Watch President Barack Obama’s speech at the 71st U.N. General Assembly at about 9:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday.
NEW YORK CITY — President Barack Obama is slated to speak Tuesday morning at the U.N. General Assembly, where he plans to rally more support for the migrant crisis.
Later that day, he will host a summit on refugees and migrants with the goal of securing more commitments from countries to house migrant populations and contribute funds to the crisis.
He has pushed private sector companies to do their part as well, and faces the task of convincing others to accept more refugees while garnering criticism for not doing enough. The U.S. has pledged to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees within a year, for example, while Canada has vowed to take in 30,000.
“Protecting and assisting refugees is a part of our history as a nation, and we will continue to alleviate the suffering of refugees abroad and to welcome them here at home, because doing so reflects our American values and our noblest traditions as a nation, enriches our society, and strengthens our collective security,” the president said in June on World Refugee Day.
We’ll be live streaming speeches throughout the week. Reporting in New York was supported in part by the U.N. Foundation’s Global Issues Press Fellowship program.
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