Obama aims to define his global leadership in last UN speech
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will try to define how his leadership has made the planet safer and more prosperous when he gives his farewell speech this coming week to U.N. General Assembly.
Obama's address Tuesday to the annual gathering of heads of state is one of his last major appearances on the world stage. His challenge is to cast the past eight years as ones of overall progress - without glossing over the problems that have eluded his diplomacy. Among those problems are Syria and North Korea.
While in New York for the U.N. gathering, Obama also plans to host a summit on refugees and to attend a U.S.-Africa forum. He'll also raise money for Democrats and meet with the leaders of Iraq, Nigeria and Colombia.