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Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Ambassador To The United Nations

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a 35-year veteran of the State Department, where she previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Director General of the Foreign Service and in numerous other roles. Thomas-Greenfield has signaled support for reproductive and LGBTQ rights.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield Was Confirmed By The Senate As Ambassador To The United Nations In February 2021

Linda Thomas-Greenfield Was Confirmed By The Senate On February 23, 2021. “The Senate voted 78-20 on Tuesday to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.” [Axios, 2/23/21]

CBS News Reported That President-Elect Biden Will Select Linda Thomas-Greenfield For United States Ambassador To The United Nations. “President-elect Biden is expected to announce that he's chosen longtime diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two sources confirm to CBS News. The announcement could come Tuesday. Thomas-Greenfield is part of Mr. Biden's transition team and is expected to focus on helping to restore trust and professionalism to the State Department, with a particular focus on diversity.” [CBS News, 11/23/20]

Thomas-Greenfield Has Signaled Support For Reproductive And LGBTQ Rights

Thomas-Greenfield Committed To Upholding Reproductive Rights In Her Confirmation Hearing

Thomas-Greenfield Promised To Restore Funding To The UN Population Fund. “[Sen. Jean Shaheen:] If confirmed, you'll oversee the seat that the U.S. mission to the U.N. has on the executive board of UNFPA. As you know, that organization serves as the world's principal multilateral provider of family planning and reproductive health services and the largest global provider of maternal health care in humanitarian emergencies. But despite this, the previous administration used unfounded claims to deny U.S. funding for UNFPA, If you're confirmed, will you commit to working with the Office of Management and Budget to expeditiously release the funding Congress appropriated in December for fiscal year 2021? [Thomas-Greenfield:] Absolutely, Senator.” [Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1/27/21]

Thomas-Greenfield Committed To Being A Leader On Reproductive Rights. “[Sen. Jean Shaheen:] And as you think about this position, will you also commit to working to restore American leadership in addressing values around empowering women and helping to ensure that women have access to a full range of reproductive health services that they need? [Thomas-Greenfield:] Senator, I can commit to you that I will be a leader on this issue in New York. It's an issue that is personally a priority for me and I'll look forward to working with you to advance our goals in this area.” [Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1/27/21]

Thomas-Greenfield Criticized Ivanka Trump for Her Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Thomas-Greenfield Tweeted Criticism Of Ivanka Trump For Her Pro-Life Hypocrisy By Mentioning The Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policies And COVID-19 Response.

[Linda Thomas-Greenfield Twitter, 10/30/20]

 

Thomas-Greenfield Affirmed Protection Of LGBTQ Rights In Foreign Policy

Thomas-Greenfield Affirmed That The Protection Of LGBTQ Rights Was Part Of The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy. “U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said this week the Obama administration had adopted protection of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as part of its foreign policy agenda. ‘As a government, it is one of the highest priorities and strongest values that discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation and gender identity is wrong. We believe human rights should be available to everybody,’ Thomas-Greenfield said during a live web chat with journalists in Washington, D.C., according to Gay Star News. ‘As a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria as well as other government who have provided legislation against the LGBT community.’” [International Business Times, 7/14/15]

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