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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the G5 Sahel

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

Remarks at the UN Security Council Briefing on Iraq

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

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

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

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

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

UN Security Council Press Elements Following Consultations on Yemen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UN peacekeeping plays a vital role in creating the space and trust necessary to find political solutions where threats to international peace and security exist. The Fifth Committee’s role is to provide policy guidance and resources to allow these missions to efficiently and effectively carry out the mandates established by the Security Council. We are ... Read More»

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the UN on Tuesday, May 3 at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will outline the May program of work for the UN Security Council and highlight U.S. priorities for the month. Read More»

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explanation of Vote on the Mandate Renewal of UNSMIL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Kosovo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Kwibuka 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks Delivered at ECOSOC Briefing on Our Common Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on Afghanistan

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

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

The Russian people are themselves asking how many lives Putin will sacrifice for his cynical ambitions. And they are appalled at the answer. To the Russian protesters, I say thank you – thank you – for your bravery. To the Russian soldiers sent to the front lines of an unjust, unnecessary war, I say: your ... Read More»

Remarks at the General Debate of the First Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime

The United States expects a UN cybercrime instrument, like all UN anti-crime instruments, to call for domestic legislation to criminalize core conduct involving computers and provide procedural legal authority that permits law enforcement to preserve, collect, and share electronic evidence—consistent with due process guarantees, privacy interests, and human rights. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine and the Region

We also need to be very concerned by the hunger that Russia’s invasion will cause. The World Food Program warns us that the food security impact of Russia’s invasion will be felt far beyond Ukraine’s borders. The Black Sea basin is one of the world’s most important areas for grain and agricultural exports. Vulnerable people ... Read More»

Remarks in the UN Security Council Addressing the U.S. Decision to Initiate the Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

But since you have raised the issue, I will just assure my colleagues that the step that the United States government informed the Russian mission of today was taken in full accordance with the Headquarters Agreement that we signed with the UN, and that those diplomats that have been asked to leave the United States ... Read More»

Statement on the Decision to Initiate the Expulsion of Russian Diplomats in New York

The United States has informed the United Nations and the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations that we are beginning the process of expelling twelve intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission who have abused their privileges of residency in the United States by engaging in espionage activities that are adverse to our national security. ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the February 27 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

We urge all Member States to implement fully all Security Council resolutions relating to the DPRK.  These Security Council resolutions also obligate the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.  The international sanctions regime is an important tool for addressing this threat to international peace ... Read More»

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

The United States continues to fully support the work of the OPCW, including through the Fact-Finding Mission, the Declaration Assessment Team, and the Investigation and Identification Team, to perform a thorough and impartial evaluation and analysis of the regime’s chemical weapons program and suspected chemical weapons use. Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Amb. Thomas-Greenfield on a UNSC Resolution Calling for an UNGA Emergency Special Session on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Now, the Security Council has taken an important step forward toward that accountability. For the first time in decades, it has called for an Emergency Special Session in the General Assembly. The Council members who supported this resolution recognize that this is no ordinary moment. We need to take extraordinary actions to meet this threat ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

Well, Chuck, we've been very clear-eyed on this from the beginning. As the President noted, we were going to apply harsh sanctions. And initially, they were an attempt to prevent Russia from taking this aggressive action. But it is Vladimir Putin's decision on whether he will stop what he's doing and listen to the voices ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS’s “Face the Nation”

Certainly nothing is off the table with this guy. He's willing to use whatever tools he can to intimidate Ukrainians and the world. And again, we have to continue, as the President has indicated, to hold him accountable, and that is exactly what we're doing here in New York. Read More»

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

That's a decision that the Ukrainian government has to make and that they have made. And we'll look forward to what comes out of those discussions. As you know, Dana, we leaned in on diplomacy with the Russians throughout this process and we hoped that Putin would find a way to the negotiating table. And ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following a Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution on Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukraine

We believe we have a particular responsibility to stand up to this violation of the UN Charter because Russia is a Permanent Member of the Security Council who is culpable. Those of us standing here today continue to believe in the Security Council’s solemn duty and highest purpose – to prevent conflict and avert the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Recognizing Additional Cosponsors of a UN Security Council Resolution Condemning Russia’s Aggression

Colleagues, I ask to take the floor for a different reason and so I am not going to respond to the atrocious lies and propaganda and disinformation that you just heard from our Russian colleague. What I ask to take the floor for was to recall the names of some of our colleagues who were ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield After a Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution Condemning Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

This vote showed which countries truly believe in supporting the core principles of the UN – and which ones deploy them as convenient catchphrases. This vote showed which Security Council members support the UN Charter – and which ones do not. We will be addressing this matter in the General Assembly, where the Russian veto ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Before a Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution Condemning Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

Colleagues, we are here today because of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, unconscionable war on Ukraine. Let us never forget that this is a war of choice. Russia’s choice. Russia chose to invade its neighbor. Russia chose to inflict untold suffering – on the Ukrainian people and on its own citizens. Russia chose to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. ... Read More»

Remarks on the UN Security Council Resolution to Extend the Mandate of the 1540 Committee and Group of Experts

A meaningful comprehensive review that brings together Member States and civil society, including international and regional organizations, industry, and academia, is essential to ensuring that the 1540 Committee continues to meet the challenge of preventing non-state actors, including but not limited to terrorist groups, from acquiring or using WMDs or related goods and know-how. In ... Read More»

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

The Syrian people do not have enough food. They do not have enough medicine, fuel, blankets, or winter clothes. The situation in northeast Syria, already bad before the closure of the Yaroubiya crossing with Iraq, is empirically worse since this Council failed to authorize its continued use. We commend all states that are providing COVID-19-related ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly High-Level Debate on Galvanizing Momentum for Universal Vaccination

We must face this simple fact: that no one is safe until everyone is safe. That is true for the situation in Ukraine, and it’s also true for COVID. This is why the United States is committed to enhancing and leading global efforts to accelerate and expand access to safe and effective vaccines for all ... Read More»

Remarks at the Global Engagement Summit Signature Event Hosted by the United Nations Association of the USA and the United Nations Foundation

I think it’s important probably to say for those following UN practices that, of course, we expect Russia to veto, but in so doing so we think that they’ll underscore their own isolation, and I don’t think we should be abandoning our principles and do nothing. It’s an important – it’s important that we send ... Read More»

Remarks by a Senior Administration Official During a Telephonic Briefing on UN Security Council Action in Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukrai

The resolution condemns, in the strongest terms possible, Russia’s aggression, invasion, and violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. It reaffirms the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine. And it requires the Russian Federation immediately, completely, and unconditionally to withdraw its forces. Read More»

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

The United States looks forward to working with the new government once it has formed to strengthen our strategic partnership on our many shared interests, including economic reform and anti-corruption measures. Inclusive and transparent institutions and systems, including the judiciary, are critical to the next government’s formation – and to Iraq’s future. I was proud ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and FM Hussein also discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the efforts of the United Nations and member states to respond to Russia’s hostile acts. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored U.S. support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, consistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nation. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on Ukraine in Response to Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

At the exact time as we are gathered in the Council seeking peace, Putin delivered a message of war in total disdain for the responsibility of this Council. This is a grave emergency. The Council will need to act, and we will put a resolution on the table tomorrow. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on Ukraine

So let us be clear: “All parties” are not culpable here. There is no middle ground. Calling for both sides to de-escalate only gives Russia a pass. Russia is the aggressor here. Russia’s attack on Ukraine is tantamount to an attack on the UN and every Member State in the chamber tonight. The Security Council ... Read More»

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

The two officials discussed the importance of a robust response from the international community to stand with Ukraine, uphold the UN Charter, and impose significant costs on Russia for its actions. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated the readiness of the United States, in close cooperation with our Allies and partners, to respond swiftly and decisively to any ... Read More»

At the UN, Global Leaders Speak Out on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release February 23, 2022 At the UN, Global Leaders Speak Out on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine  Today, as the United Nations General Assembly convened for an annual meeting on Ukraine, leaders from around the world joined together to speak out ... Read More»

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

So, Russia is not in a position to block the Security Council. They may have a veto, but as I've said over and over again, the cannot veto our voices. They cannot stop the world from hearing about their aggression and the actions that they're taking to compromise the UN Charter and to threaten Ukraine's ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Debate on the Situation in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine

Colleagues, now is not the time to sit on the sidelines. Now is the time to get off the sidelines. Let us together, show Russia that it is isolated and alone in its aggressive actions. Let us stand fully behind the principles of sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity for Ukraine, and for all Member ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a Roundtable with European Journalists and Subject Matter Experts on Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukrai

This is the moment to stand up and defend the United Nations and our international order as we know it, to show Russia that it’s isolated and alone in its actions, and to demonstrate that every other UN Member State believes it is time to de-escalate, to come back to the negotiating table, and to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Sister Cities International Black History Month Celebration

Your work – and especially the work of your volunteers – is so important. You are doing the people-to-people diplomacy that undergirds everything we do. In partnership with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, you have paired cities around the world to ensure we advance foreign relations and foster mutual respect and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following an Emergency Meeting on Ukraine

This urgent, emergency meeting of the Security Council is our third meeting over the past few weeks on Russia’s threat to Ukraine. And it is the third time you heard from the rest of the Security Council, a unified message: that Russia should not start war. That Russia should lean toward diplomacy. That it should ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on Ukraine

And then, President Putin asserted that Russia today has a rightful claim to all territories – all territories – from the Russian Empire; the same Russian Empire from before the Soviet Union, from over 100 years ago. That includes all of Ukraine. It includes Finland. It includes Belarus and Georgia and Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Support of Ukraine’s Call for an Urgent Security Council Meeting

We support Ukraine’s call for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. The Security Council must demand that Russia respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, a UN Member State. The Kremlin’s actions today are a wholesale rejection of the Minsk agreements and a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015). Russia’s ... Read More»

Deputy to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Jeffrey Prescott’s Interview with JJ Green of WTOP’s Podcast “Target USA”

We’ve offered up a very clear and credible diplomatic pathway here. But if Russia decides to further invade Ukraine, we have a very full, swift, severe, and unified response that we’re prepared to execute. And we’ve been working very closely with our allies, including these frontline states, to understand what they should be on the ... Read More»

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

There is much to be concerned about. Last year’s gang activity grew rapidly. And as we heard from the SRSG, Haitians have been subjected to killings, kidnappings, sexual violence, and forced displacements. Those responsible for these horrific acts must be held accountable. The HNP requires financial support, it requires equipment, training, and consistent leadership. This ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

What we see happening on the ground at this moment indicates that the Russians are planning an attack. We're hopeful and, as you heard from Secretary Blinken, we are leaning in on diplomacy to try to find a way at the negotiating table to a solution to this that does not lead to the devastating ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Erin Burnett of CNN’s “OutFront”

President Putin, the Russians, have all of the forces on the ground that would suggest that they are prepared for an attack any day – 150,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, troops in Belarus. So, everything is there to suggest that they are making preparations. Now, when that attack will occur, I think only ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Nicole Wallace of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House”

Now, the strategy is about transparency. It's about sharing with the world, sharing with the American people, American citizens in Ukraine and the Ukrainians what we are seeing and the gravity of the situation on the ground and why we are taking this situation so seriously. And I think that has worked. It has worked, ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mary Louise Kelly of NPR’s “All Things Considered” 

We have not seen any evidence that the Russians are pulling troops despite what they have said themselves in the press. They still have 150,000 troops on the border with Ukraine. They are still engaged in a disinformation campaign to undermine the Ukrainian government. And they are still threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine and the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the State Department’s 13th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Foreign Policy Confer

In my view, what really differentiates HBCUs across the board: you have a strong community, you have tight bonds; that you have an attitude of making sure no one gets left behind. At schools like all of yours, the community understands – and you understand – and your faculty understands – and they know that for you, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Briefing on the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

The United States will continue to pursue de-escalation at the diplomatic table. So will Ukraine, and as you heard, our European partners, our NATO allies, the Security Council, and all of us here at the United Nations who are committed to the principles of the UN Charter. We are, as Secretary Blinken made clear this ... Read More»

Response by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Russia’s Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

The Secretary of State laid out the facts. He laid out the fact that we see on the ground – and that all of you are seeing on the ground – very clearly. And what we all see is escalation, including the decision by the Russian Duma to call for recognition of a separatist movement ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council on Russia’s Threat to Peace and Security

So let me make this simple. The Russian Government can announce today – with no qualification, equivocation, or deflection – that Russia will not invade Ukraine. State it clearly. State it plainly to the world. And then demonstrate it by sending your troops, your tanks, your planes back to their barracks and hangars and sending ... Read More»

Remarks by a Senior Administration Official During a Telephonic Background Briefing Before a UN Security Council Meeting on the Implementation of the

Senior Administration Official February 17, 2022 AS DELIVERED MODERATOR: Thank you, and welcome, everyone, to this on-background briefing this morning. The focus of today’s call will be the UN Security Council’s meeting today on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Before we move into the on-background portion, I’m pleased to let you know that we’re joined by a special guest ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield During a Telephonic Background Briefing Before a UN Security Council Meeting on the Minsk Agreements

Overnight, after a series of conversations with the White House, the National Security Council, and the State Department, I asked Secretary Blinken to come speak directly to the UN Security Council on his way to Munich about the serious situation in Ukraine. Read More»

Statement at the Informal meeting of the Plenary to hear a briefing on the report of the Secretary-General on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly

There is no one single action that will resolve the migration challenges in front of us. Instead, together we must engage on a range of solutions, we must prepare for and respond to the effects of the climate crisis, and we must address the root causes of migration. That also includes finding durable solutions for internally displaced persons and strengthening protection and resilience for ... Read More»

Explanation of Position on Item 15 at the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Plenary Meeting

A truly global forum must look beyond any one region for creative ideas, listen to the needs of parties from various regions of the world, and promote advanced technologies and innovation regardless of geography to meet our longstanding goals of road and vehicle safety, environmental protection, and sustainability. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Oskar Gorzynski of PAP, Poland

Well, that’s a great question. We have not seen any signs of this movement of Russian troops. We’ve heard it, as you have, and we would welcome a decision by the Russians on this point. But it doesn’t address the fact that they still have over 100,000 troops on the eastern border of Ukraine, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Lars Os of NRK, Norway

Look, we would welcome news that Russian troops are actually moving out, but we’ve not seen any evidence of that yet, and they still have 100,000 troops on the eastern border of Ukraine. So we are not going to jump to any premature conclusions about what the Russians intend to do. We’re watching their actions, ... Read More»

Explanation of Position at the 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development: Inclusive and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

The United States strongly supports the realization of the right to education. The United States understands that all references to this right are consistent with the scope recognized under international human rights law. We strongly support the goal of quality education. Read More»

Deputy to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Jeffrey Prescott’s Interview with Danylo Terletskyy of Ukrainian Independent Radio, Chic

Well, it’s a very good question. The Security Council, as you know, has – is essentially the world’s premier body for addressing issues of international peace and security. And the members of the Council are committed to upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter, and of course that charter guarantees every country, every state, ... Read More»

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

James, we’ve not been able to confirm that their troops are pulling back. We’ve heard these reports just as you have, but what we know is that Russia still has more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. So the threat is still there. We will keep leaning in on a diplomatic way forward as ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Pamela Falk of CBS News

We’ve seen these reports, and we would welcome the Russians moving some of their troops across the border. But we’ve – away from the border. But we’ve seen no evidence of that, Pam. And they still have a hundred-plus thousand troops on the border with Ukraine as we speak. And those troops are threatening the independence ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Patrícia Kordiaková of TA3, Slovakia

Well, as you know, we have been diligently working over the course of the past few weeks to keep this on the diplomatic agenda. As you know, we had a meeting of the Security Council on the 31st of January where we were able to bring this before the entire Council and have Russia hear ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jeroen Wollaars of Nieuwsuur

We have been clear from the beginning that we are willing to discuss Russia’s security concerns, Ukraine’s security concerns, and Europe’s security concerns. So yes, we are prepared to do that at the diplomatic table. And that is the only place where these concerns can be addressed in a successful way. It can’t be addressed ... Read More»

Deputy to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Jeffrey Prescott’s Interview with Talal Al-Haj of Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath News Networks

Well, we’d like to see a de-escalation, but I have to tell you we have not verified that that is taking place at this moment. We’ve been very clear that the United States, our allies are seeking a de-escalation here. We’re seeking the path of diplomacy. But it’s really up to Russia and President Putin ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

The United States joins others in strongly condemning the Houthi attacks striking civilian sites across the region over the last month, including multiple attacks on both the UAE and Saudi Arabia that killed innocent civilians. We stand united with our Saudi and Emirati partners and remain committed to helping them defend their territory and their ... Read More»

Remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Meeting on Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment

The United States believes protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment is a very serious matter. We believe the entire UN system must foster a culture of accountability for staff and leadership; strengthen reporting, oversight, and investigative mechanisms; and apply a survivor-centered approach to combating sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Somalia

The United States reiterates our deep concern about political and security developments in Somalia. While we acknowledge significant progress since the January 3-9 National Consultative Council meeting in selecting members of the House of the People, at the current pace Somalia will miss yet another deadline for completing parliamentary elections. We have also seen additional ... Read More»

Remarks at U.S. Intervention for 2nd Informal Consultation on Our Common Agenda

Our Common Agenda represents a call to action towards a more equitable, secure, vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous future – grounded in the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Integrated and indivisible, the SDGs offer a shared vision for prioritizing action and mobilizing resources for sustainable development. The United States is proud to recommit itself ... Read More»

U.S. National Statement for the First Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board

The United States thanks UN Women for its ongoing leadership to fight for women and girls across the globe. The United States is proud that the Third Committee biennial resolution on elections contains new language on gender and political participation and calls on countries to eliminate discriminatory laws, policies, and programs against all persons on ... Read More»

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

It is not my place to determine what the Russians are doing. But what we see them doing is escalate instead of de-escalate. We're leaning in on diplomacy, and we're trying to encourage the Russians to come to the diplomatic table, but the actions that they are taking now in Belarus is a chilling message ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Informal Thematic Consultations on the Secretary-General’s Report Entitled “Our Common Agenda”

The Secretary-General's “Our Common Agenda” provides a powerful vision for a more secure, inclusive, and prosperous future. The United States stands ready to partner with the United Nations, member states, civil society, and other stakeholders on many of the elements contained in the report – especially on climate, human rights, public health, the Sustainable Development Goals, and UN reform.  However, to succeed, we ... Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Liberia

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Liberia from February 14-16. She will represent the United States at Bicentennial Celebrations in Monrovia, Liberia, marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of free Black men, women, and children from the United States on Providence Island. Their arrival led to the establishment of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the JFK Presidential Library’s Screening of the PBS Film “American Diplomat”

Today, we do. Every day I have the great privilege of sitting behind the United States placard and representing America to the United Nations. And with a diverse team behind me, I am better able to advocate for America’s interests across the globe. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 2022 Denver Democracy Summit, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Many of our countries have had authoritarians and nefarious actors try to interfere with elections. In some places, corruption is hollowing out judicial systems, undermining the rule of law. Across the globe, disinformation is sowing seeds of division and distrust, shaking the confidence of ordinary citizens in our democratic institutions. Our democracies are being attacked, ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Bianna Golodryga on “CNN Newsroom”

Our discussions with the Russians in the United Nations were very open and very public. It was about keeping the one border crossing open that allowed for needed humanitarian assistance to reach millions of vulnerable Syrians who were on the other side of the border. And we were very, very pleased that we were able ... Read More»

Remarks in Response to China and Russia at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Secretary-General’s Report on the Threat Posed by ISIS

The important thing here is that ISIS has made clear, over and over again, its utter and complete disregard for human life and that was clearly on display last week – just as it was when his predecessor detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and his family during the 2019 operation. And I would ask ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Secretary-General’s Report on the Threat Posed by ISIS

As the Secretary-General’s report highlights, it is critical that the international community continue the fight to deny safe haven for al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, to include those in Afghanistan. Further, ISIS-Khorasan remains active and continues to orchestrate sophisticated attacks that target civilians, including vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities, civil society actors, and others who are ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Opening Segment of the UNICEF Executive Board Meeting

As UNICEF well knows, the climate crisis compromises children’s well-being and contributes to food and water insecurity. Climate change is a threat to international peace and security. It not only threatens our children’s future – it is putting them in danger today. We encourage UNICEF to continue bringing children and youth leaders into the discussion ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Sanctions and Humanitarian Consequences

Colleagues, we must do more to help countries implement sanctions effectively, reinvigorate the work of the Security Council’s sanctions committees and expert panels, which monitor implementation and provide critical reporting on conflict situations, and better integrate sanctions measures into broader preventative diplomacy, peacebuilding, and conflict-resolution strategies. We look forward to engaging in good faith with ... Read More»

Deputy to the U.S. Representative Jeffrey Prescott’s Interview with Iryna Solomko of Voice of America

I think what was most important about the voices of the world powers on the Council, was hearing almost every member of the Council saying the path of peace and the path of diplomacy is better than the path of war. And that was why the United States and our allies called for this session. ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the January 30 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

We call on all Council members to speak with one voice in condemning these dangerous and unlawful acts. Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States have been clear and unequivocal in expressing concern over the DPRK’s continued Security Council violations and its alarming behavior. Read More»

Remarks at ECOSOC Coordination Segment: Reflections on the Work of ECOSOC Subsidiary Bodies

We also believe that diversity and inclusion is critical when developing policies and programs for sustainable development. The Regional Economic Commissions help ensure that regional perspectives are represented in ECOSOC’s work. We also urge ECOSOC to forge multisectoral partnerships with non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector in the activities of ECOSOC and its ... Read More»

Remarks at the ECOSOC Coordination Segment on Pathways for a Resilient and Inclusive Economic Recovery

We believe private sector investment is critical to achieving a sustainable economic recovery. Through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, the United States mobilizes private sector finance in developing economies by increasing confidence in markets, providing political risk insurance, and providing loan portfolio guarantees. Read More»

Remarks at the ECOSOC Coordination Segment on a People-Centered and Inclusive Recovery from the Pandemic

The UN can and should play a leading role in global efforts to strengthen health systems’ resilience against health emergencies. The UN, including ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, should explore cost efficiencies and innovative sources of funding, wherever possible, to advance the UN’s role in global health security, seeking to ensure that funds are accessible ... Read More»

Remarks at the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the UN Group of Friends of Mediation

The members of the Security Council, especially the Permanent Five, need to find better ways to come together and support mediators in the field. The Security Council – indeed the whole UN System – must commit to a more effective and sustained commitment to these peace processes. We must also deploy our own national leverage ... Read More»

Remarks at the UNOPS Segment of the First Session of the Joint UNDP/UNOPS/UNFPA Executive Board Meeting

It is our understanding that UNOPS has equity positions in several entities receiving S3i funds. Could you provide the Board with a specific example of an equity investment including general structure, expected timeline of the investment, and projected return. What UNOPS policies govern equity stakes in UNOPS projects? Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Black History Month and a Diverse Workforce

The history of American diplomacy has been led by Black diplomats determined to make a difference. Ralph Bunche shaped the founding of the United Nations and won a Nobel Peace Prize. Patricia Roberts Harris became our country’s first female African American Ambassador and went on to serve as a cabinet secretary for two different agencies. ... Read More»

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

Our meeting at the Security Council yesterday – we're very pleased to have that meeting and to get the Russians on record on what they are doing in Ukraine. And we had them hear from a unified Council our recommendation – our push for them to pursue a diplomatic solution. And we've also made clear to the Russians that ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Black History Month

We must continue the work of uplifting the rich legacy of Black people globally and ending the scourge of racism and discrimination, which continues to infringe on the lives of Black people and our nation every day. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to this work, and I look forward to continuing that work at the ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Leila Fadel on NPR’s “Morning Edition”

We expected to hear that kind of response from the Russians. They did not want to stand before the world and explain what they are doing on the border with Ukraine, and we called the meeting for just that purpose, and to continue to pursue a diplomatic response given the stakes that we see for ... Read More»

Remarks at the UNDP Segment of the First Session of the Joint UNDP/UNOPS/UNFPA Executive Board Meeting

The United States is encouraged by UNOPS’ intention to integrate SEAH prevention into its project design, implementation, and site inspections, thereby extending these efforts to contractors and community workers. We also support UNOPS’ incorporation of protection from SEAH into its financial planning and contractual agreements with private sector partners. Read More»

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

Look, we called for this meeting to allow the Russians to give us an explanation of what their actions are. We didn’t hear much. They didn’t give us the answers that any of us would have hoped that they would provide. So we hope that they continue along the route of diplomacy and find a ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine in Response to Remarks Made by the Russian Permanent Representative

We have made clear our commitment to the path of diplomacy. I hope our Russian colleagues will also choose this path and engage peacefully with the international community, including Ukraine. I say to Russia simply this: Your actions will speak for themselves. And we hope, and encourage, that you make the right choices before this ... Read More»

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

Fellow members of the Council, and other UN Member States, we urge you to assess not only Russia’s statements, but their actions, with clear eyes. To evaluate the risk this presents not just to Ukraine’s border and its people, but to all of us. And to speak clearly and forcefully in favor of the path ... Read More»

Statement prior to a Vote Adopting the Agenda of a UN Security Council Meeting on Threats to International Peace and Security

As our colleague stated, we have called for this meeting. And we called for this meeting because of what we have all witnessed over the course of the past few months in terms of the actions of the Russian Federation on the border with Ukraine. They indicate that it’s in their own territory, but it ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week”

Russia cannot block the Security Council from holding a meeting. They will certainly attempt to. They will distract from our unified voices. But they know that they cannot block the meeting, and I expect that, knowing what we're dealing with, that they will make an attempt. But the Security Council is unified. Our voices are ... Read More»

Remarks during a Telephonic Background Briefing on the UN Security Council Meeting on Russia’s Threat to International Peace and Security

This situation is a clear threat to peace and security, and we believe that the situation on the ground requires us to engage in preventative diplomacy to avoid a crisis before it is upon us. In our view, it would be a dereliction of the Security Council’s duties to take a “wait and see” approach ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Northeast Syria

The United States remains deeply concerned about the situation in northeast Syria, and in particular the continued threat posed by ISIS. We welcome reports that local forces have regained full control of the detention facility in Hasakah and have captured all ISIS fighters. To be sure, enormous progress has been made in the fight against ... Read More»

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

First, as the Syrian people grapple with freezing temperatures and inclement weather, millions need basic supplies for winter – tents, blankets, coats, heating fuel. How is it that after 11 frigid winters since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, the Syrian people continue to face the same dangers from the same conflict and the same ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation on Ukraine’s Borders

Today, after weeks of close consultation with Ukraine and partners on the Security Council, the United States called an open meeting of the Security Council to discuss a matter of crucial importance to international peace and security: Russia’s threatening behavior against Ukraine and the build-up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders and in Belarus. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

All survivors of the Nazi regime should be able to live out their remaining days in dignity, security, and comfort. And all nations have some influence and leverage they can put to use toward these ends. We must be champions of justice for Holocaust survivors and their heirs. We must turn remembrance into action, now ... Read More»

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

We condemn reported attacks by the Russian military in Idlib, particularly those impacting civilians and civilian infrastructure, including the January 2 bombing that damaged a water station near Idlib, that has cut off water access for nearly a quarter million Syrians.  As the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria said earlier this month, continued ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Meeting

Here at the UN, we will continue to bring a spotlight to this issue and to engage vigorously to fight trafficking across the globe. Thank you, again, to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and particularly to you, Secretary Blinken, for your leadership on this important issue. Thank you. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Urban Settings

The latest UN estimates predict that two-thirds of the world will live in urban areas by 2050. These trends are exacerbated by conflict and the climate crisis. The clear truth is, protecting civilians in urban settings will only become more important going forward and the threat to civilians is horrifying, as we’ve heard from our ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Ukraine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya to discuss Russia’s dangerous and destabilizing actions against Ukraine. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed appreciation for Ukraine’s continued calls for a diplomatic solution. She made clear that the diplomatic path provides the only durable solution ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s New York Foreign Press Center Briefing on Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukraine 

The fact that the Russians are building up along the border and threatening Ukraine is a threat to peace and security, and that is what the Security Council is there for, to address those issues. So the fact of Russia being president of the Security Council in February does not change the fact that the ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Maria Ramos of TRT World News, Turkey

Diplomacy is still on the table. Secretary Blinken's trip to Europe last week, I think, indicated how forward-leaning we are on the diplomatic front. He met with Lavrov, as you're showing there now, and we're continuing to have discussions with the Russians, but also with our European colleagues to ensure that our voices are unified ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Claudio Pagliara of RAI, Italy

Well, 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine – that’s probably the strongest evidence that we have. Training and maneuvers on the border. All of these show plans for aggression. And while we are continuing to look for a diplomatic solution, we’re being prepared and we are prepared to respond to any aggressive action that ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Xesco Reverter of TV3, Spain 

We are prepared for any contingency. So, we are prepared should the Russians make the decision to further invade Ukraine, but we’re also prepared to continue to have – to use diplomacy to discourage them from taking any actions, to de-escalate, and find a way forward where they are not going in. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Dumitru Misin of Jurnal TV, Moldova

What we would hope would happen is that the Russians will respond to our efforts to find a diplomatic solution and de-escalate the situation along the border and not move us into the crisis that we are all planning for and expecting. If that does not happen, what you can expect is that if the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Briefing on the Secretary-General’s 2022 Priorities

We must work together to make the right investments – ones which adhere to internationally accepted standards, build local capacity, prevent corruption, and improve local resilience against climate change and disasters. Which leads me to the existential threat of climate change. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s InSTEP Discussion with Myron Brilliant of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

It’s why I have engaged with members of the Security Council on – and other member states – on a daily basis to brief them on the situation and to get their buy-in and unity in dealing with Russia on this situation. I have engaged with the Russian PR as well as the Chinese PR ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote at a General Assembly Plenary Meeting on Agenda Item 109

The United States shares the frustration and disappointment expressed by many delegations today that the pandemic has yet again stymied our efforts to move forward in this process. We were prepared for the meeting this week, as scheduled, and would have considered a variety of formats acceptable to hold it on time. We did not ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Aaron David Miller on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Podcast “Carnegie

On health and the pandemic, we rejoined WHO immediately, and immediately took over leadership of the response to COVID. And at this point, we have – we are the largest donor to COVAX and we have committed to over a billion doses of COVID vaccines to over 100 countries around the world. And I have ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Tom Burges Watson of France 24 News

I think we’re completely united, so I would disagree that the Russians have succeeded in dividing us. What the Russians have done is they have succeeded in reaffirming our unity and reaffirming our alliances and reaffirming our commitment to ensuring that we will not stand by and allow Russia to diminish the security of our European ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Delivery of a Joint Statement on the DPRK

We have these sanctions for a reason, and for any Member State to oppose putting sanctions on that have been agreed to by the entire Security Council gives, in my view, the DPRK a blank check, as I said before. And it is important that we send a unified message as we said today. Read More»

Joint Statement on the January 11, 14, and 17 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

We urge the 1718 Committee to proactively support implementation of the Security Council resolutions addressing the DPRK. This includes sanctions designations for those contributing to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons programs, like those the United States proposed last week. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution Against Holocaust Denial

The United States is proud to cosponsor this resolution to combat the scourge of Holocaust denial. We appreciate the work our Israeli and German colleagues did to put forward this text, and we are pleased to see the overwhelming support from Member States including those who added their names to co-sponsorship today. Read More»

FACT SHEET: Restoring America’s Leadership at the United Nations in President Biden’s First Year

USUN has championed America’s values on the world stage, fought back against anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias at the UN, and countered efforts by Russia and China to expand their influence in the UN system. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s diplomacy was crucial in the U.S.-led effort to reach a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians last May, and to ensuring that ... Read More»

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

My hope is that we can keep building on that progress and we can all play a role in facilitating further positive steps. For example, I want to applaud Jordan and Egypt for the constructive role that they have been playing in preventing renewed violence, particularly the December 26 meeting they held in Cairo with ... Read More»

Remarks on the 25th Anniversary of the Children and Armed Conflict Mandate

The 25th Anniversary of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda is a significant milestone, and an opportunity for us to review our progress and think about the road ahead in protecting children from conflict. The United States remains firmly committed to this agenda item, and is keen to see CAAC issues elevated, enhanced, and better ... Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jonathan Capehart on The Washington Post Live Podcast “Capehart” 

We’re putting diplomacy at the forefront of all of our engagements to address this issue, and we want to be able to engage with the Ukrainians on this. Secretary Blinken and President Biden both said we’re not going to have discussions with the Russians “about you, without you.” This is part of our diplomatic engagement ... Read More»

Remarks by Under Secretary Uzra Zeya at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Addressing Violence Targeting Women in Peace and Security Processes

Women are on the front lines of peace building. They bring a unique understanding of local and regional dynamics to peace processes necessary for sustainable engagements. Their advocacy, however, also makes them targets for bad actors intending to exacerbate conflict. We think of the Head of the Somali Police Force’s Sexual and Gender-based Violence Unit ... Read More»

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

Sudan cannot wait to resolve its current political crisis, which has impacts far beyond the capital. A restored transition must immediately get to work to deliver on the commitments of the Constitutional Declaration and to implement the Juba Peace Agreement. As described in the Sudan Panel of Experts’ recent report, armed militias and their supporters ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event in Alexandria, VA

That is exactly what the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service does every single day, and I am really proud to be contributing alongside you here today, Krish. We particularly appreciate the opportunity to help welcome those who supported us in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. Many of them served alongside our diplomats and women and men in uniform in Afghanistan, and ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Participate in MLK, Jr. National Day of Service Event in Northern Virginia

On Monday, January 17, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will volunteer at a local refugee resettlement agency in Alexandria, Virginia to mark the Dr. Martin Luther King National Day of Service. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will join with U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah to volunteer, ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Beninese Foreign Minister Aurelien Agbénonci

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed that the United States values its partnership and cultural ties with Benin and noted our sincere hope to make progress together on a democratic path forward for Benin. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed disappointment over the erosion of democratic norms in Benin, including the use of defamation charges to detain political prisoners. She pressed ... Read More»

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

The Houthis must immediately release – unharmed – all of our Yemeni employees, vacate the former U.S. embassy compound, return seized U.S. property, and cease their threats against our employees and their families. We similarly condemn the Houthis’ seizure of an Emirati-flagged merchant vessel last week. And we call on the Houthis to immediately release ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine/Russia

It remains our goal to find a diplomatic way forward and avert conflict, and President Biden has instructed our diplomats to work intensively and pragmatically, including here in New York, to determine whether that is possible. This week we’re having an intensive series of meetings with Russia in Geneva, at the NATO-Russia Council, and the ... Read More»

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

This launch is the latest in a series of ballistic missile launches and shows the DPRK’s determination to expand its unlawful weapons capabilities. These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability. This commitment is also evident in the DPRK’s displays of its various missile systems over ... Read More»

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

Madam President, the United States reiterates our appreciation for UNOWAS’s continued efforts to advance the Security Council’s aim of a stable and secure Sahel region, which UNOWAS does by working to deepen democratic processes, bolster ECOWAS and other subregional institutions, and engage governments and civil society actors. Read More»

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

The United States reaffirms its strong support for the OPCW’s continued work on this matter and all efforts to implement Security Council Resolution 2118. It is time for the Syrian regime to quit stalling, cease its obstructionism, and comply with its international obligations. It is time for the Syrian people to have justice and peace. Read More»

Remarks at the Closing Session of the UN General Assembly Fifth Committee

The Fifth Committee continues to struggle through the late introduction of documentation, including several reports of the Secretary-General and PBIs. These delays negatively impact the ability of the Committee to conclude in a timely manner. The U.S. is also concerned about the growing workload of the ACABQ, which further contributes to delays of our work. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield upon Receiving the Foreign Press Correspondents Honorary Award for Lifetime Contributions to Public Service

So, thank you for your courage in the face of intimidation, violence, and adversity. Thank you for your relentless, dogged pursuit of the truth. Thank you for representing the free and independent press that is both a precondition and a central pillar of every democracy. And I thank you for this prestigious award. I promise ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-formula Meeting

We reiterate our unwavering support for the independence, territorial integrity, and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders including its territorial waters. We strongly condemn the ongoing temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine and reaffirm our non-recognition of its annexation. Russia’s actions are of global concern and in violation of international ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Situation with National Minorities and Glorification of Nazism in Baltic and Black Sea

The United States condemns Russia’s military build-up and aggressive rhetoric toward Ukraine. The use of force to change borders is strictly prohibited under international law, including of course the UN Charter. And we call on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and provide transparency on its military activities. Further Russian military actions against Ukraine will ... Read More»

Introduction of the UN Security Council 1988 Humanitarian Resolution

We hope everyone on this Council will support this resolution, and through it, the people of Afghanistan. We have done our best to take into account the varying views expressed by members of the Security Council during the course of negotiations. We are confident this resolution will enable the delivery of humanitarian assistance and other ... Read More»

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

The United States is also deeply concerned about rising tensions in the West Bank and in and around Jerusalem, especially violence perpetrated against ordinary civilians attempting to go about their lives as best they can.  We urge the authorities to condemn acts of violence and also to respond to attacks in a proportionate and reasonable ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Election of Professor Justin Hansford to the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

I am thrilled to congratulate Howard Law Professor Justin Hansford, an independent expert elected by the UN General Assembly to the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) for the inaugural 2022-2024 term. Professor Hansford’s decades of experience and commitment to racial justice will be pivotal in shaping and sustaining this critical new body. Read More»

Statement on the First-Ever Consensus Adoption of a UN Resolution Referencing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The United States is proud to have facilitated the text that led us to this moment, and we will continue to work with countries in the UN LGBTI Core Group, members of civil society, and others, to ensure that the human rights of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, are realized. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on the Human Rights Situation in DPRK

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Joy, who is a survivor from the DPRK. After the regime took her father’s farm away, her family was desperately poor. They had to boil grass and steal unripe corn from their neighbors so they wouldn’t starve. She had, in her words, no dreams. She just wanted ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

The Secretary-General’s report also finds that IAEA inspectors have been harassed by Iran while monitoring and verifying Iran’s implementation of its safeguards agreement. This is in direct contravention of their diplomatic privileges and immunities, as well as simple decency. Read More»

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

The Yemeni people deserve peace and prosperity. In the face of Houthi provocations, harassment, and violence against their own people, I want the Houthi to know that the United States will never give up on the people of Yemen. Special Envoy Grundberg, thank you again for your proactive efforts during you first few months to ... Read More»

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

In addition, the United States continues to have serious concerns with Serbia’s non-cooperation on the arrest warrants for Jojic and Radeta, who have been charged with witness interference. Serbia has a legal obligation to cooperate with the Mechanism and we call on it to execute the arrest warrants without further delay. Contempt cases are a ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of UNICEF

The United States government, along with private sector and civil society leaders, has long championed and partnered with UNICEF. American leadership has strengthened the organization at every turn throughout its 75-year existence. We are proud to be UNICEF’s largest annual contributor. And we are extraordinarily proud that my friend Ambassador Catherine Russell has been appointed ... Read More»

General Assembly Adopts Five Humanitarian Aid Resolutions, as Delegates Debate Strategies for Responding to COVID-19, Conflict, Climate Change Crises

Alexandra Brosnan Humanitarian Advisor U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York December 10, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is pleased to cosponsor the humanitarian omnibus, safety and security, natural disasters, and the Argentinian White Helmets resolutions and reaffirms the vital function of the United Nations in responding ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Selection of Ambassador Catherine Russell as Executive Director of UNICEF

The United States is extremely proud to be a devoted partner and leading contributor to UNICEF as it works tirelessly to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and provide them with the ability to reach their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Human Rights Day

On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the importance of human rights and the critical need to protect those rights both domestically and globally. Human rights are inherent in every person, a principle enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 73 years ago today. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a Summit for Democracy Panel Discussion on Protecting Democratic Institutions

We all know that strong democracies can deliver for their people. But everywhere around the globe, democracy is under threat. Many of our countries have had authoritarians and nefarious actors try to interfere with elections. In some places, corruption is hollowing out judicial systems, undermining the rule of law. Across the globe, disinformation is sowing ... Read More»

Media Advisory: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Participate in President Joseph Biden’s Summit for Democracy

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will chair a panel discussion during President Joseph Biden’s Summit for Democracy on Friday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. EST. The discussion, titled “Protecting Democratic Institutions: Elections, the Rule of Law, and a Resilient Information Space” will focus on the necessity of protecting key democratic institutions and processes, as well as rebuilding ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a New York Foreign Press Center Briefing on the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial

Thank you for joining us, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield. My name is Daphne Stavropoulos and I am today’s moderator. It’s my pleasure to introduce Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, representative of the United States to the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will provide a readout of the 2021 Peacekeeping Ministerial hosted this week by the Republic of Korea. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Security in the Context of Terrorism and Climate Change

The President will work with Congress to provide $3 billion in adaptation finance annually to PREPARE by 2024. Through PREPARE, the United States will urgently and significantly bolster adaptation efforts to save lives and reduce instability across the world. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on the Attack on UN Peacekeepers in Mali

Let me just say I was on a video conference this morning for the Seoul Ministerial on peacekeeping safety, and I was so sad to learn that we just lost peacekeepers in Mali. And I want to convey my deepest condolences to the people of Togo and to the families and loved ones of those ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syrian Chemical Weapons

t is troubling that the Assad regime’s allies, including Russia, have actively sought to block all attempts at accountability. As we heard, Russia continues to spread disinformation about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, to attack the integrity and professional work of the OPCW, impede ongoing efforts by responsible nations to hold the Assad ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S. Commitments at the 2021 Seoul Peacekeeping Ministerial

The United States is the world’s single largest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping, as well as the largest provider of peacekeeping capacity-building support, investing more than $1.5 billion since 2005 in assistance specifically focused on enhancing troop- and police-contributing country (T/PCC) participation in UN and regional peace operations. This year alone, we committed more than ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Announcing the United States’ Pledges

To that end, this year, the United States has made a serious and sizable investment in peacekeeping through our two primary capacity-building programs: the U.S. Global Peace Operations Initiative and the International Police Peacekeeping Operations Support Program. Peacekeepers are capable of doing more to serve local communities – especially when we empower them – which ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

America stands as a beacon of liberty and refuge to the world’s most vulnerable. We have resettled more refugees than any other country. And in October, President Biden raised our annual ceiling refugee admissions cap to 125,000. We will always support forcibly displaced populations. Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Protection of Education in Conflict

The United States is proud of its longstanding and unequivocal commitment to advancing safe and accessible education for children in areas of conflict. When schools are closed due to violence and armed conflict, generations are left behind. For the 426 million children living with the threat of conflict, accessing education has become a profoundly dangerous ... Read More»

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

Let me be clear, though: Military solutions alone are not sufficient to solve the problem of terrorism, and they will not address the root causes of conflict in the DRC. One important way of ameliorating conflict comes from ensuring people’s voices are heard. To this end, we note that the DRC will next hold elections ... Read More»

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 Town Hall with HBCU Scholars from the White House Initiative on HBCUS

Foremost among those lessons I learned was that great communities and great countries require great leadership. Young people, you are our future leaders. We're counting on you to keep our democracy strong and to push our democracy forward through hard work, through public service, and through making sure that, when we fall down, we help ... 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»