Aye Aye, Excellencies, Members of the U Thant Institute, Distinguished guests and colleagues,
Let me begin by thanking the U Thant Institute and my colleagues in the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Department of Public Information for organizing this lunch.
It is a great honour for me to be able to join you in paying tribute to the memory of my distinguished predecessor, U Thant.
The office of Secretary-General comes with great responsibilities -- and challenges to match. Whenever I need inspiration, I can find it in U Thant.