The largest gathering of world leaders is due to get underway shortly at the United Nations in New York. The World Summit will bring together nearly 200 heads of state and government for talks on poverty and the so-called Millennium Development Goals. Reform is on the table, but deep divisions exist over what changes to make to the world body.
Despite some progress, the 60th General Assembly cannot start until members produce a joint document on issues ranging from enacting UN reform, promoting development and battling terrorism. With the clock ticking, the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan intensified his diplomatic efforts and postponed two news conferences in a bid to secure a compromise.