quotations about the United Nations

I hope the United Nations will ever remain the supreme forum of peace and justice, the authentic seat of freedom.

POPE JOHN PAUL II, address to the U.N. General Assembly, October 1979


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More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.

KOFI ANNAN, "Message for the New Millennium", December 31, 1999


If all the diplomats were kicked out, the UN could be turned into the finest bordello in the world and do just as much, if not more, for international harmony.



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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, to be a part of the twentieth century.

ADLAI STEVENSON, attributed, The Stevenson Wit and Wisdom


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The United Nations is like a spade; it is not self-operating. It is what we make of it, for purposes that we can find in common with our neighbors in the world.

ADLAI STEVENSON, United Nations: Guardian of Peace


The purpose of the United Nations is to separate the United States from its money.

RUSH LIMBAUCH, "Foreign Aid and the Excrement List", February 4, 2015


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The United Nations is not failing. We are collectively failing its Charter and ideals through the decisions we make or fail to make. When we are ready, and collectively decide to fulfill the ideals of the UN, we will see the conventions, reports and structures as invaluable tools for getting there.

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA, "Reviving the Spirit of the UN Charter", Huffington Post, April 23, 2017


The United Nations is failing abysmally, and dangerously, in its mission. Founded in 1945 as a vehicle to avert war and promote human dignity and freedom, the U.N. has instead become a self-serving and ever-expanding haven of privilege for the world's worst regimes, rife with bigotry, fraud, abuse, and corruption, both financial and moral.

CLAUDIA ROSETT, books summary for "What to Do About the U.N.", Encounter Books


The United Nations rose from the ashes of destruction, and created a magnificent vision for all of humankind: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and protect universal human rights.

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA, "Reviving the Spirit of the UN Charter", Huffington Post, April 23, 2017


And our enduring strength is also reflected in our respect for an international system that protects the rights of both nations and people -- a United Nations and a Universal Declaration of Human Rights; international law and the means to enforce those laws. But we also know that those rules are not self-executing; they depend on people and nations of goodwill continually affirming them.

BARACK OBAMA, Address to European Youth at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014


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In short, habit, indifference and certain beliefs can combine to explain war or render it admissible or justifiable. An emphatic voice must therefore be raised in defence of peace. The United Nations is the place par excellence where this appeal has resounded with a power that has continued to amplify as it progressed towards universality.

B. G. RAMCHARAN, Keeping Faith With the United Nations


The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure--but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.

HUBERT H. HUMPHREY, speech in New York City, November 17, 1965


We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, The Uncommon Wisdom of JFK: A Portrait in His Own Words


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For the first time since World War II the international community is united. The leadership of the United Nations, once only a hoped-for ideal, is now confirming its founders' vision.... The world can therefore seize this opportunity to fulfill the long-held promise of a new world order.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, State of the Union message to the nation, January 29, 1991


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The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members. We shall not realize our objectives, however, unless we are willing to help free peoples to maintain their free institutions and their national integrity against aggressive movements that seek to impose upon them totalitarian regimes.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, message to a joint session of Congress, "Truman Doctrine", March 12, 1947


I am convinced that the United Nations provides the best road to the future for those who have confidence in our capacity to shape our own fate on this planet.

KURT WALDHEIM, The Challenge of Peace


On the one hand, the United Nations is an international actor acting independently of its membership, pursuing collective goals and regulating the behavior of states. On the other, it is not much more than elaborate standing conference machinery, based on nineteenth-century thought, and is controlled by states.

N. D. WHITE, The United Nations System: Toward International Justice


War! Huh? What is it good for? Well, for start? It sorts out who is the strongest out of the two countries. Also, you get to see some amazing explosions. But, there is some people out there who not only don't enjoy the war, but they try to spoil the fun for everyone else. And those chickens is called the 'U.N.' Me went to New York to meet these player-haters.

SACHA BARON COHEN, "War", Da Ali G Show, February 28, 2003


This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.

HENRY CABOT LODGE, New York Times, January 28, 1954


The United Nations is being reborn, its peace-making potential is expanding and faith in its ideals and principles is becoming stronger.

VLADIMIR PETROVSKY, attributed, The Future Role of the United Nations in an Interdependent World