First of all, thank you very much for your kind invitation. It was for me an enormous pleasure to come again to the St. Petersburg Forum.
It is for me a very important opportunity to address the distinguished international audience, governments, business, societies in general on issues that are vital for the United Nations and in particular, in this Forum’s context, the Sustainable Development Goals and the possibility of a fair globalization.
President Putin, Heads of State and Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed,
I am very pleased to be making my second visit to this prestigious forum as Secretary-General of the United Nations. And I thank President Putin and the people of the Russian Federation for hosting this dynamic gathering.
St. Petersburg was home to many of the seminal events that marked the 20th century.
I welcome this opportunity to provide an update to these ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment.
You have before you my first report to the Council since the landmark General Assembly resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the UN development system.
The report outlines progress not only in response to direct mandates of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, usually designated as QCPR and General Assembly resolution, but also on all measures I am taking to ensure effective, cohesive and accountable support to the 2030 Agenda.
As we look to build and bolster multilateralism, we need strong coalitions across international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia, the media and more. The Africa Dialogue Series is an important part of this effort.