“In particular: we know that China is working through the United Nations system to drive an authoritarian agenda that opposes the institution’s founding values - American values,” she said. “Their success depends on our continued withdrawal. It won’t happen under my watch. “
Thomas-Greenfield, who is black, is among the most prominent diplomats of color in Washington. The Louisiana State University graduate’s many State Department positions took her from Pakistan to Switzerland to Jamaica. She has served as Ambassador to Liberia, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and a senior human resources officer at the State Department.
She is expected to work to strengthen international relations that have frayed under the Trump administration, which withdrew from a number of UN bodies and often pursued a solo approach of diplomacy.
“When America presents itself – when we are consistent and persistent – when we exercise our influence in accordance with our values - the UN can be an indispensable institution in advancing peace, security and our collective well-being,” Thomas -Greenfield must say. “If, on the contrary, we step away from the table and allow others to fill the void, the world community suffers, as do American interests.”
She will add, however, that the UN must be held accountable.
“We must have the courage to insist on reforms that make the UN effective and efficient, and the perseverance to carry out the reforms,” she will say.