First ever female president opens General Assembly debate

President Dilma Rousseff

The President of Brazil has become the first ever woman to open the General Assembly's main annual debate, the so-called general debate.

On Wednesday, President Dilma Rousseff told world leaders that women are now occupying the place they deserve in the world.

"For the first time in the history of the United Nations, a female voice opens the general debate. It is the voice of democracy and equality, reverberating from this, which has the commitment of being the most representative podium in the world. It is with personal humility, but with my justified pride as a woman, that I meet this historic moment."

Duration: 27"

President Dilma Rousseff called on world leaders to work together to solve the global economic crisis which has already left 205 million people unemployed.

Brazil is traditionally the first speaker in the General Assembly's general debate.

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