Quotable quotes at the general debate of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 24

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Following are quotable quotes from world leaders at the general debate of the UN General Assembly on Friday:

"Despite the growing and important role the United Nations plays in socio-economic development, it remains in essence a political organization by far, that was primarily created to maintain international peace and security and to protect humanity from the scourge of wars and conflicts that befell it and stalled its progress and development for successive periods of its history. " -- Lebanese President Michel Sleiman.

"Climate issues and the recent financial, economic and food crises call for a change. The world needs an understanding of global development which is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable." -- Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

"Despite many years of independence, many countries still face daunting challenges of nation-building." -- Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

"Latin American nations are beginning to take on a global leadership role in economic, environmental, security-related and development issues." "The time has come for Latin America. We Latin Americans assumed the management of our economies with responsibility, and as a result we were one of the least affected regions by the global economic crisis." -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon.

"The developing world, particularly Africa, continues to suffer from the effects of the global economic and financial crises. It is important to understand that the critical issues that we face today cannot be addressed effectively when so many countries and regions are left out of the key decision-making process of institutions of global governance." -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

"At the global level, climate change is one of the major challenges facing humanity today. The devastating impact of natural disasters around the world has affected most of our countries." -- Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

"In my understand, global governance recognizes the inevitable and welcome interconnectedness of nations, the unique circumstances and contributions of each, and the principle of mutual respect. I say welcome because, as we have seen, major threats of global scale like the financial crisis, climate change, terrorism, poverty and other challenges to world peace need the concerted efforts of all nations if they are to be addressed effectively. " -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

"The future is in our hands. We will only succeed if we achieve a more just distribution and better re-distribution of the world's natural resources and wealth." -- President of Cyprus Demetris Christoflas.

"The Arab-Israeli conflict is considered one of the gravest threats to peace and security in the Middle East region. The failure of the United Nations during the past six decades in finding a solution to this pivotal question have contributed to the complication of the Palestinian Question, and have pushed Israel, the occupying authority, to persist in its disrespect of international legitimacy. It persisted in its settlement policy, imposed a siege on Gaza, destroyed the landmarks of Jerusalem in order to judaize the city." -- Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Naser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

"It is an often-stated fact that the old economic order is being transformed. That what were once labeled "emerging economies" are now, in many cases, global economic players. The distribution of military power, too, is altering. So power is being wielded in different places, and in different ways. This power shift requires us to reform our international institutions: to reinforce the rule of international law; and to free up international trade." -- British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

"The value on which our organization (UN) was founded 65 years ago are still valid when facing today's global challenges." "The duty to prevent, contain and resolve conflicts is a central aim of our organization. The Charter compels us to unite our forces to maintain international peace and security." -- Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn.


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