Some of the world's most influential people are presenting possible solutions for major problems at the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative, which began at Midtown on Sunday.
More than 1,000 people, including current and former heads of state, business leaders and celebrities gathered at the Sheraton New York Hotel to work on solutions to some of the world's biggest issues.
Sunday's speakers included the queen of Jordan, the president of the World Bank, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former President Bill Clinton, who created the initiative.
Clinton said members are tackling issues such as how to empower girls and women worldwide, encourage the private sector to create markets for under-served people and increase the sustainability of the world's food supply.
"We live to prove that cooperation works better than conflict," said Clinton.
"We're going to sound alarms about the situation we're living in," said Ban. "We're living in an era of insecurity, injustice, inequality and intolerance. And what should we do?"
The presidents of Egypt and Libya are expected to address the initiative.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are also both scheduled to speak at the initiative on Tuesday, the last day for the initiative.
The president is arriving in the city Monday afternoon, and he and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to record an interview on ABC's "The View."
On Tuesday morning, the president is slated to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
High-level meetings begin at the UN on Monday, followed by the opening of general debate on Tuesday.
President Obama is skipping face-to-face meetings with other leaders, leaving more of the diplomacy to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak on Wednesday.
Protests are planned at the UN and outside the Iranian leader's hotel.
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