Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead the United States Delegation at the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga on November 10.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to
the United Nations, will lead the United States’ delegation to the Pacific
Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Session with Forum Dialogue Partners in Rarotonga,
Cook Islands, to be held on November 10.
The Ambassador will meet with Pacific Island leaders and
other stakeholders to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the region and
help galvanize further international cooperation on climate change, sustainable
development, regional security, and other challenges, the United States
government said in a statement.
“The United States remains a steadfast partner in supporting
the 2050 Strategy for a Blue Pacific Continent and the region’s priorities.
While at the Forum, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will engage in continued
dialogue and partnership and underscore the importance for all nations to
support the international system and its essential role in delivering on our
Thomas-Greenfield was nominated by United States President
Joe Biden 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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
A statement from the United States government said, as the
region’s premier political and economic policy organisation, the Pacific
Islands Forum had long served as an essential forum for discussing critical
issues and advancing the prosperity and peace in the Pacific.
Additional information would be provided in the coming