UN / US AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD

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US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that this year’s high-level week of the General Assembly is a moment to “defend the United Nations and to demonstrate to the world that it can still take the world's most pressing global challenges on.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

16 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“We believe this is a moment to defend the United Nations and to demonstrate to the world that it can still take the world's most pressing global challenges on.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“Our first priority - global food insecurity - has never been more urgent. According to the World Food Programme, over 823 (828) million people go to bed hungry every night, 828 million people. COVID-19 higher energy costs and the climate crisis have all combined to contribute to this crisis. And conflicts, especially Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine have exacerbated it.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“Second, we will again make global health a key focus on this year's high-level week, because as COVID-19 reminded us, global health threats do not respect borders. We must tackle COVID-19, monkeypox and other outbreaks and we must do it together.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“Our third and final priority gets back to where I started. And that is defending the UN Charter and shaping the future of the United Nations. The good news is that we've seen the vast majority of Member States reject Russia's flagrant aggression. Earlier this year, we helped to win a historic vote to condemn Russia's war of choice. We were able to successfully suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, and we continue to hold Russia accountable for its atrocities, Most recently, shining its spotlight on its terrific filtration campaign.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that this year’s high-level week of the General Assembly is a moment to “defend the United Nations and to demonstrate to the world that it can still take the world's most pressing global challenges on.”

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield briefed reporters in New York today (16 Sep) on the US’s priorities in the upcoming General Assembly high-level week.

She said, “our first priority - global food insecurity - has never been more urgent. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), over 828 million people go to bed hungry every night. COVID-19, higher energy costs and the climate crisis have all combined to contribute to this crisis. And conflicts, especially Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine have exacerbated it.”

Second priority is global health, the US Ambassador explained, “as COVID-19 reminded us, global health threats do not respect borders. We must tackle COVID-19, monkeypox and other outbreaks and we must do it together.”

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield continued, “our third and final priority gets back to where I started. And that is defending the UN Charter and shaping the future of the United Nations.”

She added, “the good news is that we've seen the vast majority of Member States reject Russia's flagrant aggression.”

The US Ambassador said, “earlier this year, we helped to win a historic vote to condemn Russia's war of choice. We were able to successfully suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, and we continue to hold Russia accountable for its atrocities, Most recently, shining its spotlight on its terrific filtration campaign.”
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