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Maina Kiai
Maina Kiai is a human rights lawyer in Nairobi and was the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association from 2011 to 2017.feedback
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Oct 24 2017
United Nations has been commented on by 452 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about United Nations are: Nikki Haley, António Guterres and Donald J. Trump. For instance, the most recent quote from Nikki Haley is: “Russia has once again demonstrated it will do whatever it takes to ensure the barbaric Assad regime never faces consequences for its continued use of chemicals as weapons. The Russians have made it very clear that should the report blame the Syrians suddenly they won't have faith in the JIM. If the report doesn't blame the Syrians, then they say that they will. We can't work like that. We can't go and pick and choose who we want to be at fault, who we don't.”.
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Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The U.N. urges the government of Iraq to take every action to halt any violations and ensure that all civilians are protected and that the perpetrators of acts of violence, intimidation and forced displacement of civilians be brought to justice.feedback

Mohammad Siddiq

The U.N. stepped in and told the Bangladeshis that anyone who was associated with the NLD was at extra risk of getting killed if they went back. Baba even told a judge here once, When democracy comes to Burma, then we'll immediately go back!' And he would go find the red NLD flag he brought with him and show it to us.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech. President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.feedback

Nikki Haley

Nearly every threat to peace and security in the Middle East is connected to Iran's outlaw behavior. For the international community's engagement with Iran, this is a time of clarity and opportunity.feedback

Madeleine Albright

Everything would be more serious if they had a nuclear weapon. You're safer if they don't have one.feedback

Mikhail Ulyanov

In order to judge if it deserves an extension of the mandate, we need to see the report ... and assess it.feedback

Nikki Haley

We look forward to delivering the message in person very soon that we have not given up on them and have not forgotten them.feedback

Andrej Mahecic

UNHCR is advocating with the Bangladesh authorities to urgently admit these refugees fleeing violence and increasingly-difficult conditions back home. Every minute counts, given the fragile conditions they're arriving in.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

We are deeply concerned by a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be [LGBT]. Arresting or detaining people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity is by definition arbitrary and violates international law.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I indicated this to Foreign Minister Zarif when we saw each other on the margins of the U.N. I don't want to suggest to you that we give that a high chance of success but there is an openness to talk about it.feedback

Heather Nauert

This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO. The United States indicated to the Director General its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state in order to contribute.feedback

Heather Nauert

On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.feedback

Charles Petrie

Western donors and the U.N. have not always been helpful. The refusal for a long time to let go of the fairy-tale view of Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi coming to power and the corresponding refusal to push back on some of her dogmatic positions.feedback

Eleanora Mitrofanova

In recent years, they've been of no use for this organisation. Since 2011 they have practically not been paying to the budget of this organisation... They decided to exit - this is absolutely in line with Trump's general logic today.feedback

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

At the time when the fight against violent extremism calls for renewed investment in education, in dialogue among cultures to prevent hatred, it is deeply regrettable that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations agency leading these issues. At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack.feedback

Nikki Haley

Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime. We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.feedback

Mark Lowcock

This flow out of Myanmar has not stopped yet, it's into the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya (who are) still in Myanmar, we want to be ready in case there is a further exodus. Half a million people do not pick up sticks and flee their country on a whim.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Over the past 30 years, the number of annual weather-related disasters has nearly tripled, and economic losses have quintupled, . Scientists are learning more and more about the links between climate change and extreme weather, . I have not yet lost my hope that what is happening will be making those that are still skeptical about climate change to be more and more realizing that this, indeed, is a major threat for the international community at the present moment.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I remember when Jordan and Lebanon were impacted by huge refugee inflows. They were finally entitled to receive concessional loans by the World Bank because of the fact that they had these huge external shocks. I think we are facing a similar situation.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

It is rare to see so many storms of such strength so early in the season. Scientific models have long predicted an increase in the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes. This is precisely what is happening – and even sooner than expected.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.feedback

Julie Bishop

I made it clear to the Myanmar national security adviser when I saw him at the United Nations that this security operation that is going on in Rakhine state between the Myanmar army and a Rohingya army must stop. Humanitarian support must be allowed in and that the Rohingya must be allowed to return to Rakhine state.feedback

Rochus Pronk

We have a fully-fledged international investigation. I think it's an incredible outcome.feedback

Abdulaziz Alwasil

The combination of international and national mechanisms is an excellent result for the promotion and protection of human rights.feedback

Mona Sabella

Many thought it impossible to challenge Saudi impunity for war crimes in Yemen. The creation of an international investigative body today has shown that the lives of millions of Yemen people mean more than Saudi influence.feedback

Susan Thornton

We call on all countries to join us in cutting all trade and financial ties with North Korea.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It was … very obvious to me when I visited northern Rakhine that it was just a matter of time before terrorism would spring up from the situation of discrimination or poverty that prevailed in that area. The terrain is very fertile for that, so it is also a question of addressing this issue not only for the Rohingya, not only for northern Rakhine, but for the entire region. Because if the situation is not resolved, the risk of the spread of terrorist violence in the whole region – and this is a particularly fragile region – is very, very high.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We have received bone-chilling accounts from those who had fled – mainly women, children and the elderly.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The important thing is to get people in places where they can be assisted more easily. It is most likely that return will take time, if it happens, if the violence stops. It will be important also to find in the medium term suitable solutions for the people that are in Bangladesh. The first challenge is to get people out of the mud and the despair which they are finding themselves in.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

And let me say frankly - the speech made by the US President to the United Nations last week was deeply disturbing.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It is very clear that the cause of this crisis is in Myanmar, but that the solution of this crisis also lies in Myanmar. The lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, this needs to be addressed and resolved. Clearly if only the people with papers can go back, that will be a very small number if at all. So I think that the exercise should go beyond that and should really determine, if that's what is needed, who is a national, and those people should be allowed to go back and be given that citizenship.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

Abe's tough rhetoric at the U.N. General Assembly and his discussions on North Korea with [President] Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in further bolstered his image as a resolute defender of Japanese national security, which will play well with voters when they go to the polls next month.feedback

Yong Ho

Given the fact that this comes from someone who is currently holding the seat of United States presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war. The U.N. charter stipulates individual member states' rights to self-defense. Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States' strategic bombers, even when they're not yet inside the airspace border of our country.feedback

Nicole Kidman

I do a lot of fundraising for U.N. Women, and I do a lot of traveling for them.feedback

Fiona Frazer

The frequency and severity of these human rights violations, together with the lack of accountability, has created an atmosphere of impunity which encourages the further perpetuation of such violations. Dissent and criticism are not tolerated by the Russian Federation authorities in Crimea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm very happy that you used the word 'deplorable.' I was very interested in that word. … That's been a very lucky word for me and many millions of people. I want to thank President Xi (Jinping) of China for the very bold … and somewhat unexpected move.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

We are especially alarmed by the growing shift towards the force aspects of U.N. peacekeeping. What was the exception before now risks becoming the standard practice.feedback

Lu Kang

All relevant sides should exercise restraint and dedicate themselves to easing the situation rather than irritating each other. In principle, China has always fully and strictly enforced U.N. resolutions and accepted our international obligations.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The motto 'Our Country First' not only leads to more national confrontations and less prosperity, in the end, there will only be losers. This worldview describes the world as an arena, a kind of battleground, in which everyone is fighting against everyone else and in which everyone has to assert their own interests, either alone or in alliances of convenience. In this worldview, the law of the strongest prevails, not the strength of the law.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I've listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: None were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today. President Trump rightly called the nuclear deal with Iran, he called it an embarrassment.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary. I am very glad that this year at the United Nations and among all the countries of the world, there were only two voices, which were opposed to that of the people of the world. The U.S. and the regime occupying of al-Quds were the only two voices, which were different from the voice of the entire world.feedback

Justin Trudeau

There is no country on the planet that can walk away from the challenge and reality of climate change. I think it's time we actually stood up and took responsibility for the terrible mistakes of the past and share it at the UN. What we shared today is a Can-adian vision that taking care of people - the most vulnerable, the most marginalized in our society - is an essential step towards a better world.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

(Trump) made big mistakes in this speech. There were baseless and unfounded accusations. It wasn't worthy of the United Nations or an individual who sees himself as the president of a country.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

It is gratifying to note, as the U.S. president Donald Trump unequivocally stated from this podium last Tuesday, that it is important to comply with the principles of sovereignty in the international affairs; it is necessary to ensure leadership by example and not impose one's will on other nations; the countries with different values, cultural patterns and aspirations can not only coexist, but also work hand in hand on the basis of mutual respect.feedback

Miroslav Jenca

The United Nations' engagement with regional organisations is increasingly important in implementing the Secretary-General's prevention initiative in addressing pressing global and regional challenges, and in this context the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership is of vital and growing importance across all areas of the UN's work.feedback

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan demands an international investigation into India's crimes in occupied Kashmir. We ask that the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights send an inquiry Commission to occupied Kashmir to verify the nature and extent of India's human rights violations, secure the punishment of those responsible and provide justice and relief to the victims.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Secretary-General calls upon the leaders across Iraq to approach this matter with patience and restraint.feedback

Kim Jong-un

The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to 'totally destroy' a sovereign state…makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure. I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.feedback

Mike Pence

We do not desire a military conflict. But the president has made it very clear, as he did at the U.N. this week, that all options are on the table and we are simply not going to tolerate a rogue regime in Pyongyang obtaining usable nuclear weapons that could be mounted on a ballistic missile and threaten the people of the United States or our allies.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This new order provides us with powerful new tools, but I want to be clear the order targets only one country -- and that country is North Korea. Many countries are working with us to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. But I continue to call on all those responsible nations to enforce and implement U.N. sanctions and impose their own measures like the ones I am announcing today. Why not?feedback

Pam Palmater

Some of his words were exceptionally powerful (and) would give a lot of hope to a lot of people in Canada, but he falls down every time when it comes to substantive action.feedback

Justin Trudeau

We have been working hard, in partnership with other orders of government, and with indigenous leaders in Canada, to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation.feedback

Lakshmi Puri - United Nations

This is a step towards bridging the chronic investment gap in gender equality.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. Once again here at the U.N. General Assembly where nations pledge actions for world peace and the mutual prosperity of all peoples, I make the following points very clear to North Korea and the international community. We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Prime Minister May [of the U.K.] asked him if he would share it with her and he said no.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I proposed that we initiate the work of a contact group at P5 level [Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia], which has been done, and we will widen it to represent the political forces in Syria and the regional powers without Iran. The United Nations Secretary General and France will play the role of mediator for Iran so that we have a parallel negotiation, but that will enable us to include Iran in the process.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Nambia's health system is increasingly self-sufficient, . It [represents] huge amounts of different markets... It's really become a place they have to go, that they want to go.feedback

Louise Arbour

This is the United Nations, this issue of human mobility and a vast number of people on the move is not just about Europe. I am sure that the Global Compact will reflect the preoccupations that people have. The better Governments, State to State cooperation we can put in place, the less we are going to see this kind of chaotic humanitarian crisis.feedback

Melania Trump

No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn. We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children's future is bright. Show me the loving bonds between your families today and I will show you the patriotism and moral clarity of your nation tomorrow. If we do not advocate a love of country to our children and the generations to come, then why would our children grow up to fight for our country's founding principles and moral truth?feedback

Darren Walker

The Clinton Global Initiative caused business to think about New York this week as a destination. The end of CGI left a void, and this is filling that.feedback

Ajay Banga - MasterCard

They've convened good conversations with people who are deeply committed to the SDGs. The SDGs really matter. More people should be thinking about them.feedback

Valerie Keller

I ask myself that. What's the point? Are we just throwing a purpose party?feedback

Melinda Gates

I'm not working on that problem. There are other Silicon Valley billionaires who want to live forever.feedback

Valerie Keller

Actually, there is real value in all these individual points of light coming together and saying there is a collective vision for a world that works for everyone and an economic system that works for all, including our planet. If you collide enough of the people that care about these issues, they start remembering that this is real and it's happening.feedback

Hamdi Ulukaya

The issue isn't whether we can solve poverty or climate change or income inequality. It's whether or not we can work together. The willingness to just get together and talk – that's why we're here.feedback

Valerie Keller

I don't even know what to call this week anymore. It's everything.feedback

Lu Kang

The [Korean] Peninsula situation is still in a complex and sensitive state. We hope that relevant parties could maintain restraint while completing United Nations Security Council resolutions, and take more correct actions which are helpful in easing the situation.feedback

Claudia Rosett

Membership has its privileges—spying, money laundering and illicit procurement.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Africa has tremendous business potential. I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They're spending a lot of money. It does have that tremendous business potential and representing huge amounts of different markets and for American firms it's really become a place that they have to go, that they want to go. Six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Are will still patriots? Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and take ownerships of their future?feedback

Kevin Jon Heller

The problem is that self-defense must always be proportionate to the armed attack, and Trump clearly threatened disproportionate force. Had he said a nuclear attack would require wiping North Korea off the face of the earth, that might have been a lawful threat. But he did not qualify the threat in any way; on the contrary, he suggested North Korea would have to be destroyed in response to any armed attack on the U.S. or its allies. That is an unlawful threat that violates Art. 2(4).feedback

John B. Bellinger III

His threat to destroy North Korea did not violate the U.N. Charter because he said that the United States would use force only 'if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies,' . The Charter specifically allows a U.N. member to use force in self-defense.feedback

George W. Bush

Civilization Itself, the Civilization We Share, Is Threatened.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement, but it will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any parter. It would be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics… The world will have lost a great opportunity.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

Suddenly, with the end of the Cold War, the U.N. could do what it was set up to do, without one country vetoing the other. Today, we seem to be back to where we were in '89.feedback

Michael Caster

China has been extending its clampdown – its choking of civil society – throughout the world, and often it is attempting this through official channels such as the U.N. or Interpol. Unfortunately, they're very adept at doing it.feedback

Simon Jenkins

Kim Jong-un does not present an existential threat, and in the end it will be up to China to cut him down to size. Donald Trump’s United Nations performance on Tuesday was dangerous. It was dangerous not for the testosterone tub-thumping and infantile imagery. It was dangerous for being based on a lie. Trump said: “If forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”.feedback

Theresa May

The Cabinet is absolutely clear about the destination we are aiming for in relation to our European negotiations. What I want the Government to do is what the Government is doing – Boris, and others, are all very clear about the destination we have as a country. Boris is doing good work. He has been doing that here at the United Nations.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

In more than 30 years of my acquaintance with the U.N., I have not heard a more courageous and sharp speech.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We can only address those challenges through multilateralism, not through survival of the fittest.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Everyone will clearly see that Iran has lived up to its agreements and that the United States is therefore a country that cannot be trusted. We will be the winners.feedback

Lise Kingo

They really enjoy the legitimacy of being part of a U.N. global initiative. They ultimately want to send the signal that they want to be a good corporate citizen.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to be discussing many things, among them peace between the Palestinians and Israel. It would be a fantastic achievement. We're giving it an absolute go. I think there's a good chance that it could happen.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?feedback

David Ignatius

‘Rocket Man’ rhetoric aside, this address embraced the international community.feedback

Dianne Feinstein

Trump's bombastic threat to destroy North Korea and his refusal to present any positive pathways forward on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments. The goals of the United Nations are to foster peace and promote global cooperation. Today the president used it as a stage to threaten war. By suggesting he would revisit and possibly cancel the Iran nuclear agreement, [Trump] greatly escalated the danger we face from both Iran and North Korea. What nation would negotiate with the United States when the agreements we reach with other countries are so easily undermined?feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

In over 30 years of my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech, President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.feedback

Frans Timmermans - European Commission

I would also be curious to know how he (Trump) would see the role of a reformed UN in the future and I think that Europeans and Americans, we share fundamental values, regardless of the administrations, whether they are in the US, or in the European Union. We need to make sure that our fundametal values are projected on a world scale and for that we need United Nations, a reformed United Nations.feedback

Cecilia Malmström - European Trade

The new Secretary General Guterres is very committed to reforming the United Nations, and we are fully backing him on that but that cannot be in the direction of weakening the United Nations of course.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

My answer [is] simple: bureaucracy. Fragmented structures. Byzantine procedures. Endless red tape. To serve the people we support and the people who support us, we must be nimble and effective, flexible and efficient. We are reforming our peace and security architecture – to ensure we are stronger in prevention, more agile in mediation, and more effective and cost-effective in peacekeeping operations.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

More and more nations are realizing there's simply no collaboration with the international community. There's a dismissal of international concern, unified U.N. Security Council concerns.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think the main message is 'Make the United Nations great,' not again, Make the United Nations great.' Such tremendous potential and I think we'll be able to do this. Major portions of the world are in conflict and some in fact are going to hell, but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations can solve many of these vicious and complex problems. The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.feedback

Barack Obama

No one, has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The Iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.feedback

Barack Obama

Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone. We have sought – in word and deed – a new era of engagement with the world.feedback

Jimmy Carter

The United States, my own country, has a reservoir of strength: economic force, which we are willing to share; military strength, which we hope never to use again; and the strength of ideals, which are determined fully to maintain the backbone of our own foreign policy.feedback

George W. Bush

The United Nations simply cannot become engaged in every one of the world's conflicts. If the American people are to say yes to U.N. peacekeeping, the United Nations must know when to say no.feedback

Jerry Brown

I don't think it's a shadow. We're in the sunlight. We're shining the bright light of success. That's why we have governors here. Because we don't have someone from Washington, D.C. The states are picking up the baton.feedback

Nicolas Loris

It's one thing if these governors are communicating their respective state climate plans, as ill-advised as they may be. No matter how expensive or ineffective these climate policies may be, it's their right. They can deliver that message to anyone they please. But they shouldn't pretend their actions are the will of the federal government or the entire country.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think the main message is 'Make the United Nations Great.' Not again. Make the United Nations Great. The United Nations has tremendous potential and we'll see how it works out.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

I think it is very important that this does not become personalised around one person, and I think that it is very important in the week the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York that there is a unified message that says that the basic norms of human rights and protection of minorities but also the essential need for humanitarian aid to flow, that those norms are followed in Myanmar just as elsewhere and it's very important that the political complexity inside a country does not overwhelm fundamental rights.feedback

Donald J. Trump

In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. The United Nations budget has increased by 120 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with US investments.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Our shared objective is a 21st century UN focused more on people and less on process, more on delivery and less on bureaucracy. Value for money while advancing shared values – this is our common goal.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Mr. Secretary General, the United States and the member states present today support this great reform vision. We pledge to be partners in your work, and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.feedback

Ali Akbar Salehi

The American administration's overtly hostile attitude and actual foot-dragging policies and measures aim at undermining the nuclear deal and blocking Iran's legitimate benefits from its full implementation.feedback

Heather Nauert

The two recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence, and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward, pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.feedback

Margot Wallstrom

We discussed here how to bring it back to the U.N.-led process and Geneva. I would say so. It's good if the Astana process leads to de-escalation and a reduction of the violence but it has to lead into the political process.feedback

Brian Hook

This is very early stages. We shouldn't expect major breakthroughs or detailed proposals quite yet.feedback

Martin S. Indyk

Unless Trump is prepared to bang some heads together there's not much for him to do in this situation.feedback

Dennis Ross

The Saudis want us to stay in the region and counter the Iranian expansion and use of Shia militias. So if we can show we have moved the Qataris, they won't say no to what we produce.feedback

Jay Inslee

We have blown up the argument that acting on climate change is bad for your economy.feedback

David Victor

Unless their leadership is met with followership, the impact will be pretty limited. The idea has always been that if these states can demonstrate the technologies needed to cut emissions, that will help shift the politics in other states. But we have yet to see that play out.feedback

David Ige

We certainly believe if the federal government won't lead in this area, we want the world to understand there are states across the country that are committed.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

There's a worrying degradation of the international environment. Never since the end of the Cold War have dissensions, tensions, the level of conflict been so high in a world that is more interdependent than ever. And what is worse is despite globalization, cooperation has become less easy with increasing questioning of the roles of the multilateral game and with a temptation of withdrawal out of fear or selfishness.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Thank you very much. Thank you. I actually saw great potential right across the street to be honest with you. And it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project. So, I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley for your introduction and your steadfast advocacy for American interests on the world stage.feedback

Heather Nauert

In terms of the smaller footprint, there will be some support staff who will not be going this year because we recognize that there is a thing called technology, there's this thing called email. The secretary firmly believes coming out of the private sector that we all need to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

I would say no. US aid is vital to what we do to support refugees around the world and to find solutions to their situations.feedback

H.R. McMaster

We will call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can short of war. This is not an issue between the United States and North Korea. This is an issues between the world and North Korea.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The solution can only be political. Military action could cause devastation on a scale that would take generations to overcome.feedback

Josh Rogin

A U.N. body is set to publicly call for the release of two Iranian Americans imprisoned unjustly in Tehran.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Keep it up Libs, This will be 2020. I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!feedback

Dianne Feinstein

I think that North Korea is not going to give up its programme with nothing on the table.feedback

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch

It shows Trump engaging with the U.N. rather than bombing it from afar. Undoubtedly, Nikki Haley gets part of the credit. Destroying the U.N. doesn't play to the political mainstream.feedback

Stewart Patrick - Council on Foreign Relations

There was a perception that this was a relationship cruising for a bruising. She has been a skillful politician.feedback

Nikki Haley

No one is going to grip and grin. The United States is going to work.feedback

Nikki Haley

If we have to go further, this is going to look small compared to what we do.feedback

Nikki Haley

I think that Security Council reform is still being talked about, and I know that it's something that India wants. Many other countries want it as well. So we'll have to wait and see. We basically have the president headlining a UN reform effort, which would really support the Secretary General. But the impressive part is we asked other countries to sign on to their support of reform and 120 countries have signed on, and will be in attendance. That's a miraculous number.feedback

Nikki Haley

I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with (the) U.S. being very strong, in the end.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The Nikkei is holding up as currencies have reacted relatively calmly to the missile launch, with dollar/yen back above the 110-yen threshold. Also, the missile launch did not catch the market entirely off guard, as North Korea was expected to react after the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions.feedback

Maleeha Lodhi - United Nations

We will continue to raise Kashmir at this world stage in the most, sort of, explicit of ways. We'll make sure that the international community knows where we are, and how the people of Kashmir look towards the United Nations to fulfill its obligation, which are long-standing obligations. This is an issue that, obviously, the prime minister will raise with the secretary general of the United Nations.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The Nikkei is holding up as currencies have reacted relatively calmly to the missile launch, with dollar/yen back above the 110.00 yen threshold. Also, the missile launch did not catch the market entirely off guard, as North Korea was expected to react after the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions.feedback

Eliot Cohen

These cuts are needlessly stupid. So much of what diplomacy is about is building and maintaining relationships.feedback

Israel Machado

But you still have to be knowledgeable about the work of the U.N.feedback

Elie Tahari

The simpler it is, the harder it is to design. You can't design still water.feedback

Lee Eugene

They are for providing cereals and vaccines for these vulnerable classes. I don't think this violates the spirit of the United Nations.feedback

Roger Stone

It will be a good measure of how successful some of the internationalists that he's gathered around him are being in terms of muting his instincts and replacing them with their own.feedback

Jay Newman

With world leaders in New York, spotting corruption is as easy as watching a ‘public servant’ hop into an idling Bentley.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help. The number may rise to 600,000, 700,000, even one million if the situation in Myanmar does not improve.feedback

Pamela Hanlon

May I, who have had the privilege of fabricating this ballot box, cast the first vote? May God be with every member of the United Nations Organization, and through your noble efforts bring lasting peace to us all – all over the world.feedback

Antonio Inoki

The United Nations, Trump and Japan are all saying we need to apply more pressure. But first we need to listen to them and understand what the reasons are behind their activity.feedback

Ata Ullah

Our primary objective is to liberate our people from the dehumanizing oppression perpetrated by all successive Burmese regimes. Terrorists go home!feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

As I stated in my statement a few days ago, the priority is now to obtain immediate humanitarian access again, and to address in parallel the root causes of the conflict by implementing the Annan Advisory Commission recommendations to this end. On both accounts we were reassured that there will be implementing steps this week, which I expect to happen. We are in close contact with Bangladeshi authorities and are stepping up our humanitarian engagement there.feedback

Zaw Htay

The state counsellor won't attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.feedback

Zaw Htay

The first reason [Ms. Suu Kyi cannot attend] is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks. The state counselor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state. There are circumstances. The second reason is, there are people inciting riots in some areas. We are trying to take care of the security issue in many other places. The third is that we are hearing that there will be terrorist attacks and we are trying to address this issue.feedback

Ariful Islam

The people who arrived in the early days after the atrocities, now they've come out.feedback

Sarah Sanders

All options are on the table. The president has also said that he wants every country involved to step up and do more. This was a small step in that process, and we're hoping that they'll all take a greater role and a more active role in putting pressure on North Korea.feedback

Nikki Haley

The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history.feedback

Nikki Haley

If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... If North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. My delegation condemns in the strongest terms, and categorically rejects, the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues.feedback

Nikki Haley

Either the Administration believes Iran is in violation of the deal; or the lifting of sanctions against Iran is not appropriate and proportional to the regime's behavior; or the lifting of sanctions is not in the U.S. national security interest.feedback

Wesley Clark

You might have someone from the Middle East who's an experienced U.N. negotiator, a man like [Algerian diplomat] Lakhdar Brahimi who's very well known for going into crisis situations.feedback

Nikki Haley

If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... if North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional US$500 million or more in annual revenues.feedback

Sajid Ishaq

This is a human crisis of grave proportions. It is hard for me to believe what I am reading, hearing and watching. I urge the U.N. to stir from its slumber and react as it did in the case of East Timor.feedback

Nikki Haley

These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. These steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively.feedback

Donald J. Trump

In order to protect American industry and workers, we withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris climate accord. Job killer. People have no idea. Many people have no idea how bad that was.feedback

Susan Biniaz

I would think of this breakfast as an opportunity for other countries to show they are willing to engage in a discussion at least on issues of interest to the United States, and the United States to be clearer about what it considers suitable terms.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

The Saudi-led coalition's repeated promises to conduct its air strikes lawfully are not sparing Yemeni children from unlawful attacks. This underscores the need for the United Nations to immediately return the coalition to its annual "list of shame" for violations against children in armed conflict.feedback

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (deal) are being implemented. I cannot tell you how many complementary accesses we have had, but I can tell you ... that we have had access to locations more frequently than many other countries with extensive nuclear programs.feedback

Richard Nephew

We lack vision to incorporate sanctions into a broader strategy and this is hurting our ability to get really tough sanctions or use them appropriately. This must change if we are to avoid just using sanctions for sanctions' sake.feedback

Steffen Seibert

There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully.feedback

Art Cashin

There's another part to that story. The U.S. seems to have tempered down the U.N. procedures that they were going to put in. It doesn't look like they're going directly for the oil embargo.feedback

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed. There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices.feedback

Arshad Zamman

I will try to find money here. I will beg and hopefully some people will help me.feedback

Jorge Arreaza

We have now selected the National Constituent Assembly, this is the true expression of our citizens' will. It will have the powers to draw up a new Constitution. The opposition in Venezuela is back on the path of rule of law and democracy, we will see dialogue emerging thanks to mediation of our friends. Our country is now at peace.feedback

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas.feedback

Tirana Hassan

This is another low in what is already a horrific situation in Rakhine State. The Myanmar military's callous use of inherently indiscriminate and deadly weapons at highly trafficked paths around the border is putting the lives of ordinary people at enormous risk. The Myanmar authorities should stop issuing blanket denials. All the evidence suggests that its own security forces are planting landmines that are not only unlawful, but that are already maiming ordinary people.feedback

Joy Singhal

The U.N. and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and...they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers. In such an environment, the government has invited the Red Cross to assist them.feedback

Vivian Tan

This is an alarming number. The existing camps are full to the capacity. There is a lot of pressure on relief agencies to accommodate the rising numbers.feedback

Wang Yi

Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the U.N. Security Council should make a further response and take necessary measures. Any new actions taken by the international community against the DPRK should serve the purpose of curbing the DPRK's nuclear and missile programmes, while at the same time be conducive to restarting dialogue and consultation.feedback

Geng Shuang

I strongly urge the US and South Korea to value the security interests of China and other regional countries and immediately halt the deployment and remove the relevant equipment. China has lodged stern representations with South Korea.feedback

Jeff Merkley

Despite @RealDonaldTrump's dangerous #ParisAgreement decision & unwillingness to act, we can & will fight back to combat #climatedisruption.feedback

Jonathan Head

One of them admitted he had lit the fires, and said he had help from the police.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

I have an executive order prepared that's ready to go to the President that would authorize me to stop doing trade, put sanctions on anybody that does trade with North Korea, and the President will consider that at the appropriate time once he gives the UN time to act. We believe we need to economically cut off North Korea while they do this action. If we don't get those additional sanctions at the UN, Trump will consider the already-drafted executive action.feedback

Dipayan Bhattacharyya - World Food Programme

If they don't come forward now, we may see that these people would be fighting for food among themselves, the crime rate would go up, violence against women and on children would go up.feedback

Nikki Haley

I get that Congress doesn't want this. This is not an easy situation for Congress. But our lives are not about being easy. Our lives are about being right.feedback

Dipayan Bhattacharyya - World Food Programme

They are coming in nutritionally deprived, they have been cut off from a normal flow of food for possibly more than a month. They were definitely visibly hungry, traumatized.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

The commission has not found any evidence that such an Al Qaeda meeting was taking place.feedback

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