Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Addressing Challenges of Children without Parental Care in Conflict Situations

Conflict is the main driver behind the increasing number of unaccompanied and separated children around the world, in the U.S. government’s view. An estimated 220 million children worldwide – one in 10 – live without parental care or are at risk of losing it. Many of these children – especially young girls – also carry ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Head U.S. Delegation to Virtual UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Hosted by the Republic of Korea

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will lead the U.S. delegation to the virtual 2021 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial hosted by the Republic of Korea on December 7-8. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will focus on enabling peacekeeping missions to respond to the needs of everyday people caught in conflict. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will encourage participants at ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day for Peoples with Disabilities

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United States celebrates the progress made to facilitate inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities. Much progress remains to be made, both at home and abroad, and we are committed to redoubling our efforts so that persons with disabilities can participate in all aspects of everyday ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Meeting Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the UN Volunteers Program

At its core, diplomacy is about forming bonds. When we laugh with each other, we eat with each other, and we enjoy each other’s company – even if we don’t share a common language or culture – we make the world a more peaceful place; we realize we are more alike than we are different, ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the 1267, 1373, and 1540 Committees

The 1267, 1373, and 1540 Committees play important and complementary roles in assessing and countering terrorist threats, terrorist activities, and in stopping support for terrorism in general. Over the past year, the global terrorist threat has evolved, with increased attacks by ISIS, its affiliates, and its supporters. ISIS branches and affiliates have expanded their influence ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on a GA Resolution Titled Sport for Development and Peace: Building a Peaceful and Better World Through Sport and the Olympics

The United States believes that sport should transcend all perceived barriers between race, ethnicity, age, gender, identity, sexual orientation, religion, and ability, and can be a valuable means to strengthen cultural relations among all nations. For these reasons, the United States Government has long supported international athletic competitions. Sport should remind us of our common ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Dedication Ceremony for the “Children’s Tree” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City

Often in my work I hear about “hopeless” places, places of widespread suffering and darkness, places where hope – supposedly – goes to die. It would be hard pressed to think of a place more potentially apt for that terrible moniker than Terezin. And yet, we have before us today proof that hope did not ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL

The United States determined in 2016 that ISIS was responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. The United States stands with victims in working to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. UNITAD is critical to that effort. We will continue to work with UNITAD to ensure the evidence of ISIS’s atrocities is collected, processed, and shared in order to ... Read More»

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

I visited Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan earlier this month, in part to reaffirm U.S. support for a two-state solution, which we still strongly believe is still viable – a two-state solution in which a Jewish and democratic Israel lives in peace alongside a sovereign, viable Palestinian state. I had an extensive itinerary, meeting ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Accountability in the Syrian Arab Republic

The United States strongly supports the work of the Triple I-M, the Commission of Inquiry, and other organizations and UN mechanisms that work to collect, consolidate, preserve, and analyze evidence of the atrocities the Assad regime, ISIS, and others have perpetrated against the Syrian people. But the international community must do more than just listen ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

We remind those who would interfere with Libya’s elections or stoke violence that the Security Council may impose sanctions on anyone – Libyan or otherwise – who obstructs or undermines the elections as planned for in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum roadmap. This Council must target election spoilers to promote accountability if need be. Read More»

Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The United States remains committed to preventing and responding to all forms of GBV and building on the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017, the world’s first comprehensive legislation on WPS. In March, President Biden signed E.O. 14020, which established a White House Gender Policy Council, called for the creation of the first-ever ... Read More»

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

The chronic insecurity we are witnessing in Libya today is best addressed through accountability – which starts with rigorous documentation and investigation. The precarious human rights situation makes such work all the more difficult. Numerous armed groups and forces have faced allegations of arbitrary killings, indiscriminate airstrikes, forced disappearances, torture, unlawful detention, and sexual and ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United States strongly supports the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and its efforts to raise the priority of desertification, promote sustainable land use practices at the national level, and mitigate the impacts of drought and desertification for the more than one billion people worldwide living in dryland ecosystems. Read More»

Remarks at UN High Level Meeting of the General Assembly for the Appraisal of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking

The COVID-19 pandemic affects every aspect of our lives, including the capacity of governments to address important issues such as poverty, social and economic inequalities, risks associated with migration, and climate change. This is also true in the context of preventing and combating human trafficking, and providing assistance and protection to victims and survivors. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Strengthening Cooperation for Integrated Coastal Zone Management for Achieving Sustainable Development

The United States strongly supports the sustainable use and management of coastal zones and marine ecosystems. In fact, Secretary Blinken visited UNEP headquarters in Nairobi just last week where he announced U.S. support for launching negotiations on a global legal instrument on ocean plastic pollution at UNEA 5.2. Read More»

Explanation of Position Before the Amendment Vote for the Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind Resolution

The United States offers this amendment to safeguard a critical innovation of the 2030 Agenda: that the three dimensions of sustainable development must be addressed holistically and in a comprehensive way—in a “balanced and integrated manner.” Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Promotion of International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen Good Practices

Furthermore, transparency and accountability are critical to sustainable development. Yet the resolution places too much attention on the return of confiscated proceeds of crime and fails to include the importance of transparency and accountability in ensuring that recovered assets benefit those harmed by acts of corruption. Read More»

Explanation of Vote for the Adoption of the Unilateral Economic Measures as a Means of Political and Economic Coercion against Developing Countries

Just last month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a statement affirming the United States will continue to seek ways to tailor sanctions to mitigate unintended economic, humanitarian, and political impacts on non-targeted individuals abroad and support the flow of legitimate humanitarian goods and assistance. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries Resolution

The United States notes that the terms “adequate” and “predictable” in OP29 have no agreed-upon international definition. In the absence of any common understanding of what constitutes adequate and predictable, we should use more inclusive terms that better reflect finance sourced from both the public and private sector. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development Resolution

The United States views the reference to the Digital Cooperation Organization in PP18 as only one example of multilateral activities outside of the UN system relevant to the paragraph. As there are many organizations doing similar work, the United States does not view this reference as a representative example, nor does it elevate the status ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Combating Sand and Dust Storms Resolution

The United States maintains the position that the title of the Convention on Biological Diversity 15th Conference of Parties does not reflect well-defined, consensus language or international principles. We understand that the host country has a prerogative to choose a title for any event hosted, but we do not consider the inclusion of this theme ... Read More»

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

Congratulations to all Iraqis on this election; and a special congratulations to the Iraqi women and members of the religious and ethnic minority groups who voted and won a historic number of seats in parliament. In a world with far too much democratic backsliding, IHEC, the Government of Iraq, and the Iraqi people should be ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Agriculture Development, Food Security and Nutrition Resolution

The United States remains committed to promoting agricultural development and global food security as a means of achieving sustainable development. We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. Regarding our position on technology transfer and/or knowledge sharing, including in OP 35, we refer you to our General Statement delivered on November 18. Thank you. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Development Cooperation with Middle-Income Countries Resolution

The United States notes that the “Middle-Income Country” designation is a World Bank income grouping, in contrast to the UN groups of countries in special situations. We believe the Addis Ababa Action Agenda uses the most accurate and appropriate statement of our financing commitments in regard to MICs Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All Resolution

We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution. Regarding references to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda, we refer you to our general statement delivered on November 18. Thank you. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

While the United States maintains its concerns with the procedural history of this resolution, we join consensus on this resolution in recognition of the importance of sustainable consumption and production in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the 2021 Political Declaration on the Implementation of the U.N. Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

The United States supports fully and effectively implementing obligations under the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, including the provisions on assistance for and protection of victims of trafficking. Read More»

Explanation of Vote for the Adoption of the International Trade and Development Resolution

Consistent with our position in 2020, the United States cannot join consensus on the reference to “combat protectionism” in OP7, which we interpret as a veiled and inappropriate reference to the use of WTO-consistent trade remedy measures and enforcement actions against unfair and market-distorting trade practices of others. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Call with Jordanian King Abdullah II

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke today with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated the U.S. government’s commitment to the U.S.-Jordanian strategic partnership. The Ambassador thanked King Abdullah for Jordan’s generosity in hosting refugees and underscored that current conditions in Syria are not conducive to refugee returns. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Visit to the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

During my visit today, I heard directly from refugees about their heartbreaking experiences fleeing the Assad regime and their resilience as they forged new livelihoods for themselves and for their families. And while we know the ultimate goal is for refugees to return home – and I know that that is their ultimate goal – ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Nadine Khammash of Al Arabiya

Our agenda is very clear. The President made that announcement very early: We’re back, and we want to engage on the multilateral stage. He gave a speech at the United Nations High-Level Week in September, and he outlined our agenda. We are going to be tackling the COVID pandemic. We know that this is a ... Read More»

Remarks at a Counterterrorism Committee and ISIL and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee Joint Briefing on Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Unfortunately, as we have heard today, gaps remain in the global implementation of counter-terrorist financing standards. Whether these gaps are due to a lack of political will or capacity, we need to work together as a global community to ensure robust implementation by all Member States. Read More»

Explanation of Vote for the Ensuring Equitable, Affordable, Timely and Universal Access for all Countries to Vaccines in Response to the COVID-19

The United States is disappointed that the text of this resolution does not reflect a negotiated, consensus outcome of this Committee. We were disappointed with how this resolution was handled procedurally, as the text that was tabled very late and there was not an inclusive negotiating process in order to take delegations’ input into account. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity Resolution

The United States is pleased to again co-sponsor this important resolution promoting the safety of journalists. Their work supports the free flow of information and ideas so vital for resilient societies. No journalist should face harassment, intimidation, or violence for doing their job. We share the commitment to promote accountability for crimes against journalists and ... Read More»

Statement for the Strengthening the Role of the United Nations in Enhancing Periodic and Genuine Elections

No citizen should be denied the right to vote or to be elected through free and fair elections because of who they are. It sends a dangerous message to all vulnerable and marginalized groups mentioned in this text for this list to be cherry-picked on the floor of the General Assembly as is taking place ... Read More»

Introductory Statement for the Strengthening the Role of the United Nations in Enhancing Periodic and Genuine Elections

We call upon Member States to uphold and promote the commitments they have made in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular, the commitment that the will of the people, as expressed through periodic and genuine elections, shall be the basis of government authority. Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Rights of the Child Resolution

The United States recognizes that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) provides the relevant framework for States Parties to the CRC. However, the United States does not understand references in this resolution to obligations or principles derived from the CRC, including references to the principle of the best interests of the child, ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Second Committee Adoption of the Operational Activities for Development of the United Nations System Resolution

The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution and would like to express our appreciation to the facilitator, Switzerland, for their skillful leadership of negotiations. We would like to use this opportunity to refer member states to the U.S. explanation of position regarding our views on the re-configured UN Resident Coordinator system ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Second Committee Adoption of the Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

We emphasize the importance of transparent and accountable governance to long-term successful development as affirmed in OP 21. While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented more challenges to our collective efforts, the United States looks forward to working with the international community to build on this resolution to re-double our efforts to achieve poverty eradication. Read More»

General Statement for the Second Committee Adoption of the Culture and Sustainable Development Resolution

The United States strongly believes that culture is an essential component of human development that can enable and enhance sustainable development. We thank Bangladesh for their initiative in tabling this text on an important topic that is of key interest to all UN delegations. We note that as of December 31, 2018 the United States ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Second Committee Adoption of the Education for Sustainable Development Resolution

The United States strongly supports the realization of the right to education. As educational matters in the United States are primarily determined at the state and local levels, we understand that when resolutions attempt to define or prescribe various aspects of education, or call on States to strengthen or modify them, this is done in ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote for the Third Committee Inclusive policies and Program to Address Homelessness Including in the Aftermath of the COVID-19

We interpret references to the obligations of States as applicable only to the extent they have assumed such obligations, and with respect to States Parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, in light of its Article 2(1). Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored the importance of the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and expressed her appreciation for Jordan’s efforts in hosting more than 750,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria. The two leaders discussed Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s visit to Jerusalem ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

There is no excuse for the disruption of women’s and girls’ access to education: all girls – including those in secondary and post-secondary schools – must be allowed and publicly encouraged to return to school immediately. Women also must be allowed to return to their workplaces: allowing half of the country’s workforce to participate in ... Read More»

General Statement in the Third Committee on a Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The human rights and humanitarian situations in the DPRK remain dire. The UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings remain relevant to understanding the situation in the DPRK today. Those findings detail human rights violations and abuses that the COI describes as “systematic, widespread, and gross,” including those involving “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release November 17, 2021 Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, ... Read More»

Remarks at the 35th Plenary Meeting on Agenda Item 123: Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council

The Security Council is, is an important tool to address some of today’s most pressing threats to international peace and security, but it occasionally falls short. A well-executed expansion of the Council could help modernize the body to better reflect 21st century global realities and increase its effectiveness. Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 145: UN Common System

We also look forward to discussing additional measures to increase transparency on compensation matters through access to better data on UN system-wide costs, and encouraging further alignment of ICSC methodology with international best practices, especially on such issues as using external data to establish salary scales and post adjustments. 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 in the Galilee. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including efforts to curb Iran’s regional aggression and the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Israeli Government Officials

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog, Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, and Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting in Jerusalem

Our countries share a strong common agenda at the UN and across the globe – from fighting COVID-19 to expanding democracy to strengthening Israel’s ties with its Arab neighbors, Muslim-majority countries, and other nations. The Abraham Accords and Israel’s other normalization agreements make its partners and the entire region safer and more prosperous. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid

This is my first trip to Israel. And as your Ambassador will tell you, I announced early on that I was planning to come and had hoped this would be the first trip that I would take as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. But I'm just getting here. I'm delighted to be here. ... Read More»

Explanation of Position for the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Resolution

The United States joins consensus with the understanding that this resolution, including its references to human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, does not alter the current state of conventional or customary international law, nor does it imply that states must implement obligations under human rights instruments to which they are not a party. Read More»

Explanation of Vote for the A Global Call for Concrete Action for the Elimination of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

The United States believes the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination provides comprehensive protections in this area and constitutes the most relevant international framework to address all forms of racial discrimination. In addition, we remain deeply concerned about speech that advocates national, racial, or religious hatred, particularly when it constitutes ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote for the Inclusive Policies and Programs to Address Homelessness Including in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Resolution

We interpret references to the obligations of States as applicable only to the extent they have assumed such obligations, and with respect to States Parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, in light of its Article 2(1). Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Telephonic Press Briefing on Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman

So to that end, we believe it is important for the United States to engage with both Israel and the Palestinians. Our interest in supporting peace and stability requires that we have open and constructive engagement with the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people. So we will be engaging with both sides during this trip ... Read More»

Remarks by a Senior Admin Official during a Telephonic Background Briefing on Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman

There’s a number of other issues I’m sure we’ll have an opportunity to discuss, including the role that the UN plays in helping support Palestinians, obviously in Ramallah and the West Bank but also the region. So that’s how we’re planning to approach this, and we’ll obviously have more to say on this, on the ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of a Resolution Renewing the Mandate of MINUSCA

We urge the CAR authorities to carry out a transparent and credible investigation, to hold those responsible accountable, and to counter disinformation regarding this incident. We emphasize that this incident highlights the urgent need to build trust and to improve operational and tactical coordination. Disinformation must stop. Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Third Committee Adoption of the Combating Glorification of Nazism

We have again attempted this year to improve this resolution by engaging in negotiations on the draft text. Despite consistently expressing our concerns with the Russian delegation and proposing revisions to improve the text and protect against unacceptable restrictions on freedom of expression, most of these recommendations were ignored. Read More»

Explanation of Position at the Third Committee Adoption of the Violence Against Women Migrant Workers Resolution

The United States deplores violence against women, including against migrant women workers. We engaged constructively in this negotiation and regret the decision to remove language on sexual and reproductive health services, which is a critical element especially in a text focused on COVID-19, where we have seen a rise in gender-based violence against women migrant ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Belarusian Authorities’ Activities with Regard to the Instrumentalization of Migrants

We, the current European Union members of the Security Council, Estonia, France and Ireland, joined today by the Security Council members, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States and the incoming Security Council member Albania, condemn the orchestrated instrumentalization of human beings whose lives and wellbeing have been put in danger for political purposes ... Read More»

Media Note: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman on November 14-19 to reaffirm our partnerships, meet with senior UN officials, and advance U.S. objectives on the Middle East that figure prominently in our work at the United Nations. Read More»

Remarks at the UN General Assembly Annual Debate on the International Criminal Court

Mr. President, around the world, far too many victims of mass atrocities, both within and outside of the ICC’s jurisdiction, have yet to find justice. We are reminded that much remains in our work together to prevent mass atrocities, and to ensure that the perpetrators and those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on Agenda Items 59-63: Decolonization

Let me begin by saying, the United States is proud to support the right of peoples to self-determination and we will continue to uphold the full application of Article 73 of the UN Charter. However, the United States must also reiterate our well-known concerns that these resolutions continue to place too much weight on independence ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Agenda Item 52: “Effects of Atomic Radiation”

The United States is proud to be one of the founding members of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, UNSCEAR. Since 1955, UNSCEAR has facilitated the work of the world’s leading scientists to support the international community’s understanding of the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. The Committee’s work has served ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 54: “UNRWA in the Near East” and Agenda Item 55: “Israeli Practices and Settlement Activities”

The United States’ position is that Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of freedom, dignity, security, and prosperity. This is important because it’s on the basis of this position that we are going to reach our shared goal – the goal of a negotiated two-state solution. Read More»

Explanation of Vote at the Third Committee Adoption of the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order Resolution

The United States is committed to championing democratic principles and values around the world. However, as stated in years past, the United States has concerns with the general premise of the resolution, as well as with specific aspects of the text. For these reasons, we request a vote, and we will vote against this resolution. Read More»

Remarks at the Third Committee of the Adoption of the Improvement of the Situation of Women and Girls in Rural Areas Resolution

The United States thanks Mongolia for introducing this resolution that emphasizes the importance of reaching women and girls in rural areas. The United States is proud to co-sponsor this resolution and support gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity. Read More»

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

Given the nationwide state of emergency, we are concerned about the safety of U.S. citizens, U.S. government personnel, and their dependents, and the security of our facilities remain paramount. We will do everything in our power to keep our people safe. But we also ask that the state of emergency not be used as a ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Joint Debate on Revitalization

“As a global community, we're challenged by urgent and looming crises wherein lie enormous opportunities if – if – we can summon the will and resolve to seize those opportunities.” As we seize these opportunities, we need the strongest possible foundation, grounded in effective working methods, multilateral engagement, and a resilient UN system. Read More»

UN Security Council Press Statement on Ethiopia 

The Members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the expansion and intensification of military clashes in northern Ethiopia. The Members of the Security Council further expressed serious concern about the impact of the conflict on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, as well as the stability of the country and the wider region.   Read More»

Third Committee Explanation of Vote for the Report on the Human Rights Council

Moreover, the United States strongly objects to the Human Rights Council’s continued disproportionate focus on Israel, including, for the first time in the Council’s history, establishing an open-ended Commission of Inquiry, on Israel; in addition, we have concerns regarding certain other resolutions adopted over the past year. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations 

It’s a continent made up of 54 different countries, and Niger and Mali are two of them. And they are on the belt of the Sahel, where North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa meet. In that belt, they’re dealing with dramatic climatic changes. They’re dealing with terrorism. Read More»

Remarks at the Fourth Committee Joint General Debate Intervention

We are pleased to co-sponsor the University for Peace resolution this year as a signal of our commitment to this institution. We laud the University for Peace, and its host country Costa Rica, for their noble mission to train the next generation of practitioners in such important fields as security and the environment, sustainable development, ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Draft Resolution L.55, “Peaceful Uses in the Context of International Security&

The United States must vote “no” on draft resolution L.55, “Promoting International Cooperation on Peaceful Uses in the Context of International Security.” We are voting no for three reasons: The resolution fails to protect against the dire risks advanced technologies can pose; a collaborative and inclusive process to consider the text in the Committee was ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting with the President of the Human Rights Council.

The United States is proud to have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2022-2024 term after reengaging as an observer state in February 2021. We approach membership in the HRC with humility and introspection, knowing that we must constantly strive to be as inclusive and rights respecting. Although the Council ... Read More»

Exclamation of Position by Ambassador Patrick F. Kennedy at the United Nations General Assembly

Moving forward, the United States will continue to engage with Member States and the Secretariat to implement this resolution, to ensure the RC system is fit-for-purpose with the appropriate accountability mechanisms for performance and results, and its budget and funding provide the right transparency, accountability, and incentives for continued reform for the RC system. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Dominque Day

The United States will continue to dismantle systemic racism and work towards concrete improvement in communities worldwide because when all individuals, regardless of race or ethnicity, can live up to their full potential, our collective security is strengthened. Read More»

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

Mr. President, as I begin, I cannot ignore today that the renewal of UNISFA’s mandate is happening against the backdrop, as we heard, of alarming developments in Sudan, of which the Council discussed yesterday. The United States has condemned the military takeover of the Transitional Government in Sudan. This contravenes the Constitutional Declaration and the ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Visit to the Niamey 1 Vaccination Clinic

“We know that no one is safe from COVID if everyone is not safe, and that is why we have made a commitment to make contributions to Niger and other places around the world,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said. “And so, we are coordinating closely with WHO, with the African Union, and through COVAX to ensure that ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Nigerien Government Officials

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum, Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou, Minister of National Defense Alkassoum Indatou, and General Abdou Tarka, President of Niger’s High Authority for the Consolidation of Peace (HACP). Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea

The United States remains deeply concerned by reports of unlawful and arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detention, and other human rights violations and abuses in Eritrea. We condemn reports of individuals arrested for exercising freedoms of expression, religion, or peaceful assembly, as well as conscientious objectors of compulsory and indefinite national service. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

We are concerned, in particular, by targeted repression and intimidation towards women Belarusian activists, including threats to remove children from their custody in retaliation for their political activism, and other forms of insidious gender-based violence and coercion. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman

We are also alarmed by Iran’s pattern of reaching outside its borders to assassinate, kidnap, or target human rights activists. Iran’s recent efforts to kidnap Masih Alinejad are a clear example of Iran’s efforts to prevent the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

We urge the UN Special Envoy and OHCHR to intensify engagement to hasten release of detainees and to obtain information on the whereabouts of the missing. An inclusive political resolution in Syria must include the release of those arbitrarily detained. The U.S. stands steadfast with the Syrian people in demanding justice and accountability. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Welcomes U.S. Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines to Mali

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, announced a second donation of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine as part of the U.S. government’s efforts to fight the pandemic in Mali and around the world. This shipment of 168,000 vaccine doses arrived in Bamako, Mali, on October 23, 2021, and ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on Agenda Item 138

Mr. Chairman, the United States reiterates its firm and unequivocal commitment to the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, as laid out in Resolution 1325, and we look forward to working with all delegations to support women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and to ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Envoy of the Secretary General to Myanmar

We are deeply troubled by the escalating violence and worsening humanitarian situation. We continue to urge the international community to speak with one voice to condemn the military’s actions and to call on the regime to cease the violence, release all those unjustly detained, address human rights abuses, and restore the path to democracy. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK

We join your call for the immediate release of those arbitrarily detained due to their religion or beliefs. We also urge the government to end its restriction on access to information, which is exacerbated by the international isolation the regime imposes on its citizens. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Government Executive Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

As I join this Hall of Fame, I want to use it as a reminder of why we do this work – why we serve. We would all do well to remind ourselves constantly of the connections between our work and the way it serves everyday people. It is the privilege of a lifetime to ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Side Event on Ensuring International Cooperation in Support of Afghan Women and Girls

The UN Security Council has set out our unified expectations for a united, inclusive, and representative government, and the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in Afghanistan. The credibility and support that the Taliban seeks from the international community will depend on the behavior it exhibits. Read More»

Statement at the General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 81: United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study and Wider Appreciation

We are also pleased that the Program continues to make progress in improving the accessibility and content of the Audiovisual Library of International Law, which provides quality training to a limitless number of people, at a relatively low cost for UN member states, and at no cost to those who access it. Read More»

Statement at the 76th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item Number 147: Administration of Justice

We are also pleased that progress has been made on a searchable database of UN administrative jurisprudence, a resource that lawyers in this room have long requested, and one that will be a valuable tool for litigants and the public. Transparency of the system is critically important so that UN staff, their representatives, and the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

We hope other Security Council Member States will join us in adopting and implementing national action plans and strategies for Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. These important tools hold us all accountable to our commitments, including tracking progress on gender equality, addressing gender-based violence, ensuring women’s participation in decision-making forums that impact us and our ... Read More»

Remarks at UN General Assembly Debate and Briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

T.H. Mr. Sim Farar U.S. Representative to the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York, New York October 20, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. President Agius, thank you very much for your briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals’ ongoing work to bring perpetrators ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

While states have different views about the content of international human rights law related to a healthy environment – and the U.S. views on this are well known – we share common goals to promote a healthy and sustainable environment, and support prioritizing the protection of those most vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation. Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Deliver Remarks on the DPRK at the UN Security Council Stakeout

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver brief remarks on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Wednesday, October 20, at the UN Security Council Stakeout following the 3:00 PM EDT Council briefing. Read More»

Remarks at the UN Second Committee Side Event: “Energy Transition for Sustainable Development and Climate Action”

The United States also recently convened the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, attended by heads of state and government ministers from around the world as well as UN and EU representatives. Many of the participants announced their support for the Global Methane Pledge, to be launched at COP26 in Glasgow in a few ... Read More»

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

The first step toward resolving any conflict is frank and direct dialogue. So, the United States supports the resumed, direct contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. To that end, we also welcomed the re-engagement between Israeli and Jordanian leaders, as well as the progress from the Abraham Accords. I had the opportunity to sit down with ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

The United States appreciates the work of the Special Rapporteur on assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the human rights of migrants. There are over 281 million migrants worldwide, and including them in national health campaigns and recovery plans is key in reducing the spread of the virus, helping the world economy recovery, and supporting ... Read More»

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 80: Report of the UN Commission on International Trade Law on the Work of Its 54th Session

The United States welcomes the Report of the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and commends the efforts of UNCITRAL’s Member States, observers, and Secretariat in continuing to promote the development and harmonization of international commercial law. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Rising Sea Levels and Implications for International Peace and Security

President Biden made clear in his speech to the General Assembly last month that the United States is committed to addressing climate change, lest we suffer its ever-worsening impacts, including rising seas. We are taking meaningful steps to demonstrate this. We will work with our Congress to quadruple public financing of international climate efforts by ... Read More»

Remarks at a Second Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Economic Commissions

The United States is more committed than ever to the multilateral system and the United Nations. We look forward to expanding our engagement and partnering with all five Regional Economic Commissions to address the full scope of our mutual interests, including the theme of this event: SDG 10—reducing inequality. Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances

The United States stands in solidarity with the victims of this egregious crime. We urge all Member States to protect the rights of detained individuals, to disclose the whereabouts of disappeared persons when this information is known, and to investigate cases vigorously and transparently when the information is not yet known. Victims and their families ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Central African Republic

First, Madam President, the United States welcomes this important ceasefire announcement. We call on all armed actors to lay down weapons immediately and recommit to the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. Building on this positive step, we reiterate our commitment to work alongside Central African authorities, the UN, the AU, ECCAS, the ICGLR, and other partners to support a peace process. We hope this will include an inclusive and credible dialogue necessary for Central ... Read More»

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Opinion and Expression

The United States is committed to championing the voices of women and girls, in all their diversity, as key to fostering more peaceful and resilient societies. We recognize and promote women’s essential role in the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict; stabilization efforts; peacekeeping; and post-conflict relief and recovery. Read More»

Remarks in a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 88: Strengthening the International Treaty Framework

We welcome the chance to continue the Committee’s discussion of the international treaty framework. In connection with this topic, since 2018, the Committee has been reviewing the Secretariat’s treaty registration and publication regulations. That year it adopted a consensus set of revisions to the regulations. During last year’s session, the Committee gave additional consideration to ... Read More»

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

As we all know, the past year has been especially turbulent in Haiti. By renewing the mandate of BINUH, we have helped to ensure the UN can continue its vital efforts to support democratic institutions and planning for elections, strengthen the rule of law, and promote stability. We know that decisions about Haiti’s future and ... Read More»

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

The UN Country Team and the Haitian National Police rely on BINUH support. BINUH has an important role to play at this critical moment in supporting the Government of Haiti’s efforts to promote human rights, stabilize the situation on the ground and create the conditions for national elections to be held. Now is not the ... Read More»

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

Before I conclude, I want to acknowledge the third Yemen report released by the Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict. The report details the ravages this conflict has inflicted on Yemen’s children. It is truly sobering. The conflict is killing Yemen’s children – Yemen’s own future. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Election of the United States to the Human Rights Council

“All human beings,” as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes, “are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” This profound statement is not an opinion, it is a fact. Our human rights are inalienable, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated. And they are universal. Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Tribute to the Memory of His Excellency Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

And so today, the United States recognizes Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s long career as an influential figure in international politics. We extend our condolences and welcome the continued growth of the relationship between the United States and Algeria. Read More»

Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The United States condemns torture wherever and whenever it occurs, and we will not waiver in our commitment to eliminate it everywhere. We also stress the importance of rehabilitation and transitional justice, so victims and survivors can transform horror into healing and become empowered rights-holders. Read More»

Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Chair of the Committee Against Torture

The absolute prohibition of torture is of fundamental importance to the United States and we take our commitment to the Convention Against Torture seriously. In September of this year, we filed our sixth periodic report, providing detailed and thorough answers to questions posed by the Committee. Read More»

Statement at the 76th General Assembly Sixth Committee Agenda Item 79: Criminal Accountability of UN Officials and Experts on Mission

The United States notes that, despite great efforts by the United Nations Secretariat, the various UN missions and specialized agencies, UN personnel continue to be accused of sexual exploitation and abuse with some regularity. In this reporting cycle, several UN agencies addressed new policies and personnel to facilitate the prevention and response to SEA. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Diversity, State Building, and the Search for Peace

They are the same root causes that have always driven racial, ethnic, regional, partisan, and religious conflict. Working together, we can take away the power of these divisive forces – not by shying away from diversity and inclusion, but by embracing them. Read More»

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

We all must do more to provide support and agency to all girls and women in their effort to seek resources and opportunities. We know that when they are able to be free and full participants in global conversations, we are all better for it. We are proud to join the global community in celebrating ... Read More»

Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Thank you, Madam Special Rapporteur, for your report on the importance of using a child-centered and gender-inclusive approach to combating and eradicating the sale and exploitation of children. We recognize the importance of laws using gender-inclusive and non-binary language in helping all children, including those that identify as LGBTQI+, to be seen, heard, and respected. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Briefing on Ethiopia

We called for today’s urgent meeting because of the Ethiopian Government’s reckless expulsion of seven key UN officials, including the head of UNICEF, the head of the UN OCHA, and a senior official from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. These expulsions are an affront. They are an affront to the ... Read More»

Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

By eliminating gender-based violence and other barriers to the full, equal, and meaningful participation of all women and girls in society, we dramatically enhance global social and economic prosperity and security for everyone and are creating a fundamentally more just world. Read More»

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

The United States has been, and will continue to be, unequivocal in its call to an end to predatory behavior across the entire UN system, no matter the setting or the nationality of the accused. We demand accountability for parties guilty of criminal acts and assistance for victims and survivors, and I join my British ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Third Committee Meeting on Countries of Concern(Longform)

The United States will continue to call out and hold accountable governments that resort to transnational repression, whether to target activists, journalists, or opposition leaders beyond their borders. These actions threaten the rules-based international order, undermine collective peace and security, and are incompatible with respect for human dignity. Read More»

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

The Security Council should impose measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in response to Syria’s non-compliance with Resolution 2118. At this point, there can be no doubt, Mr. President, that the Syrian government has repeatedly violated its international obligations, including its failure to cooperate with the OPCW through the denial of visas. It ... Read More»

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

As we look to renew the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti’s mandate later this month, we must keep the plight of the people of Haiti firmly in mind. To that end, today, I’d like to address three aspects of the situation in Haiti: the political path forward, security threats and human rights abuses, and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

We call on all Member States to adopt and implement National Action Plans and strategies on Women, Peace, and Security. Together, we must make it a priority to elevate and amplify women’s voices, ensure they are heard, protect women and girls’ safety and security, and make sure they can lead meaningfully in promoting international peace ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

Last week, after a decade of conflict in Syria, one number stood out for my delegation, as it did for the Special Envoy: 350,209. This was the number that the High Commissioner for Human Rights released after the UN’s painstaking research to identify all those who have been killed since the beginning of the uprising ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Upon Receiving the Wilson Center’s Global Public Service Award

And so, in everything we do, I try to remember who we are serving. And I am honored to be on the team of President Biden and Vice President Harris, and it really is the privilege of a lifetime. But above all, I am honored to serve the American people and the world’s most vulnerable. ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 25th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

As we look ahead to the future of the CTBT, the United States is committed to taking a leading role in revitalizing international arms control efforts. We welcome engagements with all states who share our commitment to implementing effective measures toward achieving a world without nuclear weapons. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Virtual Event Co-Sponsored by the United States on the Margins of UNGA76 on Syria IIIM

We support accountability for all atrocities in Syria, regardless of the perpetrators or their allegiance. After all, accountability is the first step toward justice for victims and peace for Syria. And accountability is only meaningful if it applies to all. The Syrian people deserve that first step. Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Briefing During UNGA76

We believe it makes a difference when the United States shows up, listens, leads; gives us a unique platform to bring others together in tackling the great challenges of our time. It allows us to strengthen the rules and institutions that have helped defend our values and advance our interests for many years. And all ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a UN Security Council High-Level Meeting on Climate and Security

From day one, President Biden has made addressing the climate crisis a top priority of our administration, including by directing me – and every one of our diplomats – to ensure it’s a core element of U.S. foreign policy. We’re taking into account how every bilateral and multilateral engagement we have – every policy decision ... Read More»

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

The United Nations has taken some mitigation efforts that we know will help improve the situation. They’re doing intensive cleaning after each speaker. We worked with the city to put a van right outside UN Headquarters to do testing and provide vaccines to those who wish to have vaccines. And we will continue to work ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announcing Nearly $180 Million in Additional Assistance for the Humanitarian Crisis Facing Rohingya

So today, I am pleased to announce the United States will contribute nearly $180 million in additional assistance for the humanitarian crisis facing Rohingya in and outside Burma, and for Rohingya refugees and affected host communities in Bangladesh. Of this funding, nearly $158 million is for programs inside Bangladesh. Read More»

Remarks Announcing More Than $336 Million in New Assistance for the Response to the Venezuela Regional Crisis

Today, I am pleased to announce more than $336 million in new U.S. government humanitarian, economic, development, and health assistance for the response to the Venezuela regional crisis, including inside Venezuela. This adds to the nearly $407 million Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced at the International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants on June 17.  This brings the total ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Virtual Global COVID-19 Summit Hosted by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

So, let’s share our experiences, our expertise, our best practices. Let’s bring our funding and our technology to bear. And let’s work together through the WHO, COVAX, and the United Nations to vaccinate the world and make 2022 the year we learned that public health is absolutely essential to global security and safety. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UN LGBTI Core Group Event on Margins of UNGA76 on Decriminalization of Sexual Orientation and Gender ID

Right now, over 70 countries criminalize LGBTQI status or conduct. For millions of people, it is illegal for them to be who they are. To love who they love. We need to repeal and eliminate these laws. For our part, the United States is using our diplomacy, our foreign assistance, and every tool we have ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on U.S. Participation in Events Related to the Anniversary of the Durban Declaration

The United States will not participate in the United Nations 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) consistent with longstanding U.S. policy going back multiple administrations. The United States remains opposed to the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic underpinnings of the Durban process, and has longstanding freedom of expression concerns with the ... Read More»

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

We are taking a strong leadership role on COVID. The President has made clear that we can’t address this pandemic alone, that every country has to engage, and I’m very happy to see that the Chinese are engaging. But I will stress what the President stressed: Our vaccines are being donated, they’re being donated without ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Virtual Event Hosted by the United States, Australia, and the United Nations on the Margins of UNGA

Whether it’s Ethiopia or Afghanistan or the Central African Republic, the dangers women and girls face daily should serve as clarion calls to action. For our part, the United States stands firm in our commitment to promoting the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and protecting the equal rights of all – here at home and across ... Read More»

MEDIA ADVISORY: The U.S., Australia, and UN to Co-Host a Virtual Event on the Margins of UNGA76 on the Gendered Impacts of Security Challenges

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will co-host a virtual event titled “The Gendered Impacts of Security Challenges: The Role of the UN System” on Monday, September 20, at 8:30 a.m. EDT. This event will consider the gendered impacts of security challenges in Africa and the Indo-Pacific, as well as the role ... Read More»

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Humanitarian Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UN Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

UN Security Council Press Statement on the Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks by Administrator Samantha Power at the UN Behavioral Science Week

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

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Briefing on Myanmar

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

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

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

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Refugee Day

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

Remarks at the Joint Thematic Event on Least Developed Countries

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

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

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

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

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

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Celebration of Juneteenth

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Haiti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Mali

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Central Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Arrival to Ecuador

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

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Travels to Ecuador

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

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

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