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Niels Blokker
The 30 percent will probably be looked at, but also the responsibility of the United Nations, because the battalion was operating under the orders of the United Nations. Besides the Dutch state, what was the responsibility of the United Nations? That's a question about principles. Where does the responsibility of the U.N. end?feedback
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Jun 27 2017
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Nigel Timmins - Oxfam Intermón

In Yemen, governments who are providing generous funding are also making money from supplying weapons, munitions, military equipment, technology. They are providing logistical and financial support for the military action taking place. Diplomatic pressure on the warring parties inside and outside the country has to be made so that we can find solutions, because surely that is a priority over arms sales?feedback

Stephen O'Brien

This is because of conflict, it's man-made, it's very severe, the numbers are absolutely staggering, it's getting worse, and the cholera element in addition to the lack of food, the lack of medical supplies, primarily one has to put that at the door of all the parties to the conflict. Be that the parties on the ground or their proxies, they all have to recognise that there is a shared responsibility for causing a man-made humanitarian catastrophe, which is where we are in Yemen at the moment.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We both call for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and we call on the DPRK to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile test, as stipulated in the U.N. Security Council resolutions. China understands that the United States regards North Korea as our top security threat. We reiterated to China that they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.feedback

Nikki Haley

Every ounce of what we do should be against Hamas. They are a dangerous actor who has no care for the Palestinians, no care for the Israelis, and they are determined to destroy everything in their path. So once again, we are having this session, and once again, we will hear speeches on whether you're for Israel, against Israel, for Palestinians, against Palestinians. But I would ask you to please address the real threat that is causing so many people harm, and that's the threat of Hamas.feedback

Issa Konfourou

We wish to move quickly, because the terrorist groups will not wait.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

Two million Palestinians in Gaza can no longer be held hostage by divisions. For a decade they have lived under the control of Hamas. They have had to deal with crippling Israeli closures, Palestinian divisions and have lived through three devastating conflicts.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

The policy of continued illegal settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territory contravenes resolution 2334. The large number of settlement-related activities documented during this period undermines the chances for the establishment of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution.feedback

Musa Kalamulah

There were people there from Somalia, Sudan, eastern Europe and Filipinos. It was like a mini United Nations. My friend Zainab Deen, who was 27, started phoning at around 1.30am and said she had been told not to leave. At 3.30am, she said she had been told by the fire brigade to wait but she said: 'My son is not breathing.' It will be more than 150 deaths.feedback

Mahamoud Ali Youssouf

Qatari peacekeepers withdrew on June 12 and 13. On the same day, there were Eritrean military movements on the mountain. They [Eritreans] are now in full control of Dumeira Mountain and Dumeira Island. This is in breach of the United Nations Security Council resolution.feedback

Tomas Ojea Quintana

While I welcome the news of Mr. Warmbier's release, I am very concerned about his condition, and the authorities have to provide a clear explanation about what made him slip into a coma. His case serves as a reminder of the disastrous implications of the lack of access to adequate medical treatment for prisoners in the DPRK. His ordeal could have been prevented had he not been denied basic entitlements when he was arrested, such as access to consular officers and representation by an independent legal counsel of his choosing.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

In areas controlled by extremist factions, we are gravely concerned with the mounting number of civilians who perish during air strikes. We note in particular that the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.feedback

Fatsah Ouguergouz - United Nations

We were struck by the particularly cruel and brutal nature of the violations described to us. Several victims, usually young members of opposition parties ... or people accused of supporting or belonging to armed groups or having firearms, described to us the systematic torture and particularly cruel and inhuman treatment by members of the National Intelligence Service and the police, sometimes assisted by Imbonerakure.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

In those areas more urgently in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations has only been permitted one humanitarian delivery in 2017. Time and time again, warring parties and influential states have failed to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the respites from hostilities.feedback

Paulo Pinheiro

The imperative to fight terrorism must not, however, be undertaken at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where ISIL is present.feedback

Paulo Pinheiro

We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced. The imperative to fight terrorism must not, however, be undertaken at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where ISIL (ISIS) is present.feedback

Jeff Sessions

You have given us a tutorial on reconstruction and renovation and construction in big projects. I hope people were listening, and I think the main point is you have got to know what you are doing in this city and this kind of construction project or you can be taken to the cleaners. Your contributions are going to help us save money, and I believe help us have a better U.N. building, and you would not have said that if you did not believe in the institution and want it to be better.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security is North Korea. The regime's nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all, and the regime's provocative actions, manifestly illegal under international law, have not abated despite United Nations' censure and sanctions. Both Russia and China object to key aspects of the international order so painstakingly built since the end of World War II. It would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953. It would be a very, very serious war.feedback

Serge Brammertz - United Nations

Genocide is denied. Ethnic cleansing is denied. When irresponsible officials use division, discrimination and hate to secure power, conflict and atrocities can gain a logic of their own. That was true two decades ago when genocide and ethnic cleansing began, and it remains true today.feedback

Natika Halil

FPA believes that the government must legislate for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland. The UK government is responsible for human rights across the UK, and the United Nations and UK courts have ruled on multiple occasions that Northern Ireland's restrictive law contravenes these rights. Any potential arrangement with the DUP must not prevent the UK from meeting any human rights commitments. Instead, the Conservative party must use any partnership with the DUP to discuss the impact of Northern Ireland's abortion law and bring it into the 21st century.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's a new day at the United Nations. I think the international community knows we're back.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I told her that the time had come for the United Nations to reconsider the continued existence of UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine]. In UNRWA's institutions, there is a great deal of incitement against Israel.feedback

Chris Gunness

In December 2016, UNRWA's mandate was extended for three years by the General Assembly by a large majority. The situation of Palestine Refugees needs to be resolved as part of a political resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It is time UNRWA be dismantled and merged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I told her it was time the United Nations re-examine UNRWA's existence.feedback

Corey Taylor

It's really fucking unfortunate how bad we have just fucked ourselves into an embarrassing ... Did you see what he did with the members of the U.N.? Did you see him shove the dude? He's peppered in all the time because I go off on fucking tangents.feedback

Ahmed al-Qasimi

The fact of the matter is that the U.A.E. violated the U.N. Security Council Resolution on Libya and continues to do so.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

It comes as no surprise that he chose to spread lies about Israel before he even mentioned the massacres in Syria. The Commissioner has forgotten that it is his job to care for human rights throughout the world, not to incite against Israel.feedback

Nikki Haley

It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it wants to maintain its credibility.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country – Israel. It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility. The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening.feedback

Nikki Haley

After the tragic deaths of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, they and their families deserve justice. We owe it to their legacy to end the human rights abuses being carried out by armed groups and the DRC government against the Congolese people.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening. Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table. When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong.feedback

Marc Limon - Rights Group

If the United States leaves, there would be less commissions of inquiry, less country specialists, less country resolutions, much less of a focus on country situations.feedback

Ted Piccone - The Brookings Institution

The State Department is virtually empty of senior officials. You really do need to have a strategy and the personnel to execute it and right now that's not happening.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

Today, on behalf of an unprecedented collection of U.S. cities, states, businesses and other organizations, I am communicating to the United Nations and the global community that American society remains committed to achieving the emission reductions we pledged to make in Paris in 2015.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

In any case, the secretariat cannot substitute the criminal justice system of a sovereign country. We stand ready to support any investigative mechanism set up by the relevant intergovernmental bodies.feedback

Mustafa Akinci

The reason why we are here is the impasse created by one side's insistence on putting forward preconditions. What we need from now on is political will and determination more than ever – and more than time. We will see now.feedback

Nikki Haley

The presence of multiple human rights-violating countries on the Human Rights Council has damaged both the reputation of the council and the cause of human rights. When the world's preeminent human rights body is turned into a haven for dictators, the idea of international cooperation in support of human dignity is discredited. Cynicism grows. There is already more than enough cynicism to go around these days.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

As a matter of U.S. national security, the U.S. regards the threat from North Korea as a clear and present danger . We're working diplomatically, economically, we're trying to exhaust all possible alternatives to avert this race for a nuclear weapon in violation of … the United Nations' restrictions on North Korea's activities. We want to stop this. We consider it urgent. We oppose countries militarizing artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims. We cannot and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us. I'm a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one! … Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement. Just the opposite – we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto a statement of support that we will submit to the UN – and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015. Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up – and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

We're going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed. Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement. Just the opposite – we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing on to to a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N. – and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the United States made in Paris in 2015.feedback

Nikki Haley

The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today - stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences. We want a negotiated solution, but North Korea must fulfill its basic obligations by first stopping all ballistic missile launches and nuclear weapons testing and taking concrete steps towards getting rid of its nuclear weapons program.feedback

Nikki Haley

Victims of the world’s most egregious abuses are often ignored by the very organization that is supposed to protect them.feedback

Patricia Espinosa

We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous contribution. This kind of support is crucial for the work of the Secretariat to assist nations in their efforts to implement their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. We're going to cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Commitments so far could still see temperatures rise by 3 degrees or more. So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming. The journey from Paris is well underway. The support across all sectors of society is profound. The transition in the real economy is a fact. There will be bumps along the path ... but with everyone's participation, the world can bring the Paris Agreement fully to life.feedback

Nikki Haley

(The Chinese) have the lay of the land and so we're going to keep the pressure on China, but we're going to continue to work with them in any way that they think is best, and I think that we'll decide this week on what that looks like.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Sometimes this then has consequences and especially when everything is linked. If you leave a void to others to occupy you might be creating a problem (for) your own internal security.feedback

Maina Kiai

Government officials themselves seemed to have trouble defining the term, which signals vast potential for arbitrary and abusive interpretation.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are doing our best in dialogue with the administration and Congress to make the U.S. understand that funding development aid, funding foreign policy in general, funding organizations like the U.N., is also in the interests of the American people. It's not only the Russias and the Chinas that are occupying the ground; if you look at Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, the regional powers in many parts of the world - when the big powers leave some space they will occupy it.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's about at what point do we do the resolution ... at what test model do we say now is the time to go forward. We do think they are trying to counter what is happening now and they have the lay of the land. We are going to keep the pressure on China but we will continue to work with them ... and I think we will decide this week on what that looks like. Nothing is changing North Korea's actions and so it's regrouping and saying okay, what are we going to do if this is going to happen every other day. How should we respond in a way that actually stops these things or slows them down?feedback

Maina Kiai

Overall, it appears that Prevent is having the opposite of its intended effect: by dividing, stigmatising and alienating segments of the population, Prevent could end up promoting extremism, rather than countering it. Students, activists, and members of faith-based organisations related countless anecdotes of the programme being implemented in a way that translates simply into crude racial, ideological, cultural and religious profiling, with concomitant effects on the right to freedom of association of some groups.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Eighty per cent of the world's energy still comes from fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal. We cannot phase out fossil fuels overnight. We have to engage the energy industry and governments to use fossil fuels as cleanly, sparingly and responsibly as possible, while transforming our energy systems. The climate conversation should cease to be a shouting match. My door is open to all who wish to discuss the way forward, even those who might hold divergent perspectives.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is highly problematic from the perspective of the safety of shipping and air traffic, and is a clear violation of United Nations security council resolutions. Japan absolutely cannot tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions. We have strongly protested to North Korea and condemn its actions in the strongest terms.feedback

Isabella Lovin

The decline of the oceans is really a threat to the entire planet ... We need to start working together.feedback

Isabella Lovin

I think I can safely say that the United States has not been very keen on strong language on climate change. We are not prepared to leave that (strong language) out. That's really fundamental. The impacts of climate change are almost immeasurable.feedback

Marlene Moses

Leaving climate change out of a document in the context of oceans is like cutting off the right arm of the Pacific island countries.feedback

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

By creating an unfunded trust fund for community assistance projects, instead of individual compensation for victims of its own negligence, the UN is selling the victims of lead poisoning at its camps in Kosovo short. Dodging responsibility for the suffering of lead poisoning victims only serves to undercut attempts to make the UN more accountable for its own failures.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

We are aware that there were other people affected beyond the 138 claimants. We want to see all of the impacted communities benefit from projects.feedback

Sienna Merope-Synge - Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

In Kosovo, as in Haiti, the U.N. is substituting charity for justice, evading its legal obligation to compensate by offering to ask other entities to fund charitable projects.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

These attacks are evidence of a broader trend: parties to conflict are treating hospitals and health clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries. I urge parties to conflict to take concrete steps to limit harm to civilians in their military operations, as they are obliged to do under international law. And I call on all member states to use their influence to promote respect for international law and ensure accountability for violations.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the UN to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance. The Secretary-General is totally committed to reforming the United Nations. We stand ready to discuss with the United States and any other member state how best we can create a more cost-effective organization to pursue our shared goals and values.feedback

Nikki Haley

I was a governor, I had to do an executive budget. What an executive budget is is the start of a conversation.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

We are indeed very grateful for the support the United States has given to the United Nations over the years as the organization's largest financial contributor.feedback

Nikki Haley

We're doing that now, in terms of getting another resolution together looking at sanctions and how were gonna continue to force it, because this is the same movie that keeps playing. We don't want to start a fight, so don't give us a reason to have one.feedback

Clément Kanku

I am convinced that light will be shed on this case and that justice will be given to the many victims of abominable abuses in the Kasai, including the two experts of the United Nations.feedback

Wang Yi

We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Security Council resolutions. At the same time, we hope all parties can maintain restraint, not be influenced by every single incident, ...persist in carrying out Security Council resolutions on North Korea and persevere with the resolution of the issue through peaceful means, dialogue and consultation.feedback

Daryl Kimball

The vast majority of world states say nuclear weapons are not essential for security, and that we want to reduce their salience by banning them. That is a contribution to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.feedback

Frans Barnard

In my world, duty of care means if we ask you to do something, we give you the training and the equipment to do that.feedback

Daniel Fahey

They were more looking at protecting themselves than protecting us. Everyone loved our analyses. But no one really asked us: 'How do you guys do this? What do you need?feedback

José Luis Díaz

This is why the U.N. is looking at the whole sequence of events in the disappearance and murder of our colleagues. We want to assess whether things worked as they should, and if what we have in place is adequate or robust enough.feedback

Clément Kanku

I think I also spoke with the woman, but I'm not sure because many people call me. Listen, where are you? Can I see you? I can't talk right now. I'll call you after.feedback

David Waskow

The U.S. is still in the agreement and so issues like transparency makes sense ... in the past it has had strong bipartisan support.feedback

Asad Jamal

I think it is quite a serious blow to Pakistan's standing at the U.N. as well as to its image at the international level. I think Pakistan should withdraw from its position, which is contrary to international law and human rights norms, and allow consular access and an independent lawyer to Jadhav, and hold an open and fair trial.feedback

Trigg Talley

I think the main headline at this point is that 'there are many, many measures under review.feedback

Justin Forsyth - UNICEF

One child moving alone is one too many, and yet today, there are a staggering number of children doing just that. We as adults are failing to protect them. This is the tip of the iceberg. Many children who never register fall into the hands of smugglers. The real number is much bigger. We lack an enormous amount of data.feedback

Norine Kennedy - United States Council for International Business

The reason we were able to get the Paris agreement in the first place was that the U.N. was willing to open their doors to a whole range of stakeholders, including businesses.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Various U.N. entities have regularly documented and reported on human rights violations in Syria, including torture in the context of detention.feedback

David Beasley

The suffering of the South Sudanese people is just unimaginable. They are close to the abyss. Violence is at the root of this crisis. Aid workers often cannot reach the most vulnerable hungry people. Many are dying from hunger and disease, many more have fled their homeland for safety abroad.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers, including with the Korean Peninsula and North Korea. But at the same time, we understand that what we have observed in the world recently, and specifically flagrant violations of international law and incursions into the territory of foreign states, changes in regime, lead to such kinds of arms races. In this connection, we need to act in a joined-up way, (and) strengthen the system of international guarantees with the help of international law and with the help of the U.N. Charter.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

A minimum of 400,000 people will flee the city eastwards, once Al Hudaydah is under attack. This is in addition to the already desperate situation of more than two million displaced people and their conflict-affected host communities. Even without this attack on Al Hudaydah, all emergency response in Yemen is facing huge difficulties of access, financial support and immense needs.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are here to listen to Somalia's leadership – and to agree on a framework for cooperation. This is something that we need to solve to give AMISOM the capacity to really create the conditions to allow the Government and the new security institutions of Somalia to then be able to assume the responsibility of the security of their own country. Somalia now hangs in the balance between peril and potential. Here in London, we can tip the scales from danger to safety. This conference was an unmitigated success.feedback

Markus Ederer

We must increase pressure to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table. That means we must consistently implement sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the European Union.feedback

Markus Ederer

We must increase pressure to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table. This means above all that we must consistently apply sanctions that the United Nations and European Union imposed. In that regard, it is particularly important that we do even more to dry up the financial resources used to fund the nuclear program. The German government is in complete agreement and the responsible authorities will now take the necessary steps.feedback

Manzoor Hasan

This will not create a conducive environment for us to deal with the U.N. and U.N. bodies. It is such a petty matter, one wouldn't think of doing something like this, which has much wider implications.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Let me be very clear, and speak directly to our American friends. It is essential for us that we all keep investing in these U.N. agencies. They are as important to global peace and security as defense spending – or even more. Climate change is real, and is already impacting on our security environment. Everything is linked. So we continue to hope that the United States will find a way to remain committed to the Paris Agreement.feedback

Nikki Haley

The European Union can and should do more to underscore to Iran that its destabilizing actions in the region, including support for extremist and terrorist groups, must cease.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

All wars eventually come to an end and we've been looking for a long time how to bring this one to an end. So we'll look at the proposal and see if it can work.feedback

Walid al-Moallem

We do not accept a role for the United Nations or international forces to monitor the agreement. The Syrian army will be prepared to respond in a decisive manner.feedback

Charles Lister

Moscow has invested all of its cards in the Astana process. Russia has a great deal to lose should this initiative fall apart, which makes acquiring a more committed U.S. statement of support extremely important.feedback

Walid al-Moallem

There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations. The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centres. There are still logistical details that will be discussed in Damascus and we will see the extent of commitment to this agreement.feedback

Hsu Min-Huei

We will continue doing everything we can until the last minute.feedback

Agnes Callamard

I am committed to continue my dialogue with the government and I am committed to undertake an official visit, either by myself or with the special rapporteur on the right to health.feedback

Erik Solheim

And if they cut down, which we encourage them not to do, we will also rationalize.feedback

Erik Solheim

There is no doubt where the future is and that is what all the private sector companies have understood. The future is green. Obviously if you are not a party to the Paris agreement, you will lose out. And the main losers of course will be the people of the United States itself because all the interesting, fascinating new green jobs would go to China and to the other parts of the world that are investing heavily in this. Wind engineer is now probably the most promising job opportunity in the United States.feedback

Erik Solheim

Even if the worst were to happen and the United States were to withdraw, the consequences would be much less than people think. We definitely want to ask the Senate and the U.S. Congress to keep as much of the U.S. contribution as possible to the U.N. and to the climate work. If they drastically reduce we would for sure ask others to step up and provide more money. It's not all that bad that there is some scrutiny. We are happy to work with the Trump administration on how to make the United Nations more efficient.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Those guilty must be found and punished. But this can be only done after an impartial investigation. A solution in Syria can be only found by peaceful means and under the aegis of the United Nations.feedback

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch

All four of these attacks were in areas where opposition or ISIS forces were launching an offensive that threatened government military air bases. The decision to ratchet up to this level seems to have been related to that unfavorable battlefield situation. The pattern shows that the Syrian government retained sarin or some similar nerve agent after its August 2013 eastern Ghouta attack despite having agreed to hand over all chemical weapons to U.N. inspectors.feedback

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

Journalism is not a crime in Turkey, it is an issue the government must pay deep attention to.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

China could potentially be convinced to cap volumes like they did with coal, at the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) as part of a new sanctions resolution following another nuclear test.feedback

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

With such a large number, it is highly unlikely these suspensions and detentions will have met due process standards.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Well, yes, we do have to do something, and so we have to do something, again, with partners in the region and globally, and that involves enforcement of the U.N. sanctions that are in place. It may mean ratcheting up those sanctions even further, and it also means being prepared for military operations if necessary. The president, I think, has been masterful in terms his development of a relationship with President Xi and the discussions that led them to understand this is the place where the United States and the Chinese understand their interests overlap.feedback

Hari Kunzru

His vanity and neediness show a man more concerned with promoting his own brand than helping his country. One could find 100 symbols for President Trump’s first 100 days in office, 100 different entrance points to the chaos, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll go with Nikki Haley’s facial muscles. At a White House lunch on 24 April, Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, sat next to the most powerful man in the world as he greeted a group of ambassadors from countries that have seats on the UN security council.feedback

Geng Shuang

As for what kind of actions China will take if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, it is a hypothetical question and there is much speculation about that, so I have no comment on it. China firmly opposes any actions that violate the United Nations Security Council resolutions. This position is quite clear. For a long time, China has played an important and constructive role on the North Korean issue and made many contributions. I can say in terms of solving the North Korean crisis, China's efforts can't be overstated.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

China could potentially be convinced to cap volumes like they did with coal, at the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) as part of a new sanctions resolution following another nuclear test. They might fill some of the gap, but I'd be shocked if Russia wanted the burden of becoming a lifeline to North Korea.feedback

Mark Toner

It is incumbent on every member of the U.N. to carry out or to enforce those sanctions to the utmost. That is something we have been conveying to allies and partners in the region. That is something that we have obviously been conveying to China.feedback

Bathsheba Crocker

Tillerson is ceding ground where it's a crucial part of the broader strategy. He seems to be deferring not only the day-to-day relationship with the U.N. Secretary General and the Security Council but on everything else involving the U.N.feedback

Petr Iliichev

Neither you nor Western colleagues said a single word about what you are doing to improve the situation.feedback

Debebe Zewdie

The number has risen to more than 7.7 million people. 432,000 tonnes of food is needed until the end of the year.feedback

Muhannad Hadi - World Food Programme

The International Community and the U.N., everybody together needs to move and to move in fast. If we don't move in today, if we don't do something very quickly, Yemen will be facing famine very, very soon.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Then for 15 minutes, he gave me a lecture. We don't have any hope that the Syrians will cooperate with us. A lot of organisations are documenting the war crimes, they are serious and committed people, but of course they are funded by states that have a vested interest. At least we are being funded by the regular budget of the United Nations.feedback

Xi Jinping

China adamantly opposes any actions in contravention of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. At the same time, it is hoped that all sides exercise restraint and avoid doing things that exacerbate tensions on the peninsula. Only if all sides live up to their responsibilities and come together from different directions can the nuclear issue on the peninsula be resolved as quickly as possible.feedback

Madeleine Albright

Cutting funding to the U.N. ... will only damage U.S. national security and our position in the world. Other powers, most prominently China and Russia, will do everything they can to fill the leadership gap.feedback

Richard Gowan - European Council

There has been a lot of talk about China supplanting the U.S. as the top diplomatic dog at the U.N. since Trump's election. But at the end of the day, the Council's school outing to Washington makes it clear that it is still at Washington's beck and call.feedback

Saad al-Hariri

I urge the UN secretary general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward.feedback

Gholamali Khoshroo

Today we heard unsubstantiated allegations against my country which I categorically reject as misleading propaganda campaigning against Iran and its role in the region.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The issue today is not that human rights violations undermine every aspect of our shared values and common work, but rather how the United Nations responds.feedback

Naim Mehmeti

Nobody even knew what lead was. I'm not expecting much, not even an apology, because this is how the institutions work in Kosovo.feedback

Paul Polansky

You could smell the toxicity in the air, smell it in the ground. I expect them to do absolutely nothing.feedback

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

The victims of lead poisoning in Unmik camps in northern Kosovo have waited far too long for a public apology and compensation from the U.N., which was directly responsible for their suffering.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

There is a natural process on these issues, especially one as important as this. The discussions are still very much ongoing, and the secretary-general expects to make a decision very soon.feedback

Dianne Post

Factually it may be, but legally it is not – witness Haiti. Of course they want to use 'unique' to avoid setting precedent for such violations.feedback

Philip G. Alston

The broader point is if you didn't do it for Haiti, and you don't do it for Kosovo, you don't have to do it for anyone.feedback

Sherine Tadros - Amnesty International

If the U.S. administration wants to show it has a genuine commitment to human rights then it needs to take a serious look at its recent policies. You can't have directives coming from Washington that are distinctly anti-human rights and then say you're championing human rights at the U.N.feedback

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

I hope that this will be a stepping point for a more intense and fruitful dialogue with the whole human rights system. Vulnerability factors are probably less significant than other countries' - for example, social inequalities and situations of complete destitution.feedback

Elizardo Sanchez

It is notable they are not inviting special rapporteurs who look into torture, penitentiary systems, freedom of expression, the functioning of electoral systems, etc.feedback

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

People shouldn't be punished for being induced, manipulated or forced into prostitution.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

The government has great interest in North Korea's nuclear and missile moves and is collecting and analysing information. I will refrain from commenting on individual specific content or situations. At present, we are in close contact with the United States and South Korea and in addition to urging (the North) to refrain from provocative actions and observe relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.feedback

Monique Ngalula

It's the military, the police, the secret service who know the most about this story, the assassination of two United Nations experts.feedback

Lucien Jura

The U.N. has held our hands to help us through very difficult steps, but we cannot indefinitely depend on them for the country's security and stability.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

What we now need is a newly configured mission which is focussed on the rule of law and human rights in Haiti. Peacekeepers do fantastic work but they are very expensive and they should be used only when needed. We strongly support the ending of this mission turning it into something else. And I think we'll see the same thing elsewhere.feedback

Lucien Jura

The U.N. promised to help eradicate the disease in the country and assist families who lost their loved ones. We expect the U.N. to fulfill its commitments.feedback

Mark Schuller

The U.N. is not accountable to the Haitian government or people. That creates a culture of implied immunity.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

We need to find out the facts, conduct a comprehensive investigation. I am amazed this was the conclusion. No one has yet visited the site of the crime. How do you know that?feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

Look at me! Don't you look away from me! Why are you looking away? Don't you dare insult Russia again.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

Vitaly was a masterful storyteller with an epic sense of humor, a good friend and one of the best hopes the United States and Russia had of working together. I am heartbroken by his death. I am also saddened that, in our hyperpolarized environment, praise for Vitaly – the diplomat and the man – has been interpreted as acquiescence to Russia's aggression.feedback

John Park

The back up date may be April 25, the foundation day of guerrilla forces launched by KIS, which became the Korean People's Army. If Kim conducts a sixth nuclear test, the likely response from the core countries – U.S., China, South Korea, Japan – would be more sanctions and yet another U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the DPRK. A military capability in the USS Carl Vinson carrier group that wasn't fully operational/effective in the early 2000s would come front and center.feedback

Atul Khare

Every single allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. personnel, be it uniformed or civilian, is appalling. Everyone, especially us, are aware of the shortcomings in the system. We believe we are advancing in the right direction, especially with the secretary-general's new approach.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We are deeply worried by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States has made it clear to the U.N. and all troop-contributing countries that these abuses must stop.feedback

Aditi Gorur

If missions don't stay long enough to secure the gains they make and ensure that the host government is truly ready to manage security, U.N. member states will pay a much bigger price in the long-term.feedback

Jivenson Arisme

All I know is that having the U.N. people around helps Haiti's economy a little bit. They buy stuff and it makes the foreigners feel like there's order here.feedback

Gary Guerre

The reason why we don't have a lot of trouble these days is because the U.N. people are still around. But once they take off, opportunities will open up for Haitians with guns to make things crazy again.feedback

Dmitri S. Peskov

This is something for law enforcement to deal with. This is not on the Kremlin's agenda.feedback

Peter Gallo

It's an indictment of how the whole U.N. system works.feedback

Bob Corker

If I heard that a U.N. peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga, I'd be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family.feedback

Yang Xiyu

It's hard to ban normal trade that is not prohibited by U.N. resolutions.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

You're afraid, you can't sleep, because you think that we can cooperate with the United States. You're afraid of that! You're doing everything possible to undermine this cooperation. That's why...Look at me! Don't look away! Why are you looking away? That's why you've said nothing today about the political process. You have not listened to Mistura's speech. You set forth humiliating requirements to guarantors of the negotiating process in Astana. But what have you done to cease fire? You welcome illegal armed groups in London and Paris!feedback

Melida Joseph

I'd like to see my attacker face to face and tell him how he has destroyed my life. They'll look at this as one big joke. As far as the U.N. goes, they came here to protect us, but all they've brought is destruction.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Let us declare in one voice: We will not tolerate anyone committing or condoning sexual exploitation and abuse. We will not let anyone cover up these crimes with the U.N. flag.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The strike that we're talking about here today was directed at the people who planned it, who held onto the weapons contrary to what they had promised the international community and United Nations when they said they had gotten rid of those weapons. And the reason for the strike was that alone. There is a limit, I think, to what we can do. And when you look at what happened with this chemical attack, we knew that we could not stand passive on this.feedback

Mario Joseph

Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera. Human rights aren't just for rich white people.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

Tis the season for Nikki Haley profiles. The Syria strikes have highlighted the outsized role of President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. A week ago Politico’s Eliana Johnson wrote that, “with Rex Tillerson conducting his job almost entirely out of public view, Haley has improbably eclipsed the secretary of state as the country’s leading [].feedback

Kim Hong-kyun

Both sides agreed that despite the international community's warnings, if North Korea makes strategic provocations such as a nuclear test or an ICBM launch, there should be strong additional measures in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

I realized that extremists tried all their best to stop me; they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed. And it is a clear evidence that no one can stop me. This means that now this a new life, a second life, and it is for the purpose of education.feedback

Alvi Karimov

You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic. If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn't need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning. I haven't had a single request on this issue, but if I did, I wouldn't even consider it. In our Chechen society, any person who respects our traditions and culture will hunt down this kind of person without any help from authorities, and do everything to make sure that this kind of person does not exist in our society.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, addressed the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, and in so doing helped to focus the world’s attention and President Trump’s attention on Tuesday’s chemical attack on men, women and children in Syria. She declared, “Yesterday morning, we awoke to pictures, to children foaming at the mouth, suffering convulsions, being carried in the arms of desperate parents. We saw rows of lifeless bodies. Some still in diapers. Some with the visible scars of a chemical weapons attack.” Holding up two horrifying photographs, she stared down the Russian ambassador. “Look at those pictures, ” she said. “We cannot close our eyes to those pictures. We cannot close our minds of the responsibility to act. We don’t yet know everything about yesterday’s attack. But there are many things we do know.” She continued: “We know that yesterday’s attack bears all the hallmarks of the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons. We know that [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad has used these weapons against the Syrian people before. That was confirmed by this Council’s own independent team of investigators. We know that yesterday’s attack was a new low, even for the barbaric Assad regime.”.feedback

Adam Isacson

It's a big development. Is the U.S. now going to fund an increased pace of eradication operations?feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the United States. The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious. We call upon the United States to immediately cease aggression and to join those efforts being made for a political settlement in Syria. The Russian Federation from the United Nations organization has stated the need to establish an international coalition to counter terrorism, which would be on the basis of international law. You have chosen a different path.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people. Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energized so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever U.N. Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.feedback

Francois Hollande

I believe this operation was a response which must now be followed up at an international level within the United Nations if possible, so we can go all the way with sanctions against Bashar al-Assad, and prevent this regime from using chemical weapons again to crush its own people.feedback

Armanatha Nasir

At the same time, Indonesia is concerned with unilateral actions by any parties, including the use of Tomahawk missiles, in responding to the chemical weapon attack tragedy in Syria. Military actions, undertaken without prior authorisation of the U.N. Security Council, are not in line with international legal principles in the peaceful settlement of disputes, as stipulated in the U.N. Charter. Indonesia is a party to the convention on chemical weapons. Of course, Indonesia rejects the use of chemical weapons by anybody for whatever purpose.feedback

Kori Schake

Whatever clumsiness the secretary of state and U.N. ambassador committed in the last week, nobody but Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the chemical weapons attack, and we should not blur the morality of who is to blame.feedback

Boris Johnson

It is very important to try first to get out a UN resolution. I cannot understand how anybody on the UN Security Council could fail to sign up to a motion condemning the actions of the regime that is almost certainly responsible for that crime.feedback

Nikki Haley

How many more children have to die before Russia cares? The U.S. sees yesterday's attack as a disgrace at the highest level – an assurance that humanity means nothing to the Syrian government. When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

But surveys repeatedly show that there are around 30 million people in America who claim to have Scots ancestry. I'm very confident that Scotland will be an independent country in my lifetime – well within my lifetime – and take its seat at the United Nations alongside all the other independent countries of the world, large and small.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

Unfortunately without making any attempt to understand what happened, based totally on fake information and false stories, the United States of America, France, United Kingdom have again planted – as this can not be called a proposal, it is just planting – a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council, a draft resolution which has a completely anti-Syrian character.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

The former U.S. administration's so-called red lines, which should have triggered a military interference in the internal Syrian conflict if crossed, marked a watershed in the history of toxic chemicals in Syria and followed by full-blown poisonous substances. That decision served as a starting point for future provocations by terrorists and extremist structures with the use of chemical weapons. They sought to discredit the official Damascus regime and to create a pretext for the use of military force against a sovereign state.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

What is your plan? What is your plan to stop these horrific, senseless attacks? We had a plan and we had the support and you rejected it to protect Assad.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

Unfortunately, based on totally fake information, the United States, France and Great Britain have once again planted - one cannot put it any other way - into the U.N. Security Council a draft resolution which has a completely anti-Syrian character.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

History will judge all of us in how we respond to these unforgettable and unforgivable images of the innocent. How long are we going to sit here and pretend that actions in these chambers have no consequences? This bears all the hallmarks of the Assad regime, and the use of chemical weapons is a war crime.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Any sort of report of use of chemical weapons, especially on civilians, is extremely alarming and disturbing. Any use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to peace and security and is a serious violation of international law.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

It's necessary to demand that the rebels offer full access to study the area and collect necessary information. When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We find it right that the United Nations Security Council should be occupied with this case of poisonous gas today. We appeal to Russia to support this Security Council resolution, to investigate the incident, and to hold to account those responsible. Of course, we should do everything to bring those responsible to an international court because it is one of the most evil war crimes you can imagine.feedback

Andrew Gilmour

I don't think any single act taken by the U.N. since 1945 has saved more lives.feedback

Liu Jieyi

It's a serious issue and we really need to take a professional look at what has actually happened. It will certainly complicate the peace talks and ... we believe that it is highly critical that we keep the peace talks going and also for the peace talks to produce concrete results to improve the situation on the ground.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

A new and particularly serious chemical attack took place this morning in Idlib province. The first information suggests a large number of victims, including children. I condemn this disgusting act. In the face of such serious actions that threaten international security, I ask for everyone not to shirk their responsibilities. With this in mind, I ask for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The use of chemical weapons constitutes an unacceptable violation of the convention against chemical weapons and is another example of the barbarity that the Syrian people have been under for so many years.feedback

David L. Bosco

David Bosco is an associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of books on the U.N. Security Council and the International Criminal Court.feedback

Latanya Mapp Frett - Planned Parenthood

Instead of helping women, extreme politicians are cutting off access to the U.N. agency that's best positioned to prevent and reform coercive reproductive health practices. Withdrawing U.S. support will have a devastating impact on UNFPA, and hurts the lives of the women, men, and young people they serve.feedback

Brian Dixon

Today's action is just another assault on their freedom, their autonomy and their empowerment.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Britain must halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia immediately, throw its weight behind a ceasefire resolution at the United Nations and back a full and genuinely independent investigation of the evidence of war crimes in Yemen. As it stands, the British-Saudi relationship is damaging to the people of Saudi Arabia, Britain and the wider Middle East, and helping to export insecurity to the rest of the world. Unless the Prime Minister challenges the Saudi regime over its abuses this week, it will be clear she is ready to sacrifice human rights and security on the altar of the arms trade.feedback

Nikki Haley

The original call that I received to go to Trump Tower was to discuss secretary of state. No, he did not offer it. I see Secretary Tillerson as a great partner. I think the United States has seen China, for 25-plus years, say that they're concerned about North Korea. But we haven't seen them act like they're concerned about North Korea. So I think this administration wants to see them act, and I think they're going to pressure them. At the end of the day, the only one that North Korea is really going to respond to is China. I've been honest. That's all I've done, is tell the truth.feedback

Nikki Haley

We all know that we each have a place in terms of this administration, but more importantly we know that we're working as a team. There are not any dynamics that would portray anything other than that.feedback

Petr Iliichev

Human rights are addressed by various peacekeeping missions, by special political missions, if we can just try to liaise those mandates with human rights then maybe we can agree (on a meeting).feedback

Nikki Haley

He didn't say that. There's a reason he didn't say that. Those are conversations we have as well. That's what you do with friends.feedback

Nikki Haley

I'm not going to go back into, should Assad be in or out?' . Been there, done that, right? I want them to know that, look, that happened, but it will never happen again. We're not gong to put up with it. The thing about clubs is they have rules, and they have a culture, and there is a constant pressure to comply with the rules of the club, and soon enough, members are doing things a certain way because that's the way they've always done them. I'm working to change the culture. I was definitely an outsider.feedback

Mustafa Barghouti

This action means that Israel is turning its back to international law, turning its back to the Security Council of the United Nations and turning its back to the so-called efforts about a new peace process. In my opinion, Israel will not be restrained unless boycott, divestment and sanctions are practised against it.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The secretary-general has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security. He condemns all unilateral actions that, like the present one, which threaten peace and undermine the two-state solution.feedback

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

The separation of powers is essential for democracy to function, and keeping democratic spaces open is essential to ensure human rights are protected.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are a generous nation. But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We don't have the resources necessary to support these people. Unfortunately our program is only 8 percent funded.feedback

Maina Kiai
David Kaye

From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the environmental and Native American movements in opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the Women's Marches, individuals and organizations across (American) society have mobilized in peaceful protests. One person's decision to resort to violence does not strip other protesters of their right to freedom of peaceful assembly.feedback

Nikki Haley

It will be very telling if any country tries to block this debate. For anyone that says you can't get anything done at the U.N., they need to know there's a new sheriff in town.feedback

Rachel Sweet

He just deeply cared about everyone and saw no difference between people of different nationalities. He refused to eat anything other than beans and rice because that's what everyone around him was being served.feedback

Rachel Sweet

I spoke with one of Michael's Congolese colleagues yesterday. And he told me, Michael was my boss. But he was also my brother.feedback

Rachel Sweet

He was courageous but not reckless. What happened to him is not because he didn't follow protocol. He was the opposite of a war junkie.feedback

Lambert Mende

After tests ... it is possible to identify the bodies as the two U.N. experts and their interpreter as being found near the Moyo river.feedback

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