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ap090924024111USA: Today, US President Barack Obama spoke in front of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, urging the world's nations to take cooperative action in solving international problems such as climate change, economic recession, and Middle East conflict.

"This cannot solely be America's endeavor. Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone," he stated bluntly, challenging other leading nations to increase their own efforts. He went on to emphasize that the United Nations should be a platform for peace, not a forum for conflict, declaring that, "Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles, and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our own choices and actions. Anybody can do that. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more."

One major area that Obama highlighted for global cooperation was nuclear proliferation. "We must stop the spread of nuclear weapons and seek the goal of a world without them," he said, pledging that the US will work to ratify the Nuclear Test Ban treaty, complete an agreement with Russia to reduce strategic warheads, and begin international negotiations on a new anti-nuclear treaty in January. In addition, he stressed that all countries must take great precautions to keep their nuclear weapons from falling into the possession of terrorist groups.

On the subject of the war in Afghanistan, Obama announced that the US will forge lasting partnerships to target terrorists and promote law enforcement, adding that the US and many other nations support the Pakistani people in their fight against the Taliban. He also mentioned the Israel-Palestine conflict, scolding Israel for continuing to build settlements on Palestinian territory, and Palestinians for committing violence against Israel.

In the attempt to stop global climate change, Obama proclaimed that the United States, "Will continue to promote renewable energy and efficiency and share new technologies with countries around the world. And we will seize every opportunity for progress to address this threat in a cooperative effort with the entire world."

Referring to the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh that afternoon, Obama addressed the need for nations to cooperate in sustaining economic growth across borders. He recognized that, "Growth will not be sustained or shared unless all nations embrace their responsibilities. And that means that wealthy nations must open their markets to more goods and extend a hand to those with less, while reforming international institutions to give more nations a greater voice."

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