Readout: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Holy See Secretary of State His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Cardinal Parolin for the Holy See’s leadership in recognizing Ukraine’s right to self-defense and highlighting atrocities resulting from Russia’s war of choice, and for the Holy See’s support for Ukrainian refugees across Europe. Read More»

Media Advisory:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to participate in the 2022 Global Citizen Festival NYC

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will deliver remarks on global food insecurity with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and 2022 Global Citizen Award winner Barbie Izquierdo at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York City at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. Additional information about the Global Citizen Festival ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN High-level event on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Equitable Access to Vaccines, Tests and Treatments

For our part, the United States has been proud to lead the global response to COVID-19. We have provided, in partnership with COVAX and bilaterally, more than 620 million safe and effective vaccine doses to 116 countries, including millions of pediatric doses. And we have committed to donating 1.2 billion doses in total – with ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the COVID Global Action Plan Ministerial Meeting

Since we launched the Global Action Plan seven months ago, we’ve made significant progress toward our goals. Consider vaccinations: Last September, only 13 percent of the people in lower-middle-income countries were vaccinated against COVID-19. Today, that number has more than quadrupled to 56 percent. For our part, the United States has provided more than 620 ... Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with President Vjosa Osmani of Kosovo  

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Osmani also discussed recent developments in Kosovo. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored that the EU-facilitated Dialogue remains the best mechanism for resolving issues between Serbia and Kosovo and achieving mutual recognition.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also noted that the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo had long outlived its original purpose and underscored the importance of finding a ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Joy Behar, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sarah Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Ana Navarro of “The View” 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 23, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION 1:  As world leaders gather to address the most critical issues facing the planet and President Biden delivered some strong words on why Russia’s war on Ukraine should make everyone’s “blood run cold.” Joining us now is ... Read More»

Media Note: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Announces $3 Million Contribution to the UN Basket Fund for Haiti

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release September 22, 2022 Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Announces $3 Million Contribution to the UN Basket Fund for Haiti The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Nate Evans:   Today in New York, U.S. Ambassador to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Gayle King, Nate Burleson, and Vladimir Duthiers of “CBS Mornings”

We are concerned, and we should take it seriously. This is a sign, again, that he is desperate. He's desperate because his troops have not performed in the way that he had expected his troops to perform. And the Ukrainians didn't perform the way he expected them to perform. They're defending their sovereignty, their independence, ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight”

First and foremost, it is to hold accountable those individuals in Iran responsible for committing human rights violations, and this is truly a horrific violation. The killing of Amini – the blocking of individuals from their ability to protest in the streets. Every Iranian should have the right to protest. And every woman in Iran ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Ministerial on Least Developed Countries

We are committed to working together, through the United Nations. We believe the time has come for a more representative Council, as well, and you heard President Biden talk about that today. This includes support for permanent seats for countries in both Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. That is something we are committed ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Declaration on Minority Rights

Across the world, we see how minority groups and marginalized communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and other public health outbreaks. By climate change-induced environmental crises. By racially motivated violence and religious persecution. By the digital divide and disinformation. Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended Zambia’s strong commitment to democratic principles and discussed deepening multilateral cooperation with Zambia on shared priorities at the United Nations, including Security Council reform and the training and deployment of Zambian peacekeepers. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Joy Reid of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut”

Russia's actions, their aggression against Ukraine, has raised concerns and it has raised issues and confidence about whether the UN is fit for purpose today. But we have used the Security Council, we’ve used the General Assembly, to isolate Russia, to condemn Russia, to kick Russia off of the Human Rights Council. They are a ... Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with President Umaro Sissoco of Guinea-Bissau

The Ambassador congratulated President Sissoco on his unanimous election as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States and they discussed current security challenges facing the regional organization, to include instability in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali, and the need for strengthened governance institutions there. Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Dominque Hasler of Liechtenstein

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Dominque Hasler, Liechtenstein’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education, and Sports. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed appreciation for Liechtenstein’s efforts to support Ukrainian refugees and hold Russia accountable for its brutal war on Ukraine, including through its strict enforcement of sanctions. Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support of Ukraine to defend its sovereign territory against Russia’s unprovoked aggression. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Before Their Meeting

I am truly honored to be meeting with Foreign Minister Kuleba today. I’m pleased to welcome you to the U.S. Mission. This is our second meeting. We met a year ago before this horrible war started in Ukraine. You made it clear then that no one would be able to sit out this crisis when ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with James Bays of Al Jazeera

We will be focusing on three major priorities. First and foremost, and you’ve heard me talk about this before James, we are laser focused on food insecurity and how to address the issues that the world is dealing with that has been exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine. So, we will be hosting today ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Laura Trevelyan of BBC World News

We have no plans to meet directly with Lavrov, but as you know, there will be a Security Council meeting on September 22. Secretary Blinken will be sitting in the chair for the U.S. and Lavrov will be sitting in the chair for the Russians. And he will hear for the first time directly from ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Pre-COP27 Africa and Diaspora Summit

After all, communities of color bear a particularly heavy burden from climate change and pollution. Due to climate-driven changes here in the U.S., Black children are much more likely to be hospitalized or die from asthma than white children. Black people also are more likely to live in areas most affected and damaged by climate-change ... Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Ian Borg of Malta

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today in New York with Malta’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Minister Borg discussed shared priorities for Malta’s upcoming term on the UN Security Council. The two leaders also affirmed the importance of defending the UN Charter and ... Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Ambassador and the Foreign Minister discussed Afghanistan, Yemen, and other priority issues before the United Nations Security Council. They stressed the need to work collectively to ... Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with International Organization of La Francophonie Secretary General Louise Mushikiwabo

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with International Organization of La Francophonie Secretary General Louise Mushikiwabo. They discussed opportunities for cooperation to build peace in the Sahel, Central Africa, and Haiti and to promote food security worldwide. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield outlined the United States’ affirmative vision for the United Nations, centered ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Conversation with Tiffany Cross of MSNBC at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 19, 2022 AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Well, thank you very much. I’m really delighted to be here and delighted to see this huge audience out here. MODERATOR: Absolutely. I want to get right into it because we don’t have a ... Read More»

Readout: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto of Finland

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto of Finland. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed the United States’ strong support for Finland’s accession to NATO and congratulated Foreign Minister Haavisto on Finland’s rapid progress toward full membership. Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to participate in Concordia Annual Summit

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release September 18, 2022 Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to participate in Concordia Annual Summit Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will participate in a moderated fireside chat with Tiffany Cross of MSNBC’s Cross Connection, at the ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union”

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 18, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Joining me from New York, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Madam Ambassador, thanks for joining us. You heard President Biden there warning of a “consequential U.S. response” if Putin uses tactical nuclear ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 16, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Joining me now, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield. Thank you so much, Madame Ambassador. It is very good to see you again. I know this is a very busy time for you, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a UN Press Briefing Previewing the United States’ Participation and Priorities for UNGA77

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 16, 2022   AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD:  Good morning, everyone. It’s really great to be here with you. It seems like I was just here a few days ago and it was an entire year ago. So this is my ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Hunger and Conflict

We’re talking about real people. We’re talking about children and mothers whose voices are being silenced by hunger and violence. We’re talking about the difference between life and death. We cannot accept what’s reported in this White Note as the way of the world. We cannot fail to see our common humanity in those that ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day of Democracy

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 15, 2022 AS DELIVERED As we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, we recognize the basic truth that democracy is the best means to advance peace, prosperity, and security while realizing the boundless potential of every human being. At its heart, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in the UN General Assembly

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a true diplomat and a dear friend to the United States. She met 14 U.S. presidents, and participated in four State Visits, five State Dinners, and two unofficial visits. This is a lot of diplomacy. And we were truly grateful for every minute of it. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Renewed Violence Along the Armenia-Azerbaijan Border

I want to be clear today: the United States is firm – there can be no military solution to the conflict. We encourage both governments to re-establish direct lines of communication across diplomatic and military channels, and to recommit to the diplomatic process. A negotiated, comprehensive settlement of all remaining issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan ... Read More»

Remarks UN Women Executive Board Second Regular Session

We will continue to work robustly to address the growing scourge of online abuse and harassment, including through the Global Partnership on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse. We appreciate UN Women’s participation in this effort as a member of the Partnership’s Steering Committee, along with UNFPA and UNICEF. Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces $756 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

This assistance will touch the lives of Syrians in all 14 governorates, and it responds directly to the UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan, in which early recovery accounts for over one quarter of activities. This new assistance will bring immediate relief to millions of refugees and displaced persons. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Lawrence O’Donnell of “The Last Word”

I know the world, and having spent 35 years in the Foreign Service, there are few countries that I have not engaged in. I know Africa. Some people tell me that I probably have forgotten more about the continent than they know. And I know their leaders. I know their people. And they know me. ... Read More»

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

Colleagues – it is beyond frustrating to have this same meeting, month after month, and not see progress toward a long-term peace. It is past time for the Assad regime and Russia to meet their commitments. It is past time for them to take responsibility for the violence and instability. It is past time to ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ravi Agrawal of FP Live

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 13, 2022 AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Ravi, thank you. I’m delighted to be here. QUESTION: It’s our pleasure. It’s great to have you here. So let’s start straight with the news, Ambassador. Ukraine’s gains in the last few days in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Sudan and South Sudan

We support Sudanese calls for accountability into incidents of violence, including through transitional justice mechanisms. We condemn recent violence in Darfur, Blue Nile, and elsewhere, which only deepens the dire humanitarian situation on the ground, erodes the gains of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA), and hinders efforts to achieve sustainable peace. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and discussed with Minister Gantz our shared commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Black Food Summit

While there is no shortage of challenges right now, global food insecurity is at the top of our agenda. In fact, it has been since day one of this administration when I first arrived in New York and made conflict-inducted hunger the subject of one of my first Security Council meetings. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Appointment of Volker Turk as High Commissioner for Human Rights

The role of the high commissioner for human rights is one of the most critical high-level positions in the UN system. At a time when these rights are increasingly under attack, the High Commissioner’s responsibility must be to call out human rights violations and abuses wherever they occur, and to serve as an independent, impartial, ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on the Appointment of Volker Turk as High Commissioner for Human Rights

We find ourselves at a time where human rights violations continue to increase on a global level – Mr. Turk has a challenging road ahead of him, but he can count on the full support of the United States as he undertakes the immensely important work of safeguarding and defending human rights across the globe. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

I extend my deepest condolences to the Royal Family and share in the sorrow of the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth of Nations. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II inspired millions worldwide with her dignity and grace over her 70 years of service as Head of State. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Roundtable Discussion on Technology, Peace, and Security with Leaders of U.S.-Based Companies

Today, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with leaders of U.S.-based companies, including Alphabet, Airbnb, Meta, Microsoft, and Visa, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, for a discussion on the intersection between technology and international peace and security. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the West’s Provision of Military Assistance to Ukraine

I encourage all members of this Council to consider this question: If you were in Ukraine’s shoes, how would you respond if a bigger neighbor invaded you? If your neighbor sent its armies into your cities, your lands – what would you do? What would you ask of the international community? Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mike DeWald of KCBS Radio, San Francisco

The world has begun to question the UN. They are – their confidence has wavered because a Permanent Member of the Security Council attacked its neighbor against all the principles of the UN Charter. And countries and people want to see us take actions against that country. And I’ve had the opportunity to share what ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on Russia’s Filtration Operations

As Security Council members, we are here to promote international peace and security and uphold the UN Charter. At a minimum, I hope each of us here today acknowledges that all persons subject to filtration need access to UN and humanitarian agencies as soon as possible, so that we can verify their well-being as we ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Filtration Operations 

We have evidence that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens – including children – have been interrogated, detained, and forcibly deported, and some of them sent to very remote areas as you can see here. This graphic visualizes the process of filtration. The experience is different for everyone, depending on how threatening they are perceived to ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Rachel Martin on NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Well, we have consistently called out Russia for the actions that they have taken at this plant. And I have to say we’re very relieved that the IAEA team was able to visit the nuclear plant. I think the visit allowed them to carry out the important work, as you just reported, and in spite ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on the Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 5 September 2022, which was claimed by Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), an entity affiliated with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), and resulted in the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

Despite Russia’s song and dance here today to avoid acknowledging responsibility for its actions, Russia has no right to expose the world to unnecessary risk and the possibility of nuclear catastrophe. Worse, this is a situation entirely of Russia’s making. The current danger at Zaporizhzhya is a result of Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful invasion of Ukraine. And ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peacekeeping Operations

The United States is deeply committed to UN peacekeeping. To ensure the success of peacekeeping operations, it is clear that all stakeholders must fulfill their responsibilities. To further the capacity of peacekeepers to effectively implement the mandates given to them by this Council, and to promote peacekeeper safety and security, the United States continues to ... Read More»

Remarks on Oversight to the UNICEF Executive Board

Nick Hill U.S. Deputy Representative to the Economic and Social Council New York, NY September 6, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Chair. I have the pleasure of delivering this statement on behalf of Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, EU as a donor, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Republic of Moldova, ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on 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»

Explanation of Position on the Adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

The United States would like to express support for the intention of the Resolution to maintain and strengthen political attention on pandemic preparedness and response. This is a shared global priority and a major focus for the United States. The special session proposed as part of this Resolution has the ability to support these goals ... Read More»

Statement at the Adoption of the First-Ever UN General Assembly Resolution on Survivors of Sexual Violence

The United States strongly supports the use of measures to prevent or protect individuals from acts of violence committed by non-State actors. The United States notes, however, that generally only States have obligations under international human rights law and, therefore, the capacity to commit violations of human rights. Read More»

Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to San Francisco

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will travel to San Francisco September 7-9. On September 8, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will preview U.S. priorities for the 77th UN General Assembly and discuss America’s role at the United Nations at the Fairmont Hotel, the site where the UN Charter was drafted in 1945. This event is co-hosted by the UN Foundation and will be livestreamed at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Release of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Report on Xinjiang

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights begins with the word “universal” for a reason. It speaks not just to nation-states but also to human beings. Yet, as this report documents, the PRC, a UN Member State and permanent member of the UN Security Council, continues to violate the human rights of Uyghurs and members of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Chiefs of Police Summit

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York Sept. 1, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you and good morning. Let me start by thanking the Department of Peace Operations for bringing us together this morning. It is really a pleasure to be together in person after two years where COVID-19 prevented ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Commemorate the International Day for People of African Descent

This day is personal for me. Having grown up in the segregated South, I was moved to tears the first – the very first time I set foot in Africa: the warm welcome that I received, knowing I was in the land of my ancestors was beautiful and inspiring, and I have never forgotten that ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

The United States underlines that the area between the Blue Line and Litani River must be free of weapons except for those used by the Government of Lebanon and UNIFIL. The Secretary-General continues to document a proliferation of unauthorized weapons in this area. Read More»

Remarks to the UNFPA Executive Board

We would like to underscore that President Biden remains resolutely committed to advancing and protecting SRHR at home and abroad. The United States will continue to prioritize partnering with governments, the private sector, and international and nongovernmental organizations to improve health outcomes, including advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights and the empowerment of women ... Read More»

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

This year particularly, in light of the much-anticipated UN human rights report on Xinjiang, I am thinking of the numerous Uyghurs who were wrongfully detained and disappeared by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The United States insists that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet fulfill her duty and release this OHCHR report, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Oversight Matters UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board Meeting

To close, we look forward to thinking more creatively, proactively, and systematically about what we can do together to strengthen internal controls and oversight. We expect agencies to support the Executive Board in making any further adjustments deemed appropriate and welcome updates from agency leadership in this regard. Together, we hope our work will help ... Read More»

Joint Statement on UNOPS Executive Board Meeting

We call on the Interim Executive Director to ensure the third-party reviews are thorough, independent, and provide the analysis the Executive Board needs to take future action that will support UNOPS’ best interests. We expect the results of these reviews to be presented to the Executive Board at the earliest possible time upon completion to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan in Response to China and Russia

And also let me be clear that the United States has not turned our backs on Afghanistan. We have remained in the country*, we have continued to provide essential assistance to the Afghan people, and we are working closely with the international community, with partners to support the establishment of mechanisms that will protect, preserve, ... Read More»

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

Instead of looking to the international community for help with these crises, the Taliban harbored the leader of al-Qaida in downtown Kabul. How can they expect to build a relationship with the world when the Taliban provides safe haven to those who seek to do harm to us all – and I do mean all ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria

The United States also calls for immediate de-escalation in northern Syria. We remind all parties that they have an interest in stability and security. We remain deeply concerned about the destabilizing impact military activity has on this region, including mass civilian displacement and on our efforts to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at Chicago State University

I have enjoyed my career advocating for getting food to the hungry, medicine to the sick, and homes here in America for those persecuted abroad. And I met with refugees today, some of them from Afghanistan, from Democratic Republic of the Congo, from Ethiopia, from Ukraine even, from Afghanistan, from Syria, who have found a ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Rufus Williams of WVON – Chicago

One of Putin’s concerns that he expressed was that NATO – he felt that NATO was threatening him. And NATO is not an organization that is offensive. It’s an organization that is defensive. And because of Russia’s actions, more countries feel threatened and they have joined NATO. So his goal to stop NATO’s rise actually ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mike Lowe of WGN – Chicago  

I’ll tell you a very quick story. I lived and worked in Liberia in the 1970s, and Liberia was a relatively stable country until they had rice riots in 1979 that led to, eventually, a coup d’état and the country being in conflict for more than 14 years. So without rice, people cannot live and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tackling the Global Food Security Crisis at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

We've been pushing for an IAEA visit. The Ukrainians invited the IAEA. The Secretary-General was there last week and pushed both sides to allow for an IAEA investigation. And what I heard but we have not seen confirmed, and this is very worrisome that you just shared with us, that both sides agreed that the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Media at an Urban Growers Collective Farm in Chicago 

So I was in Ghana a few weeks ago, and I gave a speech in which I stressed that Africans can become the breadbasket of the world. They don't have to be dependent. Urban areas, people don't have to be dependent on food coming from elsewhere. Look at what has been done with this small ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Six Months of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion Of Ukraine

We condemn in the strongest terms sustained missile strikes by the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine, which have repeatedly hit residential areas and civilian infrastructure, resulting in harms to, displacement and death of thousands of civilians during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Read More»

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

We continue to be alarmed at the violence in Darfur, which has displaced over 100,000 people.  Intercommunal violence threatens social cohesion and diminishes the likelihood of peaceful cohabitation and the sustainability of the peace process. The need for the protection of civilians is urgent, as is inclusive security sector reform, and the establishment of robust ... Read More»

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

We are prepared to work with all countries on risk reduction and strategic stability efforts, and we will continue to support the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty. And we are eager to begin working with partners to restart negotiations this year on the long delayed Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Humanitarian Day

I have worked on humanitarian causes for nearly 40 years. But today, despite the many modern tools at our disposal to reduce human suffering, we are facing the greatest needs and worst global food crisis in my lifetime. As of July, the UN estimates that 306 million people need humanitarian aid and protection – the ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Dr. Tami Hultman of All Africa

They certainly have made clear to us that security is an issue; that we need to take their security concerns seriously. We’re seeing a lot of backsliding, particularly in West Africa, on democracy. And we want to work with regional organizations, like ECOWAS, to address the root causes, and provide support for countries to build ... Read More»

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

Colleagues – this is a critical moment for Yemen. The United States and the international community stand ready to support Yemen’s peace and recovery process – but first, the Yemeni parties must themselves choose peace. The fact that the truce in Yemen continues to hold is cause for hope. Read More»

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

Fourteen years have passed since Russia’s full-scale military aggression and the beginning of its invasion of Georgia’s territories started on -7 August 2008. The Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 marked a more aggressive trend in Russia’s policy regarding its neighbouring countries and the European security architecture. As we are witnessing in Ukraine today, Russia ... Read More»

Remarks by Under Secretary of State Bonnie D. Jenkins at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

We are now getting a clearer picture of what life is like in areas under Russian military control. Through intimidation, censorship, and propaganda, Russia is clearly laying the foundation to try – once again – to illegally annex territory from its neighbor. None of us should be surprised if Russia suddenly announces false referenda in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

As the Secretary-General's report highlights, it is critical that the international community continues the fight to deny safe haven for al-Qa'ida and its affiliates, to include in Afghanistan. As Secretary Blinken recently noted: by hosting and sheltering the leader of al-Qa'ida Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Kabul, the Taliban grossly violated the Doha agreement and repeated assurances ... Read More»

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

To that end, we strongly urge all parties to refrain from any unilateral steps that would imperil progress. Building towards a durable solution means refraining from provocative actions, rhetoric, and other measures that would disrupt respect for the historic status quo at holy sites in Jerusalem. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Joint Press Availability with Foreign Minister Rui Figueiredo in Praia, Cabo Verde

As always, the United States is truly honored to partner with Cabo Verde, a country which serves as a regional role model for respect to democratic processes, justice, and human rights. Cape Verde is really, really an example and model for this entire continent, not just for this region. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Cabo Verdean Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva

She underscored the strong partnership between the United States and Cabo Verde, built on shared democratic values and our interest in deepening security cooperation, commercial relations, and action to address climate change. The leaders also discussed U.S. support for pandemic recovery, food security in Cabo Verde, and priorities for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ambassador Thomas Greenfield thanked President Akufo-Addo for Ghana’s leadership on the international stage during its Presidency of the Economic Community of West African States and for Ghana’s partnership in the UN Security Council. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield conveyed the United States’ desire to work collaboratively with Ghana to advance our shared economic, security, and environmental interests in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Media Availability in the Northern Region of Ghana

As you may have heard yesterday, we have just provided $2.5 million to support fertilizer and to support production in this region. We know that there are many causes for this food insecurity. COVID, clearly a major, major cause. Climate change – I'm hearing that the rains – heard from Zachary the rains have come ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Northern Regional Minister Shani Alhassan Saibu

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Minister Saibu discussed Ghanaian-led solutions to effectively address regional security vulnerabilities and chieftaincy disputes. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield recommitted the United States, including through USAID, to partnering with Ghana to empower citizens to advocate for the security of their communities and foster development in the Northern Region. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Major General Francis Ofori, Commandant of the KAIPTC

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Ghanaian Major General Francis Ofori. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Major General Ofori discussed ways to continue building on U.S.-Ghana peacekeeping partnerships to enhance peacekeeping performance and effectiveness around the world. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Media Availability in Accra, Ghana

As I noted in my speech today, Africa’s potential is unlimited. There is no reason for Africa to be dependent on wheat exports from across the world when your land resources are so abundant. So this is an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to start to build those resources. It’s an opportunity to support those who ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Botchwey

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met with Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Botchwey today in Accra, Ghana. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Foreign Minister Botchwey for Ghana’s leadership and collaboration on addressing urgent peace and security challenges in the UN Security Council. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Ugandan Officials, Farmers, Consumers, and Employees during a Visit to Maganjo Grain Millers in Kampa

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Kampala, Uganda August 4, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you very much. Thanks to all of you for being here, for welcoming me and my delegation, and thank you for the rain. [Laughter.] I know that rain is always needed, so I won’t complain that it rained ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Deliver Keynote Address in Ghana on Global Food Security Crisis

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is on a four-day trip to Uganda, Ghana, and Cabo Verde from August 4 to 7 to affirm and strengthen the U.S.-Africa partnership and to discuss the disproportionate impacts of rising food insecurity and commodity prices on African countries as well as a number of issues critical to regional peace and security. Follow along with her travels ... Read More»

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

My main goal is to listen, so that I can better understand the concerns of Ugandans, Ghanaians, and the people of Cabo Verde, and share those concerns back home. And I’m eager to discuss our mutual priorities – to continue a conversation that I’ve been having in New York on efforts to mitigate food insecurity, ... Read More»

Media Advisory: The United States and Sweden Missions to the United Nations to Unveil Sculpture in Memory of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalán

On Wednesday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs, will join Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde to unveil a sculpture titled “Abused Ammunition” on behalf of the two countries in honor of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalán. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Talal Al-Haj of Al Arabiya’s “Diplomatic Avenue”

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 29, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, welcome to Al Arabiya. AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD:  Thank you so much, I am delighted to be here. QUESTION: We are honored. I would like to start by the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution Renewing Central African Republic Sanctions

The United States is committed to the Central African people and we are committed to finding and forging a durable peace. We will continue to work closely with the CAR government, fellow Council members, and all stakeholders to facilitate true security and prosperity for the country and the region. Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment Resolution

The United States works tirelessly at home and internationally with our partners to address the climate crisis, including by taking ambitious action to keep a 1.5 degrees Celsius limit on average temperature rise within reach and to support vulnerable communities to increase their resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Strengthening Regional Arrangements

Regional organizations prevent, de-escalate, and mitigate crises and conflicts. And in Africa, the African Union and the subsidiary Regional Economic Communities are particularly well-positioned to detect, warn, and intervene early when a regional approach best corresponds to dynamics on the ground. Their early interventions can prevent mass atrocities. They can create the space for ceasefires, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Peacebuilding Commission

We commend the Peacebuilding Commission for its leadership in helping to inform and carry out UN and Member State responses across the peace continuum, including implementation of peace agreements and political dialogue, promotion of coexistence and peaceful resolution of conflict, revitalization of economic growth, and re-establishment of essential administrative services. Read More»

Media Note: U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Uganda and Ghana

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Uganda and Ghana August 4-6 to discuss the U.S. and global response to the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on global food security, as well as other regional and bilateral priorities. Read More»

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

Our new assistance also includes $201 million for UNRWA to continue delivering critical services to the Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. We fully support UNRWA’s life-saving work and continued efforts to improve its operations and to guarantee that its works fully support and respect the principles of neutrality, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Roundtable with Ambassador James O’Brien, Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination

I’m really grateful to have Ambassador O’Brien here in New York for a series of meetings on food security. As many of you already know, this is a really important issue for me. In March of 2021, just after I came to New York as our Ambassador to the UN, the U.S. made global food ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting Following Russia’s Veto of a UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Mechanism

Russia’s veto earlier this month has consequences. The first of the two six-month extensions authorized in Security Council Resolution 2642, as many have said before me, brings us to January, when humanitarian needs will be greatest. That timeline risks leaving Syrians without blankets, without heating fuel, depriving them of a steady supply of basic food ... Read More»

Statement for presenting the draft decision in ECOSOC on bringing NGO applications to a vote in the EOCOSC Management Segment

Civil society plays an essential role in both informing our work and later helping to translate that work into action on the ground. Such organizations are implementing partners in delivering humanitarian assistance, they help to keep the public informed, and they press us, as governments, to respect the rights of our people and uphold our ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing on the Global Food Security Crisis and the U.S. Response

The good news is that we have the tools to stop hunger and alleviate suffering. And we have to use them – and rally the world to do the same. And in this vein, we are sincerely grateful to Congress for providing the funding that you’ve already appropriated to respond to this crisis. Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly High-Level Special Event on Coordinating Policy Responses to the Global Food Crisis

To galvanize collective action, The Roadmap for Global Food Security, launched by the United States during our Presidency of the UN Security Council in May at the Ministerial hosted by Secretary Blinken on May 18, identifies several calls to action including increasing humanitarian food assistance, keeping markets open, increasing fertilizer production, and investing in food ... Read More»

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

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and is committed to its full implementation. One of the key insights of the 2030 Agenda is the interrelated nature of the 17 goals; each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) influences the others, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive approach to development. We also note ... Read More»

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

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and is committed to its full implementation. One of the key insights of the 2030 Agenda is the interrelated nature of the 17 goals; each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) influences the others, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive approach to development. We also note ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following the Mandate Renewal of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) 

The United States welcomes the renewal of BINUH’s mandate, and we thank the members of the Security Council for their support. The resolution that we put forward with our co-penholder Mexico is based on the recommendations of the Secretary-General and is intended to ensure the UN has the mandate it needs. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Destruction of Cultural Heritage as a Consequence of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

As our briefers have just recounted, Vladimir Putin is waging a war of aggression that has destroyed parts of Ukraine’s unique cultural heritage in an effort to rewrite history. This campaign has been in motion since 2014, when Russia began to remove artifacts, demolish grave sites, and shutter churches and other houses of worship in ... Read More»

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

This meeting is also a welcome opportunity to focus on transitional justice in Colombia, a topic with global resonance. The United States of course, is a strong supporter of Colombia’s 2016 Peace Accord, and the implementation of the comprehensive system of truth, justice, reparation, and non-repetition it created. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

It is crucial that the UN Verification Mission be able to continue its work, and that all chapters of the Peace Accord move forward. We welcome the new administration’s commitment to the Accord’s comprehensive implementation, particularly of the Ethnic Chapter, where progress has lagged behind that of other Accord chapters. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022 Virtual Summit

I still remember when YALI first started in 2011 and the immense pride I felt sending off our first group from Liberia, where I had the honor of serving as the U.S. Ambassador at the time. Since then, many of you have started referring to me as the mother of YALI. Well, I’m proud to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on the Key Role of Strategic Communications for Efficient Peacekeeping

To mitigate these risks, effective communication strategies, as we’ve heard, must engage local media and other actors, proactively shape the mission’s public messaging in ways that will resonate with the local population, and address disinformation and misinformation head-on. Read More»

Explanation of Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution Reauthorizing the UN Cross-Border Mechanism for Humanitarian Aid into Syria

Let us be clear: The first of the two six-month extensions that the Security Council decided upon today will bring us only to January, which will be the very moment when humanitarian needs peak. The weakness of this resolution is that it requires another action from this Council to confirm what should be automatic. But ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting on July 11, 2022

We condemn Russia for once again abusing its UN Security Council seat to spread disinformation. We reject Russia’s continued efforts to distort history for its own political purposes and to promote hugely damaging false narratives and disinformation about neighboring countries, including by labeling others as “neo-fascists” and “neo-Nazis” without a basis in fact. The issues ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Neo-Nazism and Radical Nationalism

Let’s be clear on what this meeting is and is not. It is not a serious attempt to hold a discussion on Neo-Nazism and violent extremism. It is a cynical attempt by Russia to use the Council as a platform to broadcast its state propaganda and to justify its brutal, unprovoked, and premeditated war of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Our message today is clear: This Council must urge the parties to the conflict to continue to choose peace over violence and to fully implement the terms of the truce. We recognize the considerable leadership and flexibility demonstrated by the Republic of Yemen government in facilitating flights from Sana’a and fuel imports to northern Yemen. ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following Votes on Resolutions to Reauthorize the UN Cross-Border Mechanism into Syria

Today, Russia chose to close hospitals and schools in Syria. Russia chose to deny nutrition assistance to 85,000 Syrians, and dignity kits for 250,000 women and girls. They chose to stop shipments of lifesaving therapeutics that could stem the tide of hunger sweeping across Syria. This was a life-or-death vote for the Syrian people and ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Before the Vote on a Russia-Drafted UNSC Resolution Reauthorizing the UN Cross-Border Mechanism for Humanitarian Aid into Syria

Colleagues, this resolution put before us by Russia simply does not do right by the Syrian people. It does not do right by aid organizations. And it is not the right way to conduct business in this Council. Russia has greedily and disrespectfully hijacked these negotiations from the penholders, who have led a consultative and ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on an Ireland and Norway-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution Reauthorizing the UN Cross-Border Mechanism into Syria

Due to the vote of one Council member, hospitals will have to turn patients away because they will not have the necessary supplies and medicine. Schools will likely have to close their doors, denying children the promise of an education, of a brighter future. Nutrition assistance that 85,000 people rely on to survive will be ... Read More»

Remarks Before the Vote on an Ireland and Norway-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution Reauthorizing the UN Cross-Border Mechanism into Syria

And that is what we are voting on today: a compromise. The United States and many others wanted a more expansive resolution that would open more border-crossings. That is what is required to actually meet the dire needs of the Syrian people, whose conditions are worse than at any point since the war started. And ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on West Africa and the Sahel

As the number of coups and transition governments have grown in West Africa, so has the importance of UNOWAS. The United States strongly welcomes UNOWAS’ efforts to support the democratic process in the Sahel and advise these transitional governments, especially in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. So thank you, Special Representative, for that work. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

The United States is deeply concerned by the statement made by Mali’s transition government expressing its intent to deny MINUSMA the freedom of movement necessary to fulfill its mandate. To do so would be a blatant violation of the status of forces agreement (SOFA) that the transition government is obligated to uphold. Read More»

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

The United States strongly condemns these attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Iran’s continued proliferation of weapons to its proxies and partners in the region must stop. Iran also continues to carry out activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons in defiance of Annex B of Resolution 2231. Read More»

Remarks at the Closing of the Fifth Committee Second Resumed Session

The United States is especially pleased that our committee was able to agree on the first cross-cutting policy resolution since 2016. This resolution is an important assertion of the committee’s responsibility to conduct oversight and provide policy guidance to the Secretariat. Included in this resolution are important reforms that will improve the living conditions of ... Read More»

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

Through this important vote, the Council has renewed MINUSMA’s critical mandate to monitor, investigate, and publicly report on the human rights situation in Mali and to protect civilians from further attacks. The resolution sends a clear message that MINUSMA’s freedom of movement must be respected in order for it to do its job. Read More»

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

We are extremely troubled by Rwanda's statements questioning MONUSCO's impartiality. The Mission has worked hard to carry out its mandated objectives impartially in what is an increasingly complex environment. Such statements encourage hostility to MONUSCO peacekeepers and they are unacceptable. To be clear, any rhetoric inciting violence or otherwise increasing the risks to MONUSCO's personnel ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

We have welcomed the International Criminal Court’s decision to open an investigation into atrocity crimes committed in Ukraine. And with our EU colleagues, we are supporting the Ukrainian national authorities – specifically the Office of the Prosecutor General – as these authorities investigate and prepare to prosecute war crimes cases. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Working Methods of the Council

I wish to close by recognizing some unsung heroes. We deeply value the behind-the-scenes work of the Security Council Affairs Division, which provides the institutional memory and operational legwork of the Security Council. It is through SCAD’s unseen work that the transition from presidency to presidency, month after month, goes so smoothly and seamlessly.  Read More»

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

We once again call on all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that increase tensions and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution, such as settlement activity, demolitions, incitement to violence, and evictions. President Biden will travel to the region in July to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urge calm and explore ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

What makes this decision so heartbreaking is that Americans had a clear and unequivocal Constitutional right stripped away. Roe v. Wade not only protected the right to privacy, it also reaffirmed basic principles of gender equality – that all women have the power to control their own destinies and make intensely personal choices free from ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Christopher Lu and Special Envoy Jessica Stern to participate in the New York City Pride March

Ambassador Christopher Lu, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform, and Jessica Stern, U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Persons, will participate in the New York City Pride March on June 26. Read More»

Remarks at a UNGA Plenary on the Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing, and Crimes Against Humanity

Member States should make every effort to implement the seven priorities listed in the Secretary-General’s report this year. In particular, we need to leverage education for peace and the prevention of atrocities. Teachers can play a critical role in building societies that are inclusive, tolerant, respectful of diversity, and able to manage conflict. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute

The United States supports a range of international investigations into atrocities in Ukraine. This includes those conducted by the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the domestic courts of Ukraine and any other countries with appropriate jurisdiction. The reports of intentional targeting of civilians, infrastructure, ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Tests Positive for COVID-19

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is grateful to the doctors, nurses, and medical staff who provide her and the State Department workforce with exemplary health services and encourages all Americans who are eligible to get fully vaccinated and boosted in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from developing severe COVID-19 illness. Read More»

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

Madam President, my third and final point is on upholding accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses. Like others, we celebrate the progress of the Special Criminal Court, which recently opened its first trial. This is an important milestone in ensuring truth and accountability for those afflicted by conflict. Read More»

Statement at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session

The United States appreciates its long standing relationship with UN Women, particularly at the country level, and acknowledges the organization’s critical contributions to advancing gender equality around the world. From Honduras to Egypt to Tanzania, we have seen the value of UN Women’s presence in cultivating and uplifting women leaders, enhancing gender awareness, and supporting ... Read More»

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

It is clear that what is needed right now is more cross-border aid, not less. And it is equally clear that failure to renew the border crossing would have dire consequences. UN humanitarian leaders issued a joint statement last week to make that exact point. And they said, such a failure "will immediately disrupt the ... Read More»

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

I’m about to head into the Security Council for a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. This meeting is especially consequential because we are fast approaching the deadline to renew and expand the UN’s cross-border mechanism, which allows humanitarian assistance to reach nearly two and a half million people in northwest Syria who – ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Informal High-level Meeting to Mark the Commemoration of the First International Day for Countering Hate Speech

Whether Member States, civil society and human rights defenders, the private sector, media and internet corporations, faith leaders, educators, and those individuals affected by hate speech, youth, or simply as individuals, we all have the moral duty and vital role to speak out firmly against instances of hate speech and reject any calls to violence. Read More»

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

Together, we must continue to deliver vital trauma-informed and comprehensive support services for all survivors, and we must work to end such ruthless acts of violence everywhere. Today, we recognize those who have survived these unimaginable acts of violence, and we commit — for them and alongside them — to work with the international community ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Juneteenth

Juneteenth serves as a reminder of the freedom and justice that was long overdue, as well as an opportunity to humbly recognize how much further we collectively still have to go. Even though slavery is America’s original sin, the United States is not the only heir of slavery. Other countries share this shameful history with ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN-EU Cooperation

Regional organizations are an essential partner of the Security Council to promote international peace and security, and that especially includes partners such as the EU. Madam President, let me conclude by saying the U.S. affirms unequivocally the EU’s role as a crucial partner to the United States, the United Nations, and in particular to the ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a UN Press Briefing on Food Security

Obviously, we would like to see the ports open because that’s the most efficient and most effective way to transport that grain.  But it’s still going to take time even if the port is open, so you still have to have a place to put the grain.  And the reason that it – that the storage makes ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a High-Level Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

For our part, through the passage of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, the United States became the first country in the world to codify our commitment to advancing Security Council Resolution 1325 by enacting a comprehensive Women, Peace, and Security law. And the 2019 U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security seeks ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to Brief Media on Global Food Security

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will brief members of the media at the UN on Thursday, June 16 at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the conclusion of Secretary Vilsack’s visit to New York. Read More»

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

This single accommodation mechanism should be used for all official meetings, as well as informal meetings where there is assigned seating, regardless of what intergovernmental body is convening the meeting. The failure of one meeting to ensure full accessibility is failure for all of us. Read More»

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

We commend the Mechanism on its efforts to support relevant investigations and prosecutions in domestic courts addressing atrocity crimes. We continue to support the Mechanism for the indispensable role it plays in ensuring that perpetrators do not enjoy immunity and that victims and survivors are not left without justice, even as the Mechanism winds down. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield shared her disappointment with the Mali transition government’s lack of progress toward a democratic transition. She urged the Malian government to partner with ECOWAS to develop reforms with tangible benchmarks, highlighting that transparent and inclusive processes that respect diverse perspectives and freedoms will be critical to building a strong foundation for the future. Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Briefing on the Human Rights Situation in Burma

In the 17 months since the military coup derailed Myanmar’s democratic transition, we have seen the regime escalate a brutal crackdown on the people of Myanmar, killing over 1,900 – including women and children – displacing over half a million from their homes, detaining thousands, and reportedly torturing and committing sexual violence against those in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield During a Panel Discussion Hosted by the Atlantic Council

I had some amazing meetings with young people during the conference, during the summit, who are working on all kinds of initiatives – building businesses, working on women, peace, and security issues, civil society organizations working on human rights – and these are young people who really need to be supported. They don’t need to ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Honduran Foreign Minister Enrique Reina and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres 

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated strong U.S. support for anticorruption efforts in the hemisphere. She welcomed the work the UN and the Castro administration have done to explore the possibility of a UN-led anticorruption commission in Honduras. Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry 

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield welcomed Prime Minister Henry’s dialogue with the Montana Group and encouraged continued progress in reaching a political accord. The Ambassador reiterated that the United States stands ready to support efforts to hold free, fair, and transparent elections when conditions permit.   Read More»

Statement at the Annual UN General Assembly High-level Discussion on Progress Made Toward Implementing the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS

We join the international community and all stakeholders here today in the UN General Assembly to honor and remember the more than 36 million people, including 700,000 Americans, who have tragically died from AIDS-related illness since the start of the epidemic.  We also renew our commitment to stand with the nearly 38 million people living ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Da’esh/ISIL

In conclusion, Mr. President, ISIS, though diminished, remains intent on achieving its abhorrent goals. Through UNITAD’s expert support of Iraqi efforts to hold ISIS members accountable, combined with the counterterrorism operations of Iraqi forces and the Defeat ISIS Coalition, it will be increasingly clear to ISIS members and recruits that there is no future for ... Read More»

Remarks Following the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Status of IDPs and Refugees in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia

The United States is focused on the plight of IDPs and refugees displaced from the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and all others whose lives and homes have been destroyed by Russia’s unnecessary war of choice in Georgia.  Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting Following Vetoes by China and Russia on a UN Security Council Resolution on the DPRK

The DPRK has a long and dangerous history of proliferation. It could not be more important for all Member States to be united in confronting the DPRK’s unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs. Since the beginning of this year, the DPRK has launched 31 ballistic missiles, including six intercontinental ballistic missiles, an intermediate-range ballistic missile, at ... Read More»

Opening Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on the FY 2023 Budget Request for the UN

I deeply appreciate this Subcommittee’s bipartisan support of our work at the United Nations and other multilateral institutions. With your support, from Day One, this Administration has fully re-engaged across multilateral institutions to advance U.S. interests and address global challenges. Read More»

Media Note: U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Los Angeles for the Ninth Summit of the Americas

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will attend the Summit’s plenary sessions, engage with leaders from throughout the hemisphere, and deliver the closing keynote address at the three-day Young Americas Forum to 500 youth delegates focused on creating a more equitable and sustainable future. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at Campaign Reception for Professor Laurence Helfer, U.S. Candidate for UN Human Rights Committee

President Biden stated at the beginning of his term that U.S. foreign policy will be rooted in democracy and human rights, and nominating an independent expert like Larry for election to a UN human rights treaty body is putting that policy into practice. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the World Telecommunication Development Conference

My experience in the Foreign Service also included being in Rwanda at the start of the genocide when I worked as a regional refugee coordinator. Decades later, it is remarkable to reflect now on all that has changed here in Rwanda, particularly your transformation into a regional leader in information technology. Read More»

Remarks at a UN High-Level Event on the UNODC Strategic Vision for Latin America and the Caribbean

We welcome the release of the Strategic Vision for Latin America and the Caribbean and the close coordination with donors and member states during the development of this document. UNODC’s four investment areas in Latin America closely align with the priorities of the United States in this region. Read More»

Joint Statement at the Annual Session of the UNOPS Executive Board

We thank Interim Executive Director, Jens Wandel, for his humility, sincerity, and proactive communication in engaging the Executive Board since taking on his role. We rely on his expertise and reform-minded approach to facilitate our efforts to move forward in the spirit of mutual respect and partnership, with full transparency and accountability for what has ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at UN Security Council Briefing on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine

Finally, as we work to achieve accountability, we must also do right by the survivors of sexual violence. They urgently need improved and expanded comprehensive service provisions — including sexual and reproductive health services, medical and specialized mental health services, legal assistance, and livelihood support. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Detainees and Missing Persons in Syria

The victims here are not just those detained, tortured, and killed. It is also their families and loved ones. In particular, women who are often forced to become the sole breadwinner for their families – all while carrying out the terrifying and demoralizing search for their loved ones. Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Following the Mandate Renewal of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission Sudan (UNITAMS)

We voted for this mandate renewal to ensure the valuable work of UNITAMS to support the security and stability of Sudan continues, such as the ongoing Sudanese-led dialogue which is facilitated by UNITAMS, the AU, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in East Africa. Read More»

Remarks by Under Secretary Uzra Zeya at a UNSC Open Debate on Strengthening Accountability and Justice for Serious Violations of International Law

The United States will continue to be a strong supporter of meaningful accountability and justice for the victims of atrocities through appropriate mechanisms. Justice, accountability, and the rule of law are values we share, and which we continue to believe are best advanced together. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield During a Press Conference in Hatay, Turkey 

This morning I had the opportunity to once again visit the UN World Food Program’s transshipment center, where I saw firsthand, as you did, the food, the medicine, other critical supplies that millions of Syrians rely on, and I received a briefing on the flow of humanitarian aid across the border into Syria. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Call with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal today at the conclusion of her trip to Turkey. She expressed appreciation for Turkey’s generous support for Syrian refugees, who are enriching their host communities. They agreed on the importance of improving the dire humanitarian situation inside Syria and stressed ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York June 1, 2022 AS DELIVERED Hi. My name is Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and I have the honor of serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It’s my job to work with other Member States to advance human rights and democracy, tackle ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the Media Following a Meeting with Syrian Refugee Business Owners in Turkey

Our Syrian refugees who started this extraordinary business here in Turkey – and you saw earlier I was at another restaurant with Syrian refugees – what this shows, to me and to the world, is that refugees can contribute to a country. They tell me they have about 20 employees, is that correct? So, they’re ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on LGBTQI+ Pride Month

Here at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, we are working to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons throughout UN resolutions. We have re-invigorated our participation in the UN LGBTI Core Group, and we look forward to hosting the UN’s independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in August.  Read More»

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

We were pleased to see the Council adopt a resolution renewing South Sudan sanctions, and we also led an effort renewing UNAMI’s mandate with full Council consensus. UNAMI’s new mandate provides strengthened language on climate change, authorizing UNAMI to assist with addressing the adverse effects of climate change in Iraq, in particular desertification and drought. Read More»

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 31, 2022 AS DELIVERED I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Representative of the United States. Let me start by thanking briefers ASG Pobee and Special Envoy Xia for your remarks. And I’d like to welcome Deputy Prime ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Hold Press Conference upon the Conclusion of the U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will hold a press conference at the UN on Tuesday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the outcomes of the U.S. presidency of the UN Security Council. A livestream of the press conference will be available here: http://webtv.un.org/. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Vote on a U.S-Drafted Resolution on the DPRK

President Biden was just in the Republic of Korea and Japan where he consulted closely with President Yoon and Prime Minister Kishida on the challenges posed by the DPRK’s nuclear and missile activities and the importance of working with the international community to make clear that Pyongyang must live up to its responsibilities to the ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following a Vote on a U.S.-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution on the DPRK

For the first time in 15 years, a UN Security Council member has used a veto to stop the Council from fulfilling its responsibility to hold the DPRK accountable for its unlawful proliferation and tests. The vetoes today are dangerous. Those members have taken a stance that not only undermines the Security Council’s previous actions ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield After the Vote on a U.S.-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution on the DPRK

It goes without saying that this is a disappointing day for this Council. This Council has refused to take action in response to the DPRK’s unlawful launching of intercontinental ballistic missiles. I wish I could say I am surprised. We have been circulating a draft of this resolution for nine weeks. In that time, the countries ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Before the Vote on a U.S.-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution on the DPRK

If adopted, this action-oriented resolution will restrict the DPRK’s ability to advance its unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs, streamline sanctions implementation, and further facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid. It also takes an urgently needed step to address the concerning COVID-19 outbreak in the DPRK.  Read More»

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

Colleagues – yet again, we meet to discuss the situation in Libya. And yet again, we have heard that the Libyan people are still being robbed of the peace, stability, and democracy they long for. Violence continues unabated. Just days ago, as you’ve already heard, on May 17, we saw clashes between rival militias in ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ben Rhodes on “Pod Save the World”

The food insecurity issue was an issue before Ukraine, but it has been made ten times worse by the war. I've learned just over the course – it's only been three months, believe it or not – but that Ukraine is really the breadbasket of the world. World Food Program purchased 50 percent of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East (Is/Pal)

Colleagues, I’d like to now shift our focus to how Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine is impacting food insecurity in the region. As we’ve made clear in this Council, Russia is actively impeding Ukrainian farmers and blocking food exports. We know this is having a particularly devastating impact on the Middle East and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield During a U.S. African Development Foundation Event on Africa Day

There are 54 members of the United Nations who are from African countries. And then when you add into that number, all of the countries where the African diaspora is so prominent – from the United States to Brazil, to other countries in Latin America, to the African diaspora in Europe. We are a powerful ... Read More»

Statement for Opening of the Session (23-27 May 2022) Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WEGPAD)

The United States is committed to extending the principles, methods, and actions outlined in the President’s Executive Order beyond the confines of federal agencies. This includes finding ways at every level of government, and through collaboration with civil society partners, to recognize and redress inequities that impede Black American families from pursuing the most promising ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Colleagues, every year this annual debate is sobering, but this year it is especially so. Fortunately, the steps are clear. As our briefers outlined, there are practical steps we can take, right now, to protect civilians. We know exactly how we can provide humanitarian access and break the cycle of despair. So, let’s just get ... Read More»

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Arria-formula Meeting on The Protection of Journalists

The United States condemns all threats, harassment, and violence against journalists and media workers. No members of the press should be threatened or physically attacked by anyone for any reason, or arrested or detained, simply for doing their job. No journalists should face harassment, intimidation, or violence for doing their job. Journalists’ voices are essential ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council further expressed deep concern regarding the volatile situation in Afghanistan, including political, economic, social and security challenges and their impact on lives of the Afghan people, in particular continued terrorist attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, including in religious minority communities, across Afghanistan and cultivation, production, trade and trafficking ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

We are hopeful that the tripartite-facilitated dialogue will succeed – and soon. The transfer of power to a civilian-led government will enable the resumption of international financial support and development assistance – support that is desperately needed. To make sure that progress happens, and that the people of Sudan are well-served, we are prepared to ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 23, 2022 AS DELIVERED I shall now make a statement in my capacity as the Representative of the United States. Thank you, SRSG Swan, for your presentation and for being with us today. We commend you and your team’s work. And ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Response to Russia at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Use of Digital Technologies in Maintaining

Unfortunately, Russia chose to be unconstructive, launching into baseless attacks to intentionally spread the exact kind of disinformation we are here today, in part, to talk about preventing and addressing. I will not go down the rabbit hole of Russia’s conspiracy theories. Instead, we will work together in the future with other members of this ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Use of Digital Technologies in Maintaining International Peace a

Across the globe, gendered forms of online harassment and abuse, including disinformation campaigns against women leaders, are disrupting women’s equal participation in decision-making on matters of peace and security. We have to work together to combat misinformation and disinformation globally. The UN is already playing a key role to produce transparent and easily accessible information ... Read More»

Remarks Following the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the State of Global Food Insecurity

It is our strong position that the phrase “fully respecting planetary boundaries,” is vague and ill-defined in the text. The United States has opposed this idea since its inception in 2009, given our continued emphasis on science-based decision making. Further, planetary boundaries references are not contained in the instruments referenced in the resolution such as ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Truman Center National Security Conference 2022

I also want to thank the staff of the Truman Center for this great privilege. I wish I could have been there in person with you today, but as you heard I am President of the Security Council this month and it has kept me pretty busy in New York, including this morning chairing a ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on the Progress Declaration on the International Migration Review Forum

Our national values align closely with those reflected in the GCM. The United States will continue to seek to achieve many of its objectives within the structure of the U.S. Constitution, domestic laws, and our international obligations, in keeping with our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Read More»

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

It is in all of our interests, including Russia’s and Syria’s, to prevent a dire humanitarian situation in Syria from growing worse and more desperate. It is in everyone’s interest, in fact. Which is why this Council voted unanimously last year – I repeat, again, we voted unanimously last year – and why we must ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Tim Franks of the BBC World Service 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 20, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: First, how concerned is (Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield) about the diminishing food exports, rising food prices, and the global fear of growing hunger? AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD:  I can tell you on a scale of one to 10, I’m ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper

The Ukrainians have stood strong against the Russian aggression. They defeated the Russians in Kyiv, and they are continuing to fight. So this is not an easy battle. And what the Russians have succeeded in doing is unifying NATO, unifying our European allies, and really bolstering the resolve of the Ukrainian people. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Anne McElvoy of “The Economist Asks” Podcast

Russia has the veto power, and what we have to do is blunt that veto power, and I think we have succeeded in doing that. Even when they vetoed, 13 countries did not support them. So certainly they have a sense of isolation. And I think the Lichtenstein resolution that we co-sponsored that also succeeded, ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the United Nations International Migration Review Forum

There’s another migration issue that is front of mind today. Almost 13 million people have fled or been displaced in Ukraine since President Putin’s war began in February. I want to commend the countries that are welcoming Ukrainian refugees and supporting the humanitarian response. We remain united in supporting Ukraine and opposing this senseless war. Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Meeting with U.S. Mission to the United Nations Personnel

Virtually everything that we are doing, trying to do around the world to benefit the American people, our fellow citizens for the most part, comes together here in this mission.  Whether it’s dealing with COVID, whether it’s dealing with climate, whether it’s figuring out how we shape these emerging technologies, whether it’s grappling with a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the U.S.-Hosted Global Food Security Ministerial

As we've clearly outlined today, the global food security situation is dire and made all the more urgent by recent events. Famine is preventable. No one has to go hungry. Those of us who never have to worry about whether we will find our next meal have a special obligation to act on behalf of ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a U.S.-Hosted Food Security Ministerial

Governments and international organizations can also come together to compel the Russian Federation to create corridors so that food and other vital supplies can safely leave Ukraine by land or by sea.  There are an estimated 22 million tons of grain sitting in silos in Ukraine right now, food that could immediately go toward helping ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield During an African Ministerial Meeting with Secretary Antony Blinken on Food Security

This meeting is an opportunity for us to hear directly from you, at the highest levels, about this issue and so much more. We want to know what you are seeing and experiencing on the ground and how we can find ways to work together on a path forward. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the G5 Sahel

Finally, I want to make clear that the region cannot move forward until justice and accountability are prioritized. The G5 Sahel countries must pursue legitimate efforts to prevent, investigate, and pursue accountability for allegations of human rights violations and abuses. None of this work is easy. But all of it is vital to the peace ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on Iraq

The next government of Iraq will need to account for the impending wind-down of humanitarian, stabilization, and development assistance from the international community. It will need to chart a course for development and will need to answer to calls from the people of Iraq to root out corruption and abandon politicization of democratic institutions and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Memorial in Remembrance of The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright

Madeleine Albright might have been small in stature, but she was huge in status. And that status was not inevitable for her. In fact, it really was unlikely. Madeleine grew up in the shadow of conflict. She fled Nazi invasion and Communist oppression and came to the United States as a refugee. But from humble ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UNICEF Event on Conflict, Hunger, and Children

Today the United States is kicking off several days of action at the UN to address food insecurity across the globe. Tomorrow, Secretary Blinken, as you heard, will come to New York to chair a Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial Meeting. And on Thursday, I’ve invited him to chair an Open Debate in ... Read More»

UN Security Council Press Elements Following Consultations on Yemen

The members of the Security Council welcomed the efforts by all parties to uphold the truce, in particular the Government of Yemen’s flexibility in enabling the entry of fuel ships into Hodeida and enabling flights between Sana’a and Amman, and they encouraged the parties to continue progress toward carrying out the terms of the truce, ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphopbia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

This year’s IDHOBIT theme, “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights,” emphasizes the human right’s necessary for people to live their sexualities and to express their gender freely, without threat of physical violence or emotional abuse. Unfortunately, across the world, members of the LGBTQI+ community do not enjoy these rights. That must change. World leaders have an ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a New York Foreign Press Center Briefing on Global Food Security

The hard truth we have to reckon with is that people starve every day all around the world even though we have more than enough food to go around. Worse, many go hungry and don’t know where their next meal will come from because warmongers are intentionally using starvation as a weapon of war. Ethiopia, ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Call with Raed al Saleh of the White Helmets

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield emphasized that Syria remains a top priority for the Biden Administration, and she highlighted that the United States pledged over $800 million in new humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people at the Brussels VI Conference. The Ambassador raised the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, which makes UN access into Syria all the more ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

I reiterate the United States’ position that any use of chemical or biological weapons by Russia will result in severe consequences. And we expect the Russian government to publicly and unequivocally state that Russian forces, and its proxies, will not use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine or anywhere – ever – in accordance with ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict in Ukraine

The international community has an obligation to protect children, as almost all of us around the table have said. Children, who are the most vulnerable among us. Member States should work collectively to ensure that innocent children – regardless of the borders in which they reside – can live without the imminent fear of death, ... Read More»

Closing Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the White House Global COVID-19 Summit

I’m encouraged by the leadership and the political and financial commitments we’ve seen so far this morning. With everyone’s hard work, we can continue to make ending the pandemic a top priority, even as we simultaneously deal with other crises. And if there’s one thing I’m taking away from this first session, it’s that as ... Read More»

Opening Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the White House Global COVID-19 Summit

When we convened the last Summit, I said that only a truly global response can meet this moment. That was just over seven months ago. And in that time, our global efforts have saved countless lives. The United States, in partnership with COVAX and others, hit a critical milestone: donating over a half billion vaccine ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

All of these ballistic missile launches, as would a nuclear test, violate Security Council resolutions. They pose threats to regional and international security. And they seek to undermine the global nonproliferation regime. This Council should not stand for it. But the Security Council has stayed silent because two Council members have argued that Council restraint ... Read More»

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

Twenty-seven years ago, the United States helped forge the Dayton Peace Accords. The Accords remain vital to the maintenance of international peace and security because what was true when Dayton was signed in 1995 remains true today: The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina is paramount and unquestionable. But as we have heard ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout

I just want to express my sincere condolences over the loss of the Palestinian-American journalists, Al Jazeera journalist, who was killed – Shireen. It was really, really horrifying. She's well respected. She was doing her job – the jobs that you all do every single day – and I just want to express my condolences to her ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Media Roundtable in Brussels, Belgium

I – on Russian announcement on the 9th of May, they had nothing to announce. They have no victory to celebrate. They are still fighting. We are not seeing them pull back from Ukraine, but they certainly have reassessed their goals. We saw them pull back from Kyiv, and they are concentrating their efforts on the East where I think ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield During a Press Conference in Brussels, Belgium

Look, we – as I mentioned in my remarks today, the political situation is key to solving this for the Syrian people. We are encouraging that there be a political solution, but we’ve also been clear that we will not provide any reconstruction to Syria until the political situation has been resolved and accountability for ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with EEAS Secretary General Stefano Sannino and NATO Assistant Secretary General Bettina Cadenbach

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the Biden Administration’s ironclad commitment to a strong and resilient NATO. She welcomed the EU’s efforts to provide vital economic, security, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. The group discussed Allies’ and partners’ continuing and coordinated efforts to hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked war and abhorrent attacks on civilians in ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Önal

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal in Brussels on the sidelines of the Brussels VI Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored the need to ensure continued access to lifesaving humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, including through UN-facilitated ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles to discuss the extraordinary cooperation between the United States and Europe in dealing with shared international challenges. Read More»

Joint statement on the Occasion of the 77th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War in Europe

We must not forget the heroism demonstrated in the struggle for the liberation of Europe. We must honor and safeguard our shared history as well as international law, including the UN Charter. We must continue upholding peace and security, defending human rights, fundamental freedoms, the rule of law as well as strongly condemning Nazism, neo-Nazism, ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union”

The Russians have nothing to celebrate tomorrow. They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They've not succeeded in dividing the world, or dividing NATO, and they have only succeeded in isolating themselves internationally and becoming a pariah state around the globe. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Frank Ucciardo of TRT World, Turkey

Frank, for having me. And let me just say that when I started as President of the Security Council last year in March, we also had a focus on the situation in Syria and throughout my tenure I have focused on that situation. So, I previously made a trip to the border area of visiting ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Margaret Hoover of PBS “Firing Line”

We don’t have any other institution other than the United Nations to carry out the mandates of peace and security. There’s no other institution that has the membership that the United Nations has. So while the United Nations is not perfect – we have to constantly recalibrate ourselves, we have to constantly reform – but ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Betül Yürük of Anadolu Agency, Turkey

Betül, I'm visiting to update myself on the situation at the border so that I am in a better position to defend keeping this border open and pushing for reopening some of the other borders. Look, it is in Russia's interests – it’s not just in our interests – it is in Syria’s interests that ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Congolese Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today in New York with Congolese Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended the Republic of the Congo’s leadership as Chair of the African Union High-Level Committee in 2021, and shared their mutual concern for the deteriorating situation in Libya and its effects on the region. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today in New York with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended Indonesia on its G20 Presidency, and the two officials discussed a variety of issues of shared concern, including the effects of Russia’s war against Ukraine; Read More»

Media Note: U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Turkey and Belgium

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Turkey on May 9 to visit the Bab al-Hawa border crossing and receive briefings on the extensive support provided by the United Nations and its partner agencies to meet the dire humanitarian needs in Syria. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Protection of Civilians and Civilian Infrastructure in Ukraine

The Ukrainian people are fighting for their lives, for their future, and for all of the values the UN holds dear. We stand with them, and with the overwhelming majority of the international community, in defense of sovereignty, of liberty, and democracy. Read More»

Keynote Remarks at the 7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

If we focus on this today, tomorrow, and in all our shared endeavors -- together -- we can shape the global evolution of science, technology, and innovation in a manner consistent with these values and realize the promise that they bring to build back better from COVID-19. Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Joint Inspection Unit Report on Accessibility

We appreciate the efforts to design an accessible after-hours delegates gate and wheelchair lift for access to the rostrum in the General Assembly Hall, but we regret that neither of these changes have been finalized after more than two years of discussion. These projects need to be completed promptly. Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Committee on Information in Response to Russia

The United States stands ready to assist Member States who may be concerned that a specific visa will not be issued in time for a relevant meeting, and we continue to urge individuals to submit visa applications as early as possible. When missions contact the United States Mission a reasonable amount of time beforehand, preferably ... Read More»

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

We’re proud to be holding two signature events during our presidency. You may recall that in March of 2021, just after I arrived in New York, the United States chaired a Security Council meeting on the link between armed conflict and food security, and once again we will bring a spotlight to conflict as a ... Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Administrative and Budgetary Aspects of the Financing of UN Peacekeeping Operations

UN peacekeeping plays a vital role in creating the space and trust necessary to find political solutions where threats to international peace and security exist. The Fifth Committee’s role is to provide policy guidance and resources to allow these missions to efficiently and effectively carry out the mandates established by the Security Council. We are ... 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 on Tuesday, May 3 at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will outline the May program of work for the UN Security Council and highlight U.S. priorities for the month. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 2022 Spring Commencement of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi

So, graduates, take a moment to reflect on your past four years. Think about all the challenges you faced, the hills you had to climb, backward with no shoes on as our parents used to tell us. Think about the mornings you thought you wouldn’t make it through the day. Now think about today – ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Availability at the Spring 2022 Commencement of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi

You know, today is a really important day for me. Important because I'm here at Tougaloo to address the 2022 graduating class, but also today is the first day of my presidency of the Security Council. So starting today – but tomorrow morning – I will be taking on that role as President of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert

In the mid-twentieth century, they were part of a State Department program to share jazz with the world.  In Eastern Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia.  A form of “cultural diplomacy” amid the Cold War. In their performances, they shared the creativity, the diversity, and the freedom of jazz. They shared the full spectrum of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Opening for Signature of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention

Let me end by reiterating U.S. support for the Law of the Sea Convention and our continued regard for much of the Convention as reflective of customary international law. Mr. President, in closing, it gives us great pleasure to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Law of the Sea Convention ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the Mandate Renewal of UNSMIL

We are particularly disappointed that the Russian delegation demanded the removal of several elements from this resolution that would have provided UNSMIL the guidance and resources it needs on critical issues like reconciliation and security sector reform. Russia’s insistence on a mandate which only lasts three months, purportedly to facilitate the appointment of the SRSG, will ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the ICC Prosecutor on the Situation in Libya

We support ongoing efforts to build domestic capacity to punish perpetrators of human rights abuses and violations and encourage support for local capacity building and judicial reform in Libya. Central to the success of any domestic prosecution is the guarantee of fair trial protections, as well as the protection of rights and security of victims ... Read More»

Remarks at the High-Level Meeting on the New Urban Agenda

In the past year millions of people, particularly women and children, have been displaced by conflict, many forced to move from city to city for safety, shelter, and sustenance. We meet today against the backdrop of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, which has decimated urban infrastructure in many Ukrainian cities. Russian forces have ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Ensuring Accountability for Atrocities Committed by Russia in Ukraine

Finally, as part of our effort to advance accountability in Ukraine, the United States has released information on the immediate priorities of the European Democratic Resilience Initiative. Announced by President Biden during his visit to Brussels in March, this Initiative will provide up to $320 million in new funding to support societal resilience and to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding Financing

As President Biden has said: “Prevention is hard work – measured not in days and weeks, but in years and generations. Its successes are never as evident as its failures, and it requires us to remain focused on lasting peace and stability over the allure of easier, more temporary gains that may not strengthen our ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Great Lakes Region

The United States strongly condemn all attacks upon civilians including the February 1st Plaine Savo IDP Camp where CODECO assailants slaughtered more than 60 people, mostly women and children, before MONUSCO intervened jointly with DRC Armed Forces to repel the assault. We also lament the reported killing of at least 32 DRC Armed Forces soldiers. ... Read More»

Remarks at the General Debate of the 55th Annual Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development

Ambassador Lisa Carty U.S. Representative to ECOSOC New York, New York April 26, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. At the outset, the United States would like to align itself with the statement delivered yesterday by Mexico. As the Commission prepares for the ICPD’s 30th anniversary, and implementing its Program of Action, we must ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly Following the Adoption of a Resolution on the UN Security Council Veto

We note the provision in the resolution that was adopted today that there would be no General Assembly meeting convened on the casting of a veto if the General Assembly had already met on the same situation at a meeting of an Emergency Special Session. Whether the General Assembly convenes an Emergency Special Session or ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance

This past fall, I had the honor of rekindling the eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. It was a moment that moved me beyond words. And it was a reminder of the awesome responsibility that we have to live up to a sacred promise: “Never Again.” Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Conflict and Hunger

In Ethiopia, as many as nine million people face severe food insecurity. In Tigray specifically, more than 90 percent of people need aid. In South Sudan, conflict has driven two famines in the last five years and analysts are warning another one could occur in 2022. And in Syria, about 12 million people are experiencing ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at Howard University’s King Lecture Series with Donna Brazile, Justin Hansford, J.D., and Dr. Anthony Wutoh

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 20, 2022 AS DELIVERED DR. ANTHONY WUTOH: Good evening. I’m Dr. Anthony Wutoh, and I currently serve as the provost and chief academic officer at Howard University. It is my honor and my pleasure to welcome you to the Gwendolyn and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan and South Sudan

On behalf of the United States, I would like to voice our continued strong support for UNISFA. And I thank UNISFA personnel, for their invaluable service in support of peace, security, and stability in Abyei. While the mission is undergoing its reconfiguration into a new multinational force, UNISFA remains dedicated to carrying out its critical ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Kosovo

Mr. President, it remains as clear as ever that UNMIK has fulfilled its purpose as outlined in Security Council’s original mandate in 1999. We commend the work of the UN entities, agencies, and funds that are active in the country to further the development of democratic norms and institutions in Kosovo and the region. However, ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Sherwin Bryce-Pease of SABC News

 I can't speak for President Ramaphosa. I can only speak for the United States and the positions that we have taken. And we made every effort to negotiate with the Russians, to understand their security issues, and try to address their security issues at the negotiating table. And you will know that we were in ... Read More»

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

For our part, the United States is welcoming up to 100,000 Ukrainians, and we are funding efforts to support all those who have fled Ukraine. As we do everything we can to support Ukrainian refugees, all of us need to provide just as much support, protection, and grace to the many third-country nationals fleeing Ukraine. ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister of Kosovo Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kosovo Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed deep appreciation for Kosovo’s support on Afghanistan and Ukraine, including early and generous support to temporarily host Afghans and accept thousands of refugees from Ukraine. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister of Ireland Simon Coveney

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Foreign Minister of Ireland Simon Coveney. They discussed Foreign Minister Coveney’s recent travel to Ukraine and Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield's trip to Moldova and Romania and the growing humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian Federation’s brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Foreign Minister Coveney ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jim Sciutto of CNN

 It's more than symbolic, for sure. And I do expect that it will succeed. This has been part of many efforts toward Security Council reform, and it will require that the five Permanent Members who have this extraordinary power to veto, explain their vetoes to the general membership. And we do support it because we ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Fireside Chat with the Brookings Institute

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 14, 2022 AS DELIVERED MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for today’s conversation on the state of international cooperation and multilateralism. I am Brahim, the Vice President of the global economy and development program at Brookings. And it’s ... Read More»

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

We haven’t had this much momentum in Yemen in a long time. It is critical that we continue to help the parties seize this hopeful moment, preserve the gains being made, and lock in steps that can prevent a return to fighting. There is no military solution to this terrible conflict. There is only a ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Kwibuka 28

In the wake of this genocide, Rwanda – united in reconciliation – has made remarkable progress in becoming a more peaceful and prosperous nation. The United States is proud to stand with the people and Government of Rwanda in their efforts to overcome the terrible legacy of one of the darkest chapters in human history. Read More»

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

We need to ensure we are addressing the underlying societal norms and power relations that, when combined with weak or absent state institutions, lead to gender-based violence. We need to advance gender-sensitive early warning and response. And we must persevere in our promotion of the meaningful participation of women in decision-making roles, especially in conflict-prevention, ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Election of Keith Harper to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

I am thrilled to congratulate Ambassador (ret.) Keith Harper, an independent expert elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) for the 2023-2025 term. Mr. Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the first Native American to be named a U.S. Ambassador, serving from 2014 to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Side Event on Enhancing the Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders and Journalists: Survivors’ Perspectives Meeting

We cannot afford to lose this diversity of viewpoints or women’s voices, perspectives, or leadership. That’s one of the reasons why these voices of human rights defenders and journalists are so important. We must stand with these defenders and journalists, and speak out wherever and whenever human rights are being violated or abused. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

As we all know, full implementation of rural economic plans is a generational project. For this reason, Colombia’s current and future elected leaders must continue to support the Peace Accord’s implementation on rural development and make progress to improve rural security, to address land tenure, and to tackle the root causes of these challenges.    Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Vaccine Access in Conflict-Affected Areas

Colleagues, let me absolutely clear: aid organizations delivering humanitarian assistance, including COVID-19 vaccinations and treatment, must be given unfettered access. In Ukraine. In Syria. In Burma. In every single country, under every single conflict. The United States is already working with the international community to expand access through our Global VAX initiative. And thanks to the Global ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Role of Women in Maintaining Peace and Security in Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 11, 2022 AS DELIVERED Good morning and thank you, Mr. President. We’re honored by your presence here with us today, and thankful to the United Kingdom for leading this debate. Thank you to our briefers from UN Women and UNICEF for ... Read More»

Statement at the UN General Assembly Interim Oral Update with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in the Syria

We urge member states to cooperate with the OHCHR and support the UN Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights situation in Syria and the annual General Assembly resolution on the human rights situation in Syria. We look forward to the UN’s recommendations for how to enhance measures to identify the fate of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Emergency Special Session to Suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council

Yesterday, I saw a photo taken by an AP photojournalist in Kyiv, that has struck me in particular. It’s of a six-year-old boy, standing in a garden next to his mother’s grave. It struck me because, one day, Ukraine’s infrastructure will be rebuilt and the rubble will be cleared, but there will be no way ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Margaret Besheer of Voice of America

But do we have to sit and continue to watch the carnage? Watch the horror of Bucha happen over and over again, while Russia is sitting on the Human Rights Council? So the Commission of Inquiry can do its work. But Russia should not be sitting on the Human Rights Council, using the council as ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Well, certainly, and right now the Ukrainians are making a real concerted effort to sit down at the table with the Russians to find and negotiate an end to this to this carnage. The Russians have not been negotiating in good faith. The Russians have come to the table, but not been willing to stop ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Mali

This increase in reports of human rights abuses is exactly why the United States continues to warn countries against partnering with the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group. Wagner forces have been implicated in human rights abuses, including execution-style killings, in the Central African Republic and elsewhere. Wagner Group forces will not bring peace to Mali and will ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the National Action Network’s 2022 “Keepers of the Dream” Awards Ceremony

We are proud of the way the world’s democracies have rallied to stand up for Ukraine. And it underscores why ensuring our democracy continues to thrive is essential. That’s why your work is so important. Our most cherished values are at stake. And when you strengthen our own democracy and democratic institutions, you make our ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN International

We cannot make any mistakes here. We have to keep the pressure on Russia. We have to call out what they're doing. We know what they're doing is committing war crimes. And we need to start the process right now of helping the Ukrainians develop the evidence, collect the proof of these war crimes, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the National Defense University President’s Lecture Series

The work of the UN extends into so many other crucial realms, too. And while we have profound disagreements with some countries – we also engage with them on areas of mutual agreement. Because that’s what diplomacy is all about. Just last week, the Security Council passed a resolution on a shared framework for how ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Joy Reid of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut”

And the truth of the matter, Joy, is before February 24, none of this was taking place in Ukraine. There were no bodies on the streets. There were no people being killed. There was no blood flowing. So, only Russia is responsible for this, and they would have us believe that the Ukrainians did this ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour

Once we saw the pictures of those atrocities, it became clearer to us that the first action we needed to take, among many is to get Russia suspended from the Human Rights Council. It cannot present itself to the world as a country that respects human rights, and then carry out the kinds of atrocities ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Laura Trevelyan of BBC World News America

We are holding Russia to account. We have isolated Russia in the Security Council and I feel his frustration. He is under attack by by the Russians. No one can question his frustration with the Council and how the Council operates. The Russians do have veto power. But I have said over and over again, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Impact of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Given the growing mountain of evidence, Russia should not have a position of authority in a body whose purpose – whose very purpose – is to promote respect for human rights. Not only is this the height of hypocrisy – it is dangerous. Russia is using its membership on the Human Rights Council as a ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Michel Martin of NPR

Well, it’s necessary to support the government and the people of Moldova. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. It’s a small country. Having thousands of refugees pour into their border has had a tremendous impact, and it’s been challenging for them both in terms of their economy and their budget. And that ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mariana Rata of TV8, Moldova

Part of the reason I am here is to work with the UN agencies and the NGOs on their preparations and their response to the humanitarian crisis coming out of Ukraine, particularly the large numbers of refugees. And we had several discussions with UNHCR, with the World Food Program, and other organizations about their plans ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Galina Vasilieva of NewsMaker, Moldova

I had that – a discussion about that today with the International Organization for Migration and with the representative from the Human Rights Council, as well as with the Prime Minister. We’re very conscious of the possibility of human trafficking taking place, women being further victimized as they cross borders. And so, everyone is alert ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Avail in Bucharest, Romania

As I told Prime Minister Ciucă earlier today in our robust discussion, I want the Romanian people to know that you are not alone. In all of your humanitarian efforts, the United States is your committed partner. We support your lifesaving work, and we will do everything we can to help ensure all those escaping ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended Romania for its humanitarian assistance for more than 600,000 refugees from Ukraine, and reaffirmed U.S. support for Romania in these efforts. Both agreed to work together in continuing to coordinate on humanitarian issues, in particular supporting Moldova’s efforts to address the compounding humanitarian and refugee crisis. The leaders also shared unwavering support ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Avail with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita in Chisinau

Today, I was able to see firsthand the way your government and the Moldovan people have come together to embrace those – mostly women and children – who have been forced to leave behind everything they have and people they dearly love to flee to safety. You have welcomed them with open arms, and for ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Moldovan President Maia Sandu

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Moldovan President Maia Sandu today in Chisinau. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Sandu discussed Moldova’s generous and welcoming response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Kremlin’s devastating war against Ukraine. Read More»

United States Announces $50 Million in Additional Assistance to Moldova in the Context of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Today in Chisinau, Moldova, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that, working with Congress, the United States will provide an additional $50 million to help the Government of Moldova and its people cope with the impacts of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war on Ukraine. Through this additional assistance, the United States is ... Read More»

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with UN Moldova and Humanitarian Organizations

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with representatives of the UN country team and humanitarian organizations today in Chisinau, Moldova. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and the representatives discussed efforts by UN agencies, international partners, and non-governmental organizations to ramp up support for and capacity to assist refugees from Ukraine in the Republic of ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly Debate on the IIIM for Syria

Russia has fueled and perpetuated the war in Syria through reckless and barbaric attacks impacting civilians and civilian infrastructure. We are alarmed but not surprised to see that it is now using some of the same tactics in its unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine. Based on information currently available, we assess that members of ... Read More»

Remarks by a Senior Administration Official during a Telephonic Background Briefing on Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Moldova and Roma

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield's visit comes on the heels of the President’s announcement last week that the United States is prepared to provide more than $1 billion in new funding towards humanitarian assistance for those affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine and its severe impact around the world, including a marked rise in food insecurity, over the ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the U.S. strategic partnership with Jordan and conveyed the Biden-Harris Administration’s interest in further expanding our already close cooperation. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield discussed the need for additional donors to provide financial contributions to UNRWA so that it can ... Read More»

Remarks at the Closing of the UN Fifth Committee First Resumed Session

For over five years, we have failed to move forward on a comprehensive human resources management resolution that would have expanded professional development through mobility, improved access to internships, enhanced performance management, and strengthened the independence of the Ethics Office. These reforms would have transformed the workforce of the United Nations. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the Wilson Center’s Virtual Event “Commemorating 200 Years of U.S.-Liberia Ties: Moving Forward Together”

So, on the 200th commemoration of U.S.-Liberia ties, we are marking a specific moment: a moment when free Black men, women, and children from the United States arrived in Providence Island. It’s important to remember the context that brought them here. They were leaving behind a country where slavery was legalized. But they were also pushed out, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Mandate

It is rare that this Council gets the opportunity to help shape the transition of a mission. The United States voted in favor of this resolution because it provides a vital opportunity to build on AMISOM's efforts and take the next steps to roll back al-Shabaab, enabling Somalia to provide the security and stability required ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announcing Nearly $204 Million in New Assistance Supporting the Humanitarian Response in Afghanistan

We’ve just heard about the immense and dire needs that continue to face the people of Afghanistan. To that end, the United States is announcing today nearly $204 million in new humanitarian assistance funding for the UN and our non-governmental partners to deploy in Afghanistan and in support of Afghans in the region. Read More»

Media Note: U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Moldova and Romania

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Moldova and Romania April 2-4 to focus on Moldova and Romania’s efforts to assist refugees coming from Ukraine and the humanitarian needs created by the Russian Federation’s aggression and war against Ukraine. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with China’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Liu Xiaoming

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield dropped by a meeting today with China’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Liu Xiaoming in New York. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the importance of a unified UN Security Council response to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) provocative ballistic missile launches and expressed the need to ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Sherman in Response to Russia at a UNSC Briefing on the Humanitarian Impact of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

First, I want to be clear that the conflict that is being suffered by the Ukrainian people is not about the Russian Federation versus the West. One hundred and forty countries, just last week, spoke in support of ending this conflict and the need to end this humanitarian crisis. A hundred and forty-one countries supported ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Impact of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Russia’s ceaseless bombardment of Ukraine’s cities and critical infrastructure has created one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in recent decades. Russian forces have laid siege to cities like Mariupol, where citizens have been left without food, water, heat, or electricity in the depths of winter. People have resorted to melting snow for drinking water. One ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a United Nations Screening of “Equiano.Stories”

In Olaudah Equiano’s time, they didn’t have smartphones or social media. But he used the tool he had at his disposal to share his story with the world: his words. His words were his power. And this power didn’t come easy. He only learned to read and write later in life. And when he did ... Read More»

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

First and foremost, the United States strongly condemns continued attacks by armed groups – including ISIS-DRC, also known as Allied Democratic Forces, and the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo. We are concerned by the grave threats to civilians posed by armed groups with networks across the region. As the Secretary-General’s report notes, these ... Read More»

National Statement at the UNGA Commemoration on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The United States must address the multidimensional legacies of slavery through an unprecedented commitment to racial equity, justice, and inclusion within our borders and throughout our global affairs. We have demonstrated our commitment nationally through a government-wide approach to addressing systemic inequity. Today, the President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, will sign the Emmett ... Read More»

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

The United States fully supports UNITAMS’ efforts to monitor and report on the situation in Sudan, including on the human rights situation, as it has been mandated to do by this Council. We agree with our UK colleague that it is essential for UNITAMS to be able to provide a full and balanced representation of ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on the Situation of Women and Girls as a Result of Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

We come together at the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York to condemn the unprovoked Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine. These actions are in grave violation of international law, including the principles of the UN Charter and we urge the Russian Federation, in line ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the March 24 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch

Albania, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates (in their national capacity), the United Kingdom, and the United States, condemn, in the strongest terms, the DPRK intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on the morning of March 24. This launch violated multiple Security Council ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Response to China and Russia at a UN Security Council Briefing on the DPRK

We have also continued to support the 1718 Committee's swift processing of sanctions exemptions to aid organizations and it is why we are now working closely with the UN Secretariat to establish a reliable banking channel. We call on DPRK to commit to the well-being of its own people by respecting human rights, defunding its ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The United States calls on all Member States to fully implement the existing Security Council resolutions. And because of the DPRK’s increasingly dangerous provocations, the United States will be introducing a Chapter VII Security Council resolution to update and strengthen the sanctions regime. In Security Council Resolution 2397, which we unanimously adopted, the Council decided ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Following the UN Security Council’s Vote on the 1718 Committee Mandate Renewal

I want to end by expressing the United States’ concern over the report leakage – a concern I know many Council members share – and I hope that all parties protect the report until it is publicly released moving forward. The United States also asks that the panel deliver the incident report requested by multiple ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the High Level Launch of the Group of Friends of Accountability Following the Aggression Against Ukraine

We’re committed to using every tool in our arsenal, including criminal prosecution, to hold Russia’s forces accountable. We’re pursuing this domestically, by supporting the work of the War Crimes Unit under the Office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, and also supporting Ukraine’s authorities and civil society organizations who are working on the ground to document ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Shohei Yano of NHK

I was very pleased with these results. One-hundred-forty is a significant vote. And it said that across regions, there was support for Ukraine. It was – it took a great deal of effort. As you know, there were two resolutions on the table: one that called out Russia supported by Ukraine and the other that ... Read More»

Remarks at UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Ensuring Access to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

We urge Member States, the United Nations, and humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine, and across the globe, to increase efforts to fund and provide cross-sectoral mental health and psychosocial support services that are of quality, trauma-informed, contextually sensitive, gender-transformative, and provided with respect for human rights. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ahmed Khir Eldon Mohammed of AlHurra 

They're beginning to feel the consequences because, as many countries noted, Ukraine was the breadbasket of so many countries. Several countries have told me that they get as much as 50 percent to 80 percent of their wheat from Ukraine. They're not able to access that wheat because there's a war taking place in the ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women Peace Track Initiative Parallel Event

Women must play a vital role alongside men in resolving the conflict. As we have heard from others and know well from other conflicts around the world, when women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is more widely responsive, more durable, and more effectively implemented. By including women civil society leaders and members of ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political and Humanitarian Situation in Syria

It is essential that the Security Council renew and expand the cross-border mechanism authorized in Resolution 2585 this July. We continue to support efforts to facilitate cross-line aid, including by Turkey, but cross-line aid deliveries simply cannot match the volume of humanitarian assistance that is delivered cross-border. Moreover, cross-line aid remains a risky endeavor, as the ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine

The U.S. is, of course, one of the largest humanitarian contributors to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. Our humanitarian assistance is at about $600 million now, and we will continue to look for opportunities to provide support to the Ukrainians and encourage others to do so. And this resolution is one way of doing that. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Response to Russia at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine

The Russian PR asked why we decided to abstain and not veto. To be honest, it was not necessary to veto, and I don’t think the resolution that was put before us was worthy of the U.S. using its precious veto power. Thirteen members of this Council abstained, and that was all that was required ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on a Russian Drafted UN Security Council Resolution on the Humanitarian Situation

The United States stands with the people of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States stand with Ukraine. Our chorus of voices is why Russia’s cynical effort to use this institution to spread disinformation and propaganda won’t work. As the vote today will show, Russia’s disingenuous efforts to deny the truth of its ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine

We must have the courage to speak the truth here. This war did not appear out of thin air. This humanitarian crisis was not a natural disaster; it was man-made. Any country that wants to make a serious effort to address the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine must be clear about what is causing that emergency. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab State

But make no mistake – Russia’s war has global implications. Russia’s devastation of Ukraine’s agricultural fields and the blockade of its ports have already hurt global food security. This is having consequences for the Arab world, including in Yemen, a country that has already endured immense humanitarian suffering. We hope to work with the League ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women: A Conversation with Syrian Women

But colleagues let’s be clear: 11 years of war have disproportionately affected women and girls; disproportionately and tragically. Women are shouldering the burdens of traditional household duties, social and economic pressures, and displacement. And we continue to hear, as so many of my colleagues have noted, these alarming, horrific reports of gender-based violence, in addition ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russian Disinformation and Its War Against Ukraine

I will support the draft that the Ukrainians and the work with the French and the Mexican delegations and the rest of us to put on the table. It is a strong humanitarian resolution. It does identify the cause of the humanitarian crisis. Russia is the cause of the humanitarian crisis. The other two resolutions, ... Read More»

Remarks Delivered at ECOSOC Briefing on Our Common Agenda

As we gather today to discuss the Secretary-General's vision, we cannot turn a blind eye to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, which is a blatant violation of the UN Charter. This unfolding crisis makes clear that we urgently need new mechanisms to effectively grapple with emergencies, including wars, pandemics, or climate-induced disasters. Effective multilateralism is dependent ... Read More»

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

The United States remains committed to widening relations between Israel and its neighbors. One way we can that is by deepening cooperation among the participants in the Abraham Accords and other countries that have normal relations with Israel. On that front, we are encouraged by Israeli IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi’s meetings in Bahrain ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show”

Look we are seeing this happen every day in front of our eyes, and we're working with our partners to collect evidence so that we are prepared to support any efforts that are made to hold President Putin and Russia accountable for the horrific brutality that they are imposing on the Ukrainian people. Attacking schools, ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union”

Look, the President was also very clear about his discussion with President Xi, in which we made our position very well known to him that there will be consequences for China if China decides to provide substantial military or financial support to the Russians that allow them to avoid the sanctions. The conversation, as you ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today in New York with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolaos Dendias. The two officials agreed on the importance of continued unity among NATO allies and UN Member States to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked and unconscionable war against Ukraine. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed her condolences ... Read More»

Remarks by Amb. Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The powerful notion that diversity is a strength holds true for communities and countries everywhere. Growing up, I faced adversity. But that ultimately made me stronger. And as I made my way through life, I found I could flex my “adversity muscles” – I remembered how I dealt with adversity in the past, and it ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

We call on Russia to allow unhindered humanitarian access to those in need, now. Fighting must stop so aid workers can safely cross conflict lines to provide lifesaving assistance. And as aid and supplies go in, civilians who wish to flee the violence must be allowed to leave, in the direction of their choosing. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at another UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia to Spread Disinformation About Ukraine

I asked the Russian PR where are the 100,000 troops who were sitting on the Russian side of the border now? Sadly, I think many of them have given their lives in this senseless, unconscionable war against the Ukrainian people. Russia lied to its own people as well – shutting down media to try and ... Read More»

Joint Statement Before a UN Security Council Meeting Highlighting Russia’s Disinformation About Ukraine 

This morning, Russia is once again attempting to use this Council to launder its disinformation, spread its propaganda, and justify its unprovoked and brutal attack on Ukraine. We know this because it’s a well-worn playbook. Just one week ago, they convened the Council under precisely the same pretenses, and we heard a litany of bombastic ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Anne Soy of BBC News Africa

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York March 18, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION:  We’ll start with the UN General Assembly’s resolution deploring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for the immediate withdrawal of its forces. African countries accounted for half of the abstentions on that vote. What do you make ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (Part 1)

The United States is committed to the full achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We firmly believe that the SDGs remain within our reach, and the DPOA helps to illuminate the path forward. In that regard, we all have a role to play – Member States, local and regional governments, civil society actors, the private ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Bahamian Minister for Social Services and Urban Development Lisa Rahming 

As part of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield today met with Bahamian Minister for Social Services and Urban Development Lisa Rahming. Both reaffirmed the strong U.S.-Bahamas relationship. They discussed shared concerns about the plight of Haitian migrants and the need to address the impacts ... Read More»

Remarks by Amb. Thomas-Greenfield in Response to Russia at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis Caused by Russia’s War in Uk

Let us not forget that Russia is the aggressor here. They are the ones that are creating a pretext for attacks on their own people, and we can't be fooled by their efforts here. They have troops inside of Ukraine. They are killing people inside of Ukraine. That is the reason for us being here ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis Caused by Russia’s War Against Ukraine

I just met with Ukrainian civil society leaders. They reported that people standing in a bread line, trying to get food to feed their families, were shot dead by Russian soldiers. They reported terror – the terror that Russia is inflicting across Ukraine on the Ukrainian people. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

The United States remains encouraged by the steady progress of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission as it implements its comprehensive Action Plan for the withdrawal of the armed groups. Challenges on the political track should not be allowed to spill over into the military domain and impede the substantial progress that has been achieved. Read More»

U.S. National Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 66th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The women and girls of Ukraine are suffering tremendously – just as they are in Burma, in Ethiopia, and in Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the world – in conflicts under repressive regimes around the world. They are, fundamentally, why we are here and why it is so important that we document their stories, defend their ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN CSW U.S.-Hosted Side Event on “A Global Partnership to End Online Harassment and Abuse”

Our goal today is to continue to work together to galvanize each other, and coordinate on a multilateral scale. Just as we have been partnering for decades to prevent and respond to traditional forms of gender-based violence, so too must we work to counter these threats online. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with UK MP and Minister for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean Vicky Ford

As part of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield today met with UK Member of Parliament and Minister for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean Vicky Ford. They discussed shared U.S.-UK priorities, including monitoring conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine and furthering efforts to hold the ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Participate in the UN Commission on the Status of Women Side Events 

The 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is taking place March 14-25, 2022.  With a focus on gender equity and the empowerment of women and girls, CSW is the UN’s second largest annual convening of activists, academics, government officials, and policy makers. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 ... Read More»

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

Today I want to address four aspects of the situation in Yemen: progress toward an inclusive political peace process, the outrageous detention of U.S. and UN locally employed staff, the results of the Council’s latest resolution on Yemen, and the humanitarian, fuel, and Safer tanker situations. Read More»

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2625 Renewing the UNMISS Mandate

The United States also supports this resolution because, it calls for UNMISS to strengthen its sexual and gender-based violence prevention activities, responding to the horrific sexual violence in South Sudan. It also authorizes UNMISS to provide electoral assistance, at the request of the Government of South Sudan, pending its meeting of electoral benchmarks outlined in ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau to discuss the rapid increase in refugee flows from Ukraine into Poland and other neighboring countries as a result of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Chair of the 1540 Committee on Nonproliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States underscores its full support for the 1540 Committee as a powerful multilateral tool to help prevent the most dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of non-state actors. We support the continued work of the Committee under your Chairmanship and look forward to collaborating with our fellow Committee members to complete the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE

I’d like to begin by expressing our outrage over the death of journalist Brent Renaud, who was killed by Russian forces while covering refugees leaving a checkpoint at Irpin yesterday. According to his colleagues, Mr. Renaud was in the area because he understood the critical role independent media has played in providing objective coverage of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 2022 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Most of all, I am in awe of the heroines we are here today to celebrate. You are activists and journalists, peacemakers and parliament members. You are prosecutors fighting organized crime and corruption. You are community leaders bravely testifying against gang leaders. You are defenders of the environment, of indigenous rights, of LGBTQI+ rights, of ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as U.S. Head of Delegation to the 66th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The United States Mission to the United Nations today announced the U.S. delegation to the 66th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held March 14 through 25, 2022 in a hybrid format at United Nations Headquarters in New York, with side events hosted virtually. The priority theme of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the 11th Annual Women of Power National 2022 Summit, Black Women’s Roundtable

Today’s closing session of the Black Women’s Roundtable covers a wide range of important topics from how we can be agents of democracy and global change, to how we can be advocates for women’s rights and human rights, to how we can combat climate change. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Omnibus Spending Bill

From day one, the Biden Administration has been committed to actively engaging in multilateral organizations, and I appreciate the congressional support for this work. The bipartisan funding bill is a powerful endorsement of this Administration’s commitment to advance American leadership abroad and support the Ukrainian people in their courageous fight to defend their country and ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Taras Berezovets and Peter Zalmayev on TV Pryamyi’s “The Week”, Ukraine

And if I can just speak directly to the Ukrainian people, we stand with the Ukrainian people against Russia's aggression, and they have seen the world stand with them against Russia's aggression. And we are encouraged and really buoyed by the courage and the strength that the people of Ukraine have shown in the face ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following Meeting Called by Russia to Spread Disinformation About Ukraine

We believe the world is bearing witness to a war of Russian aggression, and no matter how much Russia tries, it can’t change that. That’s what today showed, and it continues to show that Russia is the aggressor here. No one else. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield in Response to Russia at a UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia to Spread Disinformation About Ukraine

I know that you expect me to respond, but we’re not going to give anymore airtime to the lies that you’re hearing today. It’s beneath this Council. And there’s only one aggressor here and that is Russia. And we hope they will be able to find it in their conscience to end the attacks and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia to Spread Disinformation About Ukraine 

Russia is failing in its quest to create an alternative reality. In fact, not even Russian diplomats can keep their propaganda straight. Just yesterday, the Kremlin’s spokesman said he didn’t have clear information about the Russian forces who fired on a maternity hospital. Then the Foreign Minister himself denied Russia attacked Ukraine at all, right ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly Thematic Consultations on “Our Common Agenda”

We also appreciate the Secretary-General’s out-of-the-box thinking about how to institutionalize these efforts, including: a focus on future generations; the emergency platform; the digital compact; elevation of gender equality and human rights; improved UN governance; enhanced efforts to fight climate change; and a greater focus on anti-corruption efforts, among other issues. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Hassan Jammoul and Meriam Belalia of Al Jazeera Arabic 

It is part of their core message and narrative in the United Nations. And right now, what Russia is doing is totally against the concept and values of sovereignty and integrity of borders and what they're doing is against the core values of the UN Charter. So, they have a very difficult task of trying ... Read More»

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

Despite the regular claims to the contrary by Syria and its enablers, the Assad regime has not fully cooperated with the OPCW as it is required to by Resolution 2118. Syria has not been forthcoming in its declaration regarding the scope of its chemical weapons program. It has yet to carry out any of the ... Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Human Resources Reform

We stand ready to work with all Member States to find solutions to long-pending human resources management issues. Reaching an agreement on these issues will be difficult, but the United States believes that progress can be made – and needs to be made – during this session. In particular, there is no reason why we ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Climate Finance for Sustaining Peace and Security

The Security Council can and should complement, support, and reinforce our collective work under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to fight this security threat. Only the Security Council can ensure that the security impacts of climate change are integrated into the critical work of conflict prevention and mitigation, ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Women’s Day

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release March 8, 2022 Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Women’s Day Gender equality is not only a human rights issue – it is the foundation of any real effort to effectively address our most crucial global challenges. Women’s ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Advancing Women’s Economic Inclusion in Conflict-Settings

So, the United States remains fully committed to advancing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 as a matter of international peace and security. Exclusion – economic, social, or political – is antithetical to peace. We must continue to press the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda forward. Because it is the right thing to do. And because ... Read More»

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

We continue to call on Russia to change course, withdraw its forces, deescalate through diplomacy, and we support Ukraine’s call for a ceasefire. In the meantime, we applaud those doing everything in their power to alleviate the suffering Putin has unleashed on the Ukrainian people. Read More»

Joint Statement on the March 5 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

We reaffirm our commitment to diplomacy as the means for achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We urge Pyongyang to respond positively to outreach from the United States and others. We continue to call on the DPRK to choose the path of dialogue over instability and to prioritize the basic needs and human ... Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee’s First Part of the Resumed Session

We support measures to provide the Secretary-General with additional flexibility to manage the organization's liquidity crisis, while maintaining necessary transparency and accountability. We also hope to strengthen the UN’s accountability system, particularly its response to sexual exploitation and abuse, and we look to ensure that the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic are mainstreamed as part ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

President Putin must stop this humanitarian catastrophe by ending this war and ceasing these unconscionable attacks against the people of Ukraine. Mr. Putin must stop this madness and he must stop it now. Cooler heads must prevail. Russian forces are now 20 miles, and closing, from Ukraine’s second largest nuclear facility. So, this imminent danger ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Informal Plenary Debate on Protecting Our Planet and Being Prepared for the Future

“Our Common Agenda” has the potential to inspire collective action to safeguard our planet and future generations. To realize this vision, we must proceed strategically and identify priorities in areas where the UN has a comparative advantage. We must respect current legal obligations, leverage existing programs and forums, respect the mandates of other international organizations, and be cognizant of budgetary limitations. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Refugee Crisis Caused by Putin’s War of Choice

The world demands that Russia abide by international humanitarian law, which prohibits intentionally targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and allow humanitarian agencies full and secure access to people in need of aid. Ultimately, it is up to Putin to stop this humanitarian catastrophe by ending this war and ceasing these unconscionable attacks against the people ... Read More»

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

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Colombia’s Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez on March 2. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Vice President Ramírez discussed the strong partnership between the United States and Colombia. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Vice President Ramírez for Colombia’s leadership in denouncing Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and for its generosity ... Read More»

Remarks by Amb. Thomas-Greenfield at the UN General Assembly Stakeout Following the Adoption of a Resolution on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukra

Now, as the situation grows graver every day in Ukraine, we must keep the momentum going. We must do everything we can to help the Ukrainian people. To hold Russia accountable. To match our strong words with strong actions. Let us continue to come together to support the Ukrainian people. And let us demonstrate the ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on Afghanistan

Let me be clear: all these measures should not belie the fact that the onus is on the Taliban to create the conditions needed for Afghanistan to achieve economic stability. We want to see the Da Afghanistan Bank get to a position where it takes normal central bank activity back on, for example – but ...