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There is no going back.
We all can and must contribute to building trust, so sorely needed in the Middle East and the world today. This work must begin now, before it is too late.
The carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience. Aleppo is now a synonym for hell.
The absence of Palestinian unity throughout the occupied territory presents an obstacle to the two-state solution.
Aleppo has been liberated from terrorists and those who toyed with terrorism. Aleppo has returned to the nation.
In recent days and hours we appear to be witnessing nothing less than an all-out effort by the Syrian government and its allies to end the country's internal conflict through a total, uncompromising military victory.
I don't believe any more in the U.N., don't believe any more in the international community. Russia doesn't want us to go out alive, they wants us dead. Assad is the same.
I'm waiting for death or captivity by the Assad regime. To die victorious on earth dust is better than despair … please forgive me and pray for forgiveness and remember me well.
We here for people, including our children and grandchildren. Achieving sustainable transport is necessary to realize our vision of a world that is safer and healthier for all people.
Under former President Castro, Cuba made advances in the fields of education, literacy and health.
By doing this you are rewarding our honorable organization and I feel deeply honored and proud.
As president of the United States, I'm sure that he will understand this, he will listen and he will evaluate his campaign remarks.
We have no right to gamble with the fate of future generations – or imperil the survival of other species that share our planet.
I am sure he will make a ... wise decision.
I hope he will really hear and understand the seriousness and urgency of addressing climate change. As President of the United States I hope he understands this, listens and evaluates his campaign remarks.
The prospect of a solution in Cyprus is within their reach. Expectations in both communities are high. Cyprus offers tremendous hope to people around the world that a long-standing conflict can be resolved peacefully through negotiations.
At the same time, there is no basis for MONUSCO to continue providing humanitarian assistance to them, as they are no longer in a life-threatening situation.
I am, accordingly, bringing the matter to the attention of the Security Council in order that it might take such decisions or provide such guidance as it may deem appropriate.
I deeply regret that the Syrian issue has not been resolved. I am ready to receive all this blame, criticism but sometimes you should know the secretary-general is blamed for what is beyond my own control.
Sometimes the Security Council has been taking unnecessarily long time in expressing their positions and that kind of sense of lack of unity gives some good excuse for the member states like North Korea not to abide by this resolution.
Never in the past have we seen such heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, that is a source of my great concern and worry.
I'm determined to sprint to the finish line as secretary-general. It's important for me to finish my job as secretary-general until the very last moment of my mandate.
We understand the impatience and the anger of the population who are waiting for emergency relief. We are doing all we can to facilitate the arrival of the assistance soon as possible.
We are going to mobilise as much resources and medical support to, first of all, prevent and stop this cholera epidemic and then, second, support the families of the victims.
At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. These numbers and needs are growing as more affected areas are reached. Tensions are already mounting as people await help.
Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map. Tensions are already mounting as people await help. A massive response is required. U.N. teams are working with local officials to assess needs.
This disaster makes it even more vital to significantly step up our support - and to do so right now.
More broadly, there must be accountability for the appalling conduct of this entire war.
This award says to them: You have come too far to turn back now. The peace process should inspire our world.
I am delighted to announce that today the Paris Agreement will cross the second and final threshold needed for entry into force, and will enter into force on 4 November 2016.
Global momentum for the Paris Agreement to enter into force in 2016 has been remarkable. What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable.
It's important today that the international community sends a strong message of support.
What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable.
I will strongly urge (them) to resume their negotiations so that there will be a cessation of hostilities.
With the action taken by the EU parliament, I am confident that we will be able to cross the 55 percent threshold very soon; in a matter of days.
Those using ever more destructive weapons know exactly what they are doing – they know they are committing war crimes.
Aleppo is worse than a slaughterhouse.
The U.N. will assist in the implementation of the accord and offer Colombians our complete support at a time that sees a new destiny for the nation.
Let us remember: The fighting has forced hospitals and schools to operate in basements. These bombs are not busting bunkers, they are demolishing ordinary people looking for any last refuge of safety. International law is clear: The systematic use of indiscriminate weapons in densely populated areas is a war crime.
For years, South Sudan has struggled to gain its independence. Now it's struggling for survival. Rarely have such high hopes been squandered so quickly.
In a time of armed conflicts in many other paces, peace in Colombia sends a powerful message of hope in the world.
We are at a make-or-break moment.
We have crossed the one of the two thresholds, the 55 countries so its well over, now let us work harder to get all the 7.5 percent greenhouse emissions added more.
Just when we think it cannot get any worse, the bar of depravity sinks lower.
The Earth assails us with rising seas, record heat and extreme storms. With the Paris Agreement on climate change, we are tackling the defining challenge of our time.
Refugees and migrants are not to be seen as a burden. They offer great potential if only we unlock it.
While many conflicts are causing enormous pain, none is causing so much death, destruction and widespread instability as the worsening war in Syria. Major countries with influence have a duty to use their influence and seize this latest opportunity to pursue a political solution.
This is a Cypriot-owned and Cypriot-led process. The United Nations is facilitating this one, and you can count on us and on me.
And I'm also encouraged at their strong commitment that they will complete the process within the year.
I simply cannot understand why we have not been able to resolve this issue. Why is it so important for one man's destiny? One man's destiny should not work as a hostage of all this crisis.
I've been saying, I can issue a hundred statements from here, but if you really want to get that apple dropped, you have to go and shake the apple tree.
Is it fair? Is it reasonable in the 21st century when you have 193 member states?
Once elected, I think they are above the people. ... and there's a big gap. And they rule over people, and they are mostly corrupted, and they do not respect the voices of the people.
You have not seen people as fearlessly speaking out as myself.
One day, many years later, and I'm not in a position to write soon, but I can speak more freely because I do not want to criticize all of them while I'm in power.
And I have been putting public interest first, over private interest.
I count on the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action. We must urgently break this accelerating spiral of escalation.
This unacceptable act endangers peace and security in the region and is another vivid reminder of the urgent need to strengthen the global nuclear test ban regime.
Thereupon, the eminent person or persons would be in a position to determine the scope that any further inquiry or investigation should take.
The fight for territory and resources is being undertaken through indiscriminate attacks on residential areas, including through the use of barrel bombs, killing hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children. All parties to the conflict are failing to uphold their obligation to protect civilians.
This kind of solidarity, sign of humanity, should be emulated by many people around the world.
This is an important and hopeful signal for the stability of the region. The closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts. It is a collective punishment for which there must accountability.
My message is clear: when we work together we are stronger. I hope the British people will be able to overcome the challenges that await them.
National borders do not defend against climate change, emerging diseases or economic shocks. Our challenges are global and universal and it is only as a global family that we can overcome them.
He is a superb choice.
I urge you to commit to cutting (by) half (the number of) internally displaced people by 2030 and to find better long-term solutions for refugees and displaced people based on more equal sharing of responsibilities.
Such policies and measures negatively affect the obligations of member states on the international humanitarian law and European law. I welcome the open discussions in Europe including in Austria on integration. But I am alarmed again about growing xenophobia here and beyond.
The world is in a race against time. The era of consumption without consequences is over. Today you are signing a new covenant with the future. This covenant must amount to more than promises.
Israelis and Palestinians need their leaders to elevate public discourse above mutual accusations and to engage in a constructive dialogue that can rebuild the trust that has all but evaporated.
We are encouraged and fortunate that Syrian government forces have been to retrieve or defeat ISIS from Palmyra and is now able to preserve and protect these human common asset – cultural asset.
I am not going to disclose the names of the countries today but I am urging them: (you) know who you are.
Iran's missile tests do not violate the terms of an historic nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers, which resolution 2231, adopted in July 2015, endorsed.
We are not sure if he will free opponents. We fear that he may only release his own men. What criteria will he (Nkurunziza) use?
The operating environment in Syria will likely remain highly fragmented, volatile and militarized for the foreseeable future. Achieving any form of verification of actions committed by the parties would also be almost impossible in the current context.
The mark he has left on the organization is indelible.
I urge all parties to put the people of Syria at the heart of their discussions, and above partisan interests.
The longer this situation continues, the more people will be killed and affected. We cannot wait any longer, that is why it is a matter of urgency, that I am urging African leaders to act in one voice. Burundi's government should "listen very carefully and engage in inclusive dialogue.
The U.N. lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago.
Climate change undermines development gains. If we do not properly police this Paris agreement, then the remaining 16 sustainable development goals will be undermined.
The issues have been identified during years of negotiations. Very good solutions have already been presented. This morning we have a much cleaner, streamlined text. This is a good basis for further negotiations.
Africa is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Much of its economy depends on climate sensitive, natural resources, including rain-fed subsistence agriculture. Disruption in food and water supplies pose a serious risk not only for your economies, but also for political stability.
Our enterprise might not be perfect, but without the United Nations I can tell you that our world would be a far bleaker place. And now with the adoption of the inspiring 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has pointed the way towards progress for all human kind.
Security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special effort to defuse situations before people lose their lives. If the use of force is not properly calibrated it may breed the very frustrations and anxieties from which violence tends to erupt.
When the United Nations deploys peacekeepers, we do so to protect the world's most vulnerable people in the world's most desperate places. I will not tolerate any action that causes people to replace trust with fear.
I asked my special envoy Christopher Ross to resume his shuttle diplomacy to create the appropriate atmosphere for the resumption of talks.
I reaffirm my willingness to convene a political dialogue in Geneva as soon as possible, with the participation of all the parties.
The Saudis have assured me that they understand that there must be a political process. I call on all Yemenis to participate in good faith.
After more than two years of merciless siege, 18,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians are now being held hostage by Daesh and other extremist militants. Our refugee camp is beginning to resemble a death camp. We are now hearing worrying reports of a massive assault on the camp and on civilians in it.
Like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS all these terrorists, they have committed unspeakable brutality against humanity. Not a single country, even the regional countries cannot handle this alone.
The new chain of transmission in Mali is, of course, of deep concern. We are translating the lessons we have already learned from the Ebola outbreak into early action to mitigate against a further spread in Mali.
I sincerely hope that all these pending issues should be resolved in accordance with the Minsk protocol and memorandum which was agreed upon and even facilitated by Russia, the European Union and the Americans.
Even if emissions stopped tomorrow, we would be living with climate change for some time to come. The good news is that if we act now, immediately and decisively, we have the means to build a better and more sustainable world.
I'm asking the leaders of both parties, Palestinians and Israelis, to resume the talks, so that they will be able to address the underlying root causes. Otherwise it's a matter of time, unfortunately, the violence will continue.
The relationships between health and climate change are complex and volatile. Extreme weather threatens lives – many dangerous diseases are sensitive to climate conditions and air pollution adds greatly to the global burden of death and disease.
We must prepare and adapt and to manage the risks we need to address the root causes of climate change.
As each day passes, more people die, many more are infected, and the demands of response and containment become exponentially greater. To get the crisis under control, all of us will have to work in unorthodox ways, break through barriers, and leverage the best that each of us can bring to bear. Speed is of the essence.
These terrorist activities by ISIL are totally unacceptable by international human rights and international humanitarian law.
Nothing is more shameful that attacking sleeping children.
First and foremost, I think the violence must stop now and immediately start dialogue and address all the root causes which have already been identified, which have already been discussed and negotiated for a long time. I do not think we have any time to lose.
It is unacceptable for citizens on both sides to permanently live in fear of the next aerial attack.
I'm urging that the whole international community must be united. We have show strong international commitment of solidarity to all these terrorists.
My aim, my priority, is to put all of these locomotives on the right track and let them move so that we will be able to have a very effective and globally legally binding treaty on climate change by 2015, next year.
I hope that world leaders will come to the United Nations with their strong political will, determined will, to raise awareness of these issues and come with galvanised actions, which can happen on the ground.
The United Nations stands strongly behind our own 'free and equal' campaign, and I look forward to working with the IOC, governments and other partners around the world to build societies of equality and tolerance. Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century.
I know that there has been some controversy over this issue. At the same time I appreciate President Putin for his assurance that there will be no discrimination whatsoever.
I reiterate the calls for maximum restraint for all communities in South Sudan. There is no military solution to this conflict. This is a political crisis which requires a peaceful, political solution.
Let me be absolutely clear. The world is watching all sides in South Sudan. Attacks on civilians and the UN peacekeepers deployed to protect them must cease immediately. The United Nations will investigate reports of grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Those responsible at the senior level will be held personally accountable and face the consequences.
In this world the civil societies they play a very important role. It's not only the government or business communities who make this world move. A very important, significant important part is now shared by a civil society, including Greenpeace.
The heat is on. We must act.
It is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja in 1988 and the worst use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century.
I'm considering urging the Security Council to demand the immediate transfer of Syria's chemical weapons and chemical precursor stocks to places inside Syria where they can be safely stored and destroyed.
Let them conclude their work for four days, and then we will have to analyse scientifically with experts and then I think we will have to report to the Security Council for any actions.
I have been urging all the parties who have influence to both sides to urge them to stop fighting and ensure there is no strategy of arms for both sides; just providing arms to either side will not help this process. There is no such military solution in this case. I think only a political process can resolve this issue in a sustainable way.
The intervention brigade will address all this violence and will try their best to protect human life and human rights and human dignity of all the people here.
In addition to those who pay the ultimate price, hundreds of journalists have been detained. Many languish for years in brutal conditions as a result of sham trials or trumped-up charges. I condemn all such attacks and repression.
We have made available over 15 experts who possess different skills and expertise, among them inspectors, but also medical and analytical chemists, so this will be up to the head of mission to decide whom he needs and he will determine the composition of the team. I urge the Syrian government to be more flexible, so that this mission can be deployed as fast as possible.
Nuclear threats not a game.
I would like to announce that I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. My senior advisors are working on the modalities in close consultation with the relevant bodies.
On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others. When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched. Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want.
Mali is under threat from terrorists with regional and global repercussions. Addressing these challenges requires political, security and humanitarian efforts. At the same time in calibrating the extent of its own involvement, the United Nations has to carefully take into account the human rights, safety and security issues at stake.
This is clearly a violation of international law and it is a violation of Quartet guidelines and it is an obstruction of the Middle East peace process. I'm urging the Israeli government to refrain from taking any measures of establishing settlements.
The exodus has reached more than five hundred thousand people. It will grow in number as fighting rages, and in intensity, as winter takes hold. Neighbouring countries face a huge financial burden in sheltering and caring for them. The increasing peril faced by Palestinian refugees in Syria is another growing concern.
Iran has a very important role to play in helping resolve this Syrian issue, reflecting the will of the Syrian people, in a peaceful manner. The Syrian people have suffered too long, too much.
I can't want peace more than the protagonists, more than the Security Council or the international community for that matter.
I remain deeply concerned about all these reports about the possible use of chemical weapons. I reiterate my demand, that the Syrian authorities categorically state that they will not use chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction under any circumstances. That's my strong demand.
It would be reprehensible if anybody in Syria is contemplating the use of such weapons of mass destruction like chemical weapons. I sincerely hope that the international community keeps an eye on this.
We are at the critical moment of Afghanistan's history in transition from reliance on the aid that has enabled the country's institutions to take root to a normalized relationship of a sovereign functioning Afghanistan, with its people and with its international partners.
I'm saddened and outraged. These brave soldiers died in the service of peace. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms.
The Syrian government has been shelling the city of Homs. And as well, we have seen already some casualties, populations killed. I urge again in the strongest possible terms that this cessation of violence must be kept.
I share Mr Annan's view that this is an important initial step. It is essential that President Assad put those commitments into immediate effect. The world is waiting for commitments to be translated into action.
I emphasise the importance for the Israeli government to create a politically conducive atmosphere.
The former regime under Gaddafi has reported to the relevant international United Nations organisations on nuclear materials as well as chemical weapons.
It was vitally important that the Security Council Sanctions Committee acted to release 1.5 billion dollars in frozen Libyan assets for humanitarian assistance.The first allocation of these assets, 110 million dollars has just been made. The people of Libya are looking to the international community for help. The transitional government will be outlining specific requests in the coming days. My aim is to get UN personnel on the ground absolutely as quickly as possible under a robust Security Council mandate.
I'm seriously concerned about it and feel regretful about the fact that this kind of tension still exists between two countries. Incidents like the one that happened yesterday clearly show the situation in the Korean peninsula remains unstable.
Once again, I call on President Assad and Syrian authorities to immediately cease all violence against their people, to fully respect human rights and to implement the reforms they had already announced.
I condemn utterly the continuing violence against the peaceful demonstrators, most particularly the use of tanks and live fire that have killed and injured hundreds of people. There should be an independent, transparent and effective investigation.
How do we ensure both the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and maximum safety? We need a global rethink on this fundamental question.
This was an outrageous and cowardly attack against the UN staff which can not be justified under any circumstances and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
They have already said they start a ceasefire and did not. They have been continuing to attack the civilian population. This has to be verified and tested.
He, (referring to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi), has lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people. This is again a totally unacceptable situation. I hope, I sincerely hope and urge him to listen to the people's call.
I have seen very disturbing and shocking scenes where Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from warplanes and helicopters. This is unacceptable. This must stop immediately. This is a serious violation of international humanitarian law.
Those responsible must be brought to justice.
Both the president and I are disappointed by (the fact that) the draft of the report had been leaked. The United Naitons is interested in establishing all the facts relating to incidents in the DRC and covered by this mapping exercise.
As long as these weapons exist we will live under a nuclear shadow and that is why I have made nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation a top priority for the United Nations.
I sincerely hope this will positively contribute to the peace process as well as improvement in the relationship between Israel and Turkey.
Never before have we had a more concrete vision of Afghanistan's future. Certainly we have challenged ourselves by setting out specific measurable commitments.
We believe that these proximity talks should eventually lead to direct negotiations between the two concerned parties to discuss all other matters: security, water, refugees and other other issues.
The Quartet continues to support the Palestinian authority's plan of 2009 for building a Palestinian state within 24 months, as a demonstration of the Palestinians' serious commitment to an independant state that provides good governance, opportunity, justice and security for the Palestinian people.
We must be prepared to have better structured framework to prevent all these disasters. The United Nations makes a high priority in having and promoting disaster-risk reduction structures and we hope that we will continue to work together on that.
The rainy season is coming to Haiti. then it will be extremely important for us to provide on a priority basis, like shelter and sanitations and all other necessary humanitarian assistance.
I am encouraged that the two leaders personally assured me of their shared commitment for a comprehensive solution as early as possible.
No one is under illusion that any of this is easy. Peace negotiations never are. But the time is right to push ahead. I'm convinced that these two leaders can achieve a mutual beneficial solution. For decades the world has heard about the Cyprus problem, now is the time for the Cyprus solution.
I am under no illusion that the Cyprus problem is easy to solve or about the difficulties that you face. At the same time I am confident that a solution is possible and within reach.
We will immediately release ten million dollars from the Central Emergency Relief Fund – that is the CERF.
The time for consensus has arrived. No one will get everything they want out of these negotiations, but if we work together, and acquire a deal, everyone will get what they need.
The momentum for success is growing by the day. An agreement is well within reach.
We must ensure safety nets for those who cannot afford food. We must transform agriculture development, markets and how food is distributed. We must do so based on a thorough understanding of the issues. That is the only way to meet the Millennium development goals by 2015.
I condemn this shocking and shameless act and the terrorists who committed this crime. It is unjustifiable by any standard.
We need to be able to help those smallholder farmers with necessary agricultural input – seed and fertilizer, pesticides – those are things which will help their immediate yield.
I urged them to stop the prosecution of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders. It is a setback to the international community's efforts to provide a helping hand to Myanmar at this time.
I hope the President and government leaders will reach out in an inclusive dialogue with minority groups including Tamils and Muslims.
Your decision signals the will of the international community. It must be fully respected by all parties to this conflict.
But I do not believe we can wait until then to end the violence. We must achieve that now.
The Quartet reiterated its call to the parties to fully implement their obligations under phase one of the roadmap, including in relation to freezing settlement activity and the dismantlement of the infrastructure of terrorism.
The Palestinian and Israeli representatives have reaffirmed their committment, as stated in the Annapolis joint understanding, to vigourous, ongoing and continuous negotiations.
MONUC will continue to work to the full measure of its capacity with the Congolese government and with other parties concerned to ensure that a maximum number of civilians are protected. But I must stress that MONUC's capacity is stretched to the limit.
Our approach to malaria can serve as a model for other campaigns to battle the evils we face now.
We are still facing a huge shortfall in resources. The responses to HIV and AIDS require long-term and sustained financing. As more people want a treatment and live longer, budgets will have to increase considerably over the next few decades.
This is the fight we cannot afford to lose. The enemy is hunger. Hunger degrades everything we have been fighting for in recent years and decades. Recent riots and protests show that hunger and the threat of hunger create unrest and instability.
The independent Human Rights Commission has also documented distressing instances of civilian casualties resulting from the operation of international forces.
The Iranian nuclear issue has great implications for peace and stability as well as the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. I urge again that the Iranian government should fully comply with the Security Council as soon as possible.
The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member state to decide.