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Indian environmental and global affairs journalist Stella Paul asks Al Gore about crop fertilization techniques in India.

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Sonia Narang

We've heard a lot about the headline events at the UN.

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But that's not what's catching my attention this week.

I'm at the United Nations this week as a press fellow sponsored by the UN Foundation.

One thing I'll definitely remember most is the less formal break-out sessions on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

I've been photographing these events, including a talk by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus about innovation and UN after-parties for African leaders.

It's outside the General Assembly where country presidents, top diplomats, and other leaders come together to discuss politics, and have some fun, in an informal setting.

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    In a UN session about innovation, Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus explains how new technologies like mobile ultrasounds and cell phones can improve maternal health in the developing world.

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    President of Rwanda Paul Kagame discusses plans to reach the UN's millennium development goals. One major goal: reducing child mortality by two-thirds by the year 2015.

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    Actress Geena Davis speaks at the UN about changing portrayals of women in society and in the media.

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    After a day of UN discussions came to a close, the South African delegation hosted a reception for African nations. South African President Jacob Zuma (left) chatted with other African heads of state.

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    The media gets a few minutes to film the leaders' informal discussion.

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    The World's multimedia producer Sonia Narang photographs South African President Jacob Zuma at a UN party.

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    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, South African politician and Executive Director of UN Women, was honored for her work by President Zuma.

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    Legendary Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour performs at a private reception inside the UN building.

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    Malala Yousafzai and her father on stage at the Social Good Summit, during UN week in New York City.

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    Woody Allen and his band plays at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. The international audience hails from all over the world, including Argentina and Japan, where Allen is a cult classic.

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