POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 1:10pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm
President calls for action at U-N climate change meeting...
While President Obama faces domestic policy challenges here at home over health care reform, this week the president is turning his focus toward foreign policy with a major address Wednesday to the United Nations.
In his first presidential visit to the U.N., President Obama told world leaders at a high level climate summit the U.S. is renewing its commitment to combat global warming.
"We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act," "and we will meet our responsibility to future generations," said the president.
The president also urged other nations to act together to find bold and swift clean-energy solutions, despite financial challenges and differences.
"No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change," Mr. Obama said.
The remarks come one day before Obama addresses 130 heads of state gathering in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly.
The world will be watching to see how America’s newest president will deal with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with growing tensions in Iran and plans for Middle East peace.
In a show of diplomacy, the president launched a three-way meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It’s the first meeting for both sides since Netanyahu took office this past March.
The president urged the two leaders to make peace a priority, including the creation of two separate states.
"Despite all the obstacles, the history, the mistrust. We have to find a way forward," the president said.
It’s a focus on foreign policy and diplomacy that will culminate later this week in Pittsburgh, where Obama will host world leaders at the G-20 summit.