French President François Hollande speaks during his address to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. Hollande told the United Nations Tuesday that despite a Russian-brokered deal for Damascus to hand over its chemical weapons, “coercive measures” must be taken if the regime failed to live up to its side of the agreement.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used her position as the opening speaker at the U.N. General Assembly to accuse the United States of violating human rights and international law through espionage that included spying on her email. "Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations," Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. Image: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
John Ashe, President of the 68th General Assembly, addresses the opening of the General Debate. “Effective multilateralism takes dogged determination and a commitment to negotiate and work cooperatively, especially if the quest is to evolve towards a shared consensus that is both broad and lasting,” John W. Ashe told heads of State and Government and other high representatives gathered for the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. UN Image: Rick Bajornas