Statehood to Top UN General Assembly Agenda
September 21, 2011
annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly opens Tuesday, with more
than 100 world leaders gathered to discuss a wide range of issues
including post-Gadhafi Libya, the Palestinian statehood application and
Topping the agenda Tuesday will be a summit on Libya's political
transition. U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders will gather to
discuss how the global community can best help Libya rebuild following
the overthrow of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi and months of unrest
across the country.
Libya will be represented by National Transitional Council chairman,
Mustafa Abdel Jalil. The U.N. Security Council voted overwhelmingly last
week to turn over Libya's General Assembly seat to the country's new
government, effectively recognizing the end of the Gadhafi regime.
The question of U.N. membership for a Palestinian state will dominant
the conversation during the 66th annual session of the General Assembly.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver his application on
Friday, when he is also expected to address the assembly.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading the way, along with
the U.S., to block Palestinian efforts for membership. He will take the
podium Friday following Abbas.
President Barack Obama arrived in New York Monday afternoon with a full
schedule of meetings. Obama plans to meet with NTC leader Jalil. Obama
also will meet Salva Kiir, president of the world's newest country,
South Sudan. Later in the week President Obama is to meet with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama is to address the U.N. General
Events focusing on global health and women's issues kicked off Monday.
Leaders gathered for a two-day meeting to discuss the world's biggest
killer, non-communicable diseases. This is only the second time the
General Assembly has focused on a health issue. U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon called the increasing number of deaths from these
preventable and treatable diseases "alarming."
Prominent female politicians led by Secretary of State Clinton and
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff also met and urged a greater political
role for women across the world. According to the U.N., women count for
less than 10 percent of world leaders.