United with Ukraine: Latest Remarks

Remarks by Ambassador Richard Mills at a UN Security Council Briefing Called by Russia on Religious Freedom in Ukraine

We are concerned about the safety of members of all religious communities in Ukraine, particularly the safety of those living in areas under Russia’s control or occupation, including members of the independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Crimean Tatar Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Evangelicals, and Baptists. Last week, Russia sentenced five Crimean Tatars to 13 years, and one …Read More»
By  | 17 January, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

On January 1, as the rest of us were celebrating and welcoming the new year, the people of Ukraine endured three straight nights of Russian missiles and drone strikes against their cities. These attacks were barbaric. They destroyed systems that provide heat and light to the Ukrainian people during the coldest, darkest part of winter. …Read More»
By  | 13 January, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Rule of Law

The United States will continue to defend, protect, and advance respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. We continue to fight against discrimination, inequity, and inequality in all its forms. This is why we worked collectively through the General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, and with partners to remove Iran from …Read More»
By  | 12 January, 2023 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia’s use of Weapons Illegally Acquired from the DPRK and Iran in its Brutal War Against Ukraine
It is despicable that Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is now using weapons procured from the DPRK and Iran – in violation of UN Security Council resolutions – to pursue its war of aggression against Ukraine.Read More»
By  | 22 December, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ravi Agrawal at the FP Summit: Food+ 2022

You know, Ravi, I spent 35 years in the Foreign Service, and half of that period focused on humanitarian. And I served in Kenya working in refugee camps and traveling to Uganda and refugee camps in Goma. I lived and worked in Pakistan working in refugee camps, and then eventually ended up heading our Refugee …Read More»
By  | 14 December, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Jonathan Lemire on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe&#8

It’s interesting that countries that tend to be abusers want to be part of institutions and organizations where they know they will be criticized. So Iran ran for a seat and they won. But today is the right day to remove them from the Commission on the Status of Women. There is no place for …Read More»
By  | 14 December, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

We all know that actions speak louder than words, but before we discuss Russia’s actions, let’s discuss Russia’s words here in the Council today. It continues to confound my delegation that we are all once again brought into this Council to devote our attention to Russia’s fictions. In the midst of, and in spite of, …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 9 December, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States is also grateful for the UN’s efforts to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative that has succeeded in getting desperately needed food from Ukraine ports to world markets. This has helped lower food prices and ensure wheat purchased by the World Food Program reaches vulnerable people in Yemen, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Somalia.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 December, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Attacks on Ukraine’s Critical Infrastructure

Having struggled on the battlefield, Moscow is now adopting a cowardly and inhumane strategy that punishes Ukrainian men, women, and children. Let’s be clear: these are attacks on critical infrastructure. And they are a shameful escalation in Russia’s already brutal, unjustifiable war. Read More»
By  | 23 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

General Explanation of Position in Second Committee on the Russian Federation’s War Against Ukraine

The Second Committee’s work is crucially important for the acceleration of action in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Unfortunately, our ability to address these immense challenges has been further undermined by the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a blatant violation of the UN Charter and one of… Read More» 
By  | 23 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Agriculture Development, Food Security and Nutrition

We also would like to 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 … Read More»
By  | 23 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Helping human settlements recover from post-conflict and disaster is among the mandates of UN-Habitat, and as such, we are disappointed that this resolution does not recognize the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine and other conflicts causing urban infrastructure, development, and environmental damage. Read More»
By  | 21 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at the Holodomor Remembrance Prayer Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The United States condemns Russia’s relentless attacks against Ukraine’s cities and civilian infrastructure, including energy infrastructure. This creates needless hardship for thousands of people as winter nears. We call on Russia to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law, including protecting civilians and civilian objects, and to refrain from using the starvation of civilians as … Read More»
By  | 19 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

In the long run, the only way to ensure food supplies are not impacted further is for Russia to withdraw its troops, stop the atrocities, and end the war. But in the meantime, we are grateful for the efforts of Türkiye and the UN in sustaining and expanding this lifesaving initiative. And I hope, sincerely, …Read More»
By  | 16 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine

Today’s resolution draws attention to the alarming situation in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine where Russia’s forces are present. The resolution underscores a message all countries should support — that respect for international law, including the UN Charter, and for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, matters. Read More»
By  | 16 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Jonathan Capehart at The Washington Post Live Global Women’s Summit

What I’ve learned is that even with limitations, diplomacy is the best path that we have. And we have to continue to pursue a diplomatic path, to achieve whatever it is we’re trying to achieve. And we’ve had some successes. I mean, we actually got a 143 Member States in the Security Council* to condemn … Read More»
By  | 15 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Annual Briefing of the Diplomatic Security Overseas Security Advisory Council

I see this first-hand from my vantage point on the Security Council. The UN Security Council is the world’s premier body for maintaining international peace and security. So, we are often faced with the question of what exactly constitutes a threat to our collective security. Read More»
By  | 15 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks in a UNGA Emergency Special Session on a Resolution Titled “Furtherance of Remedy and Reparation for Aggression Against Ukraine”

Ukraine will one day rebuild; that is not at question here. The point is the imperative – the imperative for us, the international community – to hold the perpetrator to account for this needless devastation. Accountability is an important component of any eventual settlement of this war. The passage of this resolution also serves as … Read More»
By  | 14 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Annual Briefing on the UN Police Contributions to the Action for Peacekeeping Plus Priorities

It is our shared responsibility to ensure that the tools we have, including the Integrated Peacekeeping Performance and Accountability Framework, are implemented fairly and thoroughly, and that the performance data from in-mission assessments is appropriately shared and analyzed to address common challenges. And let me be clear: there must be continued implementation of a zero-tolerance … Read More»
By  | 14 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

Sofija Korac Adviser to the Third Committee New York, New York November 10, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you so much, Mr. Chair. The United States wishes to extend special thanks to France and The Netherlands for facilitating this critically important text on the elimination of violence against women and girls. This year’s text’s focus on … Read More»
By  | 10 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Explanation of Vote on Nine Amendments to a Third Committee Resolution on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

Sofija Korac Adviser to the Third Committee New York, New York November 10, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you so much. The United States wants to sincerely thank both the delegations of France and The Netherlands for their transparent, inclusive and open process, which spanned over more than 20 hours of negotiations. The co-facilitators not only … Read More»
By  | 10 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Myroslava Gongadze of VOA in Warsaw, Poland

Well, certainly I see Ukraine in the driver’s seat, and having President Zelenskyy lay out his conditions, I think, sets a very strong platform for any discussions that might go forward on peace. But truthfully, this ends tomorrow if Russia pulls its troops out of Ukraine, and there won’t be any need for talks. Kids … Read More»
By  | 10 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Michał Sznajder of TVN in Warsaw, Poland

But here in Poland, what is extraordinary is the hospitality, the open arms, the welcome that the Polish people have provided for Ukrainian refugees. So, I’ve come to express our strong gratitude to the Polish government and to the Polish people, but also to hear from refugees themselves what they are experiencing and the challenges … Read More»
By  | 9 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UNICEF Education Hub in Warsaw, Poland

And I’ve just spent the past couple of hours meeting with individuals and organizations who are supporting Ukrainians here in Poland. Particularly want to commend UNICEF for the work that they are doing here in the center, work that has been funded by the U.S. government through the Office of Population, Refugees, and Migration. And … Read More»
By  | 9 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Chief of the National Security Bureau of Poland Jacek Siewiera

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met with Jacek Siewiera, Chief of the National Security Bureau of Poland today in Warsaw. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored the importance of the U.S.-Polish strategic relationship, particularly in our collective response to Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine. She praised the strong support that the people and government … Read More»
By  | 9 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Chris Lu, U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform, Following the Sentencing of Karim Elkorany

The Department of State takes accountability for misconduct very seriously and seeks to ensure a culture that empowers all personnel to contribute to advancing our national security objectives. The Department is committed to fostering a work environment free of the threat of sexual assault, holding accountable employees who commit such actions, and sensitively and effectively … Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Minister Kubrakov discussed the impact of Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine’s contribution to global food security. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated the urgent need to extend and fully implement the Black Sea Grain Initiative to allow Ukraine’s agricultural exports to reach global markets and ensure food gets to the world’s hungry populations. Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Albanian UN Ambassador Ferit Hoxha’s Interview with Blendi Fevziu of TV Klan Albania

The most direct way to peace in Ukraine is for Russia, for Putin, to pull their troops out of Ukraine. This is an unprovoked war. There was no reason for President Putin to move his troops inside of Ukraine. And so, we have worked together to isolate them in the Security Council and to isolate …Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations Kyiv, Ukraine November 8, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Ambassador, welcome to the program. AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Thank you. I’m delighted to be here. QUESTION: So, we’re here in the heart of the matter. This is a grain milling processor here. It’s a vital part of this country’s export, vital …Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announcing $25 Million in Winterization Assistance at a Collective Center in Ukraine

In this spirit of meeting humanitarian needs for the winter, today I’m proud to announce an additional $25 million from USAID to support vulnerable people in Ukraine during the harsh winter. These new funds will extend on our existing winterization planning and response efforts. They will scale up assistance to nearly 75,000 of the most …Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the Media Following a Visit to a Forensics Lab In Ukraine

And I have come away from this experience knowing that this war will only end when those who committed these atrocities are held accountable. And this documentation is what is going to do that. It’s extraordinary work that they’re doing, it’s meticulous work that they’re doing, and it is necessary work that they are doing … Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces $25 Million for Winterization Assistance for Ukraine

Today in Ukraine, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, will provide $25 million in winterization assistance to help vulnerable people in Ukraine survive the winter ahead. Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Zelenskyy discussed international efforts to minimize the impact of Russia’s aggression on global food security, including through sustaining and expanding the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative, and to ensure accountability for war crimes and atrocities perpetrated on the Ukrainian people. She committed to continuing to work at the United Nations to …Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the Media Following a Visit to a Grain Storage and Processing Facility in Ukraine

We have heard that Ukraine is the breadbasket of the world, and I am here seeing Ukraine as the breadbasket of the world – seeing wheat being delivered, being processed, being produced into flour, hearing directly from farmers that they need this grain deal that the Secretary-General has been so committed to negotiating. They need this deal …Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Ukraine

While in Kyiv, she will meet with Ukrainian government leaders to discuss the ironclad American commitment to the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. She will observe efforts to document and preserve evidence of atrocities committed by Russian forces and will hear first-hand accounts of survivors. Read More»
By  | 8 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Panel Discussion on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Tirana, Albania

We must all do our part to promote woman’s leadership, in our communities, in our countries, and on the world stage. And certainly Albania is a leader in that area. We are urging all countries to follow suit. And we stand ready to work with Albania, our strong partner on the Security Council, to advance women’s …Read More»
By  | 7 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Albania and Poland

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will travel to Albania and Poland November 6 to 9 to reiterate the United States’ unwavering support for these two staunch Allies who are working with us to respond to the crisis caused by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine. Read More»
By  | 5 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution by the Russian Federation on Combatting the Glorification of Nazism

In closing, the United States calls on the Russian Federation to cease its use of force against Ukraine immediately, withdraw its forces from all of Ukraine’s territory, refrain from any further unlawful threat or use of force against any other Member State, and — finally — drop the false narrative by which it has been …Read More»By  | 4 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

I announced yesterday, following the Vice President’s announcement, that we will seek to have Iran removed from the CSW. We don’t think that it is appropriate for a country who violates the human rights of women to be on such a council. So we will be working toward that over the course of the next …Read More»
By  | 3 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace Operations for Sustainable Peace

For our part, the United States remains deeply committed to UN peacebuilding efforts. As called for in “Our Common Agenda”, we strongly support the expanded role of the Peacebuilding Commission across a range of issues, including human rights and climate change, and we welcome their contribution to today’s meeting. The PBC has an important convening role …Read More»
By  | 3 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee General Discussion on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The U.S. government has responded decisively to new emergencies — including Russia’s unlawful, unprovoked war in Ukraine — while not neglecting protracted crises that demand our sustained attention and resources. The United States is the single largest donor of international humanitarian assistance, providing more than $17 billion in life-saving aid around the world this year …Read More»
By  | 2 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Explanation of Vote Delivered by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield on a UN Security Council Resolution Proposed by Russia on Alleged Bioweapons in Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York November 2, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. The United States voted against this resolution because it is based on disinformation, dishonesty, bad faith, and a total lack of respect for this body. The Biological Weapons Convention is important. It addresses …Read More»
By  | 2 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Jeffrey F. DeLaurentis at a UN Security Council Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

The United States remains steadfast in our support of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and multiethnic character. We are committed to partnering with the citizens and government of Bosnia and Herzegovina as they work towards the comprehensive electoral, political, social, and economic reforms necessary to secure the future all people of the country deserve. Read More»
By  | 2 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Every day, journalists around the world take great risk to report the truth, shine a light on wrongdoing, and counter disinformation. A vibrant democracy requires a free press that holds political leaders accountable. Where media freedom is under pressure or non-existent, democracy is threatened or altogether absent.Read More»
By  | 2 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States is working to ensure that our humanitarian partners are adequately resourced to help the government with the winterization efforts. And we commend our European allies and partners for their generosity in hosting approximately seven million displaced Ukrainian citizens and others fleeing Russian aggression. Read More»
By  | 2 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow, and Kaitlan Collins on “CNN This Morning” 

Well, I heard the news as I was coming into the show this morning, and I was delighted to hear this news. And I want to first commend the UN, the Secretary-General, in particular, for continuing to negotiate this important deal, because it’s providing needed food to the world. So clearly, Russia was finally convinced … Read More»
By  | 2 November, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The United States remains committed to providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to the record number of forcibly displaced persons around the world. We have provided more than $17 billion in aid around the world this year, continuing our long, proud tradition of humanitarian leadership. The nearly $2.2 billion we provided to UNHCR last fiscal year was …Read More»
By  | 1 November, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a Report of the International Criminal Court

Justice is not only a moral imperative, but it is essential for the maintenance of international peace and security. The United States is a strong supporter of meaningful accountability and justice for the victims of atrocities. These are core values, best advanced through a shared commitment, and the ICC is an integral component of that …Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Any action by Russia to disrupt these critical food exports is essentially a statement that people and families around the world should pay more for food or go hungry and face higher rates of malnutrition and death. We urge the Government of Russia to resume its participation in the initiative and extend it in order …Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

We are committed to ongoing dialogue and partnership with civil society to address the cross-cutting and intersectional issues highlighted in the U.S. report. We are making progress at the federal, state, and local levels to comprehensively address racism, racial discrimination, and inequity in the United States, but there is still more promising work to do. Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Chair of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

We share your concerns regarding the myriad challenges and vulnerabilities facing people of African descent, such as the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, health disparities, unequal access to education, social exclusion, hate-based violence, insufficient access to clean water, food insecurity, economic inequity, housing instability, and environmental crises, and we call for renewed action to …Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee General Discussion on Racism

Our domestic efforts are matched by our foreign policy. Secretary Blinken appointed the Department of State’s first Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice to lead efforts to advance the human rights of persons belonging to marginalized racial and ethnic communities, including Indigenous communities, and combat systemic racism, discrimination, violence, and xenophobia around the world. Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Russia’s forces are committing horrific atrocities and abuses. We must call the world’s attention to Russia’s egregious filtration operations, and the reported disappearances, torture, family separation, and forced deportation of Ukrainian civilians, including children. We also note with concern Russia’s intensifying suppression of dissent inside Russia. Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the ICAO Report on Belarus’ Diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978

These are not the actions of a responsible international actor. We gather here in the Security Council, and throughout the multilateral system, charged with defending peace and security in the world, and we have a responsibility to put on record our denunciation of state actors who flagrantly violate their responsibilities and put their own ulterior interests …Read More»
By  | 31 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia Suspending Participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative

The United States notes Russia’s comments that it will suspend its participation in the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative. The initiative has been successful in getting desperately needed food flowing from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to world markets. It has helped lower food prices globally and ensure wheat purchased by the World Food Program reaches …Read More»
By  | 29 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Special Meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee

First let me thank the Government of India and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) for hosting and organizing this important meeting. I especially welcome the participation of a range of civil society and private sector partners. Their input is critical to countering the use of emerging technologies for terrorist purposes. At the heart of …Read More»
By  | 29 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks to Press Following the Opening Session of a Special Meeting of the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism

Today’s session was a moving one. We obviously have weighty policy discussions on issues like terrorism financing and emerging technologies, but today was a powerful reminder that this is really about people’s lives. I was moved by the wreath laying ceremony that we participated in, and I was especially touched by the testimonies this morning …Read More»
By  | 28 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on Russia’s Unfounded Allegations of Biological Weapons Programs in Ukraine

My Russian colleague said that the current situation is unacceptable and should be rectified. What situation? The only unacceptable situation is Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and we call on Russia to rectify this by withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and end this war now.Read More»
By  | 27 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on a Report of the International Court of Justice

We are pleased to continue to recognize the Court’s contributions to the realization of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, in particular through the peaceful settlement of disputes. Those core principles are being especially tested in these times when the Russian Federation, a permanent member of the Security Council, is engaging in a …Read More»
By  | 27 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

We are also alarmed by the regime’s broader efforts to undermine respect for human rights, including reports that the regime is trying to withdraw Belarus from the First Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is a recourse for Belarusians to report allegations of abuses. Read More»
By  | 26 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

The United States supports programs and activities to strengthen our work to protect, promote, and respect the rights and needs of victims of terrorism. We must be mindful that programs to counter violent extremism and to counter terrorism can be abused by governments seeking to suppress the speech and activities of human rights defenders, political …Read More»
By  | 25 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Second Committee Dialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions

The United States is partnering throughout the UN system to tackle these challenges. Since February, we have announced $10.5 billion in humanitarian and development aid to strengthen global food security, which includes President Biden’s announcement of $2.9 billion in food security assistance. On the pandemic, last year the United States provided over $9 billion to …Read More»
By  | 25 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Women and girls are leading the charge to stamp out human trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal health and other racial disparities. Women and girls are bravely standing up to those who seek to delegate them as second-class citizens. Just look at the example of the women in Iran risking their lives to fight for equality …Read More»
By  | 22 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

The United States is fully committed to seeking accountability for Russia’s atrocities and human rights abuses in Ukraine. We are working closely with Ukraine and our partners on a variety of accountability and reporting mechanisms to support those who are compiling evidence, investigating, and prosecuting those responsible for committing crimes, while doing no harm to …Read More»
By  | 21 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

The United States recently presented its periodic report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, where we addressed myriad issues affecting members of minority groups and marginalized communities such as racial discrimination, economic inequality, targeted acts of violence, unequal access to education, health disparities, disinformation, and hate speech.Read More»
By  | 20 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

We must ensure Women, Peace, and Security language is deliberately and strategically integrated into Security Council country resolutions. We must promote woman’s leadership, whether it’s in their villages, it’s in their capitals, or it’s on the international stage, as we five women members of this Security Council here promote, and the many other women see …Read More»
By  | 20 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement Following a Closed UN Security Council Meeting on Iran’s Transfer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Russia

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release October 19, 2022 Statement Following a Closed UN Security Council Meeting on Iran’s Transfer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Russia The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Nate Evans:    Today, the United States joined the United …Read More»
By  | 19 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on the Report of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

The United States fully supports the priorities the Office of the Prosecutor continues to pursue, including the expeditious completion of trials and appeals, locating and arresting the remaining fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and assisting national jurisdictions prosecuting international crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The Mechanism has taken …Read More»
By  | 19 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Cross-Regional Joint Statement at the Third Committee Item 68: The Promotion of Human Rights

Too many women and girls are still denied the right to make decisions about their own lives and are subject to sexual and gender-based violence, including harmful practices, with the tragic reality that one in three women worldwide has experienced violence in her lifetime. We must not waver in our commitment to promote, protect, respect, …Read More»
By  | 19 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Kosovo

I want to begin by reaffirming our commitment to safeguarding stability in the Western Balkans, especially during this time of greater tensions in Europe caused by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The United States will continue to work closely with our European partners to foster peaceful and prosperous multi-ethnic societies, in addition to strengthening democracy …Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored that the EU-facilitated Dialogue remains the best mechanism for resolving issues between Serbia and Kosovo and achieving mutual recognition.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also noted that the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo had long outlived its original purpose and underscored the importance of finding a more relevant role for the UN in Kosovo.Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We urge the transition government to accelerate efforts to restore its presence in the Center and to implement the recently approved draft Strategy for the Stabilization of the Center and the 2022-2024 Action Plan.  In light of the challenges facing MINUSMA and Mali, I want to stress the United States has a strong desire in support …Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur for his report on climate change, human rights, and migration. Migration is increasingly a response to the impacts of climate change on food insecurity, economic livelihoods, and security. It requires careful management to ensure it is safe, orderly, and humane. Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

We remain concerned about the growing misuse of technologies for arbitrary and unlawful surveillance that disregards privacy and enables repression. And we condemn Russia for its misuse of technologies in carrying out “filtration” operations against Ukrainian citizens, which we call on Russia to immediately halt.Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Side Event on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Settings: Delivering Life-Saving Care During Emergencies

Thanks for having us here today. We’ve heard from the practitioners how much work they’re doing on the ground and what value they’re adding, and I want them to know how heroic we think their work is. It’s clear that they’re models of resilience, and we see that in the circumstances under which they’re joining …Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

We remain concerned about the growing misuse of technologies for arbitrary and unlawful surveillance that disregards privacy and enables repression. And we condemn Russia for its misuse of technologies in carrying out “filtration” operations against Ukrainian citizens, which we call on Russia to immediately halt.Read More»
By  | 18 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 81: Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949

Russia’s recent unlawful full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in which Russia’s forces have committed war crimes, is a reminder to all States of the importance of compliance with IHL and accountability for IHL violations. Those responsible for atrocities must be held accountable, and the United States continues to support a range of mechanisms to document and … Read More»
By  | 17 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Food Day

As we mark World Food Day, we are facing the worst food security crisis I have ever seen. The compounding impacts of the pandemic, the deepening climate crisis, rising energy and fertilizer costs, and protracted conflicts – including Russia’s illegal, unjustified invasion of Ukraine – have disrupted global supply chains and dramatically increased global food …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 16 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Second Committee Side Event on Trade & Logistics in Food and Energy Security

The COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine, extreme climate impacts, and natural disasters have had devastating impacts on the critical supply chains we all depend on for jobs, energy, food, medical supplies, and more. There is so much potential to do more together to identify innovative approaches and mobilize partnerships with businesses, …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 13 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

We have never given up on diplomacy to find a solution to this war. The Russians chose to push aside diplomacy and chose to attack Ukraine. But we’ve also been clear that we’re not going to engage with Putin on diplomacy on the Ukrainian war without the Ukrainians. And so Ukraine has to be part …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 13 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the UN Chair of the Human Rights Committee

We applaud the Committee for the seriousness with which it has engaged on treaty body reform. We appreciate your commitment to implementing reforms aimed at harmonizing and streamlining the system, and we welcome simplified reporting procedures. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 13 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UNGA Stakeout Following a Vote on a Resolution on the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine

Kherson is Ukraine. Zaporizhzhya is Ukraine. Donetsk is Ukraine. Luhansk is Ukraine. And Ukraine remains Ukraine. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 12 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

We have heard countries underscore the need to pursue solutions that lead to dialogue and peace. Believe me, there is nothing we would like to see more than peace. I would like to stop seeing craters in Ukrainian playgrounds where swings used to be. We would like to stop seeing dangerous attacks on the City …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 12 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 83: Crimes against Humanity

We continue to believe that this approach would have the greatest probability of ensuring that any future convention based on the draft articles would be effective in practice and widely ratified by States. Advancing discussion of this project towards the elaboration of such a convention should be our shared goal. We cannot afford to let …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 12 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

In response to the illegal sham referenda and Russia’s attempted annexations of Ukrainian territory, the Secretary-General made a striking statement.  He said, and I quote, “The UN Charter is clear:  Any annexation of a state or territory by another state resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the principles of …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day of the Girl Child

Every girl deserves to live in a world free from gender-based violence and discrimination, where she has access to quality education, health care, and future employment opportunities. The 2022 theme for the International Day of Girl is, “our time is now – our rights, our future,” and I couldn’t agree more. As I work to …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at Debate on Cooperation Between the UN and the AU

This will give the AU the flexibility it needs to address these evolving threats. And we are committed to seeing this through. At the same time, we believe our institutions must evolve to reflect today’s world. As President Biden stated during the General Assembly Debate last month, the United States supports increasing both permanent and …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Second Committee-ECOSOC Joint Segment on Poverty Eradication

As it stands today, the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have rolled back hard-won progress on achieving the SDGs and pushed an additional 97 million people into extreme poverty. Further, Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine has exacerbated food insecurity — sending food, energy, and fertilizer prices skyrocketing — while climate change wreaks …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Third Committee General Discussion on the Rights of Children

The United States continues to stand firm in our conviction that every child should be safe and given the tools necessary to succeed, regardless of race, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks by a Senior Administration Official During a Telephonic Background Briefing on the UN General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine

When it comes to ending the war, we have been and will continue to maintain the same position. Obviously we presented all kinds of offramps in advance of Putin making the decision, taking the decision to invade Ukraine. We pursued diplomacy in advance of that. We’ve pursued diplomacy after that.Read More»
By  | 7 October, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

U.S. National Statement for UNGA 77 Second Committee

As the Second Committee begins its work, we are keenly aware of the urgent crises and vulnerabilities we face as a global community. While our solidarity has strengthened through our work together to blunt the worst impacts of COVID-19, rising geopolitical tension, growing food insecurity, and the ongoing consequences of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war …Read More»
By  | 4 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a Meeting of the Sixth Committee on Agenda Item 113: Measures to eliminate international terrorism

The international community must recommit to multilateral efforts to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism, coming together to address this international threat to peace and security. In so doing, we must always remember that successful efforts to counter and prevent terrorism and violent extremism respect human rights, including freedom of expression, and the rule-of-law. …Read More»
By  | 3 October, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Vote on a Resolution Condemning Russia’s Sham Referenda

First, on the four countries who abstained, I can’t explain their decisions to abstain, but I can refer you to the statements that they made in the Council. And all four of them expressed concerns about what Russia is doing in Ukraine. So their abstentions clearly were not a defense of Russia. They were not …Read More»
By  | 30 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Explanation of Vote Before the Vote Delivered by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield on a UN Security Council Resolution Condemning Russia’s Sham Referenda

Earlier today, we saw Putin celebrate this clear violation of international law. He threw a party on Red Square to pat himself on the back for these illegal referenda. He is gloating and reminiscing about the Soviet empire and stated that this was just the beginning.Read More»
By  | 30 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC’s “The Last Word”

We had 14 members of the Security Council today, say to Russia, loudly and clearly, that what they’re doing in Ukraine is unacceptable. And so, they heard from the entire Council. And their message was a message that we were not surprised to hear – that they thought – or tried to explain away what …Read More»
By  | 27 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States will be tabling a resolution condemning the sham referenda being held in Ukrainian territory. We know the outcomes of these sham referenda were pre-determined in Moscow. The Ukrainian people have already demonstrated they will never accept being subjugated to Russian rule. This Council and the international community must do the same.Read More»
By  | 27 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We know the outcomes of these sham referenda were pre-determined in Moscow. They, in no way, represent a legitimate expression of the will of the Ukrainian people. The will of the Ukrainian people is clear everyday as they fight valiantly for their country. As they protect their territorial integrity; as they defend their sovereignty. The …Read More»
By  | 27 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout: Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Holy See Secretary of State His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield thanked Cardinal Parolin for the Holy See’s leadership in recognizing Ukraine’s right to self-defense and highlighting atrocities resulting from Russia’s war of choice, and for the Holy See’s support for Ukrainian refugees across Europe.Read More»
By  | 23 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with President Vjosa Osmani of Kosovo  

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Osmani also discussed recent developments in Kosovo. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored that the EU-facilitated Dialogue remains the best mechanism for resolving issues between Serbia and Kosovo and achieving mutual recognition.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also noted that the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo had long outlived its original purpose and underscored the importance of finding a …Read More»
By  | 23 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Joy Behar, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sarah Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Ana Navarro of “The View” 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 23, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION 1:  As world leaders gather to address the most critical issues facing the planet and President Biden delivered some strong words on why Russia’s war on Ukraine should make everyone’s “blood run cold.” Joining us now is …Read More»
By  | 23 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Gayle King, Nate Burleson, and Vladimir Duthiers of “CBS Mornings”

We are concerned, and we should take it seriously. This is a sign, again, that he is desperate. He’s desperate because his troops have not performed in the way that he had expected his troops to perform. And the Ukrainians didn’t perform the way he expected them to perform. They’re defending their sovereignty, their independence, …Read More»
By  | 23 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight”

First and foremost, it is to hold accountable those individuals in Iran responsible for committing human rights violations, and this is truly a horrific violation. The killing of Amini – the blocking of individuals from their ability to protest in the streets. Every Iranian should have the right to protest. And every woman in Iran …Read More»
By  | 23 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Declaration on Minority Rights

Across the world, we see how minority groups and marginalized communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and other public health outbreaks. By climate change-induced environmental crises. By racially motivated violence and religious persecution. By the digital divide and disinformation.Read More»
By  | 21 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Russia’s actions, their aggression against Ukraine, has raised concerns and it has raised issues and confidence about whether the UN is fit for purpose today. But we have used the Security Council, we’ve used the General Assembly, to isolate Russia, to condemn Russia, to kick Russia off of the Human Rights Council. They are a …Read More»
By  | 20 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Dominque Hasler of Liechtenstein

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Dominque Hasler, Liechtenstein’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education, and Sports. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed appreciation for Liechtenstein’s efforts to support Ukrainian refugees and hold Russia accountable for its brutal war on Ukraine, including through its strict enforcement of sanctions.Read More»
By  | 20 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met today with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support of Ukraine to defend its sovereign territory against Russia’s unprovoked aggression.Read More»
By  | 20 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Before Their Meeting

I am truly honored to be meeting with Foreign Minister Kuleba today. I’m pleased to welcome you to the U.S. Mission. This is our second meeting. We met a year ago before this horrible war started in Ukraine. You made it clear then that no one would be able to sit out this crisis when …Read More»
By  | 20 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We will be focusing on three major priorities. First and foremost, and you’ve heard me talk about this before James, we are laser focused on food insecurity and how to address the issues that the world is dealing with that has been exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine. So, we will be hosting today …Read More»
By  | 20 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We have no plans to meet directly with Lavrov, but as you know, there will be a Security Council meeting on September 22. Secretary Blinken will be sitting in the chair for the U.S. and Lavrov will be sitting in the chair for the Russians. And he will hear for the first time directly from …Read More»
By  | 20 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 18, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Joining me from New York, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Madam Ambassador, thanks for joining us. You heard President Biden there warning of a “consequential U.S. response” if Putin uses tactical nuclear …Read More»
By  | 18 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 16, 2022 AS DELIVERED QUESTION: Joining me now, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield. Thank you so much, Madame Ambassador. It is very good to see you again. I know this is a very busy time for you, …Read More»
By  | 16 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a UN Press Briefing Previewing the United States’ Participation and Priorities for UNGA77

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York September 16, 2022   AS DELIVERED AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD:  Good morning, everyone. It’s really great to be here with you. It seems like I was just here a few days ago and it was an entire year ago. So this is my …Read More»
By  | 16 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Hunger and Conflict

We’re talking about real people. We’re talking about children and mothers whose voices are being silenced by hunger and violence. We’re talking about the difference between life and death. We cannot accept what’s reported in this White Note as the way of the world. We cannot fail to see our common humanity in those that …Read More»
By  | 15 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Lawrence O’Donnell of “The Last Word”

I know the world, and having spent 35 years in the Foreign Service, there are few countries that I have not engaged in. I know Africa. Some people tell me that I probably have forgotten more about the continent than they know. And I know their leaders. I know their people. And they know me. …Read More»
By  | 14 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the West’s Provision of Military Assistance to Ukraine

I encourage all members of this Council to consider this question: If you were in Ukraine’s shoes, how would you respond if a bigger neighbor invaded you? If your neighbor sent its armies into your cities, your lands – what would you do? What would you ask of the international community?Read More»
By  | 8 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mike DeWald of KCBS Radio, San Francisco

The world has begun to question the UN. They are – their confidence has wavered because a Permanent Member of the Security Council attacked its neighbor against all the principles of the UN Charter. And countries and people want to see us take actions against that country. And I’ve had the opportunity to share what …Read More»
By  | 8 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting on Russia’s Filtration Operations

As Security Council members, we are here to promote international peace and security and uphold the UN Charter. At a minimum, I hope each of us here today acknowledges that all persons subject to filtration need access to UN and humanitarian agencies as soon as possible, so that we can verify their well-being as we …Read More»
By  | 7 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Filtration Operations 

We have evidence that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens – including children – have been interrogated, detained, and forcibly deported, and some of them sent to very remote areas as you can see here. This graphic visualizes the process of filtration. The experience is different for everyone, depending on how threatening they are perceived to …Read More»
By  | 7 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Rachel Martin on NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Well, we have consistently called out Russia for the actions that they have taken at this plant. And I have to say we’re very relieved that the IAEA team was able to visit the nuclear plant. I think the visit allowed them to carry out the important work, as you just reported, and in spite …Read More»
By  | 7 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

Despite Russia’s song and dance here today to avoid acknowledging responsibility for its actions, Russia has no right to expose the world to unnecessary risk and the possibility of nuclear catastrophe. Worse, this is a situation entirely of Russia’s making. The current danger at Zaporizhzhya is a result of Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful invasion of Ukraine. And …Read More»
By  | 6 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement at the Adoption of the First-Ever UN General Assembly Resolution on Survivors of Sexual Violence

The United States strongly supports the use of measures to prevent or protect individuals from acts of violence committed by non-State actors. The United States notes, however, that generally only States have obligations under international human rights law and, therefore, the capacity to commit violations of human rights.Read More»
By  | 2 September, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Sasha-Ann Simons of WBEZ Chicago

These young people are committed to finding ways to deal with urban hunger, and one of those ways is to provide these urban farms. And I visited the one at Grant Park to see the work that they are doing and the impact that they are having on the communities that they are working with. …Read More»
By  | 26 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Rufus Williams of WVON – Chicago

One of Putin’s concerns that he expressed was that NATO – he felt that NATO was threatening him. And NATO is not an organization that is offensive. It’s an organization that is defensive. And because of Russia’s actions, more countries feel threatened and they have joined NATO. So his goal to stop NATO’s rise actually …Read More»
By  | 26 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mike Lowe of WGN – Chicago  

I’ll tell you a very quick story. I lived and worked in Liberia in the 1970s, and Liberia was a relatively stable country until they had rice riots in 1979 that led to, eventually, a coup d’état and the country being in conflict for more than 14 years. So without rice, people cannot live and …Read More»
By  | 26 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tackling the Global Food Security Crisis at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

We’ve been pushing for an IAEA visit. The Ukrainians invited the IAEA. The Secretary-General was there last week and pushed both sides to allow for an IAEA investigation. And what I heard but we have not seen confirmed, and this is very worrisome that you just shared with us, that both sides agreed that the …Read More»
By  | 25 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement on Six Months of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion Of Ukraine

We condemn in the strongest terms sustained missile strikes by the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine, which have repeatedly hit residential areas and civilian infrastructure, resulting in harms to, displacement and death of thousands of civilians during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.Read More»
By  | 24 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement by UN Security Council Members following an AOB on Georgia

Fourteen years have passed since Russia’s full-scale military aggression and the beginning of its invasion of Georgia’s territories started on -7 August 2008. The Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 marked a more aggressive trend in Russia’s policy regarding its neighboring countries and the European security architecture. As we are witnessing in Ukraine today, Russia …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 15 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We are very concerned about the situation around this plant. We’ve asked that the Russians leave this plant and allow for the IAEA to go in and do investigations to ensure that the plant is safe. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 12 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Under Secretary of State Bonnie D. Jenkins at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

We are now getting a clearer picture of what life is like in areas under Russian military control. Through intimidation, censorship, and propaganda, Russia is clearly laying the foundation to try – once again – to illegally annex territory from its neighbor. None of us should be surprised if Russia suddenly announces false referenda in …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Penholdership

It is worth reminding ourselves of the solemn responsibilities charged of all of us on this Council to maintain international peace and stability. That is no easy task and requires difficult decisions and hard compromises.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 August, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Despite the disinformation Russia peddles in this very chamber, no one believes Ukraine is doing any of this to itself. Every member here has borne witness to the atrocities. And we will not forget. Each and every atrocity deserves accountability.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 29 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at Virtual Briefing on the Black Sea Grain Initiative

We will continue to closely follow and help address the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia in Ukraine and in the region. We are hearing with great concern about the lack of access in Luhansk, where humanitarian agencies have not been allowed to operate.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 28 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Strengthening Regional Arrangements

Regional organizations prevent, de-escalate, and mitigate crises and conflicts. And in Africa, the African Union and the subsidiary Regional Economic Communities are particularly well-positioned to detect, warn, and intervene early when a regional approach best corresponds to dynamics on the ground. Their early interventions can prevent mass atrocities. They can create the space for ceasefires, …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 27 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Peacebuilding Commission

We commend the Peacebuilding Commission for its leadership in helping to inform and carry out UN and Member State responses across the peace continuum, including implementation of peace agreements and political dialogue, promotion of coexistence and peaceful resolution of conflict, revitalization of economic growth, and re-establishment of essential administrative services. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 27 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Press Roundtable with Ambassador James O’Brien, Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination

I’m really grateful to have Ambassador O’Brien here in New York for a series of meetings on food security. As many of you already know, this is a really important issue for me. In March of 2021, just after I came to New York as our Ambassador to the UN, the U.S. made global food …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 22 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting Following Russia’s Veto of a UN Security Council Resolution on the Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Mechanism

Russia’s veto earlier this month has consequences. The first of the two six-month extensions authorized in Security Council Resolution 2642, as many have said before me, brings us to January, when humanitarian needs will be greatest. That timeline risks leaving Syrians without blankets, without heating fuel, depriving them of a steady supply of basic food …Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 21 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement for presenting the draft decision in ECOSOC on bringing NGO applications to a vote in the EOCOSC Management Segment

Civil society plays an essential role in both informing our work and later helping to translate that work into action on the ground. Such organizations are implementing partners in delivering humanitarian assistance, they help to keep the public informed, and they press us, as governments, to respect the rights of our people and uphold our …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 21 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing on the Global Food Security Crisis and the U.S. Response

The good news is that we have the tools to stop hunger and alleviate suffering. And we have to use them – and rally the world to do the same. And in this vein, we are sincerely grateful to Congress for providing the funding that you’ve already appropriated to respond to this crisis.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 20 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

Mr. President, it is clear we have not done enough to protect children from the impacts of conflict. The United States remains firmly committed to the Children and Armed Conflict agenda, and is keen to see it elevated, enhanced, and better integrated into all Security Council work.Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at the UN General Assembly High-Level Special Event on Coordinating Policy Responses to the Global Food Crisis

To galvanize collective action, The Roadmap for Global Food Security, launched by the United States during our Presidency of the UN Security Council in May at the Ministerial hosted by Secretary Blinken on May 18, identifies several calls to action including increasing humanitarian food assistance, keeping markets open, increasing fertilizer production, and investing in food …Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 18 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Explanation of Position at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and is committed to its full implementation. One of the key insights of the 2030 Agenda is the interrelated nature of the 17 goals; each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) influences the others, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive approach to development. We also note …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 15 July, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Explanation of Position at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (FULL)

The United States strongly supports the 2030 Agenda and is committed to its full implementation. One of the key insights of the 2030 Agenda is the interrelated nature of the 17 goals; each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) influences the others, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive approach to development. We also note …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 15 July, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Destruction of Cultural Heritage as a Consequence of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

As our briefers have just recounted, Vladimir Putin is waging a war of aggression that has destroyed parts of Ukraine’s unique cultural heritage in an effort to rewrite history. This campaign has been in motion since 2014, when Russia began to remove artifacts, demolish grave sites, and shutter churches and other houses of worship in …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 15 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting on July 11, 2022

We condemn Russia for once again abusing its UN Security Council seat to spread disinformation. We reject Russia’s continued efforts to distort history for its own political purposes and to promote hugely damaging false narratives and disinformation about neighboring countries, including by labeling others as “neo-fascists” and “neo-Nazis” without a basis in fact. The issues …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Neo-Nazism and Radical Nationalism

Let’s be clear on what this meeting is and is not. It is not a serious attempt to hold a discussion on Neo-Nazism and violent extremism. It is a cynical attempt by Russia to use the Council as a platform to broadcast its state propaganda and to justify its brutal, unprovoked, and premeditated war of … Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 July, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

We have welcomed the International Criminal Court’s decision to open an investigation into atrocity crimes committed in Ukraine. And with our EU colleagues, we are supporting the Ukrainian national authorities – specifically the Office of the Prosecutor General – as these authorities investigate and prepare to prosecute war crimes cases. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 28 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Joint Statement on the Recent Developments in Ukraine 

We demand an immediate cessation of the hostilities by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, of all attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the full and immediate withdrawal of the Russian forces and military equipment from within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and territorial waters. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 28 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UNGA Plenary on the Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing, and Crimes Against Humanity

Member States should make every effort to implement the seven priorities listed in the Secretary-General’s report this year. In particular, we need to leverage education for peace and the prevention of atrocities. Teachers can play a critical role in building societies that are inclusive, tolerant, respectful of diversity, and able to manage conflict. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 24 June, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at the United Nations Economic and Social Council: 25th Plenary Meeting, 2022 Session

We continue to welcome and resettle those seeking refuge, including more than 74,000 of our Afghan allies. And in the face of Russia’s unconscionable war, we have committed to welcoming 100,000 displaced Ukrainians. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 21 June, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

We cannot stay silent. Fellow Council Members, we must seek and achieve justice for victims. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 21 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on World Refugee Day

This issue is personal to me. I spent over half of my 35-year career in the Foreign Service working on humanitarian and refugee issues. During my travels, I have met with families who fled their homes in search of basic needs: safety, a roof over their heads, clean water, and enough food. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 20 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Together, we must continue to deliver vital trauma-informed and comprehensive support services for all survivors, and we must work to end such ruthless acts of violence everywhere. Today, we recognize those who have survived these unimaginable acts of violence, and we commit — for them and alongside them — to work with the international community …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on UN-EU Cooperation

Regional organizations are an essential partner of the Security Council to promote international peace and security, and that especially includes partners such as the EU. Madam President, let me conclude by saying the U.S. affirms unequivocally the EU’s role as a crucial partner to the United States, the United Nations, and in particular to the …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 16 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a UN Press Briefing on Food Security

Obviously, we would like to see the ports open because that’s the most efficient and most effective way to transport that grain.  But it’s still going to take time even if the port is open, so you still have to have a place to put the grain.  And the reason that it – that the storage makes …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 16 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a High-Level Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

For our part, through the passage of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, the United States became the first country in the world to codify our commitment to advancing Security Council Resolution 1325 by enacting a comprehensive Women, Peace, and Security law. And the 2019 U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security seeks …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 15 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We commend the Mechanism on its efforts to support relevant investigations and prosecutions in domestic courts addressing atrocity crimes. We continue to support the Mechanism for the indispensable role it plays in ensuring that perpetrators do not enjoy immunity and that victims and survivors are not left without justice, even as the Mechanism winds down. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 14 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks Following the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Status of IDPs and Refugees in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia

The United States is focused on the plight of IDPs and refugees displaced from the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and all others whose lives and homes have been destroyed by Russia’s unnecessary war of choice in Georgia. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 8 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Opening Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on the FY 2023 Budget Request for the UN

I deeply appreciate this Subcommittee’s bipartisan support of our work at the United Nations and other multilateral institutions. With your support, from Day One, this Administration has fully re-engaged across multilateral institutions to advance U.S. interests and address global challenges. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 8 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at UN Security Council Briefing on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine

Finally, as we work to achieve accountability, we must also do right by the survivors of sexual violence. They urgently need improved and expanded comprehensive service provisions — including sexual and reproductive health services, medical and specialized mental health services, legal assistance, and livelihood support. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at the Thirty-fourth meeting of Chairs of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies

We echo the call of others that failure to fully fund and support the work of these bodies by timely filing of reports and cooperation with treaty bodies is detrimental to their success. Without the support and cooperation of the states that created these bodies, they cannot complete their important work. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 3 June, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

Remarks by Under Secretary Uzra Zeya at a UNSC Open Debate on Strengthening Accountability and Justice for Serious Violations of International Law

The United States will continue to be a strong supporter of meaningful accountability and justice for the victims of atrocities through appropriate mechanisms. Justice, accountability, and the rule of law are values we share, and which we continue to believe are best advanced together. Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 2 June, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ben Rhodes on “Pod Save the World”

The food insecurity issue was an issue before Ukraine, but it has been made ten times worse by the war. I’ve learned just over the course – it’s only been three months, believe it or not – but that Ukraine is really the breadbasket of the world. World Food Program purchased 50 percent of the …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 26 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Colleagues, every year this annual debate is sobering, but this year it is especially so. Fortunately, the steps are clear. As our briefers outlined, there are practical steps we can take, right now, to protect civilians. We know exactly how we can provide humanitarian access and break the cycle of despair. So, let’s just get …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 25 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Response to Russia at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Use of Digital Technologies in Maintaining

Unfortunately, Russia chose to be unconstructive, launching into baseless attacks to intentionally spread the exact kind of disinformation we are here today, in part, to talk about preventing and addressing. I will not go down the rabbit hole of Russia’s conspiracy theories. Instead, we will work together in the future with other members of this …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 23 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks Following the Adoption of a UN General Assembly Resolution on the State of Global Food Insecurity

It is our strong position that the phrase “fully respecting planetary boundaries,” is vague and ill-defined in the text. The United States has opposed this idea since its inception in 2009, given our continued emphasis on science-based decision making. Further, planetary boundaries references are not contained in the instruments referenced in the resolution such as …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 23 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

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

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

The Ukrainians have stood strong against the Russian aggression. They defeated the Russians in Kyiv, and they are continuing to fight. So this is not an easy battle. And what the Russians have succeeded in doing is unifying NATO, unifying our European allies, and really bolstering the resolve of the Ukrainian people. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Conflict and Food Security

This council must consistently call out governments and armed groups when they use similar tactics, like attacking the means of food production and distribution, blocking humanitarian aid from reaching those in need, besieging civilian populations. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Russia has the veto power, and what we have to do is blunt that veto power, and I think we have succeeded in doing that. Even when they vetoed, 13 countries did not support them. So certainly they have a sense of isolation. And I think the Lichtenstein resolution that we co-sponsored that also succeeded, …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

There’s another migration issue that is front of mind today. Almost 13 million people have fled or been displaced in Ukraine since President Putin’s war began in February. I want to commend the countries that are welcoming Ukrainian refugees and supporting the humanitarian response. We remain united in supporting Ukraine and opposing this senseless war. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Chair’s Statement: Roadmap for Global Food Security–Call to Action  

We issue this Roadmap for Global Food Security–Call to Action to affirm our commitment to act with urgency, at scale, and in concert to respond to the urgent food security and nutrition needs of millions of people in vulnerable situations the world. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 19 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

This meeting is an opportunity for us to hear directly from you, at the highest levels, about this issue and so much more. We want to know what you are seeing and experiencing on the ground and how we can find ways to work together on a path forward.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 18 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Today the United States is kicking off several days of action at the UN to address food insecurity across the globe. Tomorrow, Secretary Blinken, as you heard, will come to New York to chair a Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial Meeting. And on Thursday, I’ve invited him to chair an Open Debate in …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 17 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

I reiterate the United States’ position that any use of chemical or biological weapons by Russia will result in severe consequences. And we expect the Russian government to publicly and unequivocally state that Russian forces, and its proxies, will not use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine or anywhere – ever – in accordance with …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 13 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The international community has an obligation to protect children, as almost all of us around the table have said. Children, who are the most vulnerable among us. Member States should work collectively to ensure that innocent children – regardless of the borders in which they reside – can live without the imminent fear of death, …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 12 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Chairman of the Council of the Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic integration.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Twenty-seven years ago, the United States helped forge the Dayton Peace Accords. The Accords remain vital to the maintenance of international peace and security because what was true when Dayton was signed in 1995 remains true today: The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina is paramount and unquestionable. But as we have heard …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 11 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

I – on Russian announcement on the 9th of May, they had nothing to announce. They have no victory to celebrate. They are still fighting. We are not seeing them pull back from Ukraine, but they certainly have reassessed their goals. We saw them pull back from Kyiv, and they are concentrating their efforts on the East where I think …Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 10 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Look, we – as I mentioned in my remarks today, the political situation is key to solving this for the Syrian people. We are encouraging that there be a political solution, but we’ve also been clear that we will not provide any reconstruction to Syria until the political situation has been resolved and accountability for …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 10 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the Biden Administration’s ironclad commitment to a strong and resilient NATO. She welcomed the EU’s efforts to provide vital economic, security, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. The group discussed Allies’ and partners’ continuing and coordinated efforts to hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked war and abhorrent attacks on civilians in …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 10 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal in Brussels on the sidelines of the Brussels VI Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield underscored the need to ensure continued access to lifesaving humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, including through UN-facilitated …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 10 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Kylie Atwood of CNN

I think that President Putin has recognized he has no victory to celebrate. His efforts in Ukraine have not succeeded. He was not able to go into Ukraine and bring them to their knees in a few days and have them surrender. He gave up on taking Kyiv. And he has moved to reassess his …Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 9 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We must not forget the heroism demonstrated in the struggle for the liberation of Europe. We must honor and safeguard our shared history as well as international law, including the UN Charter. We must continue upholding peace and security, defending human rights, fundamental freedoms, the rule of law as well as strongly condemning Nazism, neo-Nazism, …Read More»By United States Mission to the United Nations | 9 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The Russians have nothing to celebrate tomorrow. They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They’ve not succeeded in dividing the world, or dividing NATO, and they have only succeeded in isolating themselves internationally and becoming a pariah state around the globe. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 8 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Frank, for having me. And let me just say that when I started as President of the Security Council last year in March, we also had a focus on the situation in Syria and throughout my tenure I have focused on that situation. So, I previously made a trip to the border area of visiting …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 7 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Media Note: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield Travels to Brussels

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s planned travel to Turkey on May 9 has been postponed. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will continue to travel as planned to Brussels May 9-10.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 7 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We don’t have any other institution other than the United Nations to carry out the mandates of peace and security. There’s no other institution that has the membership that the United Nations has.So while the United Nations is not perfect – we have to constantly recalibrate ourselves, we have to constantly reform – but …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Betül, I’m visiting to update myself on the situation at the border so that I am in a better position to defend keeping this border open and pushing for reopening some of the other borders. Look, it is in Russia’s interests – it’s not just in our interests – it is in Syria’s interests that …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Statement by the President of the UN Security Council on Ukraine, May 6, 2022

The Security Council expresses deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting Hosted by Russia on “Systematic and Mass Grave Violations of International Humanitarian Law”

The Representative of the Russian Federation seems to think that repeating lies makes them true; but it only makes Russia’s tactics more transparent for the entire world to see. Russia has never been more isolated.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Turkey on May 9 to visit the Bab al-Hawa border crossing and receive briefings on the extensive support provided by the United Nations and its partner agencies to meet the dire humanitarian needs in Syria. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 6 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The Ukrainian people are fighting for their lives, for their future, and for all of the values the UN holds dear. We stand with them, and with the overwhelming majority of the international community, in defense of sovereignty, of liberty, and democracy.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 5 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States stands ready to assist Member States who may be concerned that a specific visa will not be issued in time for a relevant meeting, and we continue to urge individuals to submit visa applications as early as possible. When missions contact the United States Mission a reasonable amount of time beforehand, preferably …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 4 May, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

We’re proud to be holding two signature events during our presidency. You may recall that in March of 2021, just after I arrived in New York, the United States chaired a Security Council meeting on the link between armed conflict and food security, and once again we will bring a spotlight to conflict as a …Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 3 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the UN on Tuesday, May 3 at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will outline the May program of work for the UN Security Council and highlight U.S. priorities for the month.Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 2 May, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

In the past year millions of people, particularly women and children, have been displaced by conflict, many forced to move from city to city for safety, shelter, and sustenance. We meet today against the backdrop of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, which has decimated urban infrastructure in many Ukrainian cities. Russian forces have … Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 28 April, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

Finally, as part of our effort to advance accountability in Ukraine, the United States has released information on the immediate priorities of the European Democratic Resilience Initiative. Announced by President Biden during his visit to Brussels in March, this Initiative will provide up to $320 million in new funding to support societal resilience and to … Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 27 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

As President Biden has said: “Prevention is hard work – measured not in days and weeks, but in years and generations. Its successes are never as evident as its failures, and it requires us to remain focused on lasting peace and stability over the allure of easier, more temporary gains that may not strengthen our … Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 27 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States strongly condemn all attacks upon civilians including the February 1st Plaine Savo IDP Camp where CODECO assailants slaughtered more than 60 people, mostly women and children, before MONUSCO intervened jointly with DRC Armed Forces to repel the assault. We also lament the reported killing of at least 32 DRC Armed Forces soldiers. … Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 27 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

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

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

Madam President, in conclusion, pursuing accountability and justice is essential, both to building confidence in the political process that we called for in Resolution 2254 and in securing the stable, just, and enduring peace that the Syrian people so much need and deserve. Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 26 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We note the provision in the resolution that was adopted today that there would be no General Assembly meeting convened on the casting of a veto if the General Assembly had already met on the same situation at a meeting of an Emergency Special Session. Whether the General Assembly convenes an Emergency Special Session or … Read More»
By United States Mission to the United Nations | 26 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Finally, as part of our effort to advance accountability in Ukraine, the United States has released information on the immediate priorities of the European Democratic Resilience Initiative. Announced by President Biden during his visit to Brussels in March, this Initiative will provide up to $320 million in new funding to support societal resilience and to … Read More»
By  | 27 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

As President Biden has said: “Prevention is hard work – measured not in days and weeks, but in years and generations. Its successes are never as evident as its failures, and it requires us to remain focused on lasting peace and stability over the allure of easier, more temporary gains that may not strengthen our …Read More»
By  | 27 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We note the provision in the resolution that was adopted today that there would be no General Assembly meeting convened on the casting of a veto if the General Assembly had already met on the same situation at a meeting of an Emergency Special Session. Whether the General Assembly convenes an Emergency Special Session or … Read More»
By  | 26 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

In Ethiopia, as many as nine million people face severe food insecurity. In Tigray specifically, more than 90 percent of people need aid. In South Sudan, conflict has driven two famines in the last five years and analysts are warning another one could occur in 2022. And in Syria, about 12 million people are experiencing … Read More»
By  | 21 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Kosovo

Mr. President, it remains as clear as ever that UNMIK has fulfilled its purpose as outlined in Security Council’s original mandate in 1999. We commend the work of the UN entities, agencies, and funds that are active in the country to further the development of democratic norms and institutions in Kosovo and the region. However, …Read More»
By  | 20 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

I can’t speak for President Ramaphosa. I can only speak for the United States and the positions that we have taken. And we made every effort to negotiate with the Russians, to understand their security issues, and try to address their security issues at the negotiating table. And you will know that we were in …Read More»
By  | 20 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

For our part, the United States is welcoming up to 100,000 Ukrainians, and we are funding efforts to support all those who have fled Ukraine. As we do everything we can to support Ukrainian refugees, all of us need to provide just as much support, protection, and grace to the many third-country nationals fleeing Ukraine. …Read More»
By  | 19 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kosovo Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed deep appreciation for Kosovo’s support on Afghanistan and Ukraine, including early and generous support to temporarily host Afghans and accept thousands of refugees from Ukraine.Read More»
By  | 19 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Foreign Minister of Ireland Simon Coveney. They discussed Foreign Minister Coveney’s recent travel to Ukraine and Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s trip to Moldova and Romania and the growing humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian Federation’s brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Foreign Minister Coveney …Read More»
By  | 19 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

It’s more than symbolic, for sure. And I do expect that it will succeed. This has been part of many efforts toward Security Council reform, and it will require that the five Permanent Members who have this extraordinary power to veto, explain their vetoes to the general membership. And we do support it because we …Read More»
By  | 19 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We need to ensure we are addressing the underlying societal norms and power relations that, when combined with weak or absent state institutions, lead to gender-based violence. We need to advance gender-sensitive early warning and response. And we must persevere in our promotion of the meaningful participation of women in decision-making roles, especially in conflict-prevention, …Read More»
By  | 13 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We cannot afford to lose this diversity of viewpoints or women’s voices, perspectives, or leadership. That’s one of the reasons why these voices of human rights defenders and journalists are so important. We must stand with these defenders and journalists, and speak out wherever and whenever human rights are being violated or abused. Read More»
By  | 12 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Colleagues, let me absolutely clear: aid organizations delivering humanitarian assistance, including COVID-19 vaccinations and treatment, must be given unfettered access. In Ukraine. In Syria. In Burma. In every single country, under every single conflict. The United States is already working with the international community to expand access through our Global VAX initiative. And thanks to the Global …Read More»
By  | 11 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with JJ Green of WTOP

You know, we have seen the images, we’ve seen the videos of the bodies in the street, we have seen the destroyed buildings. And what Russia is doing is unconscionable. They are committing war crimes. They are committing human rights violations in the name of a leader who has decided that he is going to …Read More»
By  | 7 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Yesterday, I saw a photo taken by an AP photojournalist in Kyiv, that has struck me in particular. It’s of a six-year-old boy, standing in a garden next to his mother’s grave. It struck me because, one day, Ukraine’s infrastructure will be rebuilt and the rubble will be cleared, but there will be no way …Read More»
By  | 7 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

But do we have to sit and continue to watch the carnage? Watch the horror of Bucha happen over and over again, while Russia is sitting on the Human Rights Council? So the Commission of Inquiry can do its work. But Russia should not be sitting on the Human Rights Council, using the council as …Read More»
By  | 7 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Well, certainly, and right now the Ukrainians are making a real concerted effort to sit down at the table with the Russians to find and negotiate an end to this to this carnage. The Russians have not been negotiating in good faith. The Russians have come to the table, but not been willing to stop …Read More»
By  | 7 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We cannot make any mistakes here. We have to keep the pressure on Russia. We have to call out what they’re doing. We know what they’re doing is committing war crimes. And we need to start the process right now of helping the Ukrainians develop the evidence, collect the proof of these war crimes, and …Read More»
By  | 6 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The work of the UN extends into so many other crucial realms, too. And while we have profound disagreements with some countries – we also engage with them on areas of mutual agreement. Because that’s what diplomacy is all about. Just last week, the Security Council passed a resolution on a shared framework for how …Read More»
By  | 6 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

And the truth of the matter, Joy, is before February 24, none of this was taking place in Ukraine. There were no bodies on the streets. There were no people being killed. There was no blood flowing. So, only Russia is responsible for this, and they would have us believe that the Ukrainians did this …Read More»
By  | 5 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Once we saw the pictures of those atrocities, it became clearer to us that the first action we needed to take, among many is to get Russia suspended from the Human Rights Council. It cannot present itself to the world as a country that respects human rights, and then carry out the kinds of atrocities …Read More»
By  | 5 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We are holding Russia to account. We have isolated Russia in the Security Council and I feel his frustration. He is under attack by by the Russians. No one can question his frustration with the Council and how the Council operates. The Russians do have veto power. But I have said over and over again, …Read More»
By  | 5 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Given the growing mountain of evidence, Russia should not have a position of authority in a body whose purpose – whose very purpose – is to promote respect for human rights. Not only is this the height of hypocrisy – it is dangerous. Russia is using its membership on the Human Rights Council as a …Read More»
By  | 5 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Well, it’s necessary to support the government and the people of Moldova. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. It’s a small country. Having thousands of refugees pour into their border has had a tremendous impact, and it’s been challenging for them both in terms of their economy and their budget. And that …Read More»
By  | 4 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Part of the reason I am here is to work with the UN agencies and the NGOs on their preparations and their response to the humanitarian crisis coming out of Ukraine, particularly the large numbers of refugees. And we had several discussions with UNHCR, with the World Food Program, and other organizations about their plans …Read More»
By  | 4 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

I had that – a discussion about that today with the International Organization for Migration and with the representative from the Human Rights Council, as well as with the Prime Minister. We’re very conscious of the possibility of human trafficking taking place, women being further victimized as they cross borders. And so, everyone is alert …Read More»
By  | 4 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

As I told Prime Minister Ciucă earlier today in our robust discussion, I want the Romanian people to know that you are not alone. In all of your humanitarian efforts, the United States is your committed partner. We support your lifesaving work, and we will do everything we can to help ensure all those escaping …Read More»
By  | 4 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended Romania for its humanitarian assistance for more than 600,000 refugees from Ukraine, and reaffirmed U.S. support for Romania in these efforts. Both agreed to work together in continuing to coordinate on humanitarian issues, in particular supporting Moldova’s efforts to address the compounding humanitarian and refugee crisis. The leaders also shared unwavering support …Read More»
By  | 4 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Today, I was able to see firsthand the way your government and the Moldovan people have come together to embrace those – mostly women and children – who have been forced to leave behind everything they have and people they dearly love to flee to safety. You have welcomed them with open arms, and for …Read More»
By  | 3 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Moldovan President Maia Sandu today in Chisinau. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Sandu discussed Moldova’s generous and welcoming response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Kremlin’s devastating war against Ukraine. Read More»
By  | 3 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Today in Chisinau, Moldova, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that, working with Congress, the United States will provide an additional $50 million to help the Government of Moldova and its people cope with the impacts of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war on Ukraine. Through this additional assistance, the United States is …Read More»
By  | 3 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with representatives of the UN country team and humanitarian organizations today in Chisinau, Moldova. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and the representatives discussed efforts by UN agencies, international partners, and non-governmental organizations to ramp up support for and capacity to assist refugees from Ukraine in the Republic of …Read More»
By  | 3 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s visit comes on the heels of the President’s announcement last week that the United States is prepared to provide more than $1 billion in new funding towards humanitarian assistance for those affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine and its severe impact around the world, including a marked rise in food insecurity, over the …Read More»
By  | 1 April, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the U.S. strategic partnership with Jordan and conveyed the Biden-Harris Administration’s interest in further expanding our already close cooperation. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield discussed the need for additional donors to provide financial contributions to UNRWA so that it can …Read More»
By  | 31 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Moldova and Romania April 2-4 to focus on Moldova and Romania’s efforts to assist refugees coming from Ukraine and the humanitarian needs created by the Russian Federation’s aggression and war against Ukraine…Read More»
By  | 31 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

First, I want to be clear that the conflict that is being suffered by the Ukrainian people is not about the Russian Federation versus the West. One hundred and forty countries, just last week, spoke in support of ending this conflict and the need to end this humanitarian crisis. A hundred and forty-one countries supported …Read More»
By  | 29 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Russia’s ceaseless bombardment of Ukraine’s cities and critical infrastructure has created one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in recent decades. Russian forces have laid siege to cities like Mariupol, where citizens have been left without food, water, heat, or electricity in the depths of winter. People have resorted to melting snow for drinking water. One …Read More»
By  | 29 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States fully supports UNITAMS’ efforts to monitor and report on the situation in Sudan, including on the human rights situation, as it has been mandated to do by this Council. We agree with our UK colleague that it is essential for UNITAMS to be able to provide a full and balanced representation of …Read More»
By  | 28 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We come together at the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York to condemn the unprovoked Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine. These actions are in grave violation of international law, including the principles of the UN Charter and we urge the Russian Federation, in line …Read More»
By  | 26 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

I want to end by expressing the United States’ concern over the report leakage – a concern I know many Council members share – and I hope that all parties protect the report until it is publicly released moving forward. The United States also asks that the panel deliver the incident report requested by multiple …Read More»
By  | 25 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We’re committed to using every tool in our arsenal, including criminal prosecution, to hold Russia’s forces accountable. We’re pursuing this domestically, by supporting the work of the War Crimes Unit under the Office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, and also supporting Ukraine’s authorities and civil society organizations who are working on the ground to document …Read More»
By  | 25 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

I was very pleased with these results. One-hundred-forty is a significant vote. And it said that across regions, there was support for Ukraine. It was – it took a great deal of effort. As you know, there were two resolutions on the table: one that called out Russia supported by Ukraine and the other that …Read More»
By  | 25 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We urge Member States, the United Nations, and humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine, and across the globe, to increase efforts to fund and provide cross-sectoral mental health and psychosocial support services that are of quality, trauma-informed, contextually sensitive, gender-transformative, and provided with respect for human rights…Read More»
By  | 25 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

They’re beginning to feel the consequences because, as many countries noted, Ukraine was the breadbasket of so many countries. Several countries have told me that they get as much as 50 percent to 80 percent of their wheat from Ukraine. They’re not able to access that wheat because there’s a war taking place in the …Read More»
By  | 24 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Women must play a vital role alongside men in resolving the conflict. As we have heard from others and know well from other conflicts around the world, when women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is more widely responsive, more durable, and more effectively implemented. By including women civil society leaders and members of …Read More»
By  | 24 March, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

It is essential that the Security Council renew and expand the cross-border mechanism authorized in Resolution 2585 this July. We continue to support efforts to facilitate cross-line aid, including by Turkey, but cross-line aid deliveries simply cannot match the volume of humanitarian assistance that is delivered cross-border. Moreover, cross-line aid remains a risky endeavor, as the …Read More»
By  | 24 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The U.S. is, of course, one of the largest humanitarian contributors to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. Our humanitarian assistance is at about $600 million now, and we will continue to look for opportunities to provide support to the Ukrainians and encourage others to do so. And this resolution is one way of doing that. Read More»
By  | 24 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The Russian PR asked why we decided to abstain and not veto. To be honest, it was not necessary to veto, and I don’t think the resolution that was put before us was worthy of the U.S. using its precious veto power. Thirteen members of this Council abstained, and that was all that was required …Read More»
By  | 23 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States stands with the people of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States stand with Ukraine. Our chorus of voices is why Russia’s cynical effort to use this institution to spread disinformation and propaganda won’t work. As the vote today will show, Russia’s disingenuous efforts to deny the truth of its …Read More»
By  | 23 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We must have the courage to speak the truth here. This war did not appear out of thin air. This humanitarian crisis was not a natural disaster; it was man-made. Any country that wants to make a serious effort to address the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine must be clear about what is causing that emergency. …Read More»
By  | 23 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

But make no mistake – Russia’s war has global implications. Russia’s devastation of Ukraine’s agricultural fields and the blockade of its ports have already hurt global food security. This is having consequences for the Arab world, including in Yemen, a country that has already endured immense humanitarian suffering. We hope to work with the League …Read More»
By  | 23 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

But colleagues let’s be clear: 11 years of war have disproportionately affected women and girls; disproportionately and tragically. Women are shouldering the burdens of traditional household duties, social and economic pressures, and displacement. And we continue to hear, as so many of my colleagues have noted, these alarming, horrific reports of gender-based violence, in addition …Read More»
By  | 23 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russian Disinformation and Its War Against UkraineI will support the draft that the Ukrainians and the work with the French and the Mexican delegations and the rest of us to put on the table. It is a strong humanitarian resolution. It does identify the cause of the humanitarian crisis. Russia is the cause of the humanitarian crisis. The other two resolutions, …Read More»
By  | 22 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Look we are seeing this happen every day in front of our eyes, and we’re working with our partners to collect evidence so that we are prepared to support any efforts that are made to hold President Putin and Russia accountable for the horrific brutality that they are imposing on the Ukrainian people. Attacking schools, …Read More»
By  | 20 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

Look, the President was also very clear about his discussion with President Xi, in which we made our position very well known to him that there will be consequences for China if China decides to provide substantial military or financial support to the Russians that allow them to avoid the sanctions. The conversation, as you …Read More»
By  | 20 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

We call on Russia to allow unhindered humanitarian access to those in need, now. Fighting must stop so aid workers can safely cross conflict lines to provide lifesaving assistance. And as aid and supplies go in, civilians who wish to flee the violence must be allowed to leave, in the direction of their choosing.Read More»
By  | 18 March, 2022 | Topics: Remarks and Highlights

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

I asked the Russian PR where are the 100,000 troops who were sitting on the Russian side of the border now? Sadly, I think many of them have given their lives in this senseless, unconscionable war against the Ukrainian people. Russia lied to its own people as well – shutting down media to try and …Read More»
By  | 18 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

This morning, Russia is once again attempting to use this Council to launder its disinformation, spread its propaganda, and justify its unprovoked and brutal attack on Ukraine. We know this because it’s a well-worn playbook. Just one week ago, they convened the Council under precisely the same pretenses, and we heard a litany of bombastic …Read More»
By  | 18 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

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

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

Let us not forget that Russia is the aggressor here. They are the ones that are creating a pretext for attacks on their own people, and we can’t be fooled by their efforts here. They have troops inside of Ukraine. They are killing people inside of Ukraine. That is the reason for us being here …Read More»
By  | 17 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

I just met with Ukrainian civil society leaders. They reported that people standing in a bread line, trying to get food to feed their families, were shot dead by Russian soldiers. They reported terror – the terror that Russia is inflicting across Ukraine on the Ukrainian people…Read More»
By  | 17 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Ronald Kato of AfricaNews

We know that the impact of this war of aggression that the Russians initiated in Ukraine will have an impact on the world. Ukraine has been one of the major exporters of wheat to Africa for example. I think the figures I have is about $2.4 billion in 2021 of trade between Ukraine and Africa. …Read More»
By  | 17 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

As part of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield today met with UK Member of Parliament and Minister for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean Vicky Ford. They discussed shared U.S.-UK priorities, including monitoring conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine and furthering efforts to hold the … Read More»
By  | 15 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

The United States also supports this resolution because, it calls for UNMISS to strengthen its sexual and gender-based violence prevention activities, responding to the horrific sexual violence in South Sudan. It also authorizes UNMISS to provide electoral assistance, at the request of the Government of South Sudan, pending its meeting of electoral benchmarks outlined in …Read More»
By  | 15 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau to discuss the rapid increase in refugee flows from Ukraine into Poland and other neighboring countries as a result of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine.Read More»
By  | 14 March, 2022 | Topics: HighlightsRemarks and Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with James Menendez of BBC Newshour

We’re supporting the Ukrainians both militarily, but also economically, and with humanitarian assistance to support people who have been affected by this. And we are prepared to continue to provide military support, as you know as you reported previously, to the Ukrainians. Read More»

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

In conclusion, we look forward to being a part of this revitalization effort over the course of UNGA76 and continuing to exchange views with member states in this working group. Read More»

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And we commend the strong efforts of the Ukrainian government and of President Zelenskyy. What President Putin has faced in Ukraine, he didn’t expect, as you just heard. And the Ukrainians have pulled out all of their stops to address this aggression by the Russians. Read More»

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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