It’s a great pleasure to be here this morning. You may have heard me say, at the opening of the general debate, that I expect the year ahead to be among the most challenging in our history. I am confident that, together, we can also make it one of the most successful.
Our work begins, in earnest, with this proposed programme budget of $4.2 billion, broadly in line with what the General Assembly has approved. It represents real growth of $23 million over the previous biennium, or half a percentage point.