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The nations must be organized internationally and induced to enter into partnership, subordinating in some measure national sovereignty to worldwide institutions and obligations. Arthur Henderson
If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government. James K. Polk
I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. Yasser Arafat
The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good. John Foster Dulles
If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions. Abba Eban
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies. Khalil Gibran
The looting of archeological sites and museums in Iraq particularly has reached industrial proportions. Irina Bokova
[For those peoples not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world, there should be applied the principle that the well-being and development of such peoples form a sacred trust of civilization .... the tutelage of such peoples should be entrusted to advanced nations ... League of Nations
The defense…that the United Nations could not interfere with any member’s domestic concerns was a sentiment with which all UN members concurred, all having something to hide. Frank Welsh
Our use of the United Nations as an instrument for opposing Soviet expansion. prior to the conclusion of peace, has strained that institution severely. It has an increasing tendency to alarm smaller nations and to paralyze, rather than stimulate, their will to play an active part in the organization George F. Kennan
I’d like to bring change into the culture of the United Nations …. Ban Ki-moon
According to the U. N. Charter, the Secretary General is the chief administrative officer, not its chief moralizer. John Bolton
It is our duty to persuade the nations of the world, in whatever way that we can, to settle their differences in some other way. (Other than war) William Howard Taft
When states decide to use force to deal with broader threats to international peace and security, they need the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations. Kofi Annan
All members will refrain in their international relations from the threat or the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. United Nations
The United Nations Security Council is there to protect the interest of the Americans and the British. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The United Nations is your instrument for peace and justice. Use it. Kofi Annan
My mission was to save Rwanda. Their mission was to put on a show with no risk. Romeo Dallaire
For virtually every area of public policy there is a globalist proposal, consistent with the overall objective of reducing individual nation-state autonomy, particularly that of the United States? John Bolton
The League is dead; long live the United Nations. Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
(a) The use of nuclear and thermo-nuclear weapons is contrary to the spirit, letter and aims of the United Nations and, as such, a direct violation of the Charter of the United Nations; (b) The use of nuclear and thermo-nuclear weapons would exceed even the scope of war and cause indiscriminate suffering and destruction to mankind and civilization and, as such, is contrary to the rules of international law and to the laws of humanity; (c) The use of nuclear and thermo-nuclear weapons is a war directed not against an enemy or enemies alone but also against mankind in general, since the peoples of the world not involved in such a war will be subjected to all the evils generated by the use of such weapons; United Nations
The Arab states do not want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront to the United Nations and as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don't give a damn whether the refugees live or die. Ralph Galloway
States shall not expel or return a refugee … to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. United Nations
The international body must have the institutions and powers it needs to do what it is created to do; in other words it must be boldly and openly set up as a super-state on a level above the national sovereignties, and that, in turn, means that the Member States must have accepted in advance as much limitation and subordination of their particular sovereignties as this superior sovereign power requires. Leon Blum
Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe. Winston Churchill
We can no longer regard the UN Resolution of the 29th of November as having any moral force. After the UN failed to implement its own resolution, we regard the resolution of the 29th of November concerning Jerusalem to be null and void David Ben-Gurion
In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society…. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. United Nations
Nations should refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state ... United Nations
It imperils what I conceive to be the underlying, the very first principles of this Republic. It is in conflict with the right of our people to govern themselves free from all restraint, legal or moral, of foreign powers.... William E. Borah
If I were remaking the United Nations there would only be one permanent representative—the United States because that’s the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world. John Bolton
We believe in multilateral organization. It's very important for countries like Canada to be great promoters of multilateral organizations. We have only one superpower, it happens to be a friend of ours, but to maintain the equilibrium in the world it is very important that we have these multilateral organizations like the UN or others. Jean Chretien
Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures... It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. UNESCO
The United Nations General Assembly too often appears content with passing hollow resolutions condemning chemical warfare in general terms, while permitting violators to escape without the punishment they deserve Kenneth Adelman
Cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation. Eleanor Roosevelt
The U.S and England are not worthy of security council membership. Those who want good relations with the Iranian people should bow and surrender to its right and might. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
We cannot play with the lives of our own staff beyond a certain limit. Our people in the field are increasingly desperate. Jan Egeland
I just wished Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn't have rescued them. Bill O'Reilly
How beautiful it would be if the Isthmus of Panama should come to be to us what the Isthmus of Corinth was to the Greeks! May God grant that some day we may have the happiness of installing there an august congress of the representatives of the republics, kingdoms and empires, to discuss and study the high interests of peace and war with nations of other three parts of the world! Simon Bolivar
Okay, here’s what we’re gonna do. We are not running away with our tail between our legs. I’ve already heard from Congress and that’s what they all want to do, get out tomorrow. We’re staying. We are also not gonna flatten Mogadishu to prove we are the big badass superpower. Everybody in the world knows we could do that. We don’t have to prove that to anybody. We are going to send in more troops, with tanks and aircraft and anything else they need. We are going to show force. And we are going to keep delivering the food. If anybody fucks with us, we will respond, massively. And we are going to get the U.N. to finally show up and take over. Tell Boutros he has six months to do that, not one day more. Then…then we will leave. Bill Clinton
The General Assembly Decides that Israel is a peace-loving State which accepts the obligations contained in the Charter and is able and willing to carry out those obligations; The General Assembly Decides to admit Israel to membership in the United Nations. United Nations
Temple of Peace Andrew Carnegie
Without meaning to be ungrateful, in dealing with authorities on Formosa, moral pressure is not enough. If something more than that, such as the threat of an ouster from their seat in the United Nations, were conveyed to the authorities on Formosa, or if the United States would go a step further and threaten to suspend aid, I assure you the Kuomintang army would disappear overnight. U Myint Thein
Standards violated are better than no standards at all. Kenneth Adelman
In the developing countries the United Nations doesn't mean frustration, confrontation or condemnation. It means environmental sanitation, agricultural production, telecommunications, the fight against illiteracy, the great struggle against poverty ignorance and disease. Miguel A. Albornoz
Reform or die. Madeleine Albright
Managing the United Nations is like trying to run a business with 184 chief executive officers—each with a different language, a distinct set of priorities, and an unemployed brother-in-law seeking a paycheck. Madeleine Albright
Worries about misplaced sovereignty [at the UN] … appear to come primarily from people aggrieved to find the United Nations so full of foreigners. Madeleine Albright
If governments do not want to work with the U.N. and the international organizations, there is a limit to what you can do. And there is also a limit to patience. Kofi Annan
It is my sacred moral and juridical duty to try to diminish international tensions wherever I can. Kofi Annan
The international community could not muster the resources or the will to come to the Rwanda’s aid. Kofi Annan
We are one organization with one policy and command structure, and all the governments participating have to accept that. Kofi Annan
It is better for aged diplomats to be bored than for young men to die. Warren R. Austin
I have to make a speech tomorrow and prefer to lose my foot. Minerva Bernardino
We must give everyone a stake in the World’s environment. Tony Blair
If the savior of man would revisit and declare himself for a League of Nations, I would be opposed to it. William E. Borah
I am only the Security Council's servant, though not always its humble one. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
I have no power, no independence. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
If there is any surprise for me in this job, it is the multiplicity of conflicts. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Just as the United States doesn't like others to take charge, other countries also don't like the United States to play a dominant role in the United Nations. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
The United Nations exists to help countries solve their problems. If it helps the Americans solve theirs by blaming me, I'll be a scapegoat. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Today, member states have asked U. N. forces to go where they have not wanted their own soldiers to venture. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
No nation can stand against a wold united. George W. Bush
Out of these troubled times … a new world order may emerge. George W. Bush
Nations have lost their traditional exclusive jurisdiction over their treatment of their citizens. Rene Cassin
We cannot let cultural relativism become the last refuge of repression. Warren Christopher
If the American people are to say yes to U. N. peace keeping, the United Nations must know when to say no. Bill Clinton
When the big powers are in agreement, the U. N. performs. When they aren't, the U. N. is paralyzed. Ali Dessouki
Boutros-Ghali wasn't elected to anything in this country when last I checked. Bob Dole
That a pressing need exists for an International Criminal Court is an unhappy reflection on the tragic realities of the world today. Alexander Downer
That a pressing need exists for an International Criminal Court is an unhappy reflection on the tragic realities of the world today. Alexander Downer
It's a bit embarrassing to be a deadbeat .... The United States should not be a deadbeat. Lawrence Eagleburger
[Describing the United Nations:] ... a beehive without honey ... a chaotic and sterile maelstrom Abba Eban
Failure was built into it by an extraordinary of exaggerated expectations. Abba Eban
If the United Nations would not take responsibility in time of peril, by what right should it claim authority when the danger is passed. Abba Eban
We must face the fact that the United Nations is not yet the international equivalent of our own legal system and the rule of law. Anthony Eden
The United Nations is a failed institution in its current form. Newt Gingrich
To have a body of humanitarian law, built up over decades and accepted by the great majority of U. N. member states, without an enforcement mechanism is a fruitless exercise. Richard J. Goldstone
Without the U. N., world politics is inconceivable. Mikhail Gorbachev
The nebulocity known as the international community is ultimately accountable to nobody. Philip Gourevitch
I believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world, in his own good time, to become one nation ... Ulysses S. Grant
[Describing the United Nations:] The world cockpit of propaganda. Fitzhugh Green
The problem with the World Bank and the IMF [International Monetary Fund] is that they have no constituency in the United States. Joseph Fowler
The Arab states do not want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it an open sore … as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don’t give a damn whether the refugees live or die … Ralph Galloway
Hey, it’s the American way. Richard Holbrooke
The UN is ultimately going to be judged on its ability in conflict resolution and conflict prevention. Richard Holbrooke
Being a minority in a supergovernment [world government], the political, economic, and social control of our own country would ultimately pass from our own hands, and all the assurances of our fundamental institutions would be lost. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
The Permanent Court of International Justice in its major purpose is thus peculiarly identified with American ideals and with American statesmanship. No more potent instrumentality for this purpose has ever been conceived and no other is practicable of establishment. Herbert Hoover
There will no longer be need for spheres of influence, for alliances, balances of power ... Cordell Hull
No nation is responsible to itself alone, but that laws of political morality are universal; and that obedience to such laws is incumbent upon all nations. Japan
I do not applaud our quitting the League [of Nations]. The people act as if by withdrawing we have achieved something great …. This shows the shallowness of thought of the Japanese public. Nobuaki Makino
Our world demands action, not passivity; actors and not mere spectators. Frederico Mayor
We are slowly but surely surrendering our freedom to the United Nations. We have seen its membership increase from approximately 50 nations to more than 100. Large numbers of primitive, African nations have been admitted on a footing of equality with us. The great mystery of history is why the negro peoples of Africa constitute the only known branch of the human race which has never developed a high-level civilization of its own nor learned one from its neighbors. William D. McCain
Only external authority—the United Nations—can bring about the necessary arrangements to prevent both communities from killing one another. Thomas P. Melady
It's group therapy for the world. Antonio Monteiro
Internationalism protects the sovereignty of my country Mike Moore
To the creators of the League of Nations who originated the first serious efforts to a better understanding between nations Henry I. Morgenthau
You are now under the protection of the United Nations …. I will never abandon you. Philippe Morillon
We will not take care. We do not give a damn. Daniel P. Moynihan
One thing the United Nation is good at is producing documents. Lewis H. Lapham
… intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious groups as such. Raphael Lemkin
If in the judicious determination of the members of the United Nations they feel not welcome and treated with the hostly consideration that is their due, the United States strongly encourages member states to seriously consider removing themselves and this organization from the soil of the United States. We will put no impediment in your way and we will be at dockside bidding you a farewell as you set off into the sunset. Charles M. Lichenstein
My God, this is war against the United Nations. Trygve Lie
The United Nations is a foolish attempt at world government inspired by Satan. Paul D. Lindstrom
This organization [the United Nations] is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Until all the powerful are just, the weak will be secure only in the strength of this assembly. John F. Kennedy
American foreign policy must be fashioned by the United States, not the United Nations. Jeane Kirkpatrick
No one should abandon his county's interest upon entering the portals of the United Nations. Jeane Kirkpatrick
When did the American people decide that U. S. foreign policy should be conducted through the United Nations. Jeane Kirkpatrick
World government is a premature concept at this stage. We are moving more and more into supernational arrangements, but it is too early still. Zbigniew Brzezinski
… one of the world's most disgraceful scams Claude Hankes-Drielsma
The U.N. fiddled while Saddam slaughtered. Carlton Sherwood
Preserve U. S. sovereignty and freedom of action by marginalizing the United Nations. George Will
A global government would almost by definition abusive. As someone who escaped from Communist government, how would I escape from global government. George Soros
A commitment to the principle of human rights requires clear and unambiguous respect for international law and support for the international organizations that administer it. When it comes to an organization like the United Nations, we cannot pick and choose when we wish to work within its framework without greatly weakening its effectiveness. Jesse Jackson
Beyond the manifestations of programmatic confusion, a leadership vacuum, and budgetary quandaries, WHO has lost its way. Lancet
WHO has become so corrupted, mismanaged and irrelevant that many public health leaders around the world are calling for it to be shut down Stephen Douglas Mumford
Many people in the UN vote and then go home where nobody votes. Victor Davis Hanson
If blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs. Andrew Thompson
A new phrase, the United Nations, slipped into the world's vocabulary. Editorial writers and military commentators used it glibly. And last week they began to wonder what, exactly, it meant—that pact by which 26 nations bound themselves fortnight ago not to make a separate peace with their Axis enemies Time
The Newly established United Nations must be a force for action and not merely a frothing of words. Winston Churchill
We must have a world organization for the purpose of deliberation, but not for the purpose of waging wars and imposing sanctions. J. Reuben Clark
Most criticisms of the operations of the United Nations are based on comparisons with the operations of the leading organizations in the private sector or on measurements relative to inflated initial expectations. Although some specific comparisons may be useful in increasing the efficiency of the United Nations more general exercises of this kind are essentially unfair. The United Nations lacks not only the clear authority, but also the requisite resources to act effectively in most instances. Accusations of the UN's failure are in fact indictments of the member states themselves. Bahai Universal House of Justice
Who do you think you are, a country? Dean Rusk
Many nations want the United Nations Secretary General to be less general and more secretary. James Traub
In the United Nations, the United States can almost always get its way…. The United States has the ability to make the United Nations work or not work---if it cares enough. James Traub
We were instrumental in creating the United Nations and the World Bank, and now we threaten their health. Robert E. Rubin
American pressure has pummeled into submission the UN's role as an impartial Middle East negotiator Alvaro De Soto
Japan, is all in favor of the League of Nations, but as a matter of practical politics, as things are, she can no more accept the idea of an independent Korea than Great Britain can afford to recognize an independent Irish Republic Kentaro Midzuno
While most nations seemed to agree that something had to be done, every nation seemed to have a reason why some other nation should do it. So we sat, waiting for a promise to be kept, reduced to the role of accountants keeping track of how many were being killed. Romeo Dallaire
The President professes a faith in the United Nations but his actions and statements are not designed to give life or vitality to that organization. J. William Fulbright
Any idea that you can have a league for security is nuts, and all people who favor it are potential murderers… as long as man is man, there will be war and the only way to avoid trouble is to have the best army and navy, which we now have. George S. Patton
I don’t do carrots. John Bolton
The UN is a great rusting hulk of a bureaucratic superstructure. John Bolton
The best thing that most Americans can say about the UN is that it is ineffectual. That’s the best thing. Kate O'Beirne
This League of Nations, whatever its name, can be nothing else than a coalition of powers hostile to the workers and enemies of liberty; a Holy Alliance founded to crush the social revolution which is daily gaining ground. Otto Ruhle
For the past several years the United Nations has proclaimed Canada to be "The Best Place In The World To Live." But if you value individual and economic liberty, you are not likely to agree…What is it about Canada that the UN sees as especially praiseworthy and, by implication, the model to be emulated by other regimes? Could it be high taxation, centralized power, wealth redistribution between regions, and social engineering? Adam Young
In order to ensure prompt and effective action by the United Nations, its Members confer on the Security Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and agree that in carrying out its duties under this responsibility the Security Council acts on their behalf. United Nations
Respecting the United Nations as the living sign of all people's hope for peace, we shall strive to make it not merely an eloquent symbol but an effective force Dwight D. Eisenhower
If a small, wealthy country, was threatened by a larger neighbor, it could not provide for its own security…. They depended on the peace-loving, large nations. That burden fell to the big 5 powers…. They in turn were given extraordinary powers, especially the power to negate all decisions over the use of military force. Paul Kennedy
We shall have world government whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World government will be achieved by conquest or consent James P. Warburg
Parliament of Parliaments Felix Adler
...the UN is in the hands of America. The Security Council is in the hands of America. The IAEA Board of Governors is in the hands of America. Abdollah Javadi-Amoli
Attempts to run the world generate resistance. Richard K. Betts
The League of Nations must never break the sacred support of the minority-rights.[ Aristide Briand
I have been thought to have been a secretary when I entered a room. Margaret Ann Sayers Hercus
Decisions will be made to the contentment of all parties. Henry IV
Great Council Henry IV
It is the case that the Russians are misusing the veto in the United Nations, but you must recall that it was we who insisted upon the veto. Without the veto we could not gotten it through Congress. Eleanor Roosevelt
We cannot cede our moral authority to multinational debating societies. Rick Perry
This public movement against apartheid is a precious heritage of the world,. It was a struggle in which ordinary people, the grassroots, were able to counteract powerful interests and to force governments to change their policies – even to defeat governments which were unresponsive. A study of this movement is important for an understanding of the dynamics and power of nonviolent public action at local, national and international levels. The anti-apartheid or solidarity movement was composed of thousands of groups in many countries and communities, many of them in opposition to the policies of their governments. They were not centrally directed. Each group was independent and acted in the light of conditions in its own country or constituency. There was no coordination – except that at various conferences (for instance, those organized by the United Nations), groups from different countries were able to meet each other, exchange views, and possibly plan international campaigns. Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy
All the problems that fall to the League may ultimately be reduced to one - that of man, and the dignity of man. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
I am Catalan. Catalonia had the first democratic Parliament much before England. And it was in my country where there was a beginning of united nations. At that time—the eleventh Century—they met in Toulouse—today in France—to speak about peace, because the Catalonian people of that time were already against war. That is why, the United Nations, which work only for the ideal of peace, are in my heart, because everything relating to peace goes directly there. Pablo Casals
The road to Hell is paved with good conventions. Anonymous
I think that we should have a very serious discussion about defunding the United nations… Why should we be paying for the UN? Rick Perry
We send our peacekeepers off to some disputed zone, full of local intrigue and power blocs and uncertainty and danger, and they are supposed to save lives not with their weapons, but through their competence and their character. And they do it. Romeo LeBlanc
I think this ... will demand, as a minimum condition, the establishment of a world State and the subsequent institution of a world-wide system of education designed to produce loyalty to the world State. No doubt such a system of education will entail, at any rate for a century or two, certain crudities which will militate against the development of the individual. But if the alternative is chaos and the death of civilization, the price will be worth paying. Bertrand Russell
The task of creating a sound international organization is complicated and difficult. Yet, without such organization, the rights of man on earth cannot be protected. Machinery for the just settlement of international differences must be found. Without such machinery, the entire world will have to remain an armed camp. The world will be doomed to deadly conflict, devoid of hope for real peace. Harry S Truman
… unless the United Nations stops becoming simply a debating society for anti-American rhetoric, I'm going to show them the door. Tom Tancredo
It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation-states, however powerful. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the imperatives of global environmental cooperation. Maurice Strong
My country is being crucified… Yosuke Matsuoka
I was particularly awkwardly placed, without instructions and not even in close political alliance with the actual British Government. Robert Cecil
When America rejected the League, she had deliberately chosen to rest solely upon treaties with the sanction of public opinion alone… Henry L. Stimson
The time has passed when nations should be allowed to do as they individually wish with regard to global matters, each striving solely in its own interests, with the more powerful now able to destroy all humanity and more. For the common good, we need to frame and abide by a higher system of law and justice, designed with less national, more godlike, perspectives for the preservation and welfare of the biosphere as a whole. Roger Wolcott Sperry
We have decided to bring to an end the most unequal, most unjust, most barbarous war of our age, and have chosen the road to exile in order that our people will not be exterminated and in order to consecrate ourselves wholly and in peace to the preservation of our empire's independence ... we now demand that the League of Nations should continue its efforts to secure respect for the covenant, and that it should decide not to recognize territorial extensions, or the exercise of an assumed sovereignty, resulting from the illegal recourse to armed force and to numerous other violations of international agreements. Haile Selassie
Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader. I spoke then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I gave in 1936. Haile Selassie
The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjugation of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security. But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honor them and give them content and meaning. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. Haile Selassie
Conflicts between nations will continue to arise. The real issue is whether they are to be resolved by force, or by resort to peaceful methods and procedures, administered by impartial institutions. Haile Selassie
I ask the fifty-two nations, who have given the Ethiopian people a promise to help them in their resistance to the aggressor, what are they willing to do for Ethiopia? And the great Powers who have promised the guarantee of collective security to small States on whom weighs the threat that they may one day suffer the fate of Ethiopia, I ask what measures do you intend to take?, Representatives of the World I have come to Geneva to discharge in your midst the most painful of the duties of the head of a State. What reply shall I have to take back to my people? Haile Selassie
I assert that the problem submitted to the Assembly today is a much wider one. It is not merely a question of the settlement of Italian aggression. It is collective security: it is the very existence of the League of Nations. It is the confidence that each State is to place in international treaties. It is the value of promises made to small States that their integrity and their independence shall be respected and ensured. Haile Selassie
It is not the Soviet Union or indeed any other big powers who need the United States for their protection. It is all the others. Dag Hammarskjold
Everything will be all right ... when people stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. Dag Hammarskjold
The letters SG do not stand for Secretary General but for Scape Goat. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Opposing the U.N opposition to the American Invasion of Iraq was our finest hour. It was a war which, in my opinion, was illegal. Kofi Annan
UNRWA has a very poor idea of whether its vehicles are used in terrorist attacks. We have seen tapes of vehicles, clearly marked on their roof as UNRWA vehicles with RPG weapons being loaded to carry out attacks Mark Kirk
The UN member states have not been able to agree upon a definition of terrorism. Terrorism is rather like pornography. You might not be able to define it but you know it when you see it. Shashi Tharoor
The last place you want to be is the UN building at 5 PM. You are endangered by the mass of people running out. Ami Horowitz
The UN doesn’t take any moral stands unless its against Israel. Ami Horowitz
The mobilization of world opinion and methods of negotiation should be developed and used by every nation in order to strengthen the United Nations. Then if we are forced into war, it will be because there has been no way to prevent it through negotiation and the mobilization of world opinion. In which case we should have the voluntary support of many nations, which is far better than the decision of one nation alone, or even of a few nations. Eleanor Roosevelt
I wish there were forces available for use in the United Nations today so that aggression might be impossible for any nation and peace could be enforced in lands which sorely need it, but I hope that negotiations will soon reach a point where between the Arab people and the Jews peace may be brought about. There is plenty of work for all to do and land to be developed which needs the work of many hands. Eleanor Roosevelt
The United Nations is really the League of Nations 2.0 David Pietrusza
International institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations - great or small - to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to be a part of the twentieth century. Adlai Stevenson
If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it Peter Gabriel
The United Nations exists not merely to preserve the peace but also to make change - even radical change - possible without violent upheaval. The United Nations has no vested interest in the status quo… Ralph Bunchee
There are millions of people all over the world, right now, who are looking to the United Nations for protection and redress against the violation of their rights and deprivation of their freedoms. Louise Arbour
World Government has been the goal of a power-driven and self-perpetuating conspiracy for some six generations. Military conquest hasn’t achieved the goal. Wars and revolutions haven’t accomplished it either. So the master planners have turned to misnamed free trade and seemingly innocuous economic unions to reach their independence-cancelling design. John F. McManus
Blaming the UN for Rwanda is like blaming Madison Square Garden when the Knicks play badly. Richard Holbrooke
The day is coming when no single nation, however powerful, can undertake by itself to keep the peace outside its borders. Robert McNamara
UN Peacekeeping us much more cost effective than using American forces. And of course, America doesn’t have the forces to do all of these peacekeeping missions but somebody has to do them. Condoleeza Rice
[America should strive for] Voluntary agreement to remove the veto from all questions involving pacific settlements of international disputes and situations Arthur Hedrick Vandenberg
The United States of America is a threat to world peace. Because what America is saying is that if you are afraid of a veto in the Security Council, you can go outside and take action and violate the sovereignty of other countries. That is the message they are sending to the world. That must be condemned in the strongest terms. Nelson Mandela
The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades. Vladimir Putin
The United Nations inspectors cannot tell us anything that we do not already know nor can they galvanize the world to the action that should be taken. John Kerry
… adopt and enforce appropriate, effective laws which prohibit any non-state actor to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer, ot use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery …. develop and maintain appropriate, effective border controls and law enforcement efforts … United Nations
The 4 policeman Franklin D. Roosevelt
The program you are to discuss constitutes, of course, only one phase of the arrangements which must be made between nations to ensure an orderly, harmonious world. But it is a vital phase, affecting ordinary men and women everywhere. For it concerns the basis upon which they will be able to exchange with one another the natural riches of the earth and the products of their own industry and ingenuity. Commerce is the life- blood of a free society. We must see to it that the arteries which carry that blood stream are not clogged again, as they have been in the past, by artificial barriers created through senseless economic rivalries. Franklin D. Roosevelt
For social movements seeking to shape the governance of the world economy, all roads still lead to the state. G. John Ikenberry
Among the most important such false gods in our time is the United Nations, which has become a new religion that is worshipped to the exclusion of God… It issues documents and statements that openly contradict Islamic belief, such as International Declaration for Human Rights, considering all religions are equal, and considering that the destruction of the statues constitutes a crime. Osama bin Laden
The U.N. acts as the world's conscience. Shirley Temple
The UN system is not very democratic, everyone knows that the Security Council is not democratic. Alfred Maurice de Zayas
It [the UN] has given uniquely valuable services in many places where violence threatened. It is the only real world forum where we have the opportunity for international presentation and rebuttal…. The United Nation deserves our continued firm support. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The rules that organizations such as the United Nations rely on were not written by the majority of the world’s people, who have long seen powerful states declare exceptions for themselves. Newly powerful states will challenge this system -- Stephen Hopgood
The United Nations is a means. It is not an end for American foreign policy. James Baker
You don’t go for a vote in the Security Council unless you know that you have the votes to win. James Baker
Republican committal for an Association of Nations, cooperating in sublime accord, to attain and preserve peace through justice rather than force, determined to add to security through international law, so clarified that no misconstruction can be possible without affronting world honor. Warren G. Harding
The League of Nations seemed to us the embryo of a future international organization; and for the struggle against the internationales, whether Socialistic or Communist, it offered the best possible instrument. It was a great blow to us when the United States refused to become a party to these hopes. Edouard Herriot
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. United Nations
Mankind’s desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government. Albert Einstein
We recognize and accept our own deep involvement in the destiny of men everywhere. We are accordingly pledged to honor, and to strive to fortify, the authority of the United Nations. For in that body rests the best hope of our age for the assertion of that law by which all nations may live in dignity. Dwight D. Eisenhower
War might be instantly banished from Europe, would its nations regard themselves as one great society, and by mutual consent, erect a court for the trial and decisions of their respective disputes. William Jay
Thus may be envisioned a United States of the World. Ultimately, it will surely come. Henry Ford
Who is going to be in charge of security in a divided Jerusalem if it is put under a United Nations mandate? The UN forces that were in Rwanda? Dore Gold
For every nongovernmental organization that has been granted hard-won observer status at a UN meeting, thousands more have been shot out by the state [national] gatekeepers of the curren international system. Anne-Marie Slaughter
It is completely unacceptable that there be UN forces committing human rights violations such as rape and sexual violence. All of us together— [member] states and UN—must do our utmost to ensure that any kind of action of this type is severely punished, Antonio Guterres