UNITED NATIONS – Developments from the final day of a record U.N. gathering of world leaders to launch sweeping development goals:
China's President Xi Jinping has announced a $10 million donation to the U.N. agency promoting women's rights to implement the 1995 blueprint adopted by world leaders to achieve gender equality — which remains a new U.N. goal for 2030.
Xi, who is co-chairing a meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.N. women's conference in Beijing that adopted the blueprint, also announced that in the next five years China will help developing countries establish 100 "health projects" for women and children.
He said China will also finance 100 projects to send poor girls to school, train 30,000 women from developing countries in China, and provide training opportunities for 100,000 women in other developing countries.
Xi did not mention criticism of China's arrest of women's rights activists.
The French president has jolted the final day of a major U.N. summit to life by announcing his country's first airstrikes in Syria.
Francois Hollande spoke at a hastily arranged statement to reporters a few minutes before the beginning of a day of speeches by President Barack Obama and many others.
Hollande didn't take questions Sunday morning after giving details about the strike on an Islamic State group training camp.
But when asked afterward whether this was the beginning of the end of the war in Syria, the French president smiled but said nothing.
World leaders have already begun a whirlwind series of closed-door meetings on Syria on the U.N. sidelines.