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Speeches

Whatever the motivation, whether altruism or self-interest, the important part is that the United States continue its efforts to make the world a safer, more prosperous, and better place to live for us and for our future generations. I think we have to be a part of the global community.

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The creation of a permanent International Criminal Court presents real and immediate challenges for U.S. policymakers. If the court attempts to assert a global reach, affecting the nationals of non-signatories, then the United States should do everything in its power to oppose the court.

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What we, the representatives of smaller countries, are not happy about concerning the ICC Statute is that it does not, for example, reflect the crime of aggression. Most of the smaller states have been and might become victims of a crime of aggression, and unfortunately during negotiations it was agreed because of the stance of some greater powers that perhaps war crimes should not include at this stage the crime of aggression.

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There is a story that the leaders of two nations, one a fundamentalist theocracy the other a military dictatorship, visited God to find out when the turbulence in their countries would end and their peoples would be at peace. To the theocrat’s question, “Almighty, when will the troubles of my people end?” God answered, “Not in your lifetime.” It was the turn, next, of the military dictator to ask the same question. To him God answered: “Not in my lifetime.”

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The ongoing globalization process is rapidly producing hundreds of new international legal norms. Many of these norms influence the roles of women, men and family in society. Indeed, the role of women in society has received particular attention within the United Nations system. But while social progress for women is absolutely vital to continued social development, many of the norms recently articulated within the United Nations system pose particular challenges for societies that are committed to maintaining religious belief and natural family structures.

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Humanity is living in an age in which change is taking place at a faster pace than ever before. The world is feeling the need for dialogue among religions, harmony among the races, and understanding across cultures. Given this reality, I would like to take this opportunity to share a part of the philosophy of peace that I have believed, practiced, and taught throughout my life.

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How can the media contribute to a culture of peace? Very simply by ensuring the people and the voters are informed about every aspect of it. so that it is shaped only with their knowledge and with their consent. Otherwise it will be a mirage of peace, wonderfully impressive to the eye but liable to disintegrate instantly at the first touch of reality

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Economic globalization refers to “the process enabling financial and investment markets to operate internationally.” In other words, globalization means to put the whole globe within reach of capital, and thus within reach of those who own the capital. Liberalization used in combination with globalization is a beautiful expression. But in this context it actually means liberty for the investment and financial markets. In other words, it means freedom for the owners of capital to act.

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The culture of peace is a way of life in which mutual respect produces social integration. There can be no peace if the respect for the other’s rights does not prevail.

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It is important to take steps toward deepening our understanding of how we can distill the best of globalization and at the same time to remove ourselves from its bad aspects; how we can act in unison; how to avoid dividing society as a whole into “we” and “them”; and how we can subdue the roots of aggression within the human soul and steer clear of conflicts between all the various groups.

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How can the United Nations best serve the interest of the United States? And conversely how can the United States advance the mission of the United Nations in its service to humanity as envisaged in the Charter? We had a glimpse of a partial answerafter the September 11 attack when the world and the United Nations rallied to the side of the United States. Will the U.S. now rally to the side of the U.N. in building a future that works for everyone in a world that works for everyone?

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The American people understand the symbiotic need the United States and the United Nations have for each other, and yet there is persistent ambiguity in official America towards the United Nations.

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