I am honoured to attend for the first time as Secretary-General this High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council.
Yours is a sacred mission: to lead the UN's worldwide work for human uplift and development.
This year, I believe you are better prepared than ever for this challenge. The Council has undertaken bold new initiatives to reenergize its functions and to rejuvenate its mission. As a result, it is well on it way to becoming the global hub for devising and overseeing development policies and practices.