Security Council President for the month of August: United States - Press Conference

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01-Aug-2023 00:39:16
Hybrid press briefing by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States of America and President of the Security Council for the month of August. 

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Remarks from H.E. Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield

"In my capacity as president of the Security Council, I will outline our planned program of work in August. I’ll start with our first priority, and that’s addressing conflict-induced famine and food insecurity. And as many of you know, this has been the focus of my past two presidencies of the Security Council. And I will bring this to the top of the Council’s agenda once again. The drivers of this global crisis are complex, but we know this for sure: where there is conflict, there is hunger.

Our second area of focus is the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we will integrate human rights into this month’s Council agenda. And we will bring in voices from civil society to brief the Council. In addition to these two priorities, we will continue to highlight the devastating consequences of Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine. We will have a meeting on August 24th to discuss the protection of civilians in Ukraine, including children. And we will not hesitate to call additional meetings on Russia’s war of aggression and other issues of concern to international peace and security as needed throughout the month.

I also want to emphasize three meetings we will have on Syria – on chemical weapons on the 8th, the political situation on the 23rd, and humanitarian situation on the 29th. Of course, throughout the month, we will hold other critical regularly scheduled Council meetings which are outlined in our planned program of work."

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