Dear friends and colleagues,
It is a pleasure to join you in marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
I thank the Permanent Mission of Italy for preparing a remarkable programme for us today, headlined by the marvelous Roberto Bolle and Teatro alla Scala.
Music, dance and the arts take many forms around the world, reflecting the wondrous diversity of culture.
As we celebrate United Nations Day with this performance, I want to emphasize the importance of culture in the work of this Organization.