Es un gran placer para mi estar aqui con todos ustedes.
Many thanks to the Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, for hosting us today.
In the 20 years since your first meeting at Habitat II in Istanbul, we have come a long way. Many countries have undergone profound change.
There is a widely-recognized need to support and empower local and regional governments.
Decentralization, and the devolution of roles and responsibilities to local and regional authorities, is an important trend.