United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2021
Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Second Day as Representative of the United States to the United Nations
The below is attributable to United States Mission Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:
Yesterday, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made a virtual visit to Yemen to meet with humanitarian NGOs, including the Danish Refugee Council, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Ambassador engaged with the organizations to learn of their challenges on the ground, and recognized their vital work to provide life-saving support to the Yemeni people.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also held a virtual roundtable with executive leadership of the humanitarian organizations CARE, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, and World Vision. The Ambassador reiterated President Biden’s commitment to providing humanitarian support and recognized that the United States can only address global challenges through multilateral action and a principled humanitarian response.
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 with one voice to show solidarity with the people of Burma.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield ended the day with a series of bilateral meetings with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations from the People’s Republic of China, Ireland, Norway, the Russian Federation, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Ambassador discussed the upcoming U.S. Security Council Presidency and the integral work of the Security Council on global challenges, including human rights and climate change, and areas of shared interest for future cooperation in the United Nations.