In his final address at the United Nations’ annual General Assembly debate, U.S. President George W. Bush sought to reassure world leaders about the financial crisis in the United States and called on the United Nations to be a “powerful force for good”.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN General-Secretary, urged leaders to work together to resolve multiple crises – from finance to food to energy.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also gave an address. He defended his country’s nuclear plans, denounced “bullying powers”, and said the “American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road.”
Speaking at the United Nations, Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili vowed a “second Rose Revolution” of democratic expansion in Georgia aimed at counteracting the “specter of aggression and authoritarianism“. Saakashvili challenged UN member states to use “actions, not words” to protect Georgian sovereignty against Russia.
China’s prime minister Wen Jiabao praised the progress of Sino-American bilateral relations and called for continued work on the partnership.