September 21, 1999


"Let us resolve in the bright dawn of this new millennium to bring an era in which our desire to create will overwhelm our capacity to destroy. If we do that, then through the United Nations and far-sighted leaders, humanity finally can live up to its name."

President Bill Clinton
Tuesday, September 21, 1999

Today, in New York City, President Clinton addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly The President spoke on the challenges facing the international community in the next century, including fighting poverty and disease, combating regional and ethnic violence, and thwarting the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The President announced a number of new and ongoing health initiatives designed to prevent diseases that disproportionately affect developing areas of the world.

Waging a War Against Poverty and Disease. President Clinton urged prosperous countries to do more to fight poverty, hunger, and health care crises by:

Combating Ethnic and Regional Violence Around the World. The President called on the UN to strengthen its role in preventing and stopping outbreaks of ethnic and regional violence, including:

Fighting the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction. President Clinton urged the international community to combat the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Specifically, the President called for:

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