All you need to know about the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly:
ON FRIDAY'S AGENDA
1000 EST (1400 GMT) Iraqi President Jalal Talabani addresses the General Assembly.
1145 EST (1545 GMT) UK Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett makes a speech to the General Assembly.
1215 EST (1615 GMT) Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing addresses the General Assembly.
1800 EST (2200 GMT) Iran's Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki addresses the General Assembly.
1830 EST (2230 GMT) Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal speaks in front of the General Assembly.
Darfur talks The US and Denmark organise a ministerial meeting on the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, involving the 15 Security Council members, Canada and several European and African nations.
Middle East conflict The stalled Middle East peace process is centre stage. Kofi Annan and the Middle East diplomatic quartet - the US, Russia, the EU and UN - have met to discuss how to revive negotiations. During UN Security Council talks, Mr Annan warned that a failure to resolve the conflict was eroding the council's credibility.
Iran's nuclear ambitions US President George W Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have already sparred over Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme - one of the big issues UN leaders will tackle.
Darfur stand-off The UN's response to continuing violence in Sudan's Darfur region has been highlighted as a key debate. Sudan has refused to allow a proposed 20,000-strong UN force into the country.
Security debate The ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan - and the implications for regional and global security - are likely to be a pressing issue.
Kosovo question The future status of Kosovo remains undecided. The breakaway Serbian province has been run by the UN since Nato forced Serbian troops out in 1999.
Annan's successor Behind-the-scenes manoeuvring over who will succeed Kofi Annan when he stands down as secretary general at the end of this year is hotting up. UN reform - including the question of whether the Security Council should be enlarged - is also a topic for debate.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY CATCH-UP
Sudan plea UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett tells Sudan's president it is his responsibility to work with the UN in bringing stability to the region.
North Korea Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing says a "cool head" is needed among the parties involved in on-off talks on North Korea's nuclear programme, to resume negotiations.
Middle East Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal says the accumulation of crises in the Middle East will help extremism and terrorism to thrive.
Darfur warning US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tells a meeting on the sidelines of the assembly that time is running out to stop the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Iraq borders Iraqi President Jalal Talabani urges neighbouring states to close their borders with Iraq and end support for "terrorist forces" in his country.
Olive branch Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas vows that any unity government incorporating militant group Hamas will recognise Israel.
Tough talk Lebanese President Emile Lahoud lambasts the UN for failing to stop Israeli aggression in the recent conflict. He says his country has suffered a "campaign of savage dismemberment".
Sudanese response The Sudanese government, opposed to UN intervention in the crisis-torn western region of Darfur, welcomes the African Union (AU) decision to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping force until the end of the year.
Fiery attack Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez calls US President George W Bush "the devil" and describes the UN system in its present form as "worthless".
Darfur force extended The African Union (AU) decides to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Darfur until the end of the year.
Emotional farewell Kofi Annan opens the 61st General Assembly - his last as secretary general - with a heartfelt plea for peace in the Middle East and an appeal for unity in combating global conflict and injustice.
US action call President George W Bush rejects criticism of US policy in the Middle East and urges Iran to give up its "nuclear weapons ambitions". He demands action to end violence in Sudan's Darfur region.
Iran defiance Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses the US and UK of using the UN Security Council for their own ends and defends his nation's nuclear programme as peaceful.
Thai coup Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra cancels his scheduled speech at the UN in New York as news emerges of a coup back home led by Thai military leaders.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Former US President Bill Clinton (r) met Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session
"Time is running out. The violence in Darfur is not subsiding, it is getting worse."
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
"Lebanon retains the right to prosecute Israel before the
competent bodies, most notably this venerable Assembly, or that of the International Tribunal, and to request the appropriate reparations for all the catastrophes Israel has inflicted on
Lebanese President Emile
"I come to you bearing the wounds of a people who seek to live a normal life [...] not be victims of the cruelty of history. I simply want tomorrow to be better than today. I want Palestine to be independent and sovereign [...] Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas
"The obsession with sanctions applied
without calculating their consequences might bring unpredictable
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov