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Running Around New York For The 'Most Persecuted Minority In The World'

Hassan Abedin is on the go at the U.N. General Assembly trying to get diplomats to focus on the plight of the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. "My Fitbit is just screaming," he says.
the U.N. says the Rohingya are "the most persecuted minority in the world." Above, refugees cross a river to a temporary camp after crossing from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Source: Ahmed Salahuddin/Getty Images

The United Nation's annual general assembly is currently underway in New York. The gathering is a smorgasbord of meetings. There are high-level meetings and bilateral meetings and side meetings. There are sessions and special sessions and emergency special sessions. Leaders from around the globe with their coterie of ministers and sub-ministers descend on midtown Manhattan to tackle the world's problems.

It's an opportunity to lobby on global issues from rights of native peoples to climate change to nuclear disarmament.

Hassan Abedin came to try to

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