On September 23 and 24, President Obama joined Heads of State from all around the world at the opening of the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. Over the course of the two days, the President led a high-level event on supporting civil society, engaged in bilateral discussions with Nigerian, Lebanese, and Palestinian leaders, and addressed the General Assembly.
The President’s speech to the General Assembly outlined the United States’ perspective on the challenges that the international community is confronting with the Syrian crisis, the destabilization of the region, and the conflicts between and within countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In his remarks, the President:
For the United States, the week-long high-level opening session of the General Assembly offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage leaders from all the world's countries. As the President said in his address, the "for decades, the United Nations has in fact made a difference -- from helping to eradicate disease, to educating children, to brokering peace." And we remain strongly committed to working in partnership with the international community and the United Nations to meet the challenges of our time.