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United Nations General Assembly Opens Annual Meeting

Monday, September 20, 2010

It comes around once a year -- the week when New York really does become the center of the world and representatives from 192 countries convene at the United Nations.

This week is the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and leaders from around the world are crowding into East Side hotels, getting ready to debate the world's problems.

Many will also attend a special summit on the UN's Millenium Development Goals that began Sunday. Ten years ago, the UN set specific goals to alleviate poverty by 2015. The UN Secretary General says, two thirds of the way there, the goals are within reach -- but the economic distress of recent years has resulted in major aid shortfalls, especially in Africa.

For activists and advocates, the presence of so many leaders looking at so many issues means a chance to turn heads and change minds. Protests against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began yesterday upon his arrival. And the UN's neighbors will see plenty more crowds behind blue barricades over the next few days.

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Comments [2]

stifanops from usa

I am talking about the dictatorship President Isaias Afwerki typically impose restrictions on the rights of citizens to criticize the government, restrictions on the freedom of the press, restrictions on the rights of opposition parties to campaign against the government, or, as is common under totalitarian dictatorship, simply prohibit groups, associations, or political parties opposed to the government. Can the United Nations General Assembly ask a lot of questions for this president be half of Eritrean people please?
Thank you so much!!

Sep. 21 2011 10:36 PM
Robert Wright from pittsburgh pa

I would rather have the heads of state--192 of them--talking about various problems instead of fighting about them.

Sep. 21 2010 10:51 AM

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