UN Security Council Press Statement on Ethiopia

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Colombia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at a UN Financing for Development Forum Panel on Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Kwibuka 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Security Council Press Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at an OCHA Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Security Council Press Statement on Targeted Attacks against Civilians in Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Informal Briefing on Burma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Open Debate on Peacekeeping Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement at the UNFPA Executive Board Meeting (via VTC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement during the Park East Synagogue International Holocaust Remembrance Virtual Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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