U.N. Security Council rotating presidency offers opportunities

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of May, chairs the Security Council meeting on technology and security under maintenance of international peace and security.

The United States used its rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) in May to shine a spotlight on two priority issues: conflict-driven food insecurity and the use of digital technologies in the maintenance of international peace and security. The New York Mission welcomed Secretary of State Antony Blinken to chair a UNSC Open Debate on Conflict and Food Insecurity and host a ministerial meeting. This meeting led to the development of a “Roadmap for Global Food Security” that identified seven actions nations can take to mitigate food insecurity, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war against Ukraine. The Roadmap has been endorsed by more than 85 countries and all UN Member States are invited to sign on. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (center) led the second signature event which was an opportunity for the UNSC to harness the power of digital technologies to advance peace and security in the very conflicts and contexts where they are also doing harm.

Photo by Manuel Elías

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