World leaders met at the United Nations on Tuesday for the first day of debate at the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
Here are five things we learned:
1. The Syrian conflict is at a stalemate, and the global community can't agree on how to stop the bloodshed.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the day with a strong condemnation of the 18-month crisis in Syria, which has spiraled into a civil war. The situation grows worse by the day, he said, and is no longer limited to that country.
"It is a regional calamity with global ramifications. This is a serious and growing threat to international peace and security, which requires Security Council action," he said.
Ban's comments were no doubt directed at Russia and China, Security Council members that have repeatedly blocked draft resolutions that would take strong action against the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
French President Francois Hollande described the situation in Syria as urgent, adding that France -- also a Security Council member -- would recognize a new government as soon as it was officially formed.
Earlier, international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said the conflict was at a stalemate. "There is no prospect for today or tomorrow to move forward."
Brahimi added that he has plans to meet with Russian and Chinese leaders in an effort to forge a lasting solution, and that there were indications the country's anti-government resistance is growing more unified.
2. Time may be running out for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.