Obama: World Failing To Deal With Challenges

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By: (CNN)
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the nations of the world are failing to work together to confront the most pressing challenges of today.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, Monday, June 15, 2009 in Chicago, Ill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the nations of the world are failing to work together to confront the most pressing challenges of today.

"Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges," Obama said in his first speech as president to the U.N. General Assembly. "If we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we are not living up to that responsibility."

Obama cited issues such as terrorism, long-running conflicts, nuclear proliferation, climate change, poverty and pandemic disease, then added: "The magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our action."

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