Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
The United Nations General Assembly is holding its 65th annual meeting this week with representatives from 192 countries in attendance.
Among the many leaders in attendance this week will be President Barack Obama, who will address the Assembly on Wednesday. The president will speak about the UN's Millennium Development Goals: eight goals that include cutting poverty in half, providing universal access to education and to stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS, with a deadline of 2015.
The General Assembly is scheduled to convene a meeting on biodiversity with panel discussions on Wednesday to discuss conservation, sustainability and sharing of "genetic resources." The U.N. has designated 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity.
On Thursday, there will be a high-level meeting on disarmament, which will include observers from the Holy See and Palestine. U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon will give opening remarks.
Near Central Park, protesters have been demonstrating the attendance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. On Sunday, U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon discussed various issues with Ahmadinejad, including developments in the Middle East as well as Iran's nuclear program, according to U.N. officials.
Tuesday morning, New York leaders Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. David Paterson spoke out against Ahmadinejad. Another protest against the Iranian leader is scheduled for Thursday.