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Nikki Haley
The murder of UN experts -– especially like Michael and Zaida, who risked their own lives in order to help others -– cannot end in a bureaucratic procedure. We still need a full investigation under the Secretary-General's authority into the events surrounding their deaths and accountability for the perpetrators -– there is simply no other appropriate course of action.feedback
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Aug 17 2017
United Nations has been commented on by 407 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about United Nations are: Nikki Haley, Ban Ki-moon and António Guterres. For instance, the most recent quote from Nikki Haley is: “The murder of UN experts -– especially like Michael and Zaida, who risked their own lives in order to help others -– cannot end in a bureaucratic procedure. We still need a full investigation under the Secretary-General's authority into the events surrounding their deaths and accountability for the perpetrators -– there is simply no other appropriate course of action.”.
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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.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are concerned that the situation in Venezuela is escalating and these human rights violations show no signs of abating so we are worried about the direction in which it is heading. Responsibility for human rights violations we are reporting lies at the highest level of government.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

We think that by the end of those operations, several hundred thousand more civilians are likely to be displaced.feedback

Wang Yi

Who has been carrying out the U.N. Security Council resolutions concerning North Korea? It is China. Who bore the cost? It is also China.feedback

Olivia Beavers - The Hill

It is time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore,' [U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki] Haley said … The sanctions largely target North Korea's major exports such as coal, iron and seafood, Haley said. A third of their trade exports have been hit, and we basically gave them a kick in the gut with a billion dollars of sanctions that they are going to begin to feel right away,' she continued, adding that the measure 'sends a really strong message.feedback

Kyle Ferrier

Given increased missile activity this year and past responses to U.N. sanctions, it seems very likely that North Korea will launch a sequence of short-range missiles in the coming days or weeks.feedback

Wang Yi

Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke the international society's goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear test. At this critical moment, we urge every party to remain calm, to take a decision that helps to reduce tensions, resume negotiations and secure regional peace development.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Last month, Member States of the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This measure is the result of a global campaign focused on the unacceptability of the use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. Yet our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

All parties to the conflict continue to show a disregard for the protection of civilians and the principle of distinction between civilians and combatants in the conduct of hostilities.feedback

Nikki Haley

We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem – not even close. The threat of an outlaw nuclearized North Korean dictatorship remains ... (and) is rapidly growing more dangerous.feedback

Nikki Haley

This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime. This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation. These sanctions will cut deep, and in doing so will give the North Korean leadership a taste of the deprivations they have chosen to inflict on the North Korean people. Revenues aren't going toward feeding its people. Instead, the North Korean regime is literally starving its people and enslaving them in mines and factories in order to fund these illegal missile programs.feedback

Carla del Ponte

I was expecting to persuade the Security Council to do something for justice. Nothing happened for seven years. Now I resigned.feedback

Alan Peter Cayetano

If we go harsh with everyone, our people will suffer – trade, direct foreign investments, tourism.feedback

Susan Thornton

I think we still are going to be watchful as to their implementation of the sanctions.feedback

Susan Thornton

The engagement is not a question. The fact that the Chinese were helpful and instrumental really in setting up this set of sanctions, this really sweeping set of international sanctions, shows that they realize it's a huge problem that they need to take on and is a threat to them.feedback

Liu Jieyi

We have been working very hard for some time, and we certainly hope that this is going to be a consensus resolution.feedback

Vera Jelinek

I think he enjoys a big stage. I don't think he's going to come out as 'America First' and isolationist. I think he's going to make an attempt to emphasize those things where there might be some unity.feedback

Nancy McEldowney

It's a very large, very complicated organization, and we always have a busy agenda that we have to work across all the member states. You need a large, experienced cohort of diplomats and experienced foreign policy experts to work the agenda. This is an opportunity for us to positively reinforce our message and make progress with countries across the board.feedback

Bahram Qasemi

The U.S. government should abandon its continued hostile behaviour and policies that show lack of faith towards the (nuclear deal).feedback

Donald J. Trump

They don't comply. I would be surprised if they were in compliance.feedback

Heather Nauert

We would consider that a violation of UNSCR 2231. We consider that to be continued ballistic missile development. ... We believe that what happened overnight, in the early morning hours here in Washington, is inconsistent with the Security Council resolutions.feedback

Dacher Keltner

In any network – an employee in an organization or a country in the U.N. or a neighbor in a soccer association – cooperative types, collaborative types, kind types can survive even if really nasty Machiavellan people are around.feedback

Nikki Haley

We're constantly in touch with China ... Things are moving but it's still too early to tell how far they'll move.feedback

Nikki Haley

We know that China's been sharing and negotiating with Russia, so as long as they are doing that, we're going to continue to watch this closely to make sure it is a strong resolution. The true test will be what [the Chinese] have worked out with Russia [and whether] Russia comes and tries to pull out of that. Everyone that we have dealt with acknowledges that it's an ICBM. Whether they are willing to put it in writing or not is going to be the real question. We want China and every other country to see it as serious and we're going to keep moving forward that way.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.feedback

Cui Tiankai

Such actions are unacceptable. They have severely impaired China-U.S. cooperation on the Korean nuclear issue, and give rise to more questions about the true intention of the U.S.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Last November, UNHCR exceptionally agreed to help with the relocation of refugees to the United States following a bilateral agreement between Australia and the US. We agreed to do so on the clear understanding that vulnerable refugees with close family ties in Australia would ultimately be allowed to settle there.feedback

Michelle Hanlon

The bag belongs in a museum, so the entire world can share in and celebrate the universal human achievement it represents. We formed For All Moonkind with a mission to ensure the Apollo landing sites be recognized by the United Nations for their outstanding value to humanity and protected for posterity.feedback

Cecilia Malmström - European Trade

China is one of the countries that tortures its own citizens and who executes people, so they are not on the list of invitees (to the alliance) but they are open to attend (the U.N. launch).feedback

Cecilia Malmström - European Trade

We want to ally with countries to try to stop the trade in products used for executing and torturing. We are talking about poison, chemicals used in executions, thumb screws, (electric-shock) belts. We've already seen that the end to some European countries exporting chemicals has made it more difficult to execute people in the U.S. This is of course our aim.feedback

Farhan Haq - United Nations

Steps like this do not help. This has been a large, man-made humanitarian problem. The world needs to know, and journalists need to have access.feedback

Saif bin Ahmad Al Thani

It is especially unfortunate that this shameful act of cyber terrorism is being attributed to a fellow member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. This criminal act represents a clear violation and breach of international law and of the bilateral and collective agreements signed between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as collective agreements with the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations.feedback

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan – loss of life, destruction and immense suffering – is far too high. The continued use of indiscriminate, disproportionate and illegal I.E.D. devices by antigovernment elements is particularly appalling and must immediately stop.feedback

Benoit Hellings

I just want to know the truth, and when you have some archives, it's normal to give access to people from the science world, and especially from the U.N. We are talking about the death of a secretary general, so it's a fairly important topic.feedback

William Spindler - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR reiterates its call to states to protect the rights of Venezuelans, particularly the right to seek asylum and to have access to fair and effective asylum procedures. Venezuelans should not be sent back against their will.feedback

Annalisa Ciampi

The Venezuelan authorities should not interfere with peaceful demonstrations, and indeed are obliged to actively protect assemblies. They should facilitate the exercise of people's rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

On the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period. We have asked our diplomats to work in that direction, so in the next few weeks a concrete initiative can be taken and managed by the P5 [the five permanent members of United Nations Security Council(UNSC)].feedback

Stephen O'Brien

The international community must do more, We should all feel deeply guilty… This cholera scandal is entirely manmade by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and fighting.feedback

John Montgomery

Unlike the U.S.A., English law is focused on the protection of children's rights. The U.S.A. is the only country in the world that is not party to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child; it does not recognize that children have rights independent of their parents.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

Seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished children - of whom 500,000 are severely malnourished under the age of five - are on the cusp of famine, vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I fully recognize that no magic wand exists to end the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse. Nevertheless, I believe that we can dramatically improve how the United Nations addresses this scourge.feedback

Gernot Erler

We are witnessing an indecisive back and forth in America's policy towards Russia. There is no clear direction, and above all it has become hostage to the domestic debate in America. This situation is not going to end anytime soon. The question lingers: what do we recognise as fact? Is it what Tillerson says, what the president says or what (U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) Nikki Haley says? We have so many voices and they all sound different.feedback

Anton Khlopkov

I think the fact that the Russian bank has not been used in almost a decade shows that the market is working. I hope the Kazakh one will never be needed either.feedback

Anton Khlopkov

Does it guarantee that new countries will not create enrichment facilities? Of course not. But it creates additional incentives for new nations not to set up enrichment facilities.feedback

Deidre McPhillips

While our methodology did not focus on refugees specifically, it did take into account immigration policies and integration measures per analysis from the United Nations. Our aim with this package was to focus on the economic aspects of immigration and the impacts this could have on a country's perceived standing in the world.feedback

Petro Poroshenko

We came to agreement with the secretary-general that Ukraine and the whole world today need strong and decisive actions by the U.N. like never before.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

In western Mosul, what we're seeing is the worst damage of the entire conflict. In those neighbourhoods where the fighting has been the fiercest, we're looking at levels of damage incomparable to anything else that has happened in Iraq so far. What that shows is that the level of damage is far higher than we expected and that's why the cost of stabilisation is far higher.feedback

Mark Adams

We are already discussing a potential refugee team for Tokyo 2020. We want to strengthen our efforts with the United Nations.feedback

Liz Throssell

We are gravely concerned about all arbitrary arrests and detentions of human rights defenders in Turkey. We fear they are now at significant risk of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.feedback

Liz Throssell

So we're talking big numbers here with regard to human rights defenders and to people who have been sacked.feedback

Nikki Haley

If you need any sort of intelligence to let you know that the rest of the world sees this as an ICBM, I'm happy to provide it. The international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. We can increase air and maritime restrictions. We can hold senior regime officials accountable.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I am deeply sorry to inform you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations of the different parties, the Greek Cypriot, the Turkish Cypriot delegation, Greece, Turkey, the UK and the EU as an observer and of course the UN team, the Conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached. Unfortunately, as I said, an agreement wasn't possible and the conference was closed without the possibility to bring a solution to this dramatically long lasting problem. His "enormous appreciation to the UN team and my advisor Espen Barth Eide.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. needs to understand the Chinese will never allow Chinese companies and individuals to be designated (for sanctions) at the U.N., and the U.S. dollar is still pre-eminent. So the U.S. has leverage.feedback

Lise Grande - United Nations

For families that come from other neighbourhoods that are moderately destroyed, I think we can expect that many of them will try to go back and they'll do the best they can to try to rebuild.feedback

Donatella Ferranti

Almost 30 years after ratifying the U.N. Convention, we have filled a huge vacuum in our legal system that was repeatedly condemned by European and international bodies.feedback

Andrew Clapham

It builds the momentum for prosecutions at the national level which otherwise would be less feasible, if not impossible. It also sends a message to those who are continuing to commit atrocities on the ground that the world is watching, and they may not be able to live out their lives casually or in comfort.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

Whether or not you watch it, like it, or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera's Arabic and English channels are legitimate, and have many millions of viewers. The demand that they be summarily closed down is, in our view, an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion. If States have an issue with items broadcast on other countries' television channels, they are at liberty to publicly debate and dispute them. To insist that such channels be shut down is extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable.feedback

Nikki Haley

The secretary-general's report makes clear that Iran is in violation of the Security Council resolution 2231 and so the question becomes 'what is the Security Council going to do about it?'.feedback

Nikki Haley

The Security Council has failed to even take minimal steps to respond to these violations. We must ... show Iran that we will not tolerate their egregious flaunting of U.N. resolutions.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I call upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to avoid such ballistic missile launches, which have the potential to increase tensions.feedback

Nikki Haley

Just 5 months into our time here, we've cut over half a billion [dollars] from the UN peacekeeping budget and we're only getting started.feedback

Omer Ismail

While it's hard to predict the immediate effect these cuts would have on civilian protection, we know the risk of conflict is high in many of the areas where bases are to be closed and military contingents are to be withdrawn.feedback

Daniel Bekele - Human Rights Watch

The planned cuts reflect a false narrative about Darfur's war ending. There is no reason to believe that government attacks on civilians and other abuses have ended since the same security forces remain in place; they have never been prosecuted for their crimes and can't be relied on to protect civilians.feedback

Niels Blokker

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Our legal position remains the same. Our focus is on combating cholera and assisting impacted communities.feedback

Beatrice Lindstrom - Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Until the U.N. makes good on its promise to fund cholera elimination and remedies for victims, it will keep having to contend with legal challenges and public relations nightmares.feedback

Hubert Faustmann

It will all depend on the security chapter ... If they agree it will be a success, a breakthrough. If it doesn't it will be a failure.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

On the basis of this draft proposal, I pledge to act ...so that the work initiated continues, so that we reach a text, convince our partners, place these efforts under the aegis of the U.N ... and from September have the basis of a world environment pact.feedback

Laila Matar - Human Rights Watch

We think the resolution has the elements needed to produce a strong and credible outcome. It brings hope that the facts can be set straight, and that's the first step toward accountability and justice for victims.feedback

Philippe Sands

That Britain was able to obtain the support of barely a dozen countries – including just four E.U. members and no permanent member of the Security Council apart from the U.S. – will, hopefully, give it pause for thought, about its position on Chagos.feedback

Richard Gowan - European Council

Yet the vote also reflects Brexit Britain's perilous diplomatic position. The fact that most E.U. members abstained rather than backing the U.K. highlights its isolation.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

Just think: How many other bilateral disputes left over from history could be brought before the General Assembly this way? The present draft resolution could set a precedent that many of you in this hall could come to regret.feedback

Nigel Timmins - Oxfam Intermón

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

Stephen O'Brien

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

Rex W. Tillerson

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

Nikki Haley

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

Issa Konfourou

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

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

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

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

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

Musa Kalamulah

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

Mahamoud Ali Youssouf

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

Tomas Ojea Quintana

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

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

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

Fatsah Ouguergouz - United Nations

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

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

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

Paulo Pinheiro

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

Paulo Pinheiro

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

Jeff Sessions

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

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

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

Serge Brammertz - United Nations

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

Natika Halil

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

Nikki Haley

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

Chris Gunness

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

Corey Taylor

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

Ahmed al-Qasimi

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

Danny Danon - United Nations

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

Nikki Haley

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

Nikki Haley

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

Nikki Haley

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

Marc Limon - Rights Group

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

Ted Piccone - The Brookings Institution

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

Michael R. Bloomberg

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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

Mustafa Akinci

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

Nikki Haley

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

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

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

Michael R. Bloomberg

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

Michael R. Bloomberg

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

Michael R. Bloomberg

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

Nikki Haley

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

Nikki Haley

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

Patricia Espinosa

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

Donald J. Trump

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Nikki Haley

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Maina Kiai

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Maina Kiai

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Isabella Lovin

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

Isabella Lovin

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

Marlene Moses

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

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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

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

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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

Nikki Haley

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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

Nikki Haley

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

Clément Kanku

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

Wang Yi

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

Daryl Kimball

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

Frans Barnard

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

Daniel Fahey

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

José Luis Díaz

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

Clément Kanku

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

David Waskow

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

Asad Jamal

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

Trigg Talley

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

Justin Forsyth - UNICEF

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

Norine Kennedy - United States Council for International Business

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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

David Beasley

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

Vladimir Putin

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

Mohammed Abdiker

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Markus Ederer

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

Markus Ederer

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

Manzoor Hasan

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

Federica Mogherini - European Union

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

Nikki Haley

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

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

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

Walid al-Moallem

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

Charles Lister

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

Walid al-Moallem

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

Hsu Min-Huei

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

Agnes Callamard

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

Erik Solheim

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

Erik Solheim

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

Erik Solheim

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

Vladimir Putin

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

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch

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

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

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

Bonnie Glaser

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

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

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

Hari Kunzru

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

Geng Shuang

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

Bonnie Glaser

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

Mark Toner

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

Bathsheba Crocker

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

Petr Iliichev

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

Debebe Zewdie

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

Donald J. Trump

The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem and it's a problem that we have to finally solve.feedback

Muhannad Hadi - World Food Programme

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

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

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

Xi Jinping

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

Madeleine Albright

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

Richard Gowan - European Council

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

Saad al-Hariri

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

Gholamali Khoshroo

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

António Guterres - United Nations

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

Naim Mehmeti

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

Paul Polansky

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

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

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

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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

Dianne Post

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

Philip G. Alston

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

Sherine Tadros - Amnesty International

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

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

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