President Obama speaks at United Nations
Obama sought to use his last appearance before the global body to define how his leadership had put the world on a better trajectory over the last eight years.

Obama, in final UN speech, calls for world course correction

Obama sought to use his last appearance before the global body to define how his leadership had put the world on a better trajectory over the last eight years.

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the forces of globalization have exposed deep fault lines across the globe, calling for a course correction to ensure that nations and their peoples don’t retreat into a more sharply divided world.

Obama, in his final speech to the UN General Assembly, lamented that the world has become safer and more prosperous at the same time that nations are struggling with a devastating refugee crisis, terrorism and a breakdown in basic order in the Middle East. He said governing had become more difficult as people lose faith in public institutions and tensions among nations spiral out of control more rapidly.

President Obama delivered his eighth and final speech as president to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, pushing other world leaders to do more to meet the needs of the world’s swelling throngs of refugees. While at the United Nations, he also participated in a refugee summit meeting.