International Day

United Nations Day Quotes

Let us remember all the achievements of the United Nations in its efforts to make the world a better place. Happy United Nations Day. This international organization was established to uphold basic human rights and reduce cruelty and injustice in the world. Here we provide some quotes from great figures that reflect the main purpose of its creation.

United Nations Day Quotes

Quotes

The United Nations is our one great hope for a peaceful and free world. Ralph Bunche

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

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

By strengthening the three pillars of the United Nations – security, development, and human rights – we can build a more peaceful, more prosperous, and more just world for our succeeding generations. Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has come under the control of outlaw nations and self-serving special interest groups. Ginny Brown-Waite

Everything will be all right – you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. Dag Hammarskjold

 Freedom is a timeless value. The United Nations Charter calls for encouraging respect for fundamental freedoms. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights mentions freedom more than twenty times. All countries have committed to protecting individual freedoms on paper – but in practice, too many break their pledge. Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient, and effective. Antonio Guterres

We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Vladimir Putin

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. Kofi Annan

I don’t just whisper it, I say it and I say it: ‘The United Nations is an anti-Semitic organization, an anti-Israel organization.‘ Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

There’s no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference. John Bolton

Whether addressing immediate crises or building long-term foundations of peace, the United Nations will remain committed to solutions that advance the global good. Ban Ki-moon

Messengers of Peace such as Midori – and our Goodwill Ambassadors, who work directly with the UN agencies – are dedicated and well-informed and credible advocates on behalf of the United Nations. They help us educate audiences worldwide and rally support on key issues of the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon

Humanistic values of equality and equal rights for all nations and individuals as crystallized in the principles of the United Nations Charter are mankind’s great achievements in the 20th century. Tran Duc Luong

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. Norman Cousins

The United Nations is a place for prostitution under the feet of Americans. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

To me and to a number of other activists from the U.S., we believe that the human rights movement has to evolve and understand the global implications of structural racism. This means engaging the United Nations and a variety of other human rights bodies. Opal Tometi

Whenever I speak at the United Nations, UNICEF or elsewhere to raise awareness of the continual and rampant recruitment of children in wars around the world, I come to realize that I still do not fully understand how I could have possibly survived the civil war in my country, Sierra Leone. Ishmael Beah

Going abroad to study as a teenager, and joining the United Nations at 22, confirmed my ease with the world of the frequent flyer. I saw the average airport terminal as a familiar haven, like a friend’s sitting room. But 9/11 changed all that. Shashi Tharoor

Growing up where I grew up in Queens, you have the United Nations all around you. Nadia Ali

The United Nations has long sought the ability to raise revenues in this manner as a means of reducing its reliance on American and other member nations’ dues to sustain the UN’s operations. Frank Gaffney

If the military might of Germany and Japan are ultimate to be crushed, the United Nations, one and all, must definitely and urgently strive toward a total war effort. William Lyon Mackenzie King

The new millennium began with a great global dream. World leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 and adopted, among others, a historic goal to reduce poverty by half by 2015. Never in human history had such a bold goal been adopted by the entire world in one voice, one that specified time and size. Muhammad Yunus

 It may surprise people to know that I advocate the reform of the United Nations, not its abolishment. Jesse Helms

All countries, big or small, strong or weak, are equal members of the United Nations. Nong Duc Manh

Whatever its flaws, the United Nations is still the only institution that brings together all the countries of the world. And it is the best forum for the United States to spur countries to act – and to hold them accountable when they don’t. Samantha Power

We dragged the National Health Service from the depths of degradation. I’ve got a United Nations heart bypass to prove it and it was done by a Syrian cardiologist, a Malaysian surgeon, a Dutch doctor and a Nigerian registrar. Dennis Skinner

The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform. Chuck Hagel

The failure of the United Nations – My failure is maybe, in retrospect, that I was not enough aggressive with the members of the Security Council. Boutros Boutros-Ghali

The United Nations must focus on delivery rather than process and on people rather than bureaucracy. Antonio Guterres

One of the main lessons I have learned during my five years as Secretary-General is that broad partnerships are the key to solving broad challenges. When governments, the United Nations, businesses, philanthropies and civil society work hand-in-hand, we can achieve great things. Ban Ki-moon

There is no such thing as the United Nations. John Bolton The total elimination of nuclear weapons remains the highest disarmament priority of the United Nations. Antonio Guterres

The United Nations system is still the best instrument for making the world less fragile. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members. Harry S Truman My father is a man of impeccable character who has worked tirelessly for the United Nations for many years. His integrity is beyond reproach. Kojo Annan

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization. Vladimir Putin

By 2022, China is expected to cede the dubious distinction of being the world’s most populous nation to India, according to the population division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Barbara Demick

What makes the United Nations an appropriate source of legitimacy for intervention is that it is the only place where the claims of the strong are put through the test of justification in front of the weak. Michael Ignatieff

President Obama has decided to have the United Nations review the law of Arizona. You have got to be kidding! We’re now going to have countries like Cuba, Libya and Uganda sitting in judgment on Arizona’s laws? Enough is enough! Russell Pearce

You have to look at what the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous people says which is free and prior informed consent. Now, if you say ‘we’re going to build a pipeline, what does it take for us as the colonial power of Canada to make you agree?’ That’s not free, prior and informed consent, that’s coercion. Elizabeth

May Ever since taking office, the Obama administration has sought to accommodate Islamist demands that freedom of expression be curbed, lest it offends Muslims and stoke violence. For example, in 2009, the administration co-sponsored a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution along those lines. Frank Gaffney

The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history’s worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe. Linda Chavez

If you had asked me when I was in law school or in college or as a kid, ‘Is Daniel going to be running a food company?’ I would tell you you’re a cuckoo. What I was going to be doing was representing Israel at the United Nations. Daniel Lubetzky

You may agree or not with Gaddafi’s political ideas, but no one has the right to question the existence of Libya as an independent state and member of the United Nations. Fidel Castro

I was profoundly moved to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima. I also visited Nagasaki. Sadly, we know the terrible humanitarian consequences of the use of even one weapon. As long as such weapons exist, so, too, will the risks of use and proliferation. Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has no business in our elections. David Vitter

The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the states in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being. Kofi Annan

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

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