhancing multilateral cooperation between the United States and India, including at the Security Council, as the two countries deepen their strategic partnership. The Ambassador also expressed the need for continued coordination between the two countries to combat ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Full Statement)

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and we are committed to its implementation. We value the declaration’s reaffirmation of the crucial cross-cutting values that drive progress in the achievement of the SDGs, including transparency, good governance and the rule of law, combatting inequality, respect for human rights, inclusive economic growth, environmental protection, gender ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and we are committed to its implementation. We value the declaration’s reaffirmation of the crucial cross-cutting values that drive progress in the achievement of the SDGs, including transparency, good governance and the rule of law, combatting inequality, respect for human rights, inclusive economic growth, environmental protection, gender ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

The international community clearly and fully supports the Libyan people on their road to national elections. Now, we must do everything we can to help ensure potential spoilers – both internal and external – do not derail months of hard-fought progress. Mr. President, in this final stretch, it is incumbent upon all of the parties ... Read More»

Remarks by Administrator Samantha Power at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The United States does not claim to be perfect. At home we’re taking steps, with humility, to address the inequities and injustices in our own democracy. We do so openly and transparently for people around the world to see, even when it’s painful, knowing we will emerge stronger for having done so. At the same ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Session on the Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

I join my distinguished colleagues here today in expressing our shock, and sadness, and strong condemnation over the horrific assassination on July 7 of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on First Lady Martine Moïse. I only just met them in Ecuador in May. We wish the First Lady a full recovery and extend our ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

Mr. President, despite these ongoing challenges, we believe Colombia continues to be on the road toward a great success story, and a model to countries seeking a way out of entrenched conflict. The work that both the Colombian government and the Verification Mission have done over the last four years is admirable, and Colombians from ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today in New York with Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Vice President Ramírez for Colombia’s consistent engagement with the Security Council and its democratic leadership in the region. The two officials discussed the ongoing implementation of the Colombia Peace Accord and the importance of ... Read More»

Special Briefing on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Mechanism

This humanitarian agreement was possible thanks to the strong leadership of the co-penholders at the UN Security Council, Ireland and Norway, who worked tirelessly over the last year to help preserve this crossing, and thanks to all of our colleagues aligning on this issue in the Security Council. The result was a 15-0 unanimous Security ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Adoption of a Resolution on the Syria Cross-Border Mechanism

This humanitarian agreement was possible thanks to the strong leadership of the co-penholders, Ireland and Norway. It is possible thanks to all of my colleagues who were able to align on this vitally important outcome. And it was possible, above all, because the United States and Russia were able to come together, work diplomatically, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Mechanism

Thanks to this resolution, millions of Syrians can breathe a sigh of relief tonight, knowing that vital humanitarian aid will continue to flow into Idlib through the Bab al-Hawa border crossing after tomorrow. And parents can sleep tonight knowing that for the next 12 months their children will be fed. The humanitarian agreement we’ve reached here will literally ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Mr. President, the Horn of Africa is at an inflection point. Decisions in the weeks and months ahead will have significant, long-term implications for the people of the region. The United States is committed to addressing the interlinked regional crises and to supporting a prosperous and stable Horn of Africa. So, we stand ready to ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Assassination of Haitian President Moïse

This morning, I met with the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, AmbassadorAntonio Rodrigue. I expressed my condolences on the shocking assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and attack on First Lady Martine Moïse. Those responsible for this heinous act must be brought to justice. The United States echoes calls for calm, and we ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Looking ahead, we welcome joint efforts by MONUSCO and the Government of the DRC to set benchmarks to guide future transition planning and the transfer of tasks to the UN country team, and what will be eventual government ownership that will allow the peacekeeping to end. Strengthening the capacity of local authorities, supporting community-level mediation, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Side Event on Humanitarian Access in Syria

To my other colleagues from UN Member States and UN Agencies, I implore you to engage Council members, both in New York and in capitals to urge them to vote for the renewal, and to vote for the expansion. To those of you who are on the front lines of this humanitarian effort, again, I ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Stakeout Following Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

We have offered to support expanding cross-line aid, and we will continue to do so in good faith. In fact, we have put forward a serious and credible proposal to expand humanitarian assistance across Syria, – including cross-line and cross-border, including urgent COVID relief – to meet the urgent needs of the Syrian people. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ethiopia and the Situation in Tigray

The United States stands ready to assist Ethiopia in solidifying and implementing a ceasefire, providing life-saving humanitarian aid, and resolving this devastating conflict. We’re also standing ready to support the wider, necessary dialogue across Ethiopia, and toward democratic renewal, national unity, and peace. The Security Council should step up to these tasks as well. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Stakeout Prior to a Briefing on Ethiopia and the Situation in Tigray

Well, the U.S. has already acted. We called for this meeting. This – we’ve had six closed-door meetings, and the situation in Tigray has not significantly improved. And so, we think it’s time to have an open meeting and give the Security Council the opportunity to address this issue in a public way, so that ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Tour a New York City Mobile Vaccination Site

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s “America’s Back Together” tour, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will visit a mobile vaccination site at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on Friday, July 2, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The Ambassador will be joined by NYC’s Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena and NYC ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Generation Equality Forum on Gender-Based Violence

Marginalized groups are at even greater risk. Transgender women, indigenous women, and women and girls of color experience higher rates of gender-based violence. Women in humanitarian crisis areas caused by conflict and climate change face acute risks too. And women and girls with disabilities experience gender-based violence ten times more than their non-disabled counterparts. Read More»

Remarks and Explanation of Position Following on the Adoption of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

One of the United Nations’ founding purposes was the promise of collective measures to prevent and counter threats to international peace and security. For almost 20 years since the September 11 attacks, Member States and UN entities have fulfilled this purpose. The United Nations has created collective mechanisms to identify strategic counterterrorism priorities and strengthen ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the UN General Assembly Adoption of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

As the United States said in 2018, the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy review resolution should guide global efforts to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism, not be yet another vehicle to unjustly criticize Israel at the UN. The United States cannot accept the divisive reference to foreign occupation in preambular paragraph 43 of the resolution that ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

This report underscores what has been apparent for some time: Iran continues to disregard the provision of 2231 that calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology. We share the concerns stated by the E3 and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Bosnia and Herzegovina

As the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board established and many of the Council members before me have affirmed, Bosnia and Herzegovina must meet specific criteria – the 5+2 Agenda – in order to graduate from international supervision. And I note, in that regard, that Russia agreed to this Agenda in 2008. In contradiction to the 5+2 Agenda ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Renewal of the Mandate for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

In light of MINUSMA’s immense tasks, my delegation reiterates that a clear line must be maintained between counterterrorism-mandated operations and peacekeeping missions in order to protect the UN’s impartiality, its personnel, and its effectiveness. The G5 Sahel governments – not the Security Council – direct the Joint Force, which is a coalition of domestic forces ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cybersecurity

The framework UN Member States have worked so hard to develop now provide the rules of the road. We have all committed to this framework. Now, it is time to put it into practice. We have substantial work to do to ensure that all states that want to act responsibly in cyberspace have both the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Symposium Co-Hosted by the United States on DPRK Abductions

Let me start by thanking in advance the families who will share their stories with us today – the abduction of family members is heartbreaking. And let me also start by being as clear as we can be: The United States absolutely condemns the DPRK government’s involvement in international abductions and forced disappearances. Abducting citizens ... Read More»

Statement at the Second Resumed Part of the 75th UN General Assembly

Nonetheless, we are pleased to call attention to the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, recognizing that full implementation of the agenda by peacekeeping missions contributes to sustainable peace and political solutions. We are also pleased to again highlight the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System and look forward to more robust impact-based performance indicators and the resources ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Second UN Counterterrorism High-Level Conference

To that end, the United States recently joined the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online. The goal is to develop new approaches to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting the Internet while safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

Around the world, if we want to give the future a fighting chance, we need to act now. The United States is the leading donor to UNICEF. We’re a strong believer in its core mandate. And we urge others to generously contribute. Because this is not some small subset of the population. In many places, ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Draft Syria Cross-Border Resolution

Millions of Syrians are struggling, and without urgent action, millions more will be cut off from food, clean water, medicine, and COVID-19 vaccines. The situation is devastating, and will only get worse if we don’t act. The Security Council must meet the moment with the robust humanitarian access that people of the region desperately need. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria

For millions of Syrians, Bab al-Hawa is a literal lifeline. And we must reauthorize it and reinstate Bab al-Salam and al Yaroubiyah. This dire humanitarian crisis directly informs the political situation. If we cut off cross-border aid, we further destabilize the region – it will encourage more internally displaced people to flee. So, we call ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

There’s new leadership in Israel. And we congratulate the new government and hope it can make serious headways on these issues. Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of security, democracy, dignity, and prosperity. Achieving that goal is critical to ensuring peace and stability, and avoiding violence over the long-term. But in the meantime, we look ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

My message to the Council was simple: I told them that people will die if we do not renew the mandate. After 10 years of war, Syria is among the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. And COVID has only made the situation worse. Three weeks ago, on the border, I spoke to a humanitarian worker, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs Junior Ambassadors Program

We need your ideas. Your advocacy. Your fresh perspectives. We’re relying on you to be even smarter than us. Even kinder than us. Even more thoughtful than us. Because one day – hopefully – many of you will go on from being junior ambassadors to ambassadors. And maybe one of you will take my job ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

Here’s our choice: Do we ensure our humanitarian aid continues to be monitored from start to finish? Do we follow through with our commitment to end the COVID-19 pandemic? Do we help Syrians in desperate need? Without cross-border access, more Syrians will die – and we know that. Frontline UN workers know it. NGOs know ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Cuba Anti-Embargo Resolution

As with other Member States, the United States determines its conduct of economic relationships with other countries in accordance with its national interests. Sanctions are a legitimate way to achieve foreign policy, national security, and other national and international objectives, and the United States is not alone in this view or in this practice. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Central African Republic

It is essential the ongoing violence in CAR is brought to an end in a peaceful manner, with full implementation of the peace agreement and inclusive political dialogue. In that regard, let me emphasize that it is crucial to take the needs of women and girls into account. Ensuring the full, equal and meaningful participation ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Afghanistan

First, as part of our commitment to Afghanistan’s future, the United States is providing more than $266 million in new humanitarian assistance. That brings total U.S. humanitarian aid for Afghanistan to nearly $3.9 billion since 2002 – on top of the $36 billion in civilian development assistance we have also provided since that time. Eighteen ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jonathan Capehart on the Washington Post Podcast “Cape Up”

But the reality is that I have spent 35 years of my life serving the U.S. Government. It's 35 proud years. And I give speeches all the time to young people that say, "The proudest moment, for me, is seeing the American flag fly outside my window, driving up to a building and seeing that ... Read More»

Remarks by Administrator Samantha Power at the UN Behavioral Science Week

So over recent decades, extensive research has shown, for example, that human beings focus on the short-term and we often ignore the long term. Research has shown that people can be unrealistically optimistic. We exaggerate some risks and ignore others altogether, even in circumstances in which we know that making some change in our personal ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Briefing on Myanmar

As part of our strong support for the people of Myanmar, the United States continues to engage with the full range of civil society and pro-democracy groups from Myanmar that seek to restore democratic governance and protect the human rights of all the people of Myanmar – including the National Unity Government. We encourage other ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Libya

We have seen the unfortunate consequences of the continued presence of foreign fighters and mercenaries in Libya. Recent violent instability in Chad underscores the dangers foreign mercenaries pose not just to Libya but to the wider region. Preventing greater instability in the Sahel is a critical priority. All of us here today have agreed on ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Refugee Day

The United States is proud to be the largest donor of vital assistance worldwide, having provided more than $10.5 billion in humanitarian aid globally in Fiscal Year 2020, and the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to restoring America’s promise to protect the world’s most vulnerable, including refugees, stateless persons, conflict victims, and other forcibly displaced persons. ... Read More»

Remarks at the Joint Thematic Event on Least Developed Countries

The United States continues to be a leader in partnering with LDCs in a transparent and sustainable manner. We encourage others who financially support global development to do the same as they partner with LDCs. As we face the pandemic and move forward together as a global community, the United States remains committed to partnership ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Appointment of Secretary-General António Guterres

Mr. Secretary-General, you have proven yourself a capable leader in a demanding role, and we look forward to collaborating with you over these next years. You are once again being charged with the gravest of responsibilities: taking on the most important global challenges of our time. These past five years, those challenges have included a ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Reappointment of Secretary-General António Guterres

The United States recognizes the many challenges the Secretary-General will face in the coming years, and we hope that through his continued leadership, the next five years will see more peace, more security, and more prosperity than the last. To achieve these shared goals, it will require hard work, political will, and accountability from all ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Celebration of Juneteenth

President Biden and Vice President Harris have made eliminating racial discrimination and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion one of our core priorities, both at home and abroad. It is the right thing to do, and it is central to our strategy. That is true whether we are discussing how to hire and retain a more ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

The United States remains strongly committed to preventing sexual violence in conflict, holding perpetrators accountable, and supporting survivors. We are proud of our longstanding support for the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict. We must work diligently to safely identify and provide necessary services for survivors of sexual ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Haiti

Haiti faces a variety of serious and complex challenges. None of them can be fully addressed without political stability in the country. That stability can only be achieved by free and fair elections that deliver a democratic and fully representative government. The time for action by President Moïse and all key stakeholders is now. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the United States Government’s Support for Venezuelan Refugees, Migrants, and Hosting Countries

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I am proud to announce nearly $407 million in new humanitarian assistance for the response to the Venezuelan regional crisis, including inside Venezuela. This new funding will provide the Venezuelan people with a wide range of lifesaving and essential assistance, such as ... Read More»

Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces New Lifesaving Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Regional Crisis

Today U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced nearly $407 million in new humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of vulnerable Venezuelans in Venezuela, Venezuelan refugees and migrants, and their host communities across the region. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Efforts to Prevent and Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Though the pandemic may have restricted our ability to deliver some capacity building and assistance programs, we have adapted and maintained support for our partners. We must work together to continue to develop new means of delivering assistance, and look forward to opportunities to restart other programming and assistance that was put on hold due ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Working Methods of the Security Council

Nonetheless, the United States is concerned that these virtual discussions have not had the status of actual meetings of the Security Council. And because they are not actual meetings of the Security Council, the Council’s provisional rules of procedure do not apply to them. Thus, due to the objections of one Council Member as the ... Read More»

Opening Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a HFAC Hearing on Engagement with the United Nations

To adapt a phrase from President Biden, at the United Nations, we are in a battle for the soul of the world. This is why it is critical for the United States to lead. That means paying our dues in full and on time; aiding humanitarian and pandemic recovery efforts; expanding opportunities for American citizens ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Houthi intransigence is not the only impediment to lasting peace in Yemen. We call on the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council to put the interests of the Yemeni people first and resolve their differences. Time is of the essence – the people of Yemen need a unified government that can provide services and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a U.S. and UNHCR Co-Hosted Event on the Occasion of World Refugee Day

So, as we celebrate the power of inclusion and honor refugees on June 20th, let’s remember the millions of Syrians who desperately, desperately need our help. They – and millions of others around the world – are counting on us. They’re counting on us for lifesaving support, they’re counting on our common humanity to extend ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Mali

The United States is a committed partner to the G5 Sahel countries. We support the G5 Sahel Joint Force with equipment, training, and advisory support to fill critical capability gaps on a bilateral basis. In the past four years we have committed more than $580 million to provide security assistance and other countering-violent extremism support ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mike Allen of Axios on HBO 

My view is sovereignty does not come into play when you have foreign troops in your country, when your people are crossing borders into other countries, and we’re watching on national TV your people starve to death. And I’ve said and I will say here, as I’ve said in the Security Council, don’t African lives matter? Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Co-Host World Refugee Day Event with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi & Former Refugees

The United States Mission to the United Nations and the UN Refugee Agency will host a virtual event, “World Refugee Day: The Power of Inclusion,” on Tuesday, June 15, at 9:15 a.m. EDT. Representative of the United States to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi will each give ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

Today, we look to our fellow Member States to work with the United States toward ensuring all people have equal access to quality HIV services, regardless of who they are or who they love. We’ve made tremendous progress together in the 40 years since those first five cases were reported. Let’s build on our gains, ... Read More»

U.S. National Statement for UNFPA during the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

The U.S. partnership with UNFPA to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights comes at a critical juncture for the world. When we work together with the international family planning and reproductive health community, our collaboration leverages global efforts to accelerate progress towards key targets in the Sustainable Development Goals. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Cooperation between the UN and the European Union

The U.S.-EU partnership is built on a foundation of shared values. It is built on a common vision that includes a commitment to democracy and the rule of law, a respect for human rights, the promotion of economic opportunity, and the pursuit of transatlantic prosperity and security. The European Union remains an indispensable partner to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a U.S.-EU-Hosted High-Level Roundtable on the Humanitarian Emergency in Tigray

We cannot let Ethiopia starve. We have to act now. And yet, despite the best efforts of many members of the Security Council – and sadly due to the impediments placed in front of us by some Council members – the Council still has not yet held a single – a single – public meeting ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Speak at U.S.-EU High-Level Roundtable on the Humanitarian Emergency in the Tigray Region

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will give opening remarks at a virtual high-level roundtable on the humanitarian emergency in the Tigray region of Ethiopia hosted by the United States and the European Union at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10. The event will highlight the enormous humanitarian emergency unfolding in the region, which ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the ICC Prosecutor on Sudan

The United States supports the ICC’s efforts to shed light on the abuses and atrocities committed against countless Sudanese who deserve justice for these acts. Such accountability is a powerful deterrent against future abuses and makes clear to those who suffered that their pain will not be left unnoticed and unaddressed. Ending the culture of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

As President Agius and Prosecutor Brammertz note in their report, there is still much work to do to encourage the acknowledgement of historical facts and further justice at the domestic level. Serbia’s decision to grant citizenship to Mirko Vrucinic in June last year, while he faced war crimes charges in a court in Sarajevo, for ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the UN GoF for the PoJ on the Detention by the Belarusian Authorities of Journalists Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega

The co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists – Greece, France and Lithuania - and the undersigned Members of the Group of Friends strongly condemn the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus, on May 23, 2021, prompted by Belarusian authorities in order to arrest and detain ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN High-Level Side Event on Ending Inequalities for Children in the AIDS Response: Fighting Complacency and Closing the Gaps

The United States remains deeply committed to ending the HIV epidemic, including ending inequalities for children through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR. Preventing mother to child transmission, finding undiagnosed children living with HIV, and ensuring all children and adolescents living with HIV receive optimal care and treatment have been key tenants ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a High-Level Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS

Russia’s new amendments target the majority – if not all – of the most sensitive and complex issues that the global HIV response must address full on if we are to meet our 2030 goals and targets. As you rightly point out, distinguished representative of Australia, the new Russian amendments are indeed severe and would ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at UNA-USA Week of Action

As Ralph Bunche put it in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, the United Nations is “the greatest peace organization ever dedicated to the salvation of mankind’s future on earth.” But that’s only true if America is leading the way. If instead we walk away from the table, and allow others to fill the void, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of the Resolution Establishing Modalities for the UNGA High-Level Event on Combating Trafficking in Persons

We place importance on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons and look forward to the high-level meeting in November. We fully support the co-facilitators’ text presented to the General Assembly for adoption today and urge the preservation of the language in OP 9, which ensures the inclusive participation of civil ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with United Nations Population Fund Executive Director Natalia Kanem

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Natalia Kanem. This meeting marks the first high-level U.S. government engagement with UNFPA since the Obama Administration. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield highlighted the resumption of U.S. funding for UNFPA humanitarian activities, including $2.6 million for the Rohingya refugee crisis, nearly $1.5 million in Afghanistan ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Central Africa

First, the United States would like to express its gratitude to the AU Peace and Security Council for its work in Chad as the country finds a way forward following the death of President Deby. We join the African Union and our international partners in calling for a peaceful, timely, and civilian-led transition of power ... Read More»

Special Briefing with Jeffrey Prescott, Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Deputy Prescott will discuss U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s recent travel to Turkey and the recently announced more than $239 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria. After his opening remarks, he will then take questions from participating journalists. We are pleased to offer simultaneous interpretation for this briefing ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Press Briefing at the Conclusion of Travel to Turkey

I just concluded a very productive three-day visit to Turkey, including a visit to the border region of Hatay. And yesterday I announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, is providing nearly $240 million in humanitarian funding for the people of Syria and the communities that host them here ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated the value of the strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey, our NATO Ally. She discussed her trip to the Turkey-Syria border and announcement of additional U.S. financial assistance for the humanitarian response in Syria and to support Syrian refugees ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UNGASS on Challenges & Measures to Prevent & Combat Corruption & Strengthen Int’l Coop

The UNGASS against corruption is an opportunity to take stock of our progress while acknowledging the challenges still ahead. And for our part, the United States is committed to continued leadership in the global fight against corruption and turning our talk into action. That is why President Biden will be hosting the Summit for Democracy, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

As we made clear at the Council’s last meeting on this subject, no amount of disinformation – espoused by Syria and its very small number of supporters – can negate or diminish the credibility of the evidence that has been presented to us by the OPCW. The Assad regime must comply with its obligations under ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption Side Event on Defending Democracy: Combating Kleptocracy at Home and Abroad

The UN Convention against Corruption and the UNGASS political declaration underscore our shared commitment to combating corruption. We have seen the debilitating impact that corruption has on the rule of law, economic growth, and security. Kleptocracy, in particular, erodes public trust in governance and siphons away public resources; resources that should be going to improve ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security in the Sahel

To this end, the United States fully supports the launch of the Group of Friends of Women in the Sahel by Niger, the African Union, and the European Union. The United States is very proud to join this group, and looks forward to working together on efforts to empower women and women’s organizations in this ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Informal Arria-Formula Meeting on Ukraine

We call on Russia to immediately cease its aggression against Ukraine and end its occupation of Crimea and the egregious human rights abuses it inflicts on the Crimean population. We urge Russia to fulfill its Minsk commitments, including implementing an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire and withdrawing its military personnel and materiel from the territory of ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the value the United States places on its strategic partnership with Turkey, our NATO ally. She and Spokesperson Kalin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and related humanitarian and security issues throughout the region. The officials discussed the importance of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Senior USUN Officials during a Telephonic Background Briefing on Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Turkey

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Turkey June 2 to 4. We’re going to leave here shortly. She’ll have a series of meetings and engagements with senior Turkish Government officials, some UN – United Nations partners on the ground, with NGOs and humanitarian groups, and some of the millions of refugees that tragically have been displaced ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Turkey

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Turkey June 2-4 to focus on the extensive support provided by the United Nations and its partner agencies to meet the dire humanitarian needs in Syria. The Ambassador will meet with senior Turkish officials to discuss opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Turkey relationship; work with ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on South Sudan Sanctions

We urge South Sudan’s leaders to remain focused on addressing the urgent humanitarian needs of their people, respecting human rights, and ensuring accountability, including for sexual and gender-based violence. Too many people – especially women and children – continue to suffer from ongoing violence. This resolution works to safeguard their rights, as we retain the ... Read More»

Remarks to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security

We should all be proud of this report. It is a product of all of our hard work. In our final sessions, much of our energy was devoted to resolving controversial issues, and we have largely succeeded at that. But this entire document is truly remarkable. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

As President Biden has said, Palestinians and Israelis deserve equally to live safely and securely; to enjoy equal measures of freedom, opportunity, and democracy; and to be treated with dignity. So, as we work with the parties and others to address the urgent needs on the ground, let’s also start thinking through how we can ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Forced Diversion of Ryanair Flight FR4978 to Minsk

We fully condemn this as yet another blatant attempt by the Belarusian authorities to silence all opposition voices. We continue to stand firmly with the people of Belarus in their quest for a democratic future and for respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. We stand united against the growing practice of authoritarian leaders reaching ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Side Event on Improving the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Transitions

As today’s event showed, when peacekeeping missions withdraw, and when we’re considering withdrawing them, we need to prioritize the protection of civilians above all else. And that means early, close, and constant contact – as I described we did in the case of Liberia. It means taking a people-centered approach. And it means working together, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

The United States stands with the Syrian people, so we call on the Assad regime to adhere to a ceasefire, deliver on confidence-building measures, and fully engage in the political process. And we call on the Security Council to reauthorize and expand UN cross-border humanitarian assistance. The UN cross-border mechanism in Syria is one of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Young African Leaders Initiative 10th Anniversary Summit

The challenges Africa faces are great. But Africa’s promise – thanks to young people like you – is far greater. For our part, the United States is committed to doing what we can to help propel that promise forward. But you're going to be in the driver's seat. I'm going to sit in the passenger ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield congratulated President Lasso on his inauguration after a transparent, free, and fair election, and praised the Ecuadorian people for participating in the democratic process. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Lasso discussed the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Ecuadorian people and President Biden’s commitment to accelerating the equitable distribution of vaccines globally. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

UN peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools the Security Council has for protecting civilians in conflict areas. We will continue to work to ensure that the protection of civilians and the promotion of human rights lie at the core of what UN peacekeeping missions do. That means making sure these missions have the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Virtual Discussion with Atlantic Council Africa Center Director Ambassador Rama Yade on Africa

I went to Africa for the very first time when I was 26 years old, and I went to Liberia to study, and I fell in love with the continent at that point. I fell in love with Liberia, so clearly Liberia is going to be listed as the country that is my favorite country ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

Last month, the United States announced $154 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address the life-threatening challenges that result from chronic food insecurity, violence, desert locusts, and the cycles of drought and flooding. We remain committed to the Somali people, to supporting their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future, and addressing their urgent humanitarian ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rodolfo Solano

On Monday evening, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rodolfo Solano. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed appreciation for Costa Rica’s leadership on many areas of shared importance including democracy, human rights, migration, and climate change. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Foreign Minister Solano also discussed the dire impact of COVID on the region. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield & Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Commissioner Borges & Commissioner López

On Monday evening, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Venezuelan Interim Government Foreign Affairs Commissioner Julio Borges and Commissioner Leopoldo López. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored U.S. support for a negotiated outcome that leads to free and fair elections in Venezuela. They agreed on the importance of bolstering international consensus in support of ... Read More»

Remarks at the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries

The United States attaches great importance to our relationships with – and the needs of – our LDC partners and friends. As we all grapple with the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is committed to supporting our LDC partners as they confront the compounding impact of the climate crisis, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Safety and Security of Peacekeepers

The United States welcomes this opportunity to discuss this critically important issue as we look ahead to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers later this week. We are deeply grateful – and let me echo Sven here – for the military, police, and civilian personnel who have served in UN peacekeeping operations. And we honor ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Haiti President Jovenel Moïse. She conveyed deep concern regarding Haiti’s ongoing political impasse, a lack of accountability for human rights violations, and deteriorating security conditions. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield noted that to date, preparations for the constitutional referendum scheduled for June 27 have not been sufficiently transparent or inclusive, and reiterated ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Eminence Felipe Solá

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Felipe Solá. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also expressed the United States’ solidarity in the face of surging COVID cases in Argentina and emphasized President Biden’s commitments to accelerating global vaccine distribution and pandemic response. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also expressed appreciation for Argentina’s work through multilateral systems to ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader. They discussed the shared ties between the peoples of the United States and the Dominican Republic, and their partnership in support of common interests at the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the United States’ commitment to leading an international and coordinated vaccination effort to ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Chile’s Foreign Minister Andres Allamand

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Chile’s Foreign Minister Andres Allamand. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked FM Allamand for Chile’s leadership in the fight against climate change, and expressed the United States’ hope to work with Chile on renewable energy. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield conveyed the United States’ appreciation to FM Allamand for Chile’s regional leadership in promoting human ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Arrival to Ecuador

In these tough times, we also share great challenges – like the need to defeat COVID-19, recover from economic setbacks, and climate change. And we share tremendous opportunities, from economic partnerships and business development, to protecting human rights, to expanding education. This is why President Biden sent his very first Presidential Delegation here to Ecuador. ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Travels to Ecuador

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Ecuador May 23-25 to lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the inauguration of Ecuador’s President-elect Guillermo Lasso Mendoza and Vice-President-elect Alfredo Borrero Vega. In Quito, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will meet with senior Ecuadorian officials, regional heads of state, and other dignitaries attending the inauguration on May 24. The Ambassador will also ... Read More»

Readout of a Call Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Democratic Republic of the Congo President Felix Tshisekedi

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke today with Democratic Republic of the Congo President Felix Tshisekedi. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield shared concerns regarding attacks by armed groups, including ISIS-DRC, and conveyed the United States’ hope that the DRC’s efforts to address these attacks would be fully coordinated with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Security Council Briefing on Libya

The Council has an obligation to support the construction of sovereign institutions that are transparent, technocratic, and apolitical, and to punish those who engage in corruption. And as these institutions and others develop in Libya, civil society and women leaders must be included. Their inclusion will help foster peace, ensure equity, and advance accountability. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN General Assembly Stakeout Following the Announcement of a Ceasefire

As President Biden said tonight, we will be working with the UN and UN bodies to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of the region, and we will be asking for other nations to step up their contributions, as well. And as we have repeatedly said, Israelis and Palestinians deserve safety and security, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Situation in the Middle East

The United States has had more than 60 diplomatic meetings at the highest levels, including at least five by President Biden. In his most recent call with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday, President Biden communicated that we continue to stand by Israel’s right to defend itself, that we believe Israel is now in a position to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

Finally, Mr. President, commitment to the well-being of the Sudanese people, we believe, extends to the turnover of team sites from UN hands to government hands. These spaces were for years investments by the UN, investments in the Sudanese people, aimed at protecting Sudanese and giving them a sense of stability. The failed turnover of ... Read More»

Remarks at the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment Dialogue with Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed

The United States is encouraged to see that the new RC system withstood what your report referred to as the “COVID-19 stress test” and received higher marks from program countries in 2020 than in previous years. We particularly appreciate UN country team agencies’ efforts to assist the international community in responding to the pandemic and ... Read More»

Remarks at the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment Dialogue with Secretary-General Guterres

The United States continues to be a strong supporter of UNDS reform to make it fit for purpose to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I am pleased to announce that the United States has pledged a contribution of $23 million to the RC system for 2021, matching our annual contributions since 2019. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Addressing Root Causes of Conflict While Promoting Post-Pandemic Recovery in Africa

In response to this current pandemic, the United States has delivered over $570 million in economic support, humanitarian, and health assistance. And on Monday, President Biden announced that we will be donating 80 million COVID-19 vaccines by the end of June. We will work with COVAX and other partners to ensure their delivery and distribution ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Virtual Briefing Hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub

I’m here because there are several global crises, like COVID-19 and climate change, which have demonstrated at once how interconnected we are and how important our partnerships are. As the entire world works to chart a path forward from this past year, the Security Council will be discussing the unique challenges facing countries across the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

The ICC’s work in Libya is a critical element of our international commitment to accountability, peace, and security. To achieve these goals in Libya, the appropriate mechanisms – including international, hybrid, and domestic courts – need to deliver for victims of atrocities. We will continue to support the ICC’s investigations and contributions, which we hope ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Emerging Technology

Our digital era could hardly have been imagined when the UN was founded 75 years ago. Yet – as we adapt to the benefits and challenges of these emerging technologies – the rules, norms, and principles to which our governments committed must still apply today. The United States will continue to lead and partner with ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights begins with the word “universal” for a reason. The foundational unit of the United Nations – from the first sentence of the Charter – is not just the nation state. It is also the human being. Along with our fellow members of the UN LGBTI Core Group in New ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

So, it’s time to end the cycle of violence. The United States calls on Hamas and other Palestinian groups in Gaza to immediately halt rocket attacks and other provocations. We also are deeply concerned about the ongoing intercommunal violence within mixed communities in Israel. We urge all parties to avoid actions that undermine a peaceful ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting Co-Sponsored by the United States on UNITAD

What we’ve discussed today is not only an effort to punish those who are responsible, and vindicate the rights of victims. It’s also a commitment to an inclusive, peaceful, and democratic Iraq. So, thank you to everyone for working to hold ISIS accountable for its atrocities, and for your commitment to building a better future ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

There is only one way to permanently address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen: a lasting ceasefire and an inclusive political solution. But until that happens, the international community must step up to fund the humanitarian response without delay. And all parties must permit the free flow of both commercial and humanitarian commodities such as fuel, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a High-Level Virtual Event Co-Hosted by the United States on the Situation in Xinjiang

We will keep standing up and speaking out until China’s government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. And we will keep working in concert with our allies and our partners until China’s government respects the universal human rights of all its people. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

The people of Abyei deserve to live in peace without fear of violence. This resolution to renew UNISFA’s mandate recognizes that the people of Abyei also deserve a functioning security and administrative arrangement that can offer rule of law and stability. The United States welcomes continued cooperation between Sudan and South Sudan to manage bilateral ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Participation in a UN Side Event on the Situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim Minorities in Xinjiang

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks at a high-level virtual event on the situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12. This event, co-sponsored by the United States, brings together UN officials, civil society representatives, academics, journalists, and representatives of affected communities in order to exchange ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iraq

Ultimately, real economic recovery – like real elections – is about trust. The corruption endemic to so much of Iraq undermines economic progress at every turn. Robust reforms to end corruption are the key to restoring trust in Iraq’s political bodies. So, we commend the government for its efforts to build a foundation of trust ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Lewis & Clark College Commencement

To President Wiewel; Dean Suttmeier, distinguished alumni, faculty, and staff; and most importantly to the Lewis & Clark College Class of 2021: Congratulations! You did it! And you have so much to be proud of. You worked hard. Maybe you spent late nights at Watzek – or perhaps early mornings at the Co-Op. However, you ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Violations against Children in Situations of Armed Conflict

While we’ve all been impacted by this pandemic, the work of the Country Task Forces on Monitoring and Reporting has faced particular challenges. Their work tracking human rights violations and abuses against children has always been difficult, sensitive work. As we heard from the briefers, health precautions, teleworking, and changing dynamics on the ground have ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony Blinken at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

When countries came together after World War II to form the United Nations, virtually all of human history up till then indicated that might made right. Competition inevitably led to collision. The rise of a nation or group of nations necessitated the fall of others. Then our nations united in choosing a different path. We ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on Strengthening Health Systems during ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum

USAID’s ten-year Vision for Health System Strengthening 2030 underscores the importance of integrated approaches - leveraging the strengths of the private sector, public health and NGOs. It highlights the inclusion of all stakeholders such as communities; and it emphasizes the need for locally driven solutions and social and behavioral change. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

The United States assesses that the regime’s innumerable atrocities – some of which rise to the level of war crimes, crimes against humanity – include at least 50 chemical weapons attacks since the conflict began. The OPCW and the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism – together with this latest report – have now attributed eight chemical ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting on Odessa Events

Russia held an informal Arria-formula meeting at the UN today to again promote a false narrative about Ukraine. We regret this deliberate attempt to divert the attention of the international community from Russia’s ongoing destabilizing activities against Ukraine over the last seven years. We remain saddened by the tragic loss of lives in Odessa on ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Neo-Nazism and Violent Nationalism as Drivers of Conflict in Ukraine

Let us all be clear about why we are here today. Russia continues to misuse its Security Council seat by convening events on Ukraine as part of Russia’s broader disinformation campaign. Russia aims to weaponize history, distorting and obfuscating Russia’s role in both the origin and continuation of the failed so-called “Russian spring” of 2014, ... Read More»

Remarks at the 6th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

The U.S. will stand with our allies, work with like-minded partners, and work together with all relevant stakeholders to pool our collective strengths to advance shared interests and deter common threats. We renew our commitment to global development and international cooperation and will address the crises of today while promoting resilience and truly shared prosperity ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

The U.S. position on the Dayton Peace Accords, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s future as a single state destined for the Euro-Atlantic community, remains unchanged. We are committed to the principles of Dayton – that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a democratic, multi-ethnic, sovereign, and independent state with unquestioned territorial integrity. There is no future for either ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Tribute to Late Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno

Today, we remember a leader and a partner who dedicated his life to the fight against violent extremism. His passing is a seismic development for Chad and the entire region. Most Chadians have never experienced another person in the presidency. President Déby’s death is a reminder to us all that the dangers faced by the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield in a Video Statement to the People of Burma for Amnesty International’s #MyanmarNeverSilenced Campaign

To the people of Burma, and especially the journalists in Burma: The United States stands with you. We commend the brave journalists who are circumventing the military’s media ban, documenting the horrors committed by the junta, and sharing them with the world. And we condemn the arbitrary arrests and violence against journalists. Journalists must be ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Press Freedom Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees journalists, and all people, a right to the freedom of expression. This is a foundational value of the UN system. The United States and our partners at the United Nations, including the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, will continue to condemn and call out governments ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit

You may have heard President Biden say that “we’re in a battle for the soul of our nation.” As leading trackers of hate, extremism, and antisemitism, you know that better than anyone. Right now, as you’ve recently reported, our country is experiencing an alarming increase in white supremacist propaganda. We’re also experiencing more bullying and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UNESCO and Herbie Hancock Institute’s International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration

Jazz has a long history of cultural diplomacy. That’s just one reason we were so proud to partner with UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute to launch International Jazz Day. And today, I’m thrilled to be celebrating the 10th International Jazz Day with all of you. Read More»

Remarks at a UN High-Level Dialogue on Antimicrobial Resistance

The progress of our modern medical approach to infections is being increasingly threatened by the escalation of antimicrobial resistance. In the United States, we have more than 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections every year and tragically 35,000 people die, as a result, every 15 minutes, someone dies in the United States with an infection for ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Commencement

The “public” in public health has to mean everyone. Especially those who aren’t in the room to represent themselves. Because time and time again, I’ve seen how the most vulnerable are the least likely to be heard. My father never learned to read. My mother raised me with only a middle school education. Their perspectives ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

The United States stands with these people, and all of the people of Syria. So, we demand the Assad regime adhere to a nationwide ceasefire. We call for a political resolution to the Syrian conflict. And in the meantime, we beseech this Council to support the Syrian people and give them access to the humanitarian ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of an UNGA Resolution Supporting SVG and Countries Affected by the La Soufrière Volcano

When we work together – when we take a multi-stakeholder, multi-hazard approach to disaster response – we can save lives. We can save entire communities. That is what we are here to do for our friends in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and our hearts go out to the people. We are proud to be ... Read More»

Remarks at the High-Level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity

I believe this is the cruelest part of the digital divide. And in the United States we are making it a priority to fix it. We are launching a program that will provide every school library with Wi-Fi hotspots and other connectivity devices to loan out to students who lack reliable internet access at home. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of Civilians

Our charge – to advance peace and security – has to put people first. Their lives, their dignity, their wellbeing – that is what we are here to protect. And although we have not spoken at such length to the specific issue of civilian infrastructure before, I’m glad we are now. Because it is not ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Special Commemorative Meeting in Observance of the 35th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear accident, a tragedy that demonstrated the Soviet Union’s disregard for nuclear safety and the safety of its own citizens. I wish to recognize, in particular, the representatives of Ukraine and Belarus, whose people were most seriously affected by the disaster. Read More»

Readout of a Closed Virtual Dialogue Hosted by the United States, Argentina, Japan, Norway, and South Africa on Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Today, Vice President Kamala Harris and United States Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield each addressed UN representatives and stakeholders urging bold actions needed to prevent, detect, and respond to the threat of future infectious disease outbreaks and ensure resilient health systems. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield opened today’s event by highlighting the heartbreaking spike in COVID ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan and South Sudan

The United States wants to reiterate its commitment to support stability in Abyei, along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, and in the broader region. The overall recent deterioration of the security situation within and between countries in the region is of deep concern to the United States. Several overlapping crises could further endanger ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Closed Virtual Dialogue Co-Hosted by the United States on Pandemic Preparedness and Response

I want to take a moment to talk about the heartbreaking situation in India. The most recent spike of COVID-19 cases there has been devastating. The United States stands in solidarity with the people of India. We are doing everything we can to help, including deploying raw materials for vaccines, as well as therapeutics, rapid ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day 2021, the United States joins the global community in celebrating continued progress in the fight against malaria. Over the past two decades, the United States has provided more than $140 billion in global health assistance and is the world’s leading donor to programs that work to eradicate malaria, including through the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a CPD54 Resolution on Population, Food Security, Nutrition, and Sustainable Development

We must remain focused on the Commission’s duty to review the implementation of the 1994 ICPD Program of Action. The United States will continue to celebrate that Cairo was historic for the consensus achieved on so many intersections between population issues and human dignity, rights and development, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on Ethiopia

The members of the Security Council acknowledged the efforts by the Government of Ethiopia to provide humanitarian assistance and to provide increased humanitarian access. The members of the Security Council recognized, nevertheless, that, humanitarian challenges remain. They called for a scaled up humanitarian response and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need, including in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Panel Discussion on Climate Security during the White House Leaders Summit on Climate

Here in America, this past year, we experienced extreme wildfires in California, unprecedented storms and blackouts in Texas, and devastating hurricanes in my own home state of Louisiana. And of course, we were far from alone. The world saw monsoons, and droughts, and rising sea levels, toxic air pollution. My point is, it doesn’t matter ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East

This Administration has been very clear about the United States’ commitment to advancing a negotiated two-state solution in which Israel lives in peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state. We’ve also been clear about our desire to reengage with the Palestinians, and to restore U.S. assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

The United States again reiterates its appreciation for the Government of Colombia’s attention to these issues and to our shared objectives. The progress we have seen to date on this wide-ranging accord reflects the commitment and the will of the Colombian people to put more than half a century of conflict behind them. The United ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN General Assembly Debate on the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism for Syria

For over a decade now, the Syrian people have endured the unimaginable: from torture, to attacks on hospitals and healthcare, to cutting off humanitarian aid. That inability to even imagine what that must be like is exactly why we need the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism. Their work builds on the work of the United ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Lead a Discussion on Climate Security at Leaders Summit on Climate

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks and moderate a panel discussion on climate security at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, as part of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate. The session will highlight the global security challenges posed by climate change and discuss what international partners are doing to address them. Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met virtually yesterday with the Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini. The two discussed U.S. re-engagement with UNRWA, including the recent announcement of the resumption of U.S. assistance to the agency. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored the critical role that UNRWA plays in providing vital services to a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an OCHA Briefing Co-Hosted by the U.S. on El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

As Vice President Harris has pointed out, the people in this region are so often driven by hope. Hope that change is possible. That life can be better. That humanity will win out over cruelty and suffering. Today, we are calling for solidarity. We’re calling for support to bring hope and help to vulnerable people ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Our renewed commitments to indigenous people extend beyond our borders. The United States will continue to actively engage in UN bodies which consider the many issues directly affecting indigenous people. We will proactively reach out to institutions representing indigenous people, seek their input, and advocate for them throughout the UN system. And that’s what it ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the J Street National Conference

The U.S. position on the JCPOA is clear: we are ready to return to the agreement if Iran returns to full compliance with its nuclear commitments. And, as demonstrated by our participation in ongoing talks in Vienna, we are working with international partners to determine whether that is possible. At the same time, we will ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

With Indigenous knowledge, our world can usher in a new era of peace, justice, and strong institutions to meet this moment and move our planet toward a more sustainable future. Our ancestors lived sustainably and survived famine and drought with the understanding that future generations would rely on their hard work and sacrifice in moments ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on UN Cooperation with Regional Organizations

Regional organizations are essential partners in working toward peace and security. They are engines of diplomacy. We at the United Nations have to be in close contact with them to secure our success. So, we look forward to continuing to coordinate and collaborate with all of these organizations, as well as others, in the days, ... Read More»

Remarks at an ECOSOC Special Ministerial Meeting on “A Vaccine for All”

President Biden has prioritized Global Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness as crucial to national and economic security. Our current focus on global health presents an opportunity to repair the architecture for improving pandemic preparedness and response, including to increase independent oversight and accountability. Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following Adoption of the Resolution in Support of UN-Facilitated Political Process in Libya & Panel of Experts Mandate Renewa

The United States commends the UK delegation as penholder on the two resolutions adopted today, particularly for the cooperative spirit in which they led the process. We also welcome the genuine commitment of members of this Council to crafting a strong resolution in support of the UN-facilitated political process in Libya and the extension of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Chemical Weapons in Syria

I should start by stating the obvious: the use of chemical weapons constitutes a threat to peace and security for all states. The United States remains firmly committed to upholding the integrity of international non-proliferation regimes, which is the stated topic of today’s meeting. We certainly share this goal, and we certainly call on all members of this Council to uphold what ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of the UN Financing for Development Ministerial Declaration

The United States recognizes the Governments of Netherlands and Fiji, as co-facilitators, whose leadership, diligence, and creativity resulted in this year’s substantive Financing for Development Forum ministerial declaration. We would also like to thank all of our colleagues for their efforts in achieving a consensus-based declaration, a key document that demonstrates the world’s commitment to ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Today the United States raised again in the Security Council its grave concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and credible reports that Eritrean forces are re-uniforming as Ethiopian military in order to remain in Tigray indefinitely. The Eritrean government must withdraw its forces from Ethiopia immediately. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

First: diplomacy can, should, and must end the war in Yemen. And we heard that from Martin. U.S. Special Envoy Timothy Lenderking is leading our diplomatic efforts, working closely with the UN to bring the parties together and conclude this conflict. The goals are clear: achieve a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire, re-open Sana’a’s international airport, implement ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Financing for Development Forum Panel on Private Sector Debt

The United States believes the Debt Service Suspension Initiative has and continues to provide emergency liquidity relief, but a more structural and tailored approach will be necessary for countries that need additional assistance, including possible debt reduction. This includes working closely with the private sector to address debt sustainability. Read More»

Remarks at the Launch of the Final Report by the Task Force on U.S. Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

We acknowledge – as always – that our nation is imperfect. But every day we strive to make it more perfect. It’s that striving that sets us apart. And today represents a remarkable step forward in that effort. Because you can’t aim for that more perfect union without a plan. You can’t strive without a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 30th Annual Summit of the National Action Network

Like in Burma, where Rohingya and others have been oppressed, abused, and killed in staggering numbers. Or in China, where the government has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups. The prevalence – and pervasiveness – of racism and racial inequality might make the situation ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Speaking more broadly on gender-based violence, the United Nations has called the increased rate of violence over the last year “the shadow pandemic.” Well, I’d say it’s time to bring gender-based violence out of the shadows. Together, we have to work to shine a light on it. And let’s treat this like an emergency, with ... Read More»

Interior Secretary Haaland & Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Lead Historic U.S. Delegation to 20th Session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Iss

The United States Mission to the United Nations today announced the U.S. delegation to the 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to be held April 19-30 in a hybrid format at United Nations Headquarters in New York and virtually. The theme of this year’s session is “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Financing for Development Forum Panel on Infrastructure

It is clear the resulting pandemic-related economic downturn has affected every aspect of our lives. This is even more acute in low- and middle-income countries where many face heightened debt sustainability risks and liquidity shortfalls. According to World Bank data collected for 2020, private sector investment in infrastructure investments plummeted by 56 percent. Read More»

U.S. National Statement at the ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum on Financing the Recovery from COVID-19

We are facing a global health crisis of unprecedented proportions. While the prospect of a fully vaccinated world offers a glimpse of life beyond COVID-19, we must remember that we are not safe until we are all safe. That is why the United States is proud to be the world’s largest donor to COVAX, with ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Great Lakes

We know from last week’s briefings that the consequences of inaction are dire. We are particularly troubled by protests in North Kivu last week that turned violent, and highlighting civilian anger about unceasing armed group attacks. The Congolese people, our colleagues in MONUSCO, and the tens of millions of people in the region need us ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a U.S. Co-Hosted UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Burma

So, to the people of Burma, if you can see this or hear this – and certainly our briefers can – I want you to know that the United States stands with you. And we will do everything in our power, in coordination with our allies and our partners, here in the Security Council and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Joint UN Security Council Stakeout with Germany and Nauru on the United States Joining the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security

The good news is, we can build resilience, we can stave off security threats, and we can even generate economic opportunity, if we work together. And that’s why we were proud to rejoin the Paris Agreement hours after President Biden was sworn into office. It’s why we are encouraging everyone to join us in raising ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Ministerial Open Debate on Mine Action

President Biden believes we need to curtail the use of landmines. Now, there has been some discussion of the previous administration’s landmine policy this week, so let me speak plainly: President Biden has been clear that he intends to roll back this policy, and our administration has begun a policy review to do just that. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust

As we commemorate Yom HaShoah, we honor the lives of six million Jewish men, women, and children who were systematically murdered in the Holocaust, and also remember the many others – including Roma, Slavs, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ persons – who were victims of Nazi persecution. We also pay tribute to those who survived ... Read More»

Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met virtually this morning with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield raised the United States’ deep concern over the human rights situations in Burma, China, Ethiopia, Venezuela, and Yemen, and the importance of holding accountable those who commit human rights violations and abuses. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated U.S. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Kwibuka 27

On this somber anniversary, we reflect on the more than 800,000 people murdered during 100 days of terror in Rwanda in 1994. Today we grieve for the innocent lives lost and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the families who will forever cherish them and the survivors who suffer as both victims and witnesses to one of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Let me say again that the United States firmly supports the impartial and independent work of the OPCW and its investigative bodies. That includes the Investigation and Identification Team, the Fact-Finding Mission, and the Declaration Assessment Team. We applaud the OPCW’s leadership and the Technical Secretariat for the professional manner in which it carries out ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Mali

As the largest humanitarian donor to the Sahel region, the United States remains a steadfast partner to the Malian people. We recently announced more than $80 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. This aid will provide shelter, clean drinking water, emergency food assistance, and hygiene services for refugees, internally displaced, and vulnerable host communities. Read More»

Joint Statement on Behalf of the Co-Chairs of the UN Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists on the Situation in Myanmar

The co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists – Lithuania, France and Greece – and the undersigned Members of the Group of Friends and the UN Member States, express their deep concern over the attacks on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the situation of journalists ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on the Conclusion of the U.S. Presidency of the Security Council

I mentioned to you when I spoke to you a month ago that I was hitting the ground sprinting. Today I can take a little bit, just a tiny bit of a breather. At the beginning of this month, I said America was back at the table. I declared we would re-engage with the world, ... Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The members of the Security Council met on 30 March 2021 to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and activities of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). They were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bintou Keita. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Transgender Day of Visibility

As we mark International Transgender Day of Visibility, the United States celebrates the contributions, progress, and empowerment of transgender and gender non-binary people. Today, we also acknowledge and reflect upon the continued struggle faced by transgender and non-binary people to be safe, equal, and free in every part of our globe. Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Makassar, Indonesia

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place at Makassar Church in Makassar, Indonesia, on 28 March 2021. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of Indonesia and they wished ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Visit Press Stakeout upon Conclusion of the U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will deliver brief remarks and take questions from members of the media Wednesday, March 31, at approximately 1:00 p.m. EDT at the UN Security Council stakeout to mark the conclusion of the U.S. presidency of the Security Council. The press briefing will be livestreamed on UN ... Read More»

Remarks at a High-Level Panel on COVID-19 and Older Persons at the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing

The pandemic has highlighted barriers around technology-enabled solutions such equitable access for individuals across the socioeconomic spectrum, exacerbated by differences in digital infrastructure; lack of person-centered design considering older persons’ needs; affordability; and the need for scalable solutions validated by robust evaluation. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Confronting the challenges in the eastern DRC also requires the full implementation of commitments under the 2013 Peace, Security, and Cooperation framework. That means enhancing security, ending impunity for human rights abuses, and supporting stabilization efforts. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly High-Level Informal Meeting on the Situation in Syria

Just yesterday, Secretary of State Blinken and I participated in a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria. We heard from UN officials and from Dr. Amani Ballour about the dire need for humanitarian aid and the necessity of the UN’s cross-border mechanisms. Read More»

Remarks during consideration of NGO participants at the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing

Today’s example is another misuse of the “no objection” basis by some member states to thwart civil society participation in the UN. The international community should not accept these clearly politically-motivated attempts to block credible NGOs working on important issues on the ground. Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Lead Virtual U.S. Delegation to the Fifth Brussels Conference on Syria

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead the virtual United States delegation to the fifth Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" March 29-30, co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks on March 30th on behalf of the U.S. delegation, underscoring the United States' commitment to ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of the CSW 2021 Agreed Conclusions (Long-Form)

United States Mission to the United Nations March 26, 2021 AS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD The United States thanks the CSW Chair, our facilitator, and our colleagues for their efforts on arriving at consensus on these Agreed Conclusions. The document contains important observations and recommendations on the themes of women’s participation and decision-making. If implemented, ... Read More»

Remarks at the Closing of the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Women and girls around the world are facing dire, compounding threats – especially with the collateral hazards of COVID-19. These fears aren’t abstract. They’re playing out right now, as we speak. In Tigray, women are being attacked, raped, and subjected to violence. In Myanmar, women are protesting and demanding democracy. And in my own country ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Occasion of the Seventh Anniversary of the Adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”

Yet again, we urge the Russian Federation to immediately end its occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and fully implement the relevant UN General Assembly resolutions on the situation in Crimea. We welcome in principle Ukraine’s initiative to establish an International Crimean Platform to consolidate the international community’s efforts ... Read More»

Statement at a UN General Assembly Informal Meeting on the Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States welcomes the spirit of the political declaration circulated today, and thanks Lebanon and others for their leadership in its development. We signed the declaration in solidarity, recognizing that COVID-19 is a global challenge that requires a global response, and we will post a few clarifying points on our mission website. Read More»

Joint Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

We, representatives of the Peoples of the United Nations and its Member States, are determined in the face of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating and multifaceted effects it has on humanity, to work together as one to defeat the pandemic and help people and the planet to recover better. Read More»

Remarks at the Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting for GA Revitalization

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten so many of our countries, endanger the health of our citizens, and disrupt our daily routines. It has also significantly changed the way we do business here in New York. In the face of such an overwhelming global crisis, though, we have also seen examples of innovation and creativity ... Read More»

Remarks at the Adoption of a General Assembly Resolution on Global Media and Information Literacy Week

We take a holistic approach to countering disinformation by promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration to raise awareness among vulnerable audiences and bolster societal resilience. This includes promoting a free and transparent news media environment and independent journalism – including by supporting investigative journalism and local news media. This also includes promoting media literacy and fact-checking as key ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

For our part, President Biden is restoring U.S. assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people. Specifically, the United States is pleased to announce today $15 million in humanitarian assistance to support the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza. Read More»

Remarks at an OCHA Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia

Humanitarian organizations continue to face challenges in both identifying and accessing beneficiaries, especially those in rural areas, and humanitarian workers continue to face threats to their own safety and ability to operate.  Fighting continues in some areas of Tigray making access difficult and posing a continuing threat to civilians.   Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for the Intl Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

On this day of solemn remembrance, as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remind ourselves that we are still working to disentangle ourselves from slavery’s wicked web. Too often, Black Americans are funneled into overcrowded schools, receive poorer treatment in hospitals, or are unfairly denied jobs, housing, and access to capital. And ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Closing Plenary of the InterAction Forum

The lessons you take from this forum will save lives. After all, you are literally on the front lines. Your teams take enormous risks each and every day to serve the world’s most vulnerable. I’ve seen your work up close. I spent over half of my 35-year career working on humanitarian and refugee issues in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

The vote of confidence by the House of Representatives and swearing-in of the cabinet of a new, unified, interim Libyan government, which has been charged with leading the country up to the elections, could mark a turning point for Libya. We commend all Libyan actors for constructively participating in this process, as well as the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Afghanistan

As Secretary Blinken told our Congress recently, the United States is enlisting the help of international partners, including the UN, in support of Afghanistan’s peace. Afghanistan’s neighbors and other supporters, including the members of this Council, have a critical role to play in securing the region and ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Last week’s ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Opening of UNICEF USA’s Advocacy Week

I spent over half my 35-year career working on humanitarian and refugee issues in the Foreign Service. Each and every day, I saw the vital importance of the partnership between the United States government and UNICEF. Whenever I traveled, whatever country I lived in, there was UNICEF, on the ground, working with urgency to help ... Read More»

Joint Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

A group of 35 of the cross-regional Members of the Group of Friends of Afghanistan and/or the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan as listed below, condemn in the strongest possible terms the continued violence and targeted killings in Afghanistan including those committed by the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, as well as other ... Read More»

Remarks at a Side Event with UN Member States and Civil Society on the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

Let me reiterate the United States' position remains unchanged: the only way to end the conflict is a political solution in accordance's with Security Council Resolution 2254. And we have continuously called on the regime – and, most importantly, it's enabler in the Council – to stop obstructing the UN’s efforts to advance the peace ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In the first 60 days, the President has made this a priority: from redressing racial discrimination in housing, to ending private prisons that warehouse young black and brown men, to respecting the sovereignty of Native American tribes, to combatting xenophobia and discrimination against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Interactive Dialogue on Building Alliances for Women’s Full and Effective Participation in Public Life

Women peacebuilders contribute to preventing and ending conflict, countering terrorism and violent extremism, and rebuilding societies. But to everyone’s detriment, women are excluded from conflict and reconstruction processes. To help correct this, in 2017 the United States adopted a comprehensive law on women, peace, and security to guide our global efforts to prevent, mitigate, and ... Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

The Members of the Security Council condemned the escalation in Marib, which places one million internally-displaced persons at grave risk and threatens efforts to secure a political settlement when the international community is increasingly united to end the conflict. They condemned the cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia, and expressed concern about military developments elsewhere in ... Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Interactive Dialogue on Building Back Better: Women’s Participation and Leadership in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

We have all been in the fight of our lives combating the pandemic, and women have been on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 since the outbreak. I know that we would not be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel without the strong leadership of women in a variety of fields ... Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Side Event Co-Hosted by the United States, Chile, and Germany on Marginalized Women in Fragile and Conflict Settings

We strongly support the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. But despite its unanimous adoption 20 years ago, we still see that agenda challenged, including in the ongoing CSW discussions. We all need to do more to protect women, including women human rights defenders, women leaders, from violence and being silenced. Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Side Event on Barriers to Participation of Women and Girls with Disabilities Co-Sponsored by the United States, Finland, and Poland

The United States cares deeply about gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls around the world, including those with disabilities. Women with disabilities around the globe are notably absent from leadership positions, including in key decision-making roles in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Read More»

Remarks at a CSW Interactive Dialogue on Eliminating Violence against Women in Public Life

The United States recognizes that efforts to advance gender equality and prevent and respond to gender-based violence are a critical foundation for women’s meaningful participation in decision-making processes and public life. As Vice President Harris stated in the U.S. national statement, “the status of women is the status of democracy.” Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting on the Situation in Crimea

Russia held an informal meeting at the UN today to promote a false narrative about its occupation of Crimea, which it seized in violation of international law in 2014. We condemn Russia’s human rights abuses and military build-up on the peninsula. We strongly reject Russia’s attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris to the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

At its best, democracy protects human rights, promotes human dignity, and upholds the rule of law. It is a means to establish peace and shared prosperity. It should ensure every citizen – regardless of gender – has an equal voice. And free and fair elections that will respect the will of the people. At the ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation to the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

In keeping with the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to gender equality, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the United States is sending an historically diverse delegation. This is the first time the United States will be represented at the White House level at the Commission on the Status of Women and the first time two women of color ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

Today, exactly 10 years ago, the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets. They chanted slogans for freedom and held up pictures of detained friends and relatives. They called for an end to government corruption. They asked the government to respect their human rights. The people were filled with hope, solidarity, and song. And what ... Read More»

Remarks at the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs’ Virtual COVID-19 Memorial Event with the Diplomatic Community

The importance of our diplomatic community’s work is clearer than ever. That’s because COVID has crystallized just how interconnected we truly are. There is no one country that will stop this pandemic alone or recover from it alone. So, if we are to recover, build back better, and prepare for the next global disruption — ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2567 Renewing the Mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

This mandate renewal demonstrates the leadership of the Security Council in support of peace and security in South Sudan. While the signatory parties to the Revitalized Agreement have taken important steps toward fulfilling their commitments, the risk of a return to widespread violence is real. Violence against civilians has surged, and UNMISS remains critical to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Richard Mills at a Civil Society Organizations Dialogue on the Security Council Presidency for March 2021

The United States is engaging with the world once again. Not just by saying those words, but by actions. And I hope you’ve seen some of those. On Inauguration Day, President Biden said, “we will be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.” And immediately after delivering those remarks, the President instructed ... Read More»

Security Council Press Statement on Targeted Attacks against Civilians in Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the alarming number of attacks deliberately targeting civilians in Afghanistan. These heinous attacks have targeted civil servants, the judiciary, the media, healthcare and humanitarian workers, including women in prominent positions, those who protect and promote human rights, and ethnic and religious minorities. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Conflict-Driven Hunger

So, when we use these technical terms – food security, acute malnutrition, conflict-induced hunger – let us not forget what they really mean. We’re talking about raw humanity here. We’re talking about pure suffering. We’re talking about real people. We’re talking about children and mothers, like the ones that I met in 1993 – more ... Read More»

Remarks at a Side Event on Defending and Empowering Women in the Home and in the Public Arena: Addressing Violence against Women

It’s truly a pleasure to participate in such an important and timely event coming on the heels of International Women’s Day, which we celebrated on Monday, and as we look forward to the start of the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women next week. I see this as an opportune time ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Host a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Conflict-Driven Hunger

This open debate is the signature event of the U.S. presidency of the Security Council, and will aim to advance efforts by the Council, the United Nations, and Member States to break the cycle of conflict-driven food insecurity. Conflict is the primary driver of hunger worldwide, affecting tens of millions of people each year. The ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Presidential Statement on Burma

Today, the United States and every other member of the United Nations Security Council spoke with one voice to condemn the ongoing violence against peaceful protestors in Burma. We commend their courage and determination in the face of continued, brutal attacks by military and security forces. Read More»

Statement by the President of the Security Council on Myanmar, March 10, 2021

“The Security Council strongly condemns the violence against peaceful protestors, including against women, youth and children. It expresses deep concern at restrictions on medical personnel, civil society, labor union members, journalists and media workers, and calls for the immediate release of all those detained arbitrarily. The Council calls for the military to exercise utmost restraint ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on OSCE Cooperation

As President Biden has made clear, the United States is renewing its commitment to multilateralism and trans-Atlantic cooperation. We welcome and celebrate Sweden’s prioritization of strengthening the OSCE’s activities on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. And as I said earlier this week, it’s time for all of us to turn our commitments on the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Sudan

The United States stands willing to work with partners in the region to support efforts to de-escalate and find solutions. We stand with the people of Sudan. We will continue to work closely with them, and the international community, to help create the peaceful, prosperous future they deserve. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an Event Hosted by the House Democratic Women’s Caucus

Women are on the front lines of this urgent humanitarian crisis – and so many crises around the world. And that’s why, during my presidency of the UN Security Council this month, I’m bringing the voices of women experts into our Council meetings wherever possible, to ensure that their voices are valued and that their ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security

We believe that the agenda needs to go beyond mere rhetoric. It is time we translate our noble commitments into concrete actions. Women should be part of mediation and negotiation teams. They should also serve in roles behind the scenes that are just as powerful – such as technical experts, or civil society leaders consulted ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Secretary of State’s Annual International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Perhaps most important of all, you have shared your stories with the world – often at great personal risk to your lives. That is a tremendous service, because your courage is contagious. I have no doubt that each of you has inspired other women to organize, demand equity, break down barriers to a stronger, more ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Public Engagements, Monday, March 8

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will deliver brief remarks during the 2021 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony (IWOC), hosted virtually by Secretary Antony Blinken and featuring a keynote by First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Now in its 15th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Virtual Stakeout Following Security Council Discussions on Ethiopia

The United States is alarmed by the humanitarian and human rights situation in Ethiopia. What’s happening in Ethiopia has had, and will continue to have, devastating consequences for thousands of innocent people, and it poses a direct threat to regional peace and security. We need to address it immediately. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan (via VTC)

Civil society, particularly women in civil society, must be heard during our discussions in the Council on issues of international peace and security. Their ears are on the ground. They see and understand what no one else does. And at times, they suffer like no one else does. So, during our Presidency this month, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly High-Level Informal Plenary Meeting on Syria

This month marks a full decade of untold suffering at the hands of the Assad regime. How tragic that this is the first time in those 10 years that the General Assembly will finally hear directly from Syrian survivors and the Commission of Inquiry about these appalling atrocities. Atrocities so terrible that some of them, ... Read More»

Statement at the Fifth Committee: Organization of Work First Resumed Part, 75th UN General Assembly

We welcome and support these critical efforts. But we, as Member States, also must not abdicate our responsibility to take action on decisions that have been pending for several years, and strengthen – when appropriate – policies that underpin our joint reform efforts. While my delegation will address these issues in more detail throughout the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Conference on the March Program of Work and the U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

In President Biden’s inaugural address, he declared America would engage with the world, we would repair our alliances, and be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security. He pledged that he would be, that we would be a nation that leads, in his words, not only “by the example of our power, ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Members of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield participated in a series of bilateral meetings today with UN Security Council counterparts. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has now held meetings with all 14 of the Permanent Representatives to the UN on the Security Council in advance of the U.S. assuming the Security Council presidency in March. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Second Day as Representative of the United States to the United Nations

For the first time addressing the General Assembly as the Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield delivered remarks to the UN General Assembly on the situation in Burma. The Ambassador strongly condemned the military coup and the security forces' brutal killing of unarmed people and urged the world to speak ... Read More»

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Hold Press Conference Previewing U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the UN Monday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. EST. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will outline the March program of work for the UN Security Council and highlight U.S. priorities for the month. A livestream of the press conference will be available here: ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

As I said the last time we met on the Palestinian question in the Middle East, the United States remains committed to working towards a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous future for the people of the Middle East. For both Israelis and Palestinians, this means focusing our efforts on advancing their freedom, security, and prosperity ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Informal Briefing on Burma

Let me be clear from the outset: The United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar. And we condemn the security forces’ brutal killing of unarmed people. And I would – like others – like to welcome and commend the courageous and brave statement made by the Myanmar Perm. Rep. here this ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s First Day as Representative of the United States to the United Nations

Yesterday, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Following the ceremony, the two met to discuss the important leadership role the United States plays in the UN system, the global pandemic, climate change, humanitarian issues, and human rights. She then made a brief statement to the UN press corps. Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Presentation of Credentials to the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations is the world’s most important forum for bringing people and countries together, and I take that seriously as a U.S. diplomat. As I made clear in my testimony to the U.S. Senate, this administration knows that when America is at the table and acting in accordance with our values, the United States* ... Read More»

Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Upholding the Collective Security System of the UN Charter (via VTC)

The inherent right to use force in the exercise of individual or collective self-defense against non-state actors is well-established. For centuries, States have invoked the right of self-defense to justify taking action on the territory of another State against non-State actors. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, 19 different States have identified or ... Read More»

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Deliver Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout, February 25

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will deliver brief remarks Thursday, February 25, at approximately 3:00 p.m. EST at the UN Security Council stakeout following her presentation of credentials to the UN Secretary-General. Her remarks will be livestreamed on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Upon Swearing-In as the United States Representative to the United Nations

Stepping into this role is a deeply meaningful coda to my 35-year career in the Foreign Service. When I first joined the service, I was, as a Black woman from Louisiana, an outsider. I was warned it would be harder for someone with my background to succeed. And it was. But over the years, I ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic (via VTC)

As the Secretary-General noted in his report, “the crisis in the country is inextricably linked to the dynamics in the Central African region.” The United States welcomes the decision of the Economic Community of Central African States to appoint a mediator for the Central African Republic and looks forward to the naming of this mediator ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Ukraine

We are here today because in 2014, Russia occupied Crimea and instigated a conflict in the Donbas region. We are here today because Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine have led to the deaths of more than 13,000 people, displaced millions of Ukrainians, and left an additional 3.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance. And we ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security (via VTC)

I think it’s particularly important we are before the Security Council because the climate crisis is indisputably a Security Council issue. Our Pentagon has for years described the impact of climate as a threat multiplier. In fact, it is among the most complex and compelling security issues that I think we have ever faced. We’re ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Haiti (via VTC)

Let me begin with something we all know: legislative elections were due in Haiti in October 2019. Both before and after that date, members of this Council repeatedly called on Haiti’s political stakeholders to come together, to set aside their differences, and to find a way forward to address Haiti’s most pressing challenges. They chose ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen (via VTC)

As the briefers noted this morning, the United States is preparing to reinvigorate diplomatic efforts, alongside the United Nations and others, to achieve a ceasefire and end the war in Yemen. As we do so, I want to be clear that we will fully support the Special Envoy’s efforts to bring all parties to consensus ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access (via VTC)

Here’s how else we plan to contribute to ending this pandemic. As some of you will have seen, President Biden’s first National Security Memorandum made clear that the United States will once again serve as a global health leader. The United States believes that multilateralism, the United Nations, the World Health Organization are essential – not just as an ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Iraq (via VTC)

The Biden Administration supports a strategic partnership with a stable, democratic Iraq. The Administration will be a steady, reliable partner that supports Iraq’s anti-corruption and economic reform efforts, strengthens regional relationships, holds accountable human rights violators and those who abuse human rights, provides humanitarian assistance, backs efforts to control militias and to control Iran’s destabilizing ... Read More»

Statement at the UN Women Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

In this collective effort, UN Women’s global leadership is more critical than ever. We face unprecedented challenges around the globe, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the areas of combating violence against women and seeking to fully protect the rights of women and girls belonging to multiple marginalized groups. Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Open Debate on Peacekeeping Operations

UN peacekeeping remains among the most effective mechanisms to address the global challenges to international peace and security. Yet more progress and reform is required. The United States is committed to strengthening and reforming peacekeeping operations so that they can deliver on their vital global mission. Read More»

Remarks at the General Debate of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

First, the United States welcomes the reduction of duplicative resolutions and agenda items across six UNGA committees. Moving away from annual reporting and negotiation can often streamline our processes with little cost to outcomes. We have seen this with our biennial resolutions across several committees, including the Third Committee resolution on elections and democratization. We ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Ukraine Conflict and Implementation of the Minsk Agreements (via VTC)

The United States reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will never recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. As a result, U.S. sanctions on Russia in response to its aggression in eastern Ukraine and occupation of Crimea will remain in place unless – and until – Russia reverses course. Read More»

Statement on Country Program Documents at the UNICEF Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

We thank UNICEF for their engagement in addressing Member States’ concerns regarding the CPDs, and look forward to early, proactive engagement in the future. We also thank program countries for their constructive efforts to address Member States’ concerns which demonstrate a collective commitment to Board oversight, the objectives of the CPD instrument, and consensus-based adoption ... Read More»

Statement on COVID-19 at the UNICEF Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

The United States welcomes UNICEF's detailed report and commends UNICEF for its expanded, prompt, and partnership-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge UNICEF to fully leverage the investments and lessons learned from its ongoing response to continue equitable access to life-saving health, nutrition, education, WASH, and child protection services. We know UNICEF, in light ... Read More»

Statement on Country Program Documents at the UNFPA Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

The United States is pleased to join the Board in adopting all Country Program Documents presented for approval at this session. We thank UNFPA for their proactive, productive, and effective engagement in addressing Member States’ concerns regarding the CPDs. We also thank program countries for their constructive efforts to address Member States’ concerns which demonstrate ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria (via VTC)

The High Representative reiterated an important message from the Secretary-General in her remarks just now, so I’d like to reiterate a key message from the United States on this issue: the Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, and then subsequently sought to avoid accountability by obstructing independent investigations and undermining ... Read More»

Statement at the UNFPA Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

Madam President, we commend UNFPA’s advocacy on protecting access to sexual and reproductive health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in ongoing humanitarian crises; on sounding the alarm on the pandemic-related spike in gender-based violence; and on stressing the critical role of gender-disaggregated data collection for understanding the full scope of the problem and effectively ... Read More»

Remarks at an Interactive Dialogue with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner (via VTC)

As UNDP develops its 2022-25 Strategic Plan, I would like to highlight U.S. priorities. We believe it is important for UNDP to continue to focus on its core mandate of helping countries strengthen institutions and good governance, eradicate poverty, foster conflict prevention and recovery, and promote environmental sustainability. It should also continue to improve management ... Read More»

Statement on Country Program Documents at the UNDP Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

We will continue to encourage discussions to further align and improve the effectiveness and transparency of the development of Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks and CPDs. This is an important year for implementation of the QCPR and review of the Resident Coordinator system. Board discussions will continue to provide an effective platform to further these efforts. Read More»

Joint Statement on GEF Accountability at the UNDP Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

We thank the Board of Auditors for these reports and the management of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS for managements’ responses. We commend UNDP for a fifteenth consecutive clean audit. We strongly support the Board’s recommendation for swift implementation of all BoA recommendations, especially outstanding Board recommendations. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict and Repatriation of Children from Conflict Zones (via VTC)

The current situation we face – with more than 8,000 children of foreign terrorist fighters residing in camps in Syria and Iraq – is not tenable. The international community can and we must do more. We cannot continue to let these children languish in overcrowded environments where they suffer from inadequate shelter, food, sanitation, educational ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya (via VTC)

The United States believes, as we’ve just heard in SRSG Williams briefing, that Libya faces a critical turning point. A viable path to a unified government, national elections, and an end to the conflict lies ahead of us. The Libyan parties themselves must now seize the opportunity before them to select an interim national executive ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Under the new administration, the policy of the United States will be to support a mutually agreed two-state solution, one in which Israel lives in peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state. This vision, as I know we have just heard, though under serious stress, remains the best way to ensure Israel’s future as ... Read More»

Statement during the Park East Synagogue International Holocaust Remembrance Virtual Service

The United States is committed to advancing Holocaust education and working with the international community to increase Holocaust awareness. We are also committed to combating anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, to preventing atrocities worldwide, and to bringing those responsible for atrocities to justice. By so doing, we hope to honor the memory of the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Post-COVID-19 Global Governance (via VTC)

The United States is committed to working together with other countries to combat this deadly virus. As a first sign of our renewed commitment to supporting multilateral efforts to fight the pandemic, on January 20, President Biden signed a letter to the Secretary-General retracting the previous administration’s notification of the United States’ intent to withdraw ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Media Freedom in Belarus (via VTC)

The Government of Belarus is reverting to such oppressive, drastic means to hide the truth to avoid its own accountability for human rights violations. But what’s inspiring, what’s inspired me listening today, is hearing how, that even in the face of this, brave journalists continue to play an essential role in covering, uncovering the facts ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Colombia (via VTC)

The Verification Mission has played a vital role in supporting Colombia’s peace and reconciliation efforts and the Mission should be proud of its contributions. The United States also wants to acknowledge here the government of Colombia’s commitment to Peace Accord implementation, particularly in the face of the daunting public health challenges posed by COVID-19, and ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Draft Resolution A/75/L.54, “Promoting a Culture of Peace and Tolerance to Safeguard Religious Sites”

The United States is a strong proponent of the protection of religious sites and was a co-sponsor of UN General Assembly resolution 55/254 on this subject. We continue to support the underlying premise of this resolution but are concerned about its many references to limits on or condemning speech and at times equating speech to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic (via VTC)

Mr. President, the United States extends our deepest condolences to the families of the two Burundian peacekeepers killed on December 25, the Rwandan peacekeeper killed on January 13, the Burundian peacekeeper killed on January 15, and the Gabonese and Moroccan peacekeepers killed in an ambush on January 18. We also express our deep condolences to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria (via VTC)

The United States has worked tirelessly with partners to push for a change in the political dynamics that afflict this Council and continue to deny the Syrian people a path toward peace, stability, and hope. This Council is failing millions of civilians of Syria, not just today but for more than a decade. It is ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Cooperation between the UN Security Council and the League of Arab States (via VTC)

The United States also values our important partnership with the League. We thank the League of Arab States for working with us as we mutually seek a stable, prosperous, and secure Middle East. This includes the League’s ongoing engagement in a range of protracted conflicts that continue to threaten regional stability and create multiple complex ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen (via VTC)

I have to say, though, that the U.S. view is that it is sad, but true, that the political process, which has now been ongoing for many years, has produced limited results – despite the heroic efforts of the Special Envoy and his team. That compelled the United States to believe it had to look ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft to Model UN Students in Taiwan (via VTC)

The United States believes that Taiwan is a force for good in the world, and that is very true. It is also true that young women and men, like you, deserve to pursue careers and opportunities, and on the international stage, including in organizations such as the World Health Organization, where your expertise has been ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kelly Craft before a Virtual Meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (via VTC)

Taiwan has been an inspiration for the region, and might I add, for the world. Your courage and your vision only reinforce Taiwan’s global reputation. There are quite a number of nations represented in the UN who should look at Taiwan – not for opportunities to exclude it, but for reasons to aspire to be ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 20th Anniversary of Resolution 1373 (via VTC)

Finally, it’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the horrific events of 9/11, but I just want to begin by remembering the innocent lives lost that day – all victims of terrorism. As well as remember, with gratitude, the heroic actions of the first responders who saved so many lives on 9/11. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in West Africa and the Sahel (via VTC)

This past fall, UNOWAS played an integral role in supporting free and fair presidential elections in five West African nations. The COVID-19 pandemic complicated the situation, and we extend our appreciation to you, and your team, for your tireless support of long-term stability and security in the region. Though much work needs to be done, ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Kelly Craft’s Travel to Taiwan

Ambassador Kelly Craft will travel to Taipei January 13-15 for meetings with senior Taiwan counterparts and members of the diplomatic community. During her trip, the Ambassador will reinforce the U.S. government's strong and ongoing support for Taiwan’s international space, in accord with the U.S. one-China policy that is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Fragile States (via VTC)

Fragile states are often characterized by their vulnerability to armed conflict, large-scale violence, or other instability – including the inability to manage transnational threats. Fragility can result from ineffective and unaccountable governance, weak social cohesion, and corrupt institutions or leaders who do not respect human rights. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons in Syria (via VTC)

The Security Council, we believe, has a responsibility to ensure that there are serious consequences for those who use chemical weapons. We cannot remain silent nor allow chemical weapons and their use to become normalized or acceptable. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, often ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Kelly Craft on the 2021 United Nations Program Budget

Today, this body is poised to adopt a budget that reflects such an accommodation that extends a shameful legacy of hate, anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel bias. The United States rejects this effort and called for this vote to make clear that we stand by our principles, stand up for what is right, and never accept consensus ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on the United Nations 2021 Program Budget

My delegation would like to call for a recorded vote on draft resolution three, program budget for 2021 A/C.5/75/L.19. We do that because the United States cannot in good conscience support a budget that further perpetuates anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias and refuses to recognize the rightful re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. We appreciate the tireless ... Read More»

Remarks to the Fifth Committee on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)

The United States made clear, both in statements and in a letter to the President of the Security Council in September, that previously lifted United Nations sanctions measures on Iran have been re-imposed, pursuant to the process outlined in Security Council Resolution 2231. Read More»

Remarks to the Fifth Committee on the Program Budget Implications for the Durban Conference

Mr. Chairman, the United States remains firmly committed to combating racism and racial discrimination in all its forms and to working with civil society, international mechanisms, and all nations in pursuit of this goal. However, we cannot agree to the creation of an official event during the general debate of the 76th General Assembly commemorating ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism for Syria

Those familiar with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria – also known as the ‘Triple I-M’– know the critical nature of the work that it performs. And those familiar with this year’s negotiations in the Fifth Committee know that a small number of delegations have repeatedly insisted on depriving the Mechanism of the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Draft Resolution on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

The United States recognizes the contributions and leadership of the United Nations and the African Union, as well as the many troop and police contributing countries that helped protect civilians and advance peace in Darfur. We also recognize the 288 UNAMID personnel who paid the ultimate price in advancing peace and security for the region ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Resolution 2231 (via VTC)

Yet, as Iran continues to flout this Council’s resolutions, too many Council members, unfortunately, are eager to ignore or overlook Iran’s disregard for the restrictions that the Council has put in place, including those which the United States has re-imposed through our legitimate snapback process. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on Education for Democracy

The United States believes that education is transformational for individuals and societies, and that it creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies. On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new education policy aimed at focusing resources on programs that produce measurable learning ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (via VTC)

Recognizing the impasse we found ourselves in, President Trump presented a bold new vision for Middle East peace – a realistic, detailed plan to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, while making Israelis, Palestinians, and millions of others in the region both safer and more prosperous. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Draft Resolution on the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States strongly supports the Council’s efforts to enhance the Force Intervention Brigade and strengthen MONUSCO’s performance, consistent with the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a better-equipped, better-trained and more mobile peacekeeping force. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice (via VTC)

We appreciate the opportunity to address the relationship between the Court and the Security Council and the complementary role these principal organs play in the maintenance of international peace and security. The ICJ plays a vital role in promoting and preserving the rule of law, and in advancing international peace and security through the peaceful ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Afghanistan (via VTC)

Sadly, just like our last session, the people of Afghanistan continue to face terrible violence in their country. The rocket attack on November 21, that killed eight people and wounded over thirty near Kabul’s Green Zone, is one of the latest crimes committed by ISIS. The last few months have also seen barbaric attacks on ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (via VTC)

As 2020 comes to a close, there is little to celebrate in Syria, and much to mourn. More than nine million Syrians need food assistance, the largest number since the outbreak of the conflict nearly a decade ago. We must not forget that it was Russia and China that forced this Council to slash the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan (via VTC)

Mr. President, today the United States welcomes progress in implementing the Revitalized Peace Agreement, forming a national unity government and building institutions. We also welcome the December 9 announcement by South Sudan’s presidency of an agreement to promptly appoint officials to state and local government and the Transitional National Assembly. The United States looks forward ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (via VTC)

We remain extremely concerned about the Mechanism’s reporting about genocide denial, the non-acceptance of historical facts, and the glorification of war criminals. We must do more to fight such rhetoric, particularly in the Balkans, and we condemn efforts by political leaders to distort historical facts and to use their platforms to increase divisions and exacerbate ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Reforming the Human Rights Council

It would be a grave mistake for the United States to return to the Council before it is reformed. History tells us that reforming the Human Rights Council from within does not work. The ideas below are commonsense and have broad and bipartisan support. As the General Assembly’s comprehensive review of the Human Rights Council ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a Resolution on Global Health and Foreign Policy and Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing

This month, we passed the one-year mark since the reported emergence of COVID-19, and it is unacceptable that we still have very little information on how it began and spread so quickly among the population in Wuhan, China. Read More»

Explanation of Position on a Resolution on the Graduation of Vanuatu from Least Developed Countries Category

The United States would like to thank Fiji for its leadership on this important resolution. We would also like to congratulate Vanuatu on this milestone achievement. Vanuatu’s graduation from Least Developed Country status is an accomplishment to celebrate, even more so considering the unprecedented social and economic impact Vanuatu faced due to COVID-19 and Cyclone ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The egregious human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is well known to the international community and has been documented, inter alia, by reports of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (COI) as well as the Special ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria Chemical Weapons (via VTC)

Given the comments of our Russian colleague that proceeded my own, I need to begin by saying, the United States strongly supports the leadership and the impartial and independent work of the OPCW. We applaud the OPCW Technical Secretariat. We believe it conducts its work in a professional manner and carries out its mission in ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Kelly Craft to Propose Reforms for the UN Human Rights Council

On December 14 at 1:30 p.m., Ambassador Kelly Craft will join the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for a live conversation, entitled “How to Fix the Broken UN Human Rights Council.” Ambassador Craft will propose reforms the Council must make to merit U.S. membership. The event will be livestreamed. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Situation in Afghanistan

When the Taliban signed the February 29, 2020 agreement to enter into negotiations with the Islamic Republic, it publicly and explicitly agreed to prevent al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups from using the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies. The Taliban recognized the legitimate concerns about international terrorism ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission on Sierra Leone

As we have heard from other briefers and delegations today, Sierra Leone has persevered through adversity and demonstrated extraordinary progress in maintaining peace, strengthening democracy, and laying the foundation for economic growth. The people of Sierra Leone have shown tremendous resilience and the capacity to rebuild after crises, including a devastating civil war and the Ebola outbreak just years ago.    Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Sudan (via VTC)

We have been encouraged by the concrete steps parties in Sudan have taken to build a more stable, secure, and human rights-respecting future. We are particularly pleased that Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and other groups signed a landmark peace agreement aimed at ending almost two decades of conflict. This important step ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, We, the above listed signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established and adopted in 1948, recommit ourselves today to the Declaration and its foundational ideal that certain principles are so fundamental as to apply to all human beings, everywhere, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Local Implementation of Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

The United States remains committed to enhancing the implementation of the Youth, Peace, and Security agenda, both within the UN system and externally with youth leaders and civil society through inter-generational dialogue. But, it is not just dialogue. I like the way it was put by one of the panelists today: an intergenerational co-leadership. I ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Central Africa (via VTC)

Of all the countries under your purview, as was noted earlier, perhaps one of the greatest concerns is Cameroon, where more than 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance – 2.3 million people more than at the beginning of the year. Cameroon is facing multiple crises, including terrorist attacks in the Far North, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and on Sustainable Fisheries

While our concern is global, freedom of the seas is especially threatened in the South and East China Seas. The assertion of unlawful and sweeping maritime claims – including through ongoing intimidation and coercion against long-standing oil and gas development and fishing practices by others – threatens the rules-based international order that has enabled the ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of the Second Committee Resolution Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review

The United States supports national ownership and leadership in setting a country’s development goals and priorities, and we expect UN entities to uphold UN values and principles in their work to support national development efforts. During humanitarian crises, it is important for the UN and national governments to embrace humanitarian principles and prioritize addressing the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Looking forward, the United States is focused on three key areas of the Council’s work in the DRC: First, the need for more progress on disarmament, demobilization, as well as reintegration and security sector reform; second, the full implementation of reforms to improve peacekeeping performance; and third, strategic planning for MONUSCO’s responsible drawdown and transition. Read More»

Introduction to the U.S. National Statement at a UN General Assembly Special Session on COVID-19

One of the most critical challenges before us all in confronting COVID-19 is a lack of transparency. It was a lack of transparency that prolonged the pandemic and compounded its death and misery. For almost exactly one year, we have been calling for full transparency and cooperation with the international scientific community. Read More»