We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.

Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted; the prospect of war between major powers reduced. The ranks of member states has more than tripled, and more people live under governments they elected. Hundreds of millions of human beings have been freed from the prison of poverty, with the proportion of those living in extreme poverty cut in half. And the world economy continues to strengthen after the worst financial crisis of our lives.

Today, whether you live in downtown New York or in my grandmother’s village more than two hundred miles from Nairobi, you can hold in your hand more information than the world’s greatest libraries. Together, we have learned how to cure disease, and harness the power of the wind and sun. The very existence of this institution is a unique achievement – the people of the world committing to resolve their differences peacefully, and solve their problems together. I often tell young people in the United States that this is the best time in human history to be born, for you are more likely than ever before to be literate, to be healthy, and to be free to pursue your dreams.

Yet there is a pervasive unease in our world – a sense that the very forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it difficult for any single nation to insulate itself from global forces. As we gather here, an outbreak of Ebola overwhelms public health systems in West Africa, and threatens to move rapidly across borders. Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness.

Barack Obama, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 24, 2014 (via littleghostwriter)


There Is No ‘Planet B’ - Global Climate Marches Ahead Of United Nations Summit On Climate Change Opening

Climate change demonstrations worldwide, September 21, 2014

Just before the opening of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York with more than 120 heads of state on the Tuesday, thousands of people marched in cities around the world on Sunday to urge the world leaders to act and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving the changes.

The New Yorker “People’s Climate March” was joined by people from many other countries worldwide as around 2,000 demonstrations were staged in 150 countries on Sunday, including in major cities such as London, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and Bogotá.

The march and UN Summit on Climate Change come as the nations of the world are negotiating a new strategy to manage climate change. Their new agreement is expected to be completed in December 2015, when countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet in Paris.