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New US Ambassador at UN

inda Thomas-Greenfield US ambassador to the United Nations New York since February 2021 (Courtesy photo for education only)

US ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Official photo US State Department)

US ambassador to the UN as of 2021 Linda Thomas-Greenfield (TV image for education only)

US ambassador to the UN as of 2021 Linda Thomas-Greenfield (TV image for education only)

WebPublicaPress (UNUTED NATIONS) – New York - After being confirmed in the Senate and after taking the oath, the new US ambassador to the United Nations in New York Linda Thomas-Greenfield expects the first meeting with diplomats in the UN Security Council, as well as the first short meeting with journalists.

In a statement sent by US Diplomatic Mission in New York issued upon swearing-in as the United States Representative to UN expressed her gratitude to those who enabled her to be confirmed in her mandate and nominated her in this position. We convey her remarks in its entirety.

Honor and obligations

“I am honored, and beyond humbled, to have been sworn in today by Vice President Kamala Harris as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Thank you to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and to all the members of the Senate, for reviewing my nomination, and for engaging with me on the most important global issues of the day. I hope we can continue to strengthen and deepen our relationships in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Thank you to the many friends and family who have reached out to offer their kind words and support over the past few months, including those in the foreign and civil service, whom I truly consider a second family. Your collective goodwill has meant everything to me, even if I have not been able to say so directly to each of you.

And thank you President Biden and Vice-President Harris for entrusting me with this great privilege. I am determined to pursue our bold policy agenda, and to advance America’s interests in the world’s most important diplomatic forum. I promise to do right by the American people and represent them at every turn.

Stepping into this role is a deeply meaningful coda to my 35-year career in the Foreign Service. When I first joined the service, I was, as a Black woman from Louisiana, an outsider. I was warned it would be harder for someone with my background to succeed. And it was. But over the years, I have had the opportunity to represent America in countries as disparate as Liberia, Nigeria, Jamaica, Pakistan, and Switzerland. I have witnessed the horrors of genocide and seen the prevailing power of democracy. I have helped spread our values around the world and experienced the ways we have continually recommitted ourselves to those values, working to form that more perfect union.

So in accepting this position, as the Representative of the United States to the United Nations, I feel my career represents the progress, and promise, of America. And I could not be more proud to sit behind the United States placard.

I am looking forward to engaging with my counterparts across the United Nations and finding ways to work productively together toward our shared goals.

Most of all, I am excited to work with some of our nation’s finest diplomats and public servants at the United States Mission to the United Nations. Together, we will hit the ground running to take on our most pressing global challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation, security, and peace,” ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said.

Rich diplomatic career

According to the official US Mission to UN webpage – Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield was

US ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Official photo US State Department)

US ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Official photo US State Department)

nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations as well as the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations on January 20, 2021.  She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 23, 2021, and sworn in on February 24, 2021 by the Vice President of the United States of America.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat, returned to public service after retiring from a 35-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017.  From 2013 to 2017 she served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, where she led the bureau focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team in charge of the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s distinguished Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-2012), and postings in Switzerland (at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Geneva), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica.  In Washington, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (2004-2006).

After retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2017, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield led the Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic commercial diplomacy firm chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  She was also the inaugural Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University from fall 2017 to spring 2019.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2017 recipient of University of Minnesota Hubert Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the 2015 recipient of the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award and the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.  She received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Wisconsin in May 2018 and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Liberia in May 2012.

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