The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly is underway in New York City, where President Obama is scheduled to speak, as well as French President François Hollande, King Abdullah of Jordan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The speeches begin at 9 am eastern. It is expected that the crisis in Syria will figure prominently at the assembly, as well as Iran's nuclear program. Obama has scheduled meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
This will be Rouhani's first speech at the General Assembly, as he was just inaugurated as Iran's president in August. But his short tenure will not prevent a contingent of Iranian-Americans from gathering in protest outside the UN building, where former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former UN Ambassador John Bolton, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are expected to speak.