Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed as US Ambassador to the UN
The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield as United States ambassador to the United Nations, by a 78-20 vote.
Thomas-Greenfield will arrive at the global body’s New York headquarters surrounded by global problems, including a U.N. funding shortfall to which the U.S. has itself contributed.
From Day 1, Thomas-Greenfield will confront twin crises — climate change and Covid-19 — and a string of conflicts ranging from a 20-year war in Afghanistan to a 10-year civil war in Syria, from a humanitarian crisis in Yemen to the politically fraught Iran nuclear deal.
If that wasn’t enough, Thomas-Greenfield will assume leadership of the U.N. Security Council on March 1 — the global organization’s top decision-making body — before the boxes of her 40th floor apartment overlooking the Hudson River are even unpacked.
Thomas-Greenfield will be sworn-in Wednesday morning by Vice President Kamala Harris, and will arrive in New York Feb. 25 to present her credentials to U.N. Secretary General António Guterres.
U.N. officials told POLITICO they hope to see both a return of American leadership and a back payment of unpaid American U.N. dues under Thomas-Greenfield’s leadership.