Obama faces busy week at United Nations

Daily News Article   —   Posted on September 23, 2014

ungeneralassembly(by David Jackson, USA Today) – Many of the world’s problems – and President Obama’s plans to deal with them – come together this week in one place: The United Nations.

In addition to his annual address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Obama will also attend special U.N. meetings on challenges that are defining his presidency, Ebola, climate change [formerly known as global warming], and the battle against the Islamic State [also known as ISIS or ISIL].

The president and aides are also likely to speak with global counterparts about other pressing challenges, including Russian [intervention] in Ukraine and violence between Israelis and the Palestinians.

It will be “another intense foreign policy and national security week,” Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said.

Obama also speaks at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, hosted by White House predecessor Bill Clinton. Attending that forum: former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential presidential candidate herself in 2016. …

United Nations week begins for President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 23), when he flies to New York for a session on climate change [global warming]. The president will discuss his own “climate action plan,” Rice said, and urge other countries to follow through.

The climate meeting, however, will not include China and India, two large and developing nations with major carbon emission issues.

The Clinton Global Initiative comes later in the day on Tuesday. Obama’s focus will be on public-private partnerships designed to strengthen civil society worldwide.

The president’s annual address to the U.N. General Assembly is Wednesday morning, and Obama is expected to address the full array of global challenges.

Later that day, Obama chairs a special session of the U.N. Security Council to discuss efforts to roll back the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

Obama unveiled a U.S. counterterrorism plan earlier this month. In New York, he and aides will likely talk to other countries about contributing to the fight against the Islamic terrorists who have threatened the United States and allies.

The last day, Thursday, brings a special U.N. meeting on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Obama is expected to discuss the new U.S. plan to help contain the deadly virus, an effort to be led by the American military. [Interesting to consider: the U.N. is supposed to be the world body to deal with such a crisis: but despite the fact that we pay billions to the UN general budget and $100 million a year to the UN’s World Health Organization, it is America alone that is sending the greatest amount of help to West Africa.)

While in New York, Obama will also hold bilateral meetings with other national leaders attending U.N. sessions.

One leader not expected to be on that list: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose nation is in the midst of talks about its nuclear program. While Obama and Rouhani spoke by phone last year, they are not expected to follow up at the U.N.

The bilateral schedule “is still under development,” Earnest said.

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According to WorldAtlas .com, there are 193 independent countries in the world today.
192 countries are UN members. The exceptions are Taiwan (in 1971, the UN ousted Taiwan and replaced it with the People's Republic of China) and Vatican City. Kosovo is not yet a member (it is not recognized as an independent country by all).
Each country gets one vote in the UN General Assembly.
The U.S. pays at least 22% of the overall yearly budget of the UN. In 2013 our contribution was $618,481,182.
(from http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=ST/ADM/SER.B/866)

ON THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL: (read more at the website un.org/Docs/sc/unsc_background.html)