I am pleased to be with you.
Your membership is varied, but you share many common challenges.
For those of you that are Small Island Developing States, the Third International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa, last year marked the beginning of a journey that took us to Sendai, Addis Ababa, and New York.
For those that are least developed or landlocked countries, Istanbul and Vienna provided equally significant milestones.
The culmination of these journeys was the adoption of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.