United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
December 22, 2023
Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on Financing African Union-Led Support Operations
The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption of a United Nations Security Council resolution on the financing of African Union-led peace support operations. This resolution outlines a framework for the use of UN funds to support the deployment of AU-led missions to promote peace and security across the African continent.
As I said earlier this month to a group of young African leaders at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Ghana, Africans deserve a better vision for security – a vision that puts African leadership at the forefront and African people at the center. The international community has a responsibility to empower AU missions to respond to Africa’s growing security challenges. This resolution is a major steppingstone toward that end.
The United States expresses its gratitude to Ghana for its leadership and partnership throughout this process and to all three African members of the Security Council for their flexibility and collaboration in helping put our shared principles to paper. As we near the end of Ghana’s time on the Security Council, we are eager to cement its legacy by working with the AU on the deployment of a mission to promote peace and protect civilians on a continent facing grave and complex security threats.
We look forward to working closely with Security Council members and the AU to implement this resolution, so that the UN can partner with the AU to to meet Africa’s security needs.