World Leaders Address Poverty At U.N. Session

President Barack Obama will address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday as world leaders continue to lay down their achievements and goals in the effort to decrease world poverty. The American president will be among those addressing the Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious agenda world leaders set 10 years ago to tackle global poverty, which has grown amid the world economic recession. Others are addressing biodiversity. Speakers on Wednesday focused on a wide range of policies and issues, such as family planning and health care. Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said, "Our ability to end poverty and hunger and improve child and maternal health depends upon the long-term availability of fresh water, food, medicine, and raw materials that nature provides." Francois Bozize, president of the Central African Republic, said the country is taking steps at dealing with impoverishment and other issues, such as infrastructure and life expectancy. But he acknowledged that the challenges his nation faces are great. "Poverty rates in our country continue to be alarming," he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a rescue package similar to that introduced after the global financial crisis is needed to block the worldwide loss of biodiversity. On Thursday, Obama will be among the world leaders speaking at the U.N. General Assembly's annual general debate, where he will address a wide range of issues. Obama will seek to project the image of a nation taking the lead, highlighting the benefits of renewed U.S. leadership on foreign policy, from reviving the world economy to pushing tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea through the U.N. Security Council, to renewed momentum on nuclear disarmament and rejoining the U.N. Human Rights Council.