United States Presidency of the UN Security Council | August 2023

Planned Program of Work for August 2023

Remarks on the Russian drafted UN Security Council Resolution on Renewing Mali Sanctions

Russia’s repeated refusals to engage in negotiations followed by its submission of an alternative text at the eleventh-hour are egregious breaks in procedure which fail to respect the integrity and transparency essential to Council deliberations. It is for these reasons that the United States must oppose the Russian drafted resolution, and we urge others to …Read More»
By  | 30 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks on the France and UAE drafted UN Security Council Resolution on Renewing Mali Sanctions

The United States is disappointed by the outcome of today’s vote. Once again, Russia has imposed its will on the Council, in the face of the opposition of countries from the region. The Council’s failure to agree on the urgent and necessary renewal of Mali’s sanctions regime due to Russia’s actions threatens peace and security …Read More»
By  | 30 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia’s Continued Pursuit of Weapons from the DPRK

Russia is negotiating potential deals for significant quantities and multiple types of munitions from the DPRK to be used against Ukraine. These potential deals could also include the provision of raw materials that would assist Russia’s defense industrial base. In its pursuit of these weapons, Russia will violate Security Council resolutions, including resolutions Russia itself voted for. Any …Read More»
By  | 30 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Jewish Community Leaders

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, today hosted a town hall meeting for leaders of several Jewish community organizations from New York and across the country. She was joined by U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt.    Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield previewed the United States’ priorities for the 78th session of …Read More»
By  | 28 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Colleagues, our job is to empower young leaders – in Africa and around the world. So that as Mr. Peikar said, they can reach their potential and it is the norm – not the exception. Because our youth are our hope. They are our future. They are already working toward a world free from the …Read More»
By  | 28 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

As many of us feared, the transition government’s decision to close MINUSMA has already triggered renewed violence on the ground. We are alarmed by a resumption of hostilities in northern Mali, including by violations of the ceasefire during the August 11th and 12th clashes at the Ber Camp and by subsequent attacks on a MINUSMA convoy …Read More»
By  | 28 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We reject the disingenuous claims by Russia and China that the U.S. is acting in a hostile manner. U.S.-allied military exercises are routine, they are lawful, and they are defensive in nature. And unlike the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches, they are not prohibited by UN Security Council resolutions. Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Explanation of Position on a General Assembly Resolution on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization

We underscore our position that trade language, negotiated or adopted by the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council or under their auspices, has no relevance for U.S. trade policy, for our trade obligations or commitments, or for the agenda at the World Trade Organization, including discussions or negotiations in that forum. While the …Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

The DPRK’s most recent launch caused an evacuation alert in Okinawa, raised tensions in Northeast Asia, destabilized the security situation in the region, and increased the risk of triggering military escalation. With each test, the DPRK further refines its weapons capabilities. And Pyongyang has already announced its commitment to launch another satellite in October.Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Joint Statement on Women, Peace and Security

You know, we have been working very, very closely with all of our partners and our allies in the region – the regional leaders, in particular, ECOWAS, to find a diplomatic path to ending the conflict and bringing back a democratically-elected government and institutions in Niger.Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement Delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Women, Peace, and Security

We know these acts of violence disproportionately impact women and girls. Terrorist groups target women civil society leaders, women peacebuilders and human rights defenders with SGBV, including online, to stifle their advocacy and curtail their participation in peace and security processes.Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Talal Al-Haj of Al Arabiya’s “Diplomatic Avenue”

We are taking action. And during our presidency, we called for an open meeting on Sudan to discuss the situation on the ground there. And I will tell you that there were Member States – and I don’t need to name them – who resisted this call for an open meeting. The Sudanese Mission here …Read More»By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Security and Peace Caused by Terrorist Acts

Colleagues, we must use all multilateral tools available to us, including UN sanctions, to prevent these acts of violence given how destructive conflict-related sexual violence is for victims and communities, and how destabilizing it is for societies. We urge UN Member States to increase funding for UN agencies and partners working to provide comprehensive services …Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored U.S. support for securing a robust UNSC mandate to extend the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon so that it can perform its duties. In that context, she welcomed Lebanon’s focus on the safety of …Read More»
By  | 24 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

United States and Other UN Security Council Members Call for UN Security Council Meeting on the August 23 Attempted Satellite Launch by the DPRK

The United States, Albania, Ecuador, France, Japan, Malta, and the United Kingdom have called for a UN Security Council meeting on the August 23 attempted satellite launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for tomorrow, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The meeting will be broadcast live via UN WebTV: https://media.un.org/en/webtv.Read More»
By  | 24 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Today, I want to send a clear message to President Putin: Cease your attacks on Ukraine. On Ukraine’s children. And on the world’s hungry. Release Paul Whelan and Evan Gershkovich, American citizens who have been wrongfully detained. And end your senseless war of aggression – once and for all. The Ukrainian people will continue to …Read More»
By  | 24 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

On this day in 1991, Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union. That same week, Ukraine notified the United Nations of its independence “based on the right of a nation to self-determination in accordance with the Charter.” But 32 years later, today, Ukraine’s very existence is under attack. For a year and a half, …Read More»
By  | 24 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Burma

The United States is pleased to join 12 other UN Security Council members today to condemn the Burma military regime’s ongoing human rights abuses against the people of Burma, to call for the full implementation of Security Council Resolution 2669, and to underline our commitment to use all tools at the Security Council’s disposal to …Read More»
By  | 23 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement on Myanmar

We remain deeply concerned about the situation in Rakhine State. It has been six years since nearly a million Rohingya were forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. We encourage international partners to support the provision of humanitarian assistance to displaced Rohingya. We express our support for diplomatic efforts to create conditions conducive to the …Read More»
By  | 23 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Colleagues, this week, we marked the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in recent memory when the Assad regime launched rockets carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin into the Ghouta district of Damascus. This attack killed more than 1,400 people and injured many more.Read More»
By  | 23 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Human Rights Watch

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Human Rights Watch Executive Director Tirana Hassan. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored her concern about the dire crisis in Sudan and thanked Human Rights Watch for their reporting on the brutal killings, rapes, and looting in West Darfur. The Ambassador also noted the August Human …Read More»
By  | 22 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

UN Security Council Press Statement on Cyprus

The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the launch of unauthorized construction work by the Turkish Cypriot side inside the UN Buffer Zone near Pyla/Pile. The members of the Security Council stressed that this action runs contrary to Security Council resolutions and constitutes a violation of the status quo in the UN …Read More»
By  | 21 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We strongly encourage Member States to join us in funding UNRWA so people in need can receive support and cope with rising food prices, and so UNRWA can continue to provide education and health care. At the same time, we will continue to insist UNRWA strengthen its effectiveness and financial sustainability. And we will continue …Read More»
By  | 21 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Humanitarian Day

Today, humanitarian workers are targeted simply for doing their jobs. It’s unacceptable. According to the Aid Worker Security Database, in 2022, more than 440 humanitarian workers were attacked – and 116 lost their lives. Last December, the United States proudly co-sponsored a UN General Assembly resolution on the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and …Read More»
By  | 18 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia on Threats to International Peace and Security

We cannot forget Russia’s brutal, unrelenting attacks against Ukraine and its people for the last 18 months. Putin has shown no interest in meaningful diplomacy since first starting this unprovoked war nearly one and a half years ago. In fact, since we last discussed this topic in June, it is Russia that has escalated its …Read More»
By  | 17 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea  

The DPRK government commits acts of cruelty and repression in its own territory – while also perpetrating similar acts in other countries, targeting both citizens of the DPRK and others. These include executions, assassinations, abductions – including from Japan and the Republic of Korea – intimidations and forced repatriation. Alone, these human rights violations and …Read More»
By  | 17 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The modern world has no place for the DPRK government’s brutality. And the international community, and this Council – this Council – must continue to speak out against this injustice and its destabilizing impact on regional and international peace and security. Read More»
By  | 17 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

UN Security Council Press Statement on the August 13 Terrorist Attack in Shiraz, Iran

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice. They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of the Islamic Republic …Read More»
By  | 16 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States urges restraint and the immediate cessation of any activities that undermine the peace process. And we call on all sides to fully meet their obligations under international humanitarian law. The international community must continue to engage diplomatically to facilitate dialogue and a durable, dignified peace. Read More»
By  | 16 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States also welcomes the release of the five UN personnel who were kidnapped in the southern governorate of Abyan last year. But too many innocent people are still in detention, including wrongfully targeted individuals and religious minorities – as well as members of the United States’ Locally Employed Staff, who have been detained …Read More»
By  | 16 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Joe Madison on SiriusXM’s “Joe Madison The Black Eagle” 

The situation is pretty dire. So yesterday I hosted – I presided over – a Security Council meeting to highlight, amplify, and publicize the current situation in Sudan, and I particularly focused on the situation in Darfur, where we are seeing atrocities being committed that really take us back to 2004 when you were there …Read More»
By  | 10 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by a Senior USUN Official During a Telephonic Background Briefing on the Human Rights Situation in the DPRK

The DPRK capitalizes on domestic and overseas forced labor to sustain the government and generate revenues for its weapons programs. Furthermore, the DPRK’s repressive political climate enables the government to divert an inordinately large share of its budget and resources to weapons development, without comment from the population, which continues – as you know – …Read More»
By  | 10 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

One of the worst chapters of recent history is repeating itself. And it’s beyond horrifying. The Security Council, and the entire international community, has a responsibility to demand the parties comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law regarding the protection of civilians. We have a responsibility to ensure humanitarian assistance can reach people in …Read More»
By  | 9 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

It’s been over 100 days since fighting broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, and in that time, senseless violence has wrought unthinkable suffering. The situation has become – in the words of a doctor from Khartoum: “a living hell.” A living hell.Read More»
By  | 9 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Caitríona Perry of BBC World News

You know, I continue to be hopeful. The Secretary-General, the United Nations, Türkiye have been working diligently over the course of the past few weeks to push the Russians and urge the Russians to get back into the grain deal. It is in the interest of the Global South community, it is in our interest, …Read More»
By  | 8 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Assad’s chemical weapons attacks demand this Council’s continued attention. The Security Council cannot allow Assad and his henchmen, who have killed thousands of people, to get away with these atrocities. To do so would endanger all of us. It would mean turning a blind eye to regimes that choose to manufacture, stockpile, and use chemical weapons. Read More»
By  | 8 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

ICYMI: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Highlights Combatting Food Insecurity During First Week of UN Security Council Presidency

Over the past week, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield spotlighted how she is bringing combatting food insecurity to the forefront of the UN agenda as the United States assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August. Read More»
By  | 4 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Kristen Saloomey of Al Jazeera

We have been communicating with President Bazoum since he was put under house arrest. He is the democratically elected government. We have called for his return. We recognize him as the democratically elected government. We’ve condemned this attempt to overthrow him, and we support ECOWAS in their efforts to find a path forward. Read More»
By  | 4 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Yesterday, August 2, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met with Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed alarm over reports of sexual and gender-based violence in West Darfur, as well as looting of humanitarian aid facilities throughout much of Sudan. The Ambassador …Read More»
By  | 3 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ninety-One Countries Sign U.S.-Led Joint Communiqué Condemning the Use of Food as a Weapon of War

“We can deliver lifesaving aid to those in urgent need,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said during today’s UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Famine and Conflict-Induced Global Food Insecurity. “We can ensure that people around the globe are fed, now and for years to come. If we do that, if we build …Read More»
By  | 3 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Presidential Statement from the UN Security Council Puts Conflict-Induced Food Insecurity and Famine at the Center of its Agenda

“This Council is charged with maintaining international peace and security,” Secretary Blinken said today during the United Nations Security Council High-level Open Debate on Conflict-Induced Global Food Insecurity. “And we simply cannot preserve peace and security without strengthening food security.”Read More»
By  | 3 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Intervention at a United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Famine and Conflict-Induced Global Food Insecurity

This morning, for the first time in three years, this council has unanimously put conflict, hunger, and famine, as well as climate change, at the center of its agenda. This is a noteworthy and welcome step. Now, let’s harness the momentum to further combat food insecurity and famine around the world to turn what we’re …Read More»
By  | 3 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Every single time there’s a test, we have worked in the Council with likeminded members to push the Council to produce a product to condemn the actions of the DPRK, and we will continue to do that. We will continue to try to push our Chinese and Russian colleagues to join consensus on condemning these …Read More»
By  | 1 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Planned Program of Work for the United States Presidency of the United Nations Security Council during the Month of August

Armed conflict also continues to threaten human rights around the world. The United States will use its Security Council presidency to elevate human rights and draw renewed attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – as relevant today as when it was adopted nearly 75 years ago.Read More»
By  | 1 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The UN has called a very, very strong appeal to the world, which we are supporting, to continue to support the needs of more than 700 million people who go to bed hungry every single night. And that’s why I have, for the third time – my third presidency – brought food insecurity to the …Read More»
By  | 1 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC

Look, we had an opportunity to address this issue through the Black Sea Grain Initiative that the Secretary-General with the support of the Government of Türkiye was able to formulate with the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Russia. Russia pulled out of that deal last week. They pulled out of a deal that …Read More»
By  | 1 August, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by a Senior Administration Official During a Telephonic Background Briefing on the U.S. Presidency of the United Nations Security Council 

The world is looking to the UN Security Council to fulfill its mandate and take on the most pressing global challenges of our time, from rooting out hunger to defending human rights to advancing international peace and security. The United States is committing – is committed to pursuing progress during our presidency and carrying that …Read More»
By  | 31 July, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Virtual New York Foreign Press Center Briefing on the U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

So the impact of climate change is also significant on food insecurity. And it’s why the President made the decision – one of the first decisions he made at the start of the administration was for us to go back into the Paris climate deal and for us to proactively engage with our partners on …Read More»
By  | 31 July, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

United States to Assume the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the Month of August with a Focus on Food Insecurity and Human Rights

In this role, the United States will be responsible for setting the agenda of the Security Council for the month, organizing Security Council meetings, managing the distribution of information to Council members, issuing statements, and communicating the Council’s actions to the public. Read More»
By  | 27 July, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights