United with Ukraine: Latest Remarks

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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