Obama concludes: We look to the future not with fear but with hope

The world is moving forward, Obama notes. Young people want to leave behind the ideological battles of the past.

The people of the Middle East and North Africa need a future where they can focus on opportunity, not fear death.

Obama recalls the plight of African-Americans standing in Nelson Mandela’s cell. He asks: “Who are we to believe that today’s challenges cannot be overcome?”

He wants America to be on the right side of history, in the belief that all men and women are created equally, says Obama. “We look to the future not with fear but with hope,” he concludes, and he remains convinced that the UN can help deliver that better future.

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