8 World Leaders Who Don't Have Time For The UN

The only way to beat the UN General Assembly traffic is not to attend at all.

Every year the world watches as leaders from across the globe convene in New York for the UN General Assembly, but this year is a little less star-studded than normal.

It would be easy — and wrong — to assume that a lot of the reluctance has to do with it being the first General Assembly with Donald Trump as the leader of the host country.

Here's why some of them are opting out:

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Chinese President Xi Jinping

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

John Hudson contributed to the reporting of this story from Washington, DC.