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Any cuts at this time are extremely significant, not just for us but for any U.N. agencies and any aid organization. With the magnitude of needs at the moment is it vital that we continue with a high level of assistance. The more dramatic cuts in any aid budgets, the more the number of debts, the more suffering there is going to be.
NEW Mar 23 2017
Multiple people spoke about United Nations in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Ban Ki-moon is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “For the sake of the Haitian people, but also for the sake of the United Nations itself, we have a moral responsibility to act. And we have a collective responsibility to deliver.”.
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Stephen O'Brien

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease. Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. Communities' resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.

Rima Khalaf

It is only normal for criminals to pressure and attack those who advocate the cause of their victims.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

This is not about content, this is about process. The secretary-general cannot accept that an under-secretary general or any other senior U.N. official that reports to him would authorize the publication under the U.N. name, under the U.N. logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself.

Stephen O'Brien

We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death.

Rima Khalaf

It was expected, naturally, that Israel and its allies would exercise immense pressure on the U.N. secretary-general to distance himself from the report and to ask for it to be withdrawn. I asked him to review his position but he insisted on it. Based on that, I submitted to him my resignation from the United Nations.

Nikki Haley

When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the U.N., it is appropriate that the person resign. U.N. agencies must do a better job of eliminating false and biased work, and I applaud the secretary-general's decision to distance his good office from it.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

This is not about pressure. This is about the secretary-general having the authority to manage the organization in a way that is done effectively and can deliver on its goals. A secretary-general cannot accept that an undersecretary-general or any other senior U.N. official that reports to him would authorize the publication under the U.N. name, under the U.N. logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself. It's about senior officials dealing with a matter that implicates other parts of the system – that they consult and they coordinate.

Danny Danon - United Nations

Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the U.N. It is time to put an end to the practice in which U.N. officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda.

Gilad Erdan

The U.N.'s top donors, including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Canada, must stop funding U.N. bodies obsessed with demonizing Israel. This obsession with condemning Israel does nothing to advance peace or help the Palestinians. All countries concerned with promoting a peaceful solution should stop funding bodies that discriminate against Israel, and insist that the U.N. undergo fundamental reforms.

Nikki Haley

The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the U.N. system and around the world.

Rima Khalaf

It was expected, naturally, that Israel and its allies would exercise immense pressure on the U.N. secretary general to distance himself from the report and to ask for it to be withdrawn. I asked him to review his position but he insisted on it. Based on that, I submitted to him my resignation from the United Nations.

Danny Danon - United Nations

Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Her removal from the U.N. is long overdue.

Andrew Gilmour - United Nations

I don't think any single act taken by the U.N. since 1945 has saved more lives than the opening of UNMISS camps in December 2013.

Alison Griffen

The proposed budget cuts are alarming. Deep cuts like the ones we're seeing would hamstring peacekeeping operations not just in South Sudan but across other vital missions where the U.N. may be the only thing standing between civilians and mass atrocities.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

There is also a need to address the underlying drivers of terrorism through continuing investments in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, sustainable and inclusive development, the enhancement and respect of human rights, and timely responses to humanitarian crises.

Danny Danon - United Nations

The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie.

Richard Falk
Virginia Tilley

Israel defends its rejection of the Palestinians' return in frankly racist language: alleging that Palestinians constitute a 'demographic threat' and that their return would alter the demographic character of Israel to the point of eliminating it as a Jewish State.

Gilad Erdan

The U.N.'s top donors, including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Canada, must stop funding U.N. bodies obsessed with demonizing Israel. This obsession with condemning Israel does nothing to advance peace or help the Palestinians. All countries concerned with promoting a peaceful solution should stop funding bodies which discriminate against Israel, and insist that the U.N. undergo fundamental reforms.

Saeb Erekat

The problem is not the report but the facts that it contains. There's no other word to define what is going on here other than apartheid.

Nikki Haley

The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the UN system and around the world.

Nikki Haley

I would not say that. I'm not going to talk about where the president is, because I don't know. I have always made it very clear, from my confirmation and in the words that I've said from the U.N., that I don't trust Russia.

Nikki Haley

We should never trust Russia. I really don't, and I'll tell you why: Because I've talked to him about it. And while they know of people, you've got to look at the fact that ambassadors' jobs are to talk to everyone. That's what I think we've seen the Russian ambassador do. At the same time, not once has he told me not to slam Russia. He's not once told me, Go and be nice to Russia.' He's letting me do my job.

Nikki Haley

We should never trust Russia. I really don't, and I'll tell you why: Because I've talked to him about it. And while they know of people, you've got to look at the fact that ambassadors' jobs are to talk to everyone. That's what I think we've seen the Russian ambassador do. At the same time, not once told me not to slam Russia. He's not once told me, Go and be nice to Russia.' He's letting me do my job.

Nikki Haley

I would not say that. I'm not going to talk about where the president is because I don't know. I have always made it very clear, from my confirmation and in the words that I've said from the U.N., that I don't trust Russia.

Fumio Kishida

Japan recognizes threats from North Korea's provocations have entered a new stage. We need to continue working with the United States and other countries concerned to demand North Korea refrain from provocations and observe U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

If governments and leaders are not keeping that flame of internationalism alive today, then we as citizens must. We see a rising tide of nationalism, masquerading as patriotism, and the re-emergence of policies encouraging fear and hatred of others. A lot of the fear we observe today of refugees, of foreigners, is produced by ignorance, often fuelling politicians as well. We have to recognize the damage we do when we undermine the U.N. or use it selectively -- or not at all -- or when we rely on aid to do the job of diplomacy, or give the U.N. impossible tasks and then underfund it.

Danny Danon - United Nations

It comes as no surprise that an organization headed by an individual who has called for boycotts against Israel, and compared our democracy to the most terrible regimes of the 20th century, would publish such a report.

Saeb Erekat

It is time for the international community to assume its responsibilities toward this extremist government that openly supports apartheid and stands against the two-state solution.

Nikki Haley

That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising. The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.

Riyad Mansour

Rather than attacking the report, it would be best to reflect on the realities that the report addresses and how they can be remedied.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

We just saw the report today. It was done without any prior consultation with the secretary general. The report as it stands does not reflect the stance of the secretary general.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

There is no way that we should be accepting the fact that the sixth anniversary becomes the seventh. It's becoming one of the longest and most cruel wars of recent years. That's why there is a need for an acceleration of any type of negotiations - in Astana, in Geneva, in New York, wherever.

Fadel Abdul Ghani

The regime is trumping everyone else with nearly 92,000 individuals that are still inside its detention centers.

Mazen Darwish

We are speaking of a daily massacre going on for six years. Why are we here? Today there are women, men, children, innocent people who are being killed under torture...It is strange that in front of all this evidence we do not see a real movement.

William Mozdzierz

We remain deeply concerned by ongoing widespread and gross human rights violations and abuses in the DPRK, including summary executions, enslavement, torture, arbitrary detention, and enforced disappearances.

Choe Myong Nam

We are not participating in any meeting on DPRK's human rights situation because it is politically motivated.

Stephen O'Brien

We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations. Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death.

Peter Yeo - United Nations

America's relationship with the United Nations has never been more challenging, and part of the reason for that is ideological and part is budgetary.

Abdusalam Omer

This guy is committed. Now we see that the humanitarians are coming. We are thinking that today is the best day. Tonight is a different night.

António Vitorino

Some of his students had no idea that their teacher was the former prime minister.

Heather Havrilesky

As George leads Amal through the crowd in his baggy jeans looking docile and outclassed, Amal pulls all the focus. She doesn't have time for this foolishness. In other words, if we want to hear Amal talk, she'll be talking about human rights. She won't be talking about love and marriage and babies. That's George's job. He's the man behind the woman. Which is a pretty unfamiliar, teachable moment for George and for America.

Jonas Nicolas

Where are they going to get money to pay them? How do you think hungry Haitian soldiers are going to act? No, I like the U.N. guys with our police.

Aditi Gorur

This would be unprecedented in U.N. peacekeeping history. Normally, police only serve in peacekeeping missions with military support and backup. But it's a creative option to reduce the mission's size and cost as MINUSTAH gradually works toward a full exit.

Nikki Haley

We have to see some sort of positive action taken by North Korea before we can ever take them seriously.

Mohamed Nor

I have nothing. This is not a shelter, we barely get any food here and we have no protection. It's not safe, I am suffering.

Carol Morello

In addition, Fox News reported that Iran had itself test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles that destroyed a floating barge over the weekend, but that could not be independently confirmed. Iran fired a medium-range ballistic missile last month, apparently violating a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them.

Mohamed Nor

We have to address the root cause, which is the security situation here and how to defeat (Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels) al-Shabab here.

Khalil el Shamri

We are here to tell the United Nations that it is now accused of (contributing to) the starvation of the people of Yemen. It is now responsible for the displacement of the Yemeni people. We are here for all Yemeni people, not a certain political party.

Michael Spavor

I was quite excited, because I'd heard quite a lot about him. So one day, for lunch, we met up, and we got along great, he speaks fluent Korean, so we spoke Korean, and that's when he mentioned to me he was planning on opening up a ramen restaurant or a sushi restaurant in Pyongyang. That being said, there are many Koreans in Pyongyang who are able to afford these kind of high-end restaurants. And keep in mind also that Pyongyang has a lot of foreign diplomats, U.N. workers, businessmen from China and other countries who can also dine at this restaurant.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

I hope that the United States government will at least look at the report and take into account the recommendations that I have done and see how they can implement them. And I hope that the indigenous people will also use the recommendations to push the government to implement them.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

From my conversations with people throughout Indian Country, I have learned that many of the complex issues that Native Americans face in the energy development context today are rooted in a long history of land and resource dispossession.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

In a show of disregard for treaties and the federal trust responsibility, the Army Corps approved a draft environmental assessment regarding the pipeline that ignored the interests of the tribe. Maps in the draft environmental assessment omitted the reservation, and the draft made no mention of proximity to the reservation or the fact that the pipeline would cross historic treaty lands of a number of tribal nations. In doing so, the draft environmental assessment treated the tribe's interests as non-existent, demonstrating the flawed current process.

Jihad Makdissi

I will let the host announce it. Yes, we do have an agenda... the three baskets and possibly a fourth one, and a time frame, yes, in March.

Carla del Ponte

What we have seen here in Syria, I never saw that in Rwanda, or in former Yugoslavia, in the Balkans. It is really a big tragedy. Unfortunately we have no tribunal.

Paulo Pinheiro

The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict. Much of Aleppo, once Syria's biggest city and its commercial and culture center and a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been reduced to rubble. This represents - and we have said this in the past - a worrying pattern that has occurred in other areas of the country including Deraa and Moadamiya.

Paulo Pinheiro

We have established very clearly in the report that the Syrian air force is responsible for these attacks, we don't have any evidence linking Russia to those attacks with forbidden chemical weapons.

Rolando Gomez

The US been a very active and constructive partner in the Council for many years, spearheading a number of important initiatives, such as DPRK (North Korea), Iran, Syria, LGBT rights ... and many issues that are certainly on the agenda today.

Erin Barclay

In order for this Council to have any credibility, let alone success, it must move away from its unbalanced and unproductive positions. As we consider our future engagements, my government will be considering the Council's actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the Council's mission to protect and promote human rights.

Geng Shuang

What I need to say is that the situation at present on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive. In this situation, we hope all sides can maintain calm and exercise restraint and not do anything to irritate each other or that may raise regional tensions.

Matthew Rycroft

This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned, it's that simple.

Vladimir Putin

I think it is totally inappropriate. It would undermine trust in the negotiating process. Russia will not support any new sanctions against the Syrian leadership.

Stephen O'Brien

This also means access to the ports so that the needed imports can enter Yemen. Seven million people don't know where their next meal is coming from and we now face a serious risk of famine.

Louis Low

They use (the) Pan Systems (name) and say it's a foreign company, but they operate everything by themselves.

Vladimir Putin

Our task is only to stabilize the legitimate authorities and deliver a final blow against international terrorism.

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

This case risks undermining confidence in the justice system and reinforcing the culture of impunity.

Luis Videgaray

The Mexican government will not hesitate in going to international organisations, starting with the United Nations, to defend human rights, liberties and due process for Mexicans abroad according to international law.

António Guterres - United Nations

Despite some generous pledges, just US$90 million has actually been received so far. We are in the beginning of the year but these numbers are very worrying. Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are facing a tragedy.

Benyamin Netanyahu

The U.N. is capable of many absurdities and I think it's important that you have straightforward and clear-eyed countries like Australia that often bring it back to earth.

Malcolm Turnbull

My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the U.N Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimise the Jewish state. We support an outcome which has two states where Israelis, the Israeli people, the Palestinian people live side-by-side as a result of direct negotiations between them.

Anthony Lake - UNICEF

Time is running out for more than a million children. We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

He has been such a regular presence here that I am actually quite stunned. Our thoughts go to his family, to his friends and to his government.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

I can't tell you [if it will succeed], but we have to push with the momentum. Even a cease-fire cannot hold too long if there is no political [solution].

Anas al-Abdah

We cannot address the profound security threats ... while Assad remains in power.

Lindsey Graham

I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear program. Iran is a bad actor in the greatest sense of the word when it comes to the region. To Iran, I say, if you want us to treat you differently then stop building missiles, test-firing them in defiance of U.N. resolution and writing 'Death to Israel' on the missile. That's a mixed message.

Wang Yi

China understands South Korea's need to protect its own security, and at the same time South Korea should respect China's reasonable position. What we need is multiple layers of defence ... THAAD is really relevant. We don't pose any threat to China. All parties, at the same time as strictly enforcing (U.N.) Security Council resolutions, should proactively look for break through points to resume negotiations, to break the negative cycle of the nuclear issue on the peninsula.

Nikki Haley

First of all, the two-state solution is what we support. Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution - that would be an error. We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well.

Jeremie Smith

This is the only way to make sure criminals don't get away by fleeing the scene of the crime.

Andrew Clapham

The focus is on collecting evidence and building criminal cases before the trail goes cold. This is mass collection of information on all sides with a view to prosecution in the future by the ICC (International Criminal Court), national courts or in some completely new international tribunal that would be created.

Lise Grande - United Nations

Based on reports of insecurity, the U.N. decided that we would not send missions into eastern parts of Mosul until we reassess security conditions, . This has now been done and we expect to reengage as soon as possible, hopefully within the next day or so.

António Guterres - United Nations

There is no alternative solution for the situation between the Palestinians and Israelis, other than the solution of establishing two states, and we should do all that can be done to maintain this. We should not forget the mother of all conflicts is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is important to stress that, in my opinion... there is no plan B other than the two-state solution.

Donald J. Trump

"Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly.". "It won't happen!".

Han Min-Koo

We are keeping an eye out, thinking data and technology from the latest test can be applied (to an ICBM).

Shinzo Abe

"I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear,"

Shinzo Abe

I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear.

António Guterres - United Nations

The U.N. needs to be able to act with impartiality in all circumstances and cannot be biased in favour of anybody.

Nikki Haley

We call on all members of the Security Council to use every available resource to make it clear to the North Korean regime -- and its enablers -- that these launches are unacceptable. It is time to hold North Korea accountable – not with our words, but with our actions.

António Guterres - United Nations

I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important. Let's do everything possible to make this relationship a constructive relationship. Having said so, we need to respect our values and we need to make sure a multilateral approach to global problems is valued.

Aviva Raz Shechter

This resolution about the creation of a database should not have been accepted in the first place. It reflects and perpetuates the discrimination towards Israel at the U.N. in general, and at the Human Rights Council in particular.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

I think the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people. If the Mexican government does not put before the United Nations in the coming days a complaint about the violation of human rights, then we will do it ourselves.

Nikki Haley

The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister to lead the UN Mission in Libya. For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel.

Jeremie Smith

We've heard unofficial reports that there is strong pressure by states who did not support the creation of this database to try to delay its release and bury its findings.

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

"The security situation throughout the country cannot be compared with that of 10 years ago,". "But I say to all who would be tempted to take advantage of this temporary period to return to illegality, commit crimes, violations of human rights, I say no, we will not accept that". "If the military component is erased … there is still a lot of work left to do on the police, on the law … on human rights, on the status of women,".

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

The security situation throughout the country cannot be compared with that of 10 years ago. But I say to all who would be tempted to take advantage of this temporary period to return to illegality, commit crimes, violations of human rights, I say no, we will not accept that. If the military component is erased ... there is still a lot of work left to do on the police, on the law ... on human rights, on the status of women.

Brian Concannon - Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Re-evaluation is especially appropriate in light of MINUSTAH's slow, expensive and limited progress in its primary mission.

Zaw Htay

Their number is much greater than our figure. We have to check on the ground. If it's true we need to find out the reason and the background data about the incident.

Khatun Hazera

They shot him and then turned the body upside down, dragged it, put a sword inside it and took pictures.

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating, . Nearly 3.3 million people - including 2.1 million children - are acutely malnourished.

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

"The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating,". "Nearly 3.3 million people - including 2.1 million children - are acutely malnourished".

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the (bill) ... This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far-reaching legal consequences for Israel. The Secretary-General insists on the need to avoid any actions that would derail the two-state solution.

Nabi Avci

I think, I hope, that on this issue, the high court will make the right decision...a decision in accordance with international law...a decision in accordance with United Nations decisions.

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

Yet another record year of civilian suffering in Afghanistan. Unless all parties to the conflict make serious efforts to review and address the consequences of their operations, the levels of civilian casualties, displacement and other types of human suffering are likely to remain at appallingly high levels.

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

The killing and maiming of thousands of Afghan civilians is deeply harrowing and largely preventable. All parties to the conflict must take immediate concrete measures to protect the ordinary Afghan men, women and children whose lives are being shattered.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Our needs assessment indicate that the closer people live to the contact line between the government and non-government controlled areas the greater the humanitarian needs. Not least for, as we have heard, the elderly, women and children who make up over 70% of people in need.

Mykola Chechetkin

The safe zone shelled during the night has now renewed its normal functioning. People can now have food there and warm up. Apart from that, our units situated in the other regions organised the supply of the humanitarian aid for the town of Avdiyivka.

Hossein Dehghan

The missile test on Sunday was successful ... the test was not a violation of a nuclear deal with world powers or any U.N. resolution.

Michael Flynn

Iran is now feeling emboldened. The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism and other violations of international norms. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.

Arif Husain - World Food Programme

This time around we are hoping that ... we will be in a position to respond better and more quickly.

Justin Brady - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

We have a very good chance to avert a famine in Somalia if the resources are there. What we spend now is going to be a minor amount of money compared to (what we would need) if we allow the situation to get further out of hand.

Riad Hijab

Selecting the Syrian opposition delegation is not de Mistura's business.

James Zhan - United Nations

The challenge is that those who are holding large earnings overseas may not be those companies that are in the business of infrastructure or those areas (requiring investment), and besides, the interest rate in the U.S. has been low, so liquidity or capital shortage hasn't been a problem.

Mukhisa Kituyi - United Nations

FDI recovery continues along a bumpy road. Significant uncertainties about the shape of future economic policy developments could hamper FDI in the short-term.

Michael Flynn

As of today we are officially putting Iran on notice. The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions–including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.

Hossein Dehghan

The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defence affairs. The test did not violate the nuclear deal or the (U.N.) resolution 2231.

Myron Ebell

The U.S. will clearly change its course on climate policy. Trump has made it clear he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package. Whether the U.N. secretariat wants the U.S. to continue to have a seat at the table is up to them. I don't think Trump cares about that. The people who elected him would prefer not to have a seat at the table. Given the way the campaign went, I think you will see very quick executive action to expedite LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals and pipelines.

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past. There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.

Nils Melzer

Any tolerance, complacence or acquiescence with such practice, however exceptional and well-argued, will inevitably lead down a slippery slope towards complete arbitrariness and brute force. I urgently appeal to President Trump to carefully consider not only US legal obligations and tradition, but also the consolidated legal and moral views of the entire international community before allowing the re-introduction of methods or interrogation that are more closely associated with barbarism than with civilization.

Hassan Rouhani

He is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It's a totally new environment to him. They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed. There will be no negotiations on the nuclear deal. The deal has been finalized and it was approved in the U.N. Security Council.

Nikki Haley

Our goal, with the administration, is to show value at the U.N.. And the way that we'll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well. For those that don't have our back, we're taking names. We will make points to respond to that accordingly. We talked to the staff yesterday, and you are gonna see a change in the way we do business. It's no longer about working harder. It's about working smarter. And we have a fantastic team at the U.S. U.N. that's ready to prove that.

Nikki Haley

I do not think we need to pull money from the U.N.. It's not something I would consider as ambassador or anything that I would suggest back to you for Congress.

Vannina Maestracci

I think it's fair to say that refugees coming into the United States to be resettled are some of the most vetted individuals entering the United States.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

I respectfully suggest that the government of Mexico presents a lawsuit at the United Nations against the U.S. government for violation of human rights and racial discrimination.

Lise Grande - United Nations

We are racing against the clock to prepare for this. The reports from inside western Mosul are distressing. Prices of basic food and supplies are soaring ... Many families without income are eating only once a day. Others are being forced to burn furniture to stay warm.

Enrique Pena Nieto

Go and fight for liberty, represent our people with dignity and all human beings who dream of a just world. Defend the migrant Mexican workers, long live the immigrants!

Tom Udall

Like many Americans, and many of our allies, I am concerned about President Trump's erratic statements and positions on foreign policy, and that concern is only deepened by the fact that his nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations has no real diplomatic experience.

Bob Corker

American values that we all hold dear and want to promote around the world are things that she has the ability to communicate and cares deeply about.

Tanya Chapuisat - UNICEF

Poverty, social exclusion, insecurity and language barriers are preventing Syrian children from getting an education, leaving an entire generation disadvantaged, impoverished and at risk of being pushed into early marriage and child labour.

Mankeur Ndiaye

President Jammeh and his team concocted a declaration to be endorsed by (regional bloc) ECOWAS, the United Nations and the African Union that gave him every guarantee, essentially impunity. This declaration was signed by no one. I want to be clear on the fact that no ECOWAS head of state validated this declaration.

Samantha Power - United Nations

We on the council need to come together to push Iran to effectively implement the binding provisions of resolution 2231 - especially restrictions that ban Iran's export of arms and related material.

Nikki Haley

While South Carolina will always be my home, I am eager to begin this new chapter. International diplomacy is a new area for me. There is much I am learning about the intricacies of the UN and its associated agencies. I don't claim that I know everything, or that leadership at the UN is the same as leading South Carolina. But diplomacy itself is not new to me. And in fact, I would suggest there is nothing more important to a governor's success than her ability to unite those with different backgrounds,viewpoints and objectives behind a common purpose. For six years, that has been my work.

Nikki Haley

That's what they were used to. That has faded, and it hit the ultimate low with [United Nations Security Council] Resolution 2334. Last month's passage of Resolution 2334 was a terrible mistake, making a peace agreement with the Israelis and the Palestinians even harder to achieve.

Nikki Haley

Nowhere has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel. I will not go to New York and abstain when the U.N. seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel. I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States.

Chris Coons

My concern is that our adversaries in the United Nations are represented by very seasoned, very capable, very sharp-edged diplomats, and this is not the Model UN. This is the real UN, in the same way that being President is not a reality TV show. This is real life. And so I'm hoping for some clear and strong answers tomorrow to a number of questions I asked today.

Chris Coons

I would far rather have a strong-willed, capable, elected leader with experience at the state level who says those things than someone who has been a diplomat for 30 years and says: 'Oh, I'll do whatever Donald Trump say.

Nikki Haley

We are a generous nation. But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for?

Donald J. Trump

The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!

António Guterres - United Nations

These statements by key officials in charge of defense and security shed doubt on the (government's) actual willingness to actively cooperate with the deployment and operationalization of the force, unless credible pressure is applied by the council and the region to support it.

Donald J. Trump

They were willing to send their young people to Afghanistan to fight, not because they were attacked, but because we were attacked. And we should never forget that.

Sall Seck

We feel that it is rebuilding slowly, where there is a little stability, where the armed forces and the United Nations are present, we can still live, we can rebuild, so there is hope.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Russia's actions are not standing up a new world order. They are tearing down the one that exists.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Easing punitive measures on the Russian government when they haven't changed their behavior will only embolden Russia.

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Early action is the only way to demonstrate that we have learnt the lessons from the past to avert another catastrophe.

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

The humanitarian situation remains grim for millions of Somalis. We are faced with a slight but steady increase in the number of people in need, and most recently with a significant risk of further deterioration to famine.

Barack Obama

I don't think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you're saying that Prime Minister Netanyahu got fired up, he's been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency, around the Iran deal and around our consistent objection to settlements. So that part of it wasn't new. And despite all the noise and hullabaloo – military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

There is the issue of relations with neighbouring countries. This problem can be solved diplomatically.

Dominique Burgeon

It is absolutely critical for the authorities and the people themselves to ... be able to monitor these shocks so ... they can take early action to prevent it from turning into a big disaster. In terms of numbers, Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Salah Hajj Hassan - FAO

From a security point of view, if we don't give those people the chance to work, what alternatives will young people have?

Malcolm Harris

People come to me when they have the perfect life, but they want to make it better - when they know that there is something missing.

Nicole Kidman

Whatever, however that happened, he's there and let's go. I'm very, very committed to women's issues in terms of I do a lot of fundraising for U.N. Women and I do a lot of traveling for them. I also do an enormous amount of fundraising for breast and ovarian cancer, because that's something that's affected my family deeply. … So they're my issues that I'm very attached to.

Francois Hollande

They have to be led under the auspices of the United Nations within the framework agreed in Geneva in 2012. The parameters have been set so what needs to be done is to invite the concerned parties, all the parties, except fundamentalist and extremist groups, and to act in the Geneva framework.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

This is a threat to the entire global economy if China is allowed to somehow dictate the terms of passage through these waters. You're going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops, and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed. If China is not going to comply with those U.N. sanctions then it's appropriate for the United States to consider actions to compel them to comply.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am perplexed and embarrassed that close members of my family have become involved in something like this. I feel it is regrettable the situation has troubled many. I had absolutely no knowledge. My nephew is grown and I barely had any involvement in his life or how he does business.

Abdel Amir al-Mohammedawi

The challenge is that they [Islamic State] are hiding among civilian families, that's why our advances are slow and very cautious. The families, when they see Iraqi forces coming, flee from the areas controlled by Daesh [IS] towards the Iraqi forces, holding up white flags, and Daesh bombs them with mortars and Molotov cocktails, and also shoots at them.

Abdel Amir al-Mohammedawi

Whenever they (ISIS) withdraw from a district, they shell it at random, and it's heavy shelling.

Pierre Kraehenbuehl

They were told since they were born that if you embark on negotiated processes … there will be a reward at the end of the road, which is a stable state of Palestine living in peace and security side-by-side with Israel. This has not happened and of course can lead to further serious and significant developments.

Pierre Kraehenbuehl

The reality is just that right now there is no such thing that one can call a peace process for Israel and Palestine. And it's a very big risk that the world is taking.

Kitack Lim - International Maritime Organization

I am concerned that a final decision to extend the EU-ETS to shipping emissions would not only be premature but would seriously impact on the work of IMO to address GHG emissions from international shipping. Inclusion of emissions from ships in the EU-ETS significantly risks undermining efforts on a global level.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am very concerned by this statement, which suggests that transfers of arms and related materiel from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Hezbollah may have been undertaken contrary (to a Security Council resolution).

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Since 16 January 2016, I have not received any report on the supply, sale, transfer or export to the Islamic Republic of Iran of nuclear-related items undertaken contrary to the (resolution).

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

In a televised speech broadcast by Al Manar TV on 24 June 2016, Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, stated that the budget of Hezbollah, its salaries, expenses, weapons and missiles all came from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Adrian Edwards - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor. The need for better protection will become all the more acute this weekend when temperatures on the islands are expected to drop. We are worried.

Christophe Boulierac

A UNICEF team that visited Damascus yesterday said that most children they met walk at least half an hour to the nearest mosque or public water point to collect water. It takes children up to two hours waiting in line to fetch water amid freezing temperatures.

Christophe Boulierac

There is a major concern about the risk of waterborne diseases among children.

Samantha Power - United Nations

We must continue to fulfil our own commitments and use U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 ... to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme will remain exclusively peaceful. Working with the U.N. to address these challenges will not be a litmus test of whether one is committed to international norms and institutions or not ? it will simply be a strategic necessity.

Nur Osman

We can confirm that four guards working for the United Nations were injured.

Musa al-Koni

I announce my resignation due the failure of the Presidential Council, because it holds responsibility for the killing, kidnapping, and rape that happened over the past year. I don't think we are unaware of what the citizens are suffering, but we are incapable, and I admit that we are failures because we didn't solve the problems, which are many.

Vitaly Churkin

So we expect the United Nations to be fully involved in the preparations of the meeting in Astana. And if they are successful they could move on to Geneva, as far as I'm concerned. So we don't see any competition there are overlapping of the two processes.

Vikas Swarup

As a consequence of this decision, the UN Security Council (UNSC) has again been prevented from acting against the leader of a listed terrorist organisation. We had expected China would have been more understanding of the danger posed to all by terrorism and would join India and others in fighting the common challenge of terrorism.

Mustafa Barghouti

On the ground things went backwards because of Israeli settlement policies, because of Israeli violations of international law … but internationally, we moved forward. The whole world is with us … look at the resolution of the United Nations Security Council. Israel is isolated, the policy of the Israeli government is isolated because it is aggressive, because it is for occupation.

Vitaly Churkin

As you know Staffan de Mistura had trouble reconvening the talks, so Russia and Turkey obviously decided to give the United Nations a hand in pushing things forward, and this is what we see happening.

John Kerry

The vote in the United Nations was about preserving the two-state solution. That's what we were standing up for, Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state. If more and more settlers are moving in to the middle of Palestinian areas it's going to be that much harder to separate. No one thinking seriously about peace can ignore the reality of what the settlements pose to that peace.

Juan Fernando Cristo

It means that the path is clear to guarantee the demobilization and disarmament of FARC members in the first half of next year. It's no more and no less than the end of a 52-year conflict with the FARC. The FARC's abandonment of arms is now in the hands of the United Nations so that the entire process of implementing the accords can begin.

Donald J. Trump

The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad! Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!

Benjamin Netanyahu

We are not about to be swayed by a mistaken policy that could cause big, big damage. Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry, a speech that was almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution past at the U.N. last week.

Donald J. Trump

As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th. The world was gloomy before I won -- there was no hope. Now, the market is up nearly 10 per cent and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars.

Donald J. Trump

The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad! The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace. Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!

Benjamin Netanyahu

I did not plan to be here this evening but in light of the U.N. resolution I thought that there was no better place to light the second Hanukkah candle than the Western Wall. I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a U.N. resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory?

Gerald Rockemschaub

I feel very privileged to be able to be here with my family and it is very exciting to be here – particularly now that there was a U.N. resolution passed in favour of the Palestinian people so I think it's a very special day today.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel. I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five U.N. institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel ... and there is more to come.

Donald J. Trump

As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th. Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.

Donald J. Trump

As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th. The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed.

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

It is unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer. You U.N. officials, sitting there on your asses, we pay you your salaries. You idiot, do not tell me what to do … Who gave you the right?

Sean Spicer

He put out a statement about the Egyptian motion that was going to happen at the UN. It was revoked. President al-Sisi called, Prime Minister Netanyahu called. He [Trump]is getting results, whether it's domestically or abroad.

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Amos Yee is the sort of classic political dissident that the U.N. Refugee Convention was designed to protect, and Human Rights Watch hopes the U.S. will recognize his asylum claim.

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

Such high casualty figures suggest a serious disregard by the various police, defence and security forces of the need to exercise restraint in policing demonstrations. Not only are soldiers participating in law enforcement operations, but all the forces involved are heavily armed and using live ammunition.

Fadel El-Zubi

Farmers here haven't been able to grow vegetables for two years, since the irrigation canals were destroyed by armed groups who also contaminated the area with explosive devices. Restoring people's ability to farm and trade in this area is not only important for food security but also for building prosperity and lasting peace in the country.

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

The Philippines judicial authorities must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation. The killing described by President Duterte also violates international law, including the right to life, freedom from violence and force, due process and fair trial, equal protection before the law and innocence until proven guilty.

Matthew Rycroft

The significance, if implemented, will be that people who are in areas that are not held by the regime would be able to have access to much needed food, medicine, blankets, shelter provided by the U.N. and humanitarian agencies over the course of the next year. But as always it all depends on actions not words.

Rodolfo Fariñas

In fact, then-Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had investigated such cases and came up with no actionable offences. The president could only be impeached for acts or omissions committed as president.

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

The killing described by President Duterte also violates international law, including the right to life, freedom from violence and force, due process and fair trial, equal protection before the law and innocence until proven guilty. Credible and independent investigation must be urgently re-opened into the killings in Davao, as well as into the shocking number of killings that have occurred across the country since Duterte became president.

Lu Kang

Beijing strongly supports the U.N. Security Council sanctions. But we have never accepted and never approved any other countries using so-called unilateral sanctions.

Andres Thomsen

To do that you need to have targeted investments in young people, in women who will enter the labour market.

Andres Thomsen

It will be very hard to imagine that you can create the right conditions for (economic) growth that can accommodate this dramatic population increase.

Vitaly Churkin

The last terrorists in some districts of the eastern part of Aleppo are evacuating their strongholds and Aleppo this evening will be clean.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Of course the Syrian government doesn't want more monitors. If you're doing bad things you don't want monitors around to watch you doing them.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

France calls on each side, in particular the regime and its supporters, to be responsible so that this resolution is implemented without delay and a lasting ceasefire is put in place across the country.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a precious achievement that we must support and nurture. There is no turning back.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The absence of Palestinian unity throughout the occupied territory presents an obstacle to the two-state solution.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

I am afraid for what may come when this operation is over, both for the people of Idlib and all of the other areas that are still contested and where there are hundreds of thousands displaced in the middle of a war zone.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

It's a three-pronged evacuation – of wounded and sick, of vulnerable civilians, and evacuation of fighters. All in all it surely must be well over 1,000, it could be in the thousands.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

If the United States, in the worst case, were to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, we will depend more on China. China and...many others will provide the global leadership we need.

Samantha Power - United Nations

It is your noose – three member states of the U.N. – contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead by all appearances it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?

Mohamed Ibn Chambas

For Mr. Jammeh, the end is here and under no circumstances can he continue to be president.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The backers of the regime, starting with Russia, cannot allow this logic of vengeance and terror without taking the risk of being complicit. I call on the United Nations to use without delay all the mechanisms to establish the truth of what is happening in Aleppo so that the international community does not let these crimes remain unpunished.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The backers of the regime, starting with Russia, cannot allow this logic of vengeance and terror without taking the risk of being complicit.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Secretary-General is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties. He has instructed his Special Envoy for Syria to follow up urgently with the parties concerned.

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

We call on parties to the conflict to give us unhindered access to children in need across the country so we are able to deliver nutrition supplies, treat malnourished children and support Yemen's health services.

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing. The state of health of children in the Middle East's poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.

Samantha Power - United Nations

We see the DPRK (North Korea) regime grow its illicit weapons programme rather than growing its own children.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

The member states that are supposed to help us get access to civilians in the crossfire are poles apart in how they regard what is happening in Syria. Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organize the evacuations, but they are not promising any pause (in fighting).

Nick Careen - International Air Transport Association

It was implemented too quickly without giving it appropriate level of thought as to what was required by the industry.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organise the evacuations, but they are not any more promising any pause (in fighting).

Anne Moltes

Families and communities are separated and split, education is disrupted, and dreams of success dashed. If there is no structure, young men leave to find figures of authority elsewhere.

Toby Lanzer

The lack of funding this year has worsened the humanitarian needs of 11 million people in the Lake Chad Basin, where the crisis is most acute.

Saeb Erekat

We call upon all states of the United Nations, particularly Security Council members, to support a forthcoming resolution on settlements.

Choung Byoung-gug

It doesn't make any sense at all now for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to join the Saenuri Party. Unless he is stupid, he would never join Saenuri, would he? If a new sound conservative party is set up, then it may be a different situation, but at this point it is too early to say.

Nathanaël Hishamunda - FAO

Hurricane Matthew not only eliminated the last harvest - it also compromised the upcoming planting season and the country's ability to feed itself. That's why it's so important we act now and in a robust way. These communities need urgent support to prevent them from adapting survival strategies that put them into a vicious cycle of dependence, including eating seeds meant for producing food in future harvests.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The alleged perpetrators, if allegations against them are substantiated, and, if warranted, their commanding officers, will not be accepted again for deployment in peacekeeping operations.

Ronald Vargas

It is almost impossible to bring back that soil loss. So what you can do is try to avoid losing more.

Ronald Vargas

We will be facing poverty, we will have more issues of food security ... we will not be able to deal with ... floods and drought. So we will compromise our future.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

The Secretary-General has already said repeatedly that he will concentrate on his work as Secretary-General until the end of the year.

José Graziano da Silva - FAO

Soils and pulses embody a unique symbiosis that protects the environment, enhances productivity, contributes to adapting to climate change and provides fundamental nutrients to the soil and subsequent crops.

Najib Razak

We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough... We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam. We want the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to act. Please do something. The U.N. do something. The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place.

Han Song Ryol

We categorically reject the U.N. Security Council resolution on sanctions against our country. The adoption of the resolution is another open denial of our country's right to self-defense, which goes beyond the mandate of the U.N. Security Council - this is an abuse of power and an infringement upon the sovereignty of our country.

Maung Khin

The Rakhine issue is an internal affair. We cannot accept interference from outsiders. We don't need foreigners for our internal affairs. This shows how the government mishandles the case.

Yasmin Sooka

There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages; everywhere we went across this country we heard villagers saying they are ready to shed blood to get their land back. Many told us it's already reached a point of no return.

António Guterres - United Nations

In a world torn by war, a United Nations able to enhance diplomacy for peace. In a world where so many rights are not respected, to make sure that there is an effective combination in human rights, of the civil and political rights and the economic and social rights in a balanced way.

António Guterres - United Nations

China can be a very important honest broker, trying to bring together some that are involved in conflict. China can play a very important role in the diplomacy for peace that the world badly needs today.

António Guterres - United Nations

"In a world torn by war, a United Nations able to enhance diplomacy for peace". "In a world where so many rights are not respected, to make sure that there is an effective combination in human rights, of the civil and political rights and the economic and social rights in a balanced way".

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

I would never underestimate an outgoing U.S. president as a lame duck. President Obama .... and Secretary of State John Kerry are very motivated to end the greatest humanitarian tragedy of this century that has played out during their time in office. It's about their legacy.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

We do now have written approval in principle by the armed opposition groups of east Aleppo.

Francis Gurry - World Intellectual Property Organization

In respect of the trade element, what we can say is that the United States remains clearly the biggest filer of applications externally (abroad). So this obviously is related to trade and investment. So they have important stakes, very important stakes in intellectual property and trade.

Nikki Haley

Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally. Last week, President-elect Trump asked if I would meet with him to discuss those challenges, which I was happy to do. He has asked that I serve our country as our next Ambassador to the United Nations. Pending confirmation by the US Senate, I have agreed.

Francis Gurry - World Intellectual Property Organization

They are in process of making innovation a central point of their economic strategy. Once again we see an increasing dominance almost by Asia as the origin of filing activity for intellectual property. If you look at the figures, you see 62 percent of global filing activity for patents is located in Asia, 55 of global activity in trademarks is located in Asia and 68 percent of design applications are in Asia.

Kong Srim

The Supreme Court Chamber affirms the sentence of life imprisonment imposed by the trial chamber on both Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. The Supreme Court orders that Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan remain in custody.

David Scheffer

I will just say in closing that perhaps the leadership of North Korea should take particular note of what occurred here today. ...International justice isn't backing down, it is actually forging ahead.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

We are very concerned (about the possibility of Assad) ... taking over in a brutal aggressive way what is left of eastern Aleppo. It could be tragic. It could be a new Vukovar.

Lise Grande - United Nations

Authorities are doing everything they can to help but there isn't sufficient trauma capacity at the field level to deal with the numbers of people being wounded by sharp-shooters and snipers and in crossfire. Civilians are being targeted by ISIL (ISIS).

Lise Grande - United Nations

We are very worried that more and more civilians will be hurt and victimised as the campaign intensifies. Civilians are not being caught in cross-fire, they are being targeted.

José Graziano da Silva - FAO

The planting season offers a small window of opportunity for local farmers to restore agricultural production. Thousands of families are already facing hunger. Missing the planting season now will result in a serious food and livelihood crisis, and render their situation even more desperate.

Francois Hollande

It was largely because of your contribution, because many years ago you started putting this topic on all the agendas.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

By doing this you are rewarding our honourable organisation and I feel deeply honoured and proud.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

Iran has ... made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country. Once it has been transferred, Iran's stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes.

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

Food production in Syria has hit a record low due to fighting and insecurity, but also bad weather conditions.

Peter Lundberg - United Nations

Next year 26 million people will be affected by the ongoing crisis and 14 million of these will need international and national humanitarian assistance.

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

Now herds and flocks have shrunk, there are 30 percent fewer cattle, 40 percent fewer sheep and goats and a staggering 60 percent less poultry which of course is the most affordable source of animal protein.

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

For example, we are extremely concerned about the situation in eastern Aleppo at the moment where the last food rations that have been provided by the U.N. have been given out. It is very hard to say how people will be coping there. Of course, that is a very different situation than in the capital ((Damascus)), where food is readily available on the markets and people can buy things.

Joseph Kabila

The Congolese have shown that they can responsibly resolve their differences. I warn against and denounce all interference in Congolese affairs… our country is entitled, like all the member states of the United Nations, to respect for its independence.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Kitack Lim - International Maritime Organization

It is not important whether we say we can make it in two or three years. What is more important is that we can establish a concrete plan which is not too far from now and how to implement that.

Kitack Lim - International Maritime Organization

It is not appropriate just to compare shipping and aviation – they have their own operational features.

Kofi Annan - United Nations

I wish to express my deep concern over the recent violence in northern Rakhine State, which is plunging the state into renewed instability and creating new displacement. All communities must renounce violence and I urge the security services to act in full compliance with the rule of law.

David Waskow

Climate change has moved from a silo issue to a core issue of diplomacy. Others will continue to see it this way.

Pedro De Vasconcelos - International Fund for Agricultural Development

In Africa, post offices are now considered part of the nation's social fabric and an immediate access point to financial services.

Mary Robinson

The moral obligation of the United States as a big emitter, and a historically big emitter that built its whole economy on fossil fuels that are now damaging the world – it's unconscionable the United States would walk away from it.

Mary Robinson

It would be a tragedy for the United States and the people of the United States if the U.S. becomes a kind of rogue country, the only country in the world that is somehow not going to go ahead with the Paris Agreement.

Mary Robinson

I saw the pain on the faces of those women. And one of the women said to me, and I'll never forget, We have no water. How do you live without water?' ... I'm hearing that all over the world.

Mary Robinson

That's not what so many states, businesses, cities and academic communities and local communities want in the United States.

Mary Robinson

People in the United States have to get up and make a big noise, and business in the United States has to make a big noise about this.

Mary Robinson

But it's not a future to go backward into coal and have higher emissions in the United States. The impact of that will be felt by poor communities and poor countries all over the world.

Igor Konashenkov

The Russian Defense Ministry will be ready to consider introducing new 'humanitarian pauses' at any time as soon as representatives of the U.N. mission in Syria officially confirm their readiness and possibility to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo and to evacuate wounded and sick civilians.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

I do believe we will be able to avert mass hunger this winter. I think we will be able to get both supplies in and evacuations out, and none of the two should be conditioned on the other.

Donald J. Trump

President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accords – unilaterally, and without the permission of Congress. This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America. We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

People forcibly moved or abducted, it appears, are either intended to be used as human shields or - depending on their perceived affiliations - killed.

Erik Solheim

If we don't start taking additional action now, beginning with the upcoming climate meeting in Marrakesh, we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy. The growing numbers of climate refugees hit by hunger, poverty, illness and conflict will be a constant reminder of our failure to deliver. The science shows that we need to move much faster.

Leonard Doyle

In the absence of those boats and with the migrants determined to leave, and the smugglers interested in making money off them, they have been putting them in completely unsafe rubber dinghies.

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

The reported use of ground based missiles, along with the use of armed vehicles loaded with explosives, used in an area containing more than 1 million civilian inhabitants, is completely unacceptable and may constitute a war crime.

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

All parties in Aleppo are conducting hostilities that are resulting in large numbers of civilian casualties and creating an atmosphere of terror for those who continue to live in the city.

Vitaly Churkin

It was a very close vote. We have been there a number of years, I'm sure next time we're going to get in.

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

In rejecting Russia's bid for re-election to the Human Rights Council, U.N. member states have sent a strong message to the Kremlin about its support for a regime that has perpetrated so much atrocity in Syria. Next year, U.N. member states should make sure that all regional groups have real competition so no one is guaranteed victory.

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

It is really a dire situation on the ground. When you see mothers who have little to eat themselves and they see their children slipping away, it just breaks your heart.

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

The use of human shields is prohibited under international humanitarian law and constitutes a violation of the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of life.

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

Fighters are allegedly killing civilians who refuse to comply. Forced out by gunpoint, or killed if they resist, these people are reportedly being moved to strategic locations.

Hillel C. Neuer - United Nations

The re-election of China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia - regimes which systematically violate the human rights of their citizens - casts a shadow upon the reputation of the United Nations.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Bill Hemmings

This decision reduces the contribution of shipping to the world's air pollution impact from about 5 percent down to 1.5 percent and will save millions of lives in the coming decades.

Robert Campbell - Energy Aspects

Refiners will not invest to de-sulfurize fuel oil and there is not enough low-sulfur fuel oil to meet demand from the shipping sector.

Bill Hemmings

This is a landmark decision and we are very pleased that the world has bitten the bullet and is now tackling poisonous sulfuric fuel in 2020. This decision reduces the contribution of shipping to the world's air pollution impact from about 5 percent down to 1.5 percent and will save millions of lives in the coming decades.

Alan Gelder - Wood Mackenzie

The big thing that is unknown is the implementation roadmap. That will determine how disruptive this is going to be.

Abdullah al-Alimi

We emphasize our conviction that all proposals are doomed to failure if (they don't reject the) excesses of the coup, which is the mother of all these calamities and the root of the evils.

Lise Grande - United Nations

We are very concerned because we estimate that there are more than a million civilians inside the city. And any time there is a major attack there could be a major outflow of people.

Lise Grande - United Nations

Our expectation about when the major attack on Mosul itself will occur, it could be within the next days.

Lise Grande - United Nations

We have seen many families who leave are headed by women. This does raise the question of where the men are.

Lise Grande - United Nations

Those who are displaced have the right to decide when they return and where they are going to live. They cannot be expelled, this is why we are so worried of this particular precedent.

Stephen O'Brien

I am outraged that the fate of vulnerable civilians – sick and injured people, children and the elderly, all in need of critical and life-saving support – rests mercilessly in the hands of parties who have consistently and unashamedly failed to put them above narrow political and military interests.

Philip G. Alston

The bad news is that the U.N. has still not admitted factual or legal responsibility, and has not offered a legal settlement as required by international law. The U.N.'s explicit and unqualified denial of anything other than a moral responsibility is a disgrace. If the United Nations bluntly refuses to hold itself accountable for human rights violations, it makes a mockery of its efforts to hold governments and others to account.

Lise Grande - United Nations

The United Nations is very concerned about any action that could be understood as collective punishment.

Stephen O'Brien

Brien said no patients and family members were evacuated during the three-day Russian unilateral ceasefire last week which ended on Saturday with a resumption of air strikes and a surge in ground fighting.

Lise Grande - United Nations

We were informed that two days after the attack by ISIL or Daesh, the Kirkuk authorities announced that they will be expelling the (displaced Sunni Arab) civilian population and just a few hours after the announcement we understand that around 250 civilian families felt they had no choice but to leave.

Fabiola Brignol

We are very concerned that the current situation in Haiti will give rise to such cases as a consequence of the latest disaster.

Anthony Ngororano - United Nations

It's important to provide options for women so they are not vulnerable to sexual exploitation, sex for cash and human trafficking.

Anthony Ngororano - United Nations

Trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls is all too much of a reality. This is accentuated by crises like these.

Fabiola Brignol

Natural disasters, sadly, always cause an increase in cases of child abuse, sexual violence, child labour and child trafficking.

Yury Fedotov - United Nations

The new report shows a worrying reversal in efforts to combat the persistent problem of illicit drugs and their impact on development, health and security.

William Spindler - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This is by far the worse we ever have seen in the Mediterranean. You could say that the death rate has increased three-fold.

Erik Solheim

People are risking their lives every time they leave their homes. But it isn't just about accidents. Designing transport systems around cars puts more vehicles on the road, increasing both greenhouse gas emissions and deadly air pollution. We must put people, not cars, first in transport systems.

Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar - United Nations

The legitimate government remains committed to restraint in recognition of the efforts of UN and for the sake of achieving the peace which has been rejected by the coup militias,' Ahmar said in a statement on his official Facebook page.

Alfred de Zayas - United Nations

The United Nations must take concerted action against abuses and crimes perpetrated by individuals, speculators, hedge funds and transnational enterprises who skirt taxes and loot governments.

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

Impunity for serious human rights violations – including the shooting, hacking and mass arrests of protestors – has been a chronic problem in the DRC for decades now. This is clearly outrageous and serves to fuel an already explosive situation in the country. While the rate of prosecutions appears to be rising, new violations continue to be perpetrated with alarming frequency.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Never in the past have we seen such heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, that is a source of my great concern and worry.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

We hope it can be four days from tomorrow Friday. They are considering that additional day.

Kevin Anderson
Glen Peters

Negative-emission technologies are not an insurance policy, but rather an unjust and high-stakes gamble.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

It is an astronomically difficult operation whereby we need the security assurances from all sides to be there and to be adhered to, plus facilitation from all parties.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

They (the Russians) have said 11 hours per day and four days from today, Thursday. We hope it can be four days from tomorrow Friday. They are considering that additional day.

Chris Nikoi - World Food Programme

What I saw in the south of Madagascar earlier this month alarmed me. These are people living on the very brink – many have nothing but wild fruits to eat. We must act together now to save lives and give hope for the future.

Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala - UNICEF

Almost half of all children in Madagascar are chronically malnourished or stunted. Stunting risks condemning children to lifelong poor health and increased poverty. In the South, children are currently also suffering from acute malnutrition. We can and must do better for these children.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

The package is clear, Nusra needs to declare they are ready to go, or others can do on their behalf, and at the same time that there is a commitment by the (Syrian) government to respect the local administration. Let's separate the two things. Today we consider this a medical evacuation, or medical support. The next steps are part of a larger package that needs to be there.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

We hope to continue until we have been able to evacuate all of the cases that need such evacuation, and that would be hopefully done in the course of days, and it could be several hundred cases with their families.

Jessem Al-Atlyah

The number of refugees is going to increase in the coming days because Iraqi forces are advancing towards areas that are close to Mosul.

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

Increased fighting in densely populated areas makes it imperative for parties to take immediate steps to ensure all feasible precautions are being taken to spare civilians from harm.

Mark Toner

We remain especially concerned by reports of his declining health and well-being. We join recent calls by international organizations and U.N. human-rights experts for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Iran, including Siamak and Baquer Namazi, so that they can return to their families.

Luc Pierre

We fear that there are people in caves, in other places, without help and they are perhaps sick.

David Nabarro

We don't know if there are many people with the problem of cholera in the areas that we cannot access and that is why I ask the people, let us access everywhere.

John Kerry

We reiterate the Special Envoy's request to allow 'free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies.

Robert Mardini

Our estimate today is that there are close to 50 groups inside eastern Aleppo, it is not just about the Russian and Syrian government.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

When the weapons fall silent, we need all weapons to fall silent. We need assurances from all parties to the conflict, not just a unilateral announcement that this will happen. We need everybody to give us those assurances before it is immediately useful for us to do anything meaningful.

Kostas Stamoulis - FAO

So not only people's ability to acquire food will be reduced, but also the nutrient contents of whatever people will buy will be lower.

Kostas Stamoulis - FAO

Climate change is already happening, there is an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

José Graziano da Silva - FAO

Unless action is taken now to make agriculture more sustainable, productive and resilient, climate change impacts will seriously compromise food production in countries and regions that are already highly food-insecure. Hunger, poverty and climate change need to be tackled together. This is, not least, a moral imperative as those who are now suffering most have contributed least to the changing climate.

Kostas Stamoulis - FAO

We all know that El Nino will happen, but the intensity by which it happens is really scary.

Kostas Stamoulis - FAO

Larger farmers have the means to cope with those temporary threats, whereas small farmers can be totally wiped out because they don't have the savings ... or assets.

Kostas Stamoulis - FAO

Those emissions come from the way we plough our soil, fertilize our crops, the way we use chemicals and manure, the way we raise our livestock, and the way we ... deforest. If we don't change the way we do business ... every target ... to stabilize the climate will be missed.

Fathi Bashagha

What has happened is unfortunate and disgusting. It is an individual cause that represents no group.

John Kerry

This is the time to implement a cease fire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table,' U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after meeting in London with U.N. peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and his counterparts from Britain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air campaign in Yemen.

Khalifa Ghwail

The presidential council was given chances one after another to form the government, but it fails ... and has become an illegal executive authority.

Gary Ross

We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology. This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter the DPRK's prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Adrian Edwards - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This is important so that children don't move on to other destinations and risk becoming exploited by human traffickers or end up living on the streets without any support.

Adrian Edwards - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This is welcome ... the Jungle site has been problematic for a number of years, and UNHCR has long recommended it be closed. Living conditions are appalling, with the most basic shelter, inadequate hygiene facilities, very poor security and a lack of basic services.

Dieuleme Boulote

Debris from the hurricane has not been removed and it encourages accidents. The government is supposed to unblock the road.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

On 11 October, U.N. escort troops fired non-lethal ammunition to disperse crowds attempting to loot a humanitarian convoy in Les Cayes.

Mark Malloch Brown

This is about getting into areas of economic activity where there's insufficient private sector activity. It's creating new markets, new products, new consumers.

Samantha Power - United Nations

We have selected a candidate who is prepared to cut past the jargon and the acronyms and the sterile briefings and get real. He knows the only measure of our work here is whether we are or are not helping and supporting real people.

Barack Obama

We have every confidence that, as a former prime minister of Portugal and U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Mr. Guterres has the character, vision, and skills needed to lead the United Nations at this critical moment.

Ali Haider

The U.N. did not want to participate and we did not exclude them ... we wanted their presence at least as a witness to see how we are working on a workable model to bring security and peace.

Mark Malloch Brown

Instead of treating it as 'Oh my God, another huge global problem to worry about' ... you can break it down into chunks of real business possibility.

Erik Solheim

No one, frankly, will forgive you if you cannot find a compromise at this conference.

Erik Solheim

Expect more of this extreme weather if we don't fight against climate change.

Matthew Rycroft

If we find that there isn't that full cooperation then yes, it'll definitely be time to look again at the arms embargo.

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

I always believe that it's incumbent on leaders to lead and to lead in a way that is ethical and moral. The use of half-truths is a very clever political device. Because as every propagandist knows, you allow the listener to fill in the rest.

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

If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already, and unless that changes, I think it's without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view.

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

We have to be on guard to see that in the end vulnerable populations, populations at risk do not again see their rights deprived because of a view that is in the ascendancy based on false premises.

Petr Iliichev

South Sudan was not impeding or increasing difficulties, so it's a very neutral letter. Our opposition (to an arms embargo) doesn't change. Yesterday we were discussing Central African Republic, where an arms embargo is in place but the country is just inundated with weapons.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Fundamentally, no matter (what) any resolution says, it is going to be up to the Member States of the United Nations, and particularly those Member States that have dealings with the DPRK (North Korea), to fully enforce the resolution.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

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

If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already, and unless that changes, I think that it is without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Aerial attacks by the Saudi-led coalition have already caused immense carnage and destroyed much of the country's medical facilities and other vital civilian infrastructure. Excuses ring hollow given the pattern of violence throughout the conflict. Parties cannot hide behind the fog of this war. A man-made catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes.

Gerry Brownlee

We oppose actions that undermine peace and erode trust and would like to see all parties actively take steps to reduce those tensions. As a small maritime trading nation, international law and, in particular, the United Nations convention on the law of the sea, is important for New Zealand. We support the arbitral process and believe that countries have the right to seek that international resolution.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am developing a new approach to the cholera situation and this will encompass support for people affected by the disease and for efforts to build sound water, sanitation and health systems in order to help eliminate cholera in Haiti. This disaster makes it even more vital to significantly step up our support – and to do so right now.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

There have been war crimes, the United Nations Secretary General said so. It is a certainty, now we need to establish what the responsibilities are. We have international laws, we the International Criminal Court (ICC), France will contact the ICC's general prosecutor to see how she can start investigations. International laws exist.

Matthew Rycroft

Although it's high time for a woman, we were going to pick the strongest person in this field, and that is exactly what we have done.

Vitaly Churkin

Well ladies and gentlemen you are witnessing I think a historic scene. I don't know if it has ever been done this way in the history of the United Nations.

Vitaly Churkin

Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favourite and his name is Antonio Guterres. We wish Mr. Guterres well in discharging his duties as the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the next five years.

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

I remind all State parties to Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, including the Russian Federation, that they are strictly prohibited from using incendiary weapons in air strikes on heavily populated areas, and that the use of such weapons by ground forces is severely restricted.

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

Such a referral would be more than justified given the rampant and deeply shocking impunity that has characterised the conflict and the magnitude of the crimes that have been committed, some of which may indeed amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

José Graziano da Silva - FAO

You are confronted by the challenge of keeping nutritious food affordable for the poor, while ensuring good incentives for producers, including family farmers. Low food prices reduce the incomes of farmers, especially poor family farmers who produce staple food in developing countries.

Gennady Gatilov

We will present our amendments to this text. So we will see to what extent they will be taken into account by our partners in the Security Council.

Gennady Gatilov

It is very one-sided, it contains elements which don't relate to the humanitarian issue at all.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

Apart from that, I can certify that Tehran respects its commitments to the letter. The Iranians are doing what they promised to the international community.

Mohamed Abu Rajab

The situation in Aleppo is beyond dire ... People are stuck under the rubble and we can't get to them because of the intensity of the shelling. We are pleading for help to stop the bombing.

Susan Lieberman - Wildlife Conservation Society

Inclusion in Appendix I is in the best interests of the conservation of the species as it faces both habitat loss and rampant illegal and unsustainable trade for the international pet trade.

Dan Ashe

During the past 25 years, more than 1.5 million wild African Greys have been taken from their native habitats, making them one of the most traded of all CITES-listed parrots.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

The deal is being implemented since January without any particular problem. There was a small incident in February: the stock of heavy water very slightly exceeded the limit set - 130 tonnes. But we immediately signalled that to Iran which took all the necessary measures.

Helen Clark

I've been involved across big decisions and when I came to the U.N. development, everything I'd learned about peace, security, economic and environmental issues came in to play, because development is right across that. So, I would say in terms of breadth and strength of experience there is no equal to me in this game.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Board of Inquiry will ascertain the facts of the incident and report to the Secretary-General upon the completion of its work. The Secretary-General will review the report and decide what further steps to take.

Jeff Flocken

Hopefully this will be followed by increased resources and attention being devoted to saving this well armoured – but utterly defensive – and wholly unique species.

Martin Kobler

It is very important that the international community maintains cohesion in order to bring the Government of National Accord to a stage where it can effectively combat the questions on the table.

Martin Kobler

This is of course Europeans, but this is also Egypt, Algeria, in particular the south. There is a link between the terrorism in Libya and with Boko Haram in the south.

Martin Kobler

This is the lifeline for the Libyan people, that more money comes into the coffers of the central bank in order to improve the imports and to finance salaries and other basic needs and services for the population.

Martin Kobler

My position here is very clear. These weapons do not fall from the sky, they come via the sea, they come via land.

Adam Szubin

Today's action exposes a key illicit network supporting North Korea's weapons proliferation. [Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co. Ltd.,] and its employees sought to evade U.S. and U.N. sanctions, facilitating access to the U.S. financial system by a designated entity. Treasury will take forceful action to pressure North Korea's proliferation network and to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse.

Francois Hollande

The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it. We must dismantle the camp completely and definitively.

Lily Caprani

Before the bulldozers arrive, there must be robust plans to safeguard the hundreds of unaccompanied children currently stranded in the camp. If mistakes from the first eviction are repeated, we will see more children going missing, falling prey to traffickers and facing the winter without a home.

Lily Caprani

The UK must work with the French authorities to get children into appropriate accommodation, where they can have access to care and legal support, so they can reach their families (in Britain) safely.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Hassan Rouhani

If the Saudi government is serious about its vision for development and regional security, it must cease and desist from divisive policies, spread of hate ideology and trampling upon the rights of neighbours.

Luke Warwick - The Pew Charitable Trusts

Sharks are in global crisis and there is a complete lack of management framework internationally and domestically around the world to protect them.

Ri Yong Ho

Going nuclear armed is the policy of our state. As long as there exists a nuclear weapon state in hostile relations with the DPRK (North Korea), our national security and the peace on the Korean peninsula can be defended only with reliable nuclear deterrence.

Mansour Hadi

We shall extract Yemen from the claws of Iran, we shall raise the Yemeni flag over every foot of our precious Yemeni soil and we will lay the foundation for a just federal state.

Mansour Hadi

We tell the whole world in very clear terms that extremism and sectarian terrorism sponsored by Iran in the region has created and will create a terrorism counter to that. We decided to move the central bank to the interim capital, Aden, in order to save what we could save so that the bank would not reach zero reserves.

Hassan Rouhani

The lack of compliance with the deal on the part of the United States in the past several months represents a flawed approach that should be rectified forthwith. Any failure on the part of the United States in implementing it (the deal) would constitute an international wrongful act and would be objected to by the international community.

Rodrigo Duterte

I am inviting the United Nations' Ban Ki ... what's the name of that devil? ... Ban Ki-moon.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

It is up to the Security Council to act under Chapter 7 to condemn these attacks and sanction perpetrators. It is a moral duty and an obligation for the international community which wanted to ban chemical weapons.

Hassan Rouhani

The lack of compliance with the JCPOA on the part of the United States in the past several months represents a flawed approach that should be rectified forthwith.

Hassan Rouhani

The U.S. is fully aware that JCPOA constitutes a recognized multilateral agreement, and any failure on the part of the United States in implementing it would constitute an international wrongful act and would be objected to by the international community.

Vikas Swarup

Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in U.N.'s highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism.

Jeffrey Sachs

What we don't have is the attention span, the systems, the politics, to shift a modest amount of our annual output in the direction needed.

Jeffrey Sachs

Whether it is Brexit or the U.S. elections or war in Syria or the refugee crises, these are impediments to longer-term strategic thinking, planning and action that we desperately need.

Jeffrey Sachs

When countries have their planning conferences, when they discuss budgets, it is important that the SDGs are part of that. This is really about changing the direction of global finance and global politics .. (as) the normal way in which the world is changing is not safe and we can choose deliberately and cooperatively a different course.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski - World Bank Group

It is unavoidable that I mention our concern for the very critical political, economic and social situation that our friendly nation of Venezuela is experiencing. Full-fledged democracy requires absolute respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as due process. It also requires the full guarantee of the respect of the separation of powers and checks and balances.

Theresa May

We must recognise that for too many of those men and women the increasing pace of globalisation has left them feeling left behind. So this is not the time to turn away from our United Nations. It is the time to turn towards it.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski - World Bank Group

It is unavoidable that I mention our concern for the very critical political, economic and social situation that our friendly nation of Venezuela is experiencing.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

As an immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended for the time being pending further assessment of the security situation. We remain committed andundeterred to continue to the best of our ability to help all Syrians in need.

Michel Temer

We are clear that the way forward is to take the path of fiscal responsibility and social responsibility. Confidence is being restored.

Benoit Carpentier

Life-saving aid supplies have been totally damaged and a health clinic destroyed, depriving thousands of civilians of much needed food and medical assistance.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

"As an immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended for the time being pending further assessment of the security situation". "We remain committed andundeterred to continue to the best of our ability to help all Syrians in need".

Lu Kang

Regarding North Korea's ballistic missile launch activities, at present the Security Council has explicit stipulations. So we hope all parties can honour the relevant U.N. resolutions.

Robert Mardini

This is very worrying. We see a resumption of violence, an intensification of fighting in many locations.

Robert Mardini

We had something planned in the four towns, but for now it is put on hold to reassess the security conditions.

Robert Mardini

It is difficult to read the environment in coming hours because you have a mixture of intensification of fighting and politicisation of humanitarian aid ... It is high time to de-link humanitarian work from politics.

Sanj Srikanthan

We hope this will send a message to the world leaders to call for durable solutions.

Danny Danon - United Nations

Israel "will not relent until the U.N. and other aid organizations begin to track and follow every dollar that enters the Gaza Strip.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Russia really needs to stop the cheap points-scoring and the grandstanding and the stunts and focus on what matters, which is implementation of something we negotiated in good faith with them.

Vitaly Churkin

Who is in charge in Washington? Is it the White House or the Pentagon? Because we have heard statements from the Pentagon which simply fly in the face of what we have heard from President Obama and Secretary Kerry.

Vitaly Churkin

"This is a very big question mark". "I would be very interested to see how Washington is going to react. If what Ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction then we are in serious trouble".

Vitaly Churkin

All the permissions the Syrian government was supposed to give have been given for humanitarian supplies to reach people in need in various parts of Syria and that the humanitarian convoy to eastern Aleppo is supposed to leave tomorrow morning.

Leo Dobbs

Most of those fleeing South Sudan are women and children. They include survivors of violent attacks, sexual assault, children that have been separated from their parents or travelled alone, the disabled, the elderly and people in need of urgent medical care.

Yang Xiyu

America doesn't care about those consequences. If China did cut all economic ties and United Nations assistance, will Kim Jong Un truly stop nuclear testing? Nobody in China believes that for a second.

Samantha Power - United Nations

We're in very close contact with other council members about what that might look like. We also retain the ability to take what's in the report and act nationally and multilaterally in order to ensure real consequences for those actors who are named.

Leo Dobbs

With this milestone, South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries which have produced more than a million refugees. New arrivals report increased fighting across the Greater Equatoria region and attacks by armed groups that kill civilians, loot villages, sexually assault women and girls, and recruit young boys.

Alice Thomas - Refugees International

States will need to commit to supporting the most climate-vulnerable countries to take concrete measures to avert, minimise and address climate displacement through increased investments in disaster risk reduction, building the resilience of the most vulnerable, and by addressing gaps in the international legal framework for those forced to flee climate change.

Leo Dobbs

"This is a very sad milestone". "Most of those fleeing South Sudan are women and children. They include survivors of violent attacks, sexual assault, children that have been separated from their parents or travelled alone, the disabled, the elderly and people in need of urgent medical care".

Leo Dobbs

This is a very sad milestone. Most of those fleeing South Sudan are women and children. They include survivors of violent attacks, sexual assault, children that have been separated from their parents or travelled alone, the disabled, the elderly and people in need of urgent medical care.

Nicos Anastasiades

As mentioned in the joint statement, our intention is to take advantage of the coming months to succeed. As ambitious as it may seem it can become possible, if there is mutual understanding about the concerns of both communities, especially on sensitive issues that concern the Greek Cypriot side.

Paul Winters - International Fund for Agricultural Development

My big concern is countries are basically going to ignore the rural sector - and the fact that a huge number of the unemployed and the poor are in rural areas. They're basically going to export poor people from rural areas to urban slums - and that's a failure of policy.

Kanayo Nwanze

The development community needs to ... redouble efforts to help them to achieve dignified and prosperous livelihoods ... free from hunger and filled with hope.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I'm encouraged that the Cyprus talks ... continue to make very good progress with active participation and leadership and commitment of the two Cypriot leaders. And I'm also encouraged at their strong commitment that they will complete the process within the year.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

Today, calm appears to have prevailed across Hama, Latakia, Aleppo city and rural Aleppo and Idlib, with only some allegations of sporadic and geographically isolated incidents. Sources on the ground, which do matter, including inside Aleppo city, said the situation has dramatically improved with no air strikes.

Nicos Anastasiades

… Out intention is to succeed by utilising the next months. As ambitious as it may seem, it is feasible, if there is mutual understanding towards both sides' worries, especially on sensitive matters that concern the Greek Cypriot side.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

I can tell you that there is no reference in this agreement on the detainees issue, which remains a very important issue, which I think needs to be addressed in a different context but needs to be addressed.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

It is a deal which has been done by the United States and the Russians, the details of which we are not privy to. We've got nothing to hide.

John Kerry

There will undoubtedly be reports of a violation here and there … But that is the nature of the beginning of cease-fires almost always. It is important – a very important part of this equation – that access to humanitarian goods take place.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

We need to have actual concrete assurances – we need to be satisfied – that we are not sending people, aid convoys, into mortal danger. And we don't have that yet.

Maria Emma Mejia

Columbians will have the opportunity to open the doors to a better future, with a stable and lasting peace which we have been able to construct with the support of the Security Council and the United Nations.

Barack Obama

The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Today's nuclear test, a flagrant violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, makes clear North Korea's disregard for international norms and standards for behavior and demonstrates it has no interest in being a responsible member of the international community.'.

Jean Gerrier

A lot of people died. Yesterday we registered 438 dead in my region. We have 25 people suffering from cholera. We have a lot of wounded people and the situation is dire. It's a catastrophe.

Hillary Clinton

I support President Obama's call to both strengthen the sanctions passed earlier this year with the United Nations and to impose additional sanctions.

Liu Jieyi

We're opposed to the testing and we believe that it is more urgent than ever to work together to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. All sides should refrain from mutual provocation and any action that might exacerbate the situation.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I count on the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action. We must urgently break this accelerating spiral of escalation.

Francois Delattre

Weakness is simply not an option, North Korea will have to bear the consequences of its actions and provocations. France calls for the adoption as soon as possible of a new resolution.

Samantha Power - United Nations

And we will take additional significant steps, including new sanctions, to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.

Barack Obama

The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Today's nuclear test, a flagrant violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, makes clear North Korea's disregard for international norms and standards for behavior and demonstrates it has no interest in being a responsible member of the international community.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I strongly condemn these consistent provocations and violations of binding U.N. Security Council resolutions which undermine regional and international security.

Barack Obama

To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Today's nuclear test, a flagrant violation of multiple U.N. Security Council Resolutions, makes clear North Korea's disregard for international norms and standards for behavior.

Rodrigo Duterte

Also gave a statement before, several weeks ago, about the human rights violation. Sabi ko, isa ka pang tarantado (you are another fool).

Donald J. Trump

Well, he has either got to do something or not do something, perhaps, because perhaps shouldn't be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations, you know. He's under a lot of pressure. I think he's doing a very good job. But, of course, if you look at the polls, a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the Iraqi situation is a problem. And I think the economy is a much bigger problem as far as the president is concerned.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The U.N.'s humanitarian arm along with its partners is navigating an extremely, extremely challenging environment. The goal is and will remain to deliver as much humanitarian aid as possible.

Samantha Power - United Nations

The Security Council must remain unequivocal and united in the condemnation of these tests and we must take action to enforce the words we put on paper, to enforce our resolutions.

Barack Obama

We are going to work diligently together with the most recent U.N. sanctions. We're going to work together to make sure we're closing loopholes and make them even more effective.

Barack Obama

We are going to work diligently together with the most recent U.N. sanctions.

Aung Kyaw

Whenever the United Nations' representatives ... came here, they never stood for Rakhine and didn't do the true reports from Rakhine side.

Bill Hare - Climate Analytics

We expect a surge of ratifications around the U.N. Climate week later in September.

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

This has been a political minefield for five and a half years but we have something different, we have a U.N.-backed mechanism with a report. We have it in black and white that the Syrian Government and ISIS are responsible for using chemical weapons, it's a crime and the Security Council has many tools it can use, so we expect them to use them all.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We are working with our partners in the U.N. Security Council, notably the United States and Britain, on a resolution condemning the attacks under Chapter 7. This means sanctions against the perpetrators of these crimes and those responsible for these abominations.

Juan Manuel Santos

The FARC will hand in their weapons to the United Nations – on a timetable that has already been announced – within 6 months' time. All of this, as is well-known, will be verified and monitored by a United Nations commission. This means the FARC will cease to exist and will become a political movement without weapons.

Rodrigo Duterte

I do not want to insult you. But maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. If you are that disrespectful, son of a whore, we'll just leave the organisation.

Rodrigo Duterte

What have you done for the world, Mr United Nations and your expert. You know, when he comes here, you tell him straight, Mayor Duterte would only ask five questions to prove that you are stupid.

Rodrigo Duterte

You know, United Nations, if you can say one bad thing about me, I can give you 10 [about you]. I tell you, you are an inutile. Because if you are really true to your mandate, you could have stopped all these wars and killing.

Rodrigo Duterte

I do not want to insult you. But maybe, we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. Why do you have to listen to this stupid?

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

It's crucially important that we go in there because people are absolutely desperate. From both sides, these sieges have to stop - it's inhumane, awful, disgusting, nightmarish. Not necessarily U.N. words, but that's what it is.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

The United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and for supporting Haiti in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems.

Gary Gottlieb

We look forward to the new response the U.N. plans to unveil, and we continue to call on the organization to devote additional resources.

Bona Malwal

The adoption of this resolution goes against the basic principle of U.N. peacekeeping operations, which is the consent of the main parties to the conflict, and also goes against the U.N. Charter. Consent of South Sudan to the mandate and operational modalities of the protection force outlined in the resolution would have been important, as it would have given the force all the necessary freedoms to carry out the outlined mandated tasks.

Michael Makuei

If South Sudan is turned into a U.N. protectorate, then this is not the end of the game but the beginning. It will begin with South Sudan, but it will end up with all of us being turned into new colonies.

Gary Ross

This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter [North Korea's] prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Angela Geiger

What Suzanne Wright has done to raise awareness of autism is immeasurable. Even during the past few difficult months, her determination never wavered. For more than a decade, she has been a tireless advocate on the national and international stage: at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill, at Autism Speaks Walks nationwide, and in personal letters of support to individuals and families affected by autism.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The U.N. mission, as well as other U.N. agencies, funds and programs are preparing for the temporary relocation of non-critical staff from Juba. They would likely be moved to Nairobi, though he did not have any figures.

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

I would believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg given alarming reports indicating over the last few days many civilians were barred from reaching safer grounds, including the compounds of the United Nations.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

It's a situation of absolute emergency. A ceasefire has to happen for the United Nations special envoy to Syria Mr de Mistura to do his job, today he's not able to. Our objective is clear, there won't be a military solution in Syria, there can only be a political solution. We have to reinforce our cooperation with all the parties that can contribute to it.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

(The U.N. mission) also reports that the airport in the capital has been reopened, although commercial flights remain suspended.

Gary Ross

We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We do not seek confrontation. We continue to seek a constructive dialogue with Russia. Russia is our biggest neighbour, it is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and it plays an important role in security challenges in and around Europe.

Bonnie Glaser

The Chinese do care very much, particularly the possibility that their nine-dash line claim could be ruled inconsistent with the (United Nations) Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The fact that the Chinese are trying to rally support from every country that they can regardless of how far afield or how small, demonstrates that the Chinese do care about their reputation and image.

John Kirby

We would be open to having the (U.N.) Security Council welcome the report.

Elizabeth Trudeau

Washington "remained concerned about the humanitarian situation for Iraqis fleeing the fighting. However, we have seen significant progress by the U.N. and Iraqis in recent days to provide for the basic necessities of internally displaced persons.

Shinzo Abe

Today's missile launch, as with ballistic missile launches in the past, is in clear violation of the United Nations [Security Counci] resolution. We absolutely cannot allow it and I have lodged a resolute protest against it.

Paulo Pinheiro

We need all states to insist time and time again that influential states and the (U.N.) Security Council unconditionally support the political process.

Vitaly Churkin

We are seeing a definite improvement on the humanitarian situation and humanitarian supplies. The Syrian government approved almost entirely the (U.N.) humanitarian plan in June. We hope that things will improve.

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

It's a G7 country. A permanent member of the U.N. security council with veto power. It's the second biggest economy in the EU single market. We need Britain.

Vitaly Churkin

Today, after our sixth straw poll, we have a clear favorite and his name is António Guterres. We have decided to go for a formal vote tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and we hope it can be done by acclamation. This is what we are looking at.Tomorrow morning acclamation vote and we wish Mr. Guterres well in the charging of his duties as the secretary general of United Nations for the next 5 years.

John Kerry

We are talking directly with the Russian, even now, the hope is that we can make some progress. But the United Nations Security Council Resolution calls for a full country, countrywide cessation and also for all of the country to be accessible for humanitarian assistance. Obviously that hasn't happened and isn't happening.

Madeleine Albright

Well, I think 40 years is a long time, especially given his age. I have to say that the War Crimes Tribunal actually worked better than most people thought at the time. It was one of my first votes when I was at the United Nations. People thought nobody would ever be indicted or brought to justice – they were.

Madeleine Albright

I think we actually are in a worse situation than when we were in office, which was during the 1990's when there was a great deal of hope and excitement about the end of the Cold War – looking at how Europe could in fact be a part of NATO and the European Union, and a sense that the United Nations could operate. I think it was really a time of a lot of hope and excitement.

John Kirby

Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further destabilize the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations.

Bashar Ja

We have the support of the United Nations resolution 497, which dates from 1981. The resolution was passed unanimously. It means that the US, France and Britain have agreed it. This resolution is extremely important because it categorically prohibits the annexation of the Golan and its occupation. The imposition of its laws on the occupied Golan, the resolution considers that this annexation is invalid, null and with no legal basis.

Rosen Plevneliev

If there are such signals – it could be Human Rights Watch, could be the United Nations refugee organisation – the Bulgarian institutions will take very seriously every one of them.

Sergey Lavrov

Unfortunately from the very beginning there were many who wished to break down the agreements, including from within the U.S. administration. And as you know, yesterday to our deep regret those who were against political settlement of Syrian crisis, against the fulfilment of the relevant U.N. resolutions and have clear plans for solving the situation by force – succeeded.

Helen Clark

The biggest challenges (facing the United Nations) are the changing nature of the peace and security issues - they are not what the U.N. was founded to deal with. It requires a new set of tools.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Peace won't come through U.N. Security Council resolutions but through direct negotiations between the parties. The best formula for achieving peace remains two states for two peoples in which a demilitarized Palestinian state finally recognises the Jewish state.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

We cannot allow the principle to be upheld that member states can arbitrarily go against their status of mission agreements and their commitments under the U.N. charter ... to abide by Security Council resolutions.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh

Iran's missile programme will not stop under any circumstances. The IRGC has never accepted the U.N. Security Council resolutions on Iran's missile work.

Shinzo Abe

It is a considerable threat to our national security that North Korea's missile has landed in Japan's exclusive economic zones. I firmly protested against North Korea's unforgivable action which is in obvious defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Aqil ibn Sahl

What are the United Nations doing about Yemen? What are they doing for us? Until now it has been incapable of lifting any sieges, incapable of supplying us food or medical supplies, incapable of guaranteeing our safety. What are we going to do?

Mohammed Abdelaziz

The patience of the Sahrawi people has now run out. The U.N. has lost its way on Western Sahara.

Pierre Nkurunziza

We have asked for their (U.N.) support to help us and regarding Rwanda, to stop provoking us, so we can go back to having good neighborly relations like we used to.

Philippe Bolopion - Human Rights Watch

The Security Council needs to quickly shift from early warning to preventive action. It should convince the Burundian government to accept a strong U.N. political mission with an international police component.

Francois Delattre

The idea of U.N. police -- and the format, the conditions, the modalities of course must be discussed -- is potentially a productive idea. That is one of the ideas we must work on.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

[Boutros-Ghali] showed courage in posing difficult questions to the member states, and rightly insisted on the independence of his office and of the secretariat as a whole. His commitment to the United Nations – its mission and its staff – was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the organization is indelible.

Philip Hammond

I strongly condemn North Korea's ballistic missile technology test. This is a clear and deliberate violation of a number of U.N. Security Council Resolutions. North Korea's actions continue to present a threat to regional and international security.

Salim al-Muslat

It is clear from the current situation that the regime and its allies - in particular Russia - are determined to reject the U.N.'s efforts to implement international law.

Daniel Russel

The U.N. Security Council has a role to play by holding it (Pyongyang) accountable by imposing a tough, comprehensive and credible package of new sanctions and by ensuring vigorous enforcement of the resolutions already adopted. This latest announcement further underscores the need for the international community to send the North Koreans a swift, firm message that their disregard for U.N. Security Council obligations will not be tolerated.

Anthony Banbury

It's hard to imagine the outrage that people working for the United Nations and for the causes of peace and security feel when these kinds of allegations come to light, particularly involving minors, which is so hard to understand. The United Nations is doing everything we possibly can to assist the victims, to bring accountability and justice ... and hopefully to prevent any such cases from recurring.

Emmanuel Nahshon

It's always a risk and we are extremely attentive to it. There has indeed been a lot of criticism of Israel recently, but I don't know whether that necessarily translates into a U.N. resolution.

Salim al-Muslat

There are some questions. A letter was sent to the Secretary General of the United Nations and tomorrow there will be a reply to the letter of Mr. de Mistura. We are not putting obstacles in front of the political solution. We want some explanations of some points that came in the invitation.

Juan Manuel Santos

The decision taken by the Security Council means that we are no longer alone, we have the hand of the United Nations, of the whole world to the end of this war. It's the best guarantee this will happen.

John Kirby

They talked about the up and coming U.N.- supported transactions with respect to a political move in Syria and all concurred on the critical need to end the brutality distressing the Syrian individuals.

John Kerry

That's proximity talk. We don't want to waste time. We have to get into the talk of creating this unity transitional government which the Iranians have proposed, the Russians have accepted, and everybody has signed on to in the context of Geneva and Vienna twice, and the U.N. Security Council resolution.

Shinzo Abe

We strongly condemn the test. North must abide by U.N. resolutions that require the country to scrap its nuclear and ballistic missile programs completely and irreversibly.

Christophe DeLoire - Reporters Without Borders

The 110 journalists killed this year need a response that matches the emergency. A special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the safety of journalists must be appointed without delay.

Christophe DeLoire - Reporters Without Borders

The 110 journalists killed this year need a response that matches the emergency. A special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the safety of journalists must be appointed without delay.

Amin Abdulla

The Houthis are the ones that rejected the United Nations and Security Council resolutions and carried out attacks and struck residential homes and civilians and we are just defending ourselves.

Alessandra Vellucci - United Nations

Preliminary estimates indicate that at least 36,000 people have been displaced by the fighting and are seeking shelter in UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) POC (Protection of Civilians) sites and many other locations across the city. Most of the affected people are women and children. Access to those in need is limited by the ongoing fighting and insecurity.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Rheal LeBlanc - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The heightened security affects the entire Geneva area, and the U.N. is taking measures that are commensurate with those taken in the host country.

Donald Campbell

Saudi Arabia's plans to behead and crucify someone arrested as a child are indefensible. The international community – particularly Saudi Arabia's close allies, the UK and the U.S. – must stand with the French government and U.N. experts against this outrage, and call on the Saudi authorities to put a halt to this unjustified killing.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.

Reihaneh Mazaheri

After 17 consecutive days of talks between Iran and six world powers, still it's unclear what the result will be: an agreement, a deadline extension, or failure. Although the negotiators say all the circumstances are in place to reach an agreement that is virtually done and dusted, it seems making the final political decision is not so easy. Analysts say the final bargaining about a new resolution from the UN Security Council is to be continued. This resolution is supposed to replace all the previous ones at the United Nations.

Maria Korenyuk

A United Nations office to support the Minsk agreements is due to open here soon. Its early establishment was one of the aims of Samantha Power's visit. It will help the UN receive more reliable information that should improve the monitoring of the situation in the east of Ukraine.

Charles Jose

In compliance with the United Nations resolution, the North Korean ship in Subic will be impounded and not allowed to leave port.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by 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. The United Nations-supported diplomatic process remains the best way out of a drawn-out war with terrifying implications for regional stability.

Tim Farron

If we were just being asked to bomb Syria I'd be voting no, I'd be out there demonstrating in between the speeches, I'd be signing up to those emails from the Stop the War Coalition. But this is not just a case of bombing, this is standing with the United Nations and the international community to do what is right by people who are the most beleaguered of all.

Yoshihide Suga

And it violates the Pyongyang Declaration – an agreement between Japan and North Korea related to making joint efforts towards peace and security – Japan and North Korea agreed upon the joint declaration at the six-party talks and various United Nations Security Council resolutions. So, we swiftly lodged a stern protest with North Korea.

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

The United Nations Security Council was created to protect civilians to provide peace and security and they have dismally failed. We are saying therefore one of the instruments through which this failure has ended up happening is the abuse of the veto by the permanent five members of the Security Council time and again.

Jane Clements

Maps can be a very powerful tool in terms of de-legitimising 'the other' and can lead to confusion rather than clarity. . We would be keen to see relevant bodies ensure that all atlases anywhere reflect the official United Nations position on nations, boundaries and all political features.

Abdalahad Astepho

I think the most important measures against the Syrian regime will be those adopted in the United Nations. Now everyone is waiting for the UN to meet to see what Russia's position will be.

Guido Westerwelle

From our point of view, it is a truly sad day for international law and for human rights that the United Nations Security Council was unable to approve a resolution to condemn the repressions in Syria.

Zekeriya Yapıcıoğlu

This case is symbolic. It will show that despite the present structure of the United Nations and the international system, even Israelis who see themselves as above the law, cannot act arbitrarily and will be tried.

Abdullah Gul

I must say one thing. We don't ask the Cypriot Greeks for a visa. Not many people know that. But no-one can deny there is a problem. There is a problem in Cyprus. There are two parts: Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus. Why has the United Nations proposed a peace agreement? Why has Europe endorsed this peace proposal of the United Nations? Why was this peace plan subject to a referendum in 2004? It was in two parts. The Turks accepted the peace plan and the Cypriot Greeks refused it.

Abdullah Gul

Palestine is a state under occupation and the Palestinians are using military means to end the occupation. Even after United Nations rulings, Palestine is still under occupation.

Ursula Plassnik

At the moment our objective is for all Balkan states to gain a European perspective, to bring them closer to Europe, to support them on the path to reform. This also applies to Kosovo. A negotiation process on the future of Kosovo is starting now, under the direction of the United Nations.

Guido Westerwelle

We condemn this launch of a rocket. This is a clear violation of international law and we think it is necessary that the Security Council of the United Nations gives a clear answer and a clear reaction to this violation of international law.

Alassane Outarra

The special representative of the General Secretary of the United Nations has just certified the results proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission, which is proclaiming me winner of the presidential elections.

Ehud Olmert

We will study this, it looks interesting and we will examine it closely and we will take council with other parties that are interested in the situation and who are working towards the resolution of the United Nations and we will make up our mind about it.

Hillary Clinton

As I said at the United Nations on Tuesday, to block this resolution is to bear responsibility for the horrors that are occurring on the ground in Syria.

Walid al-Moallem

We are ready to reveal the location of our chemical weapons, halt the production of them and also show these facilities to representatives of Russia, other states and to the United Nations. Our adherence to the Russian initiative has the purpose of halting the possession of all chemical weapons.

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

We are looking for having it ready, fully approved, before the Conference in Copenhagen, the global United Nations conference in 2009.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.