I'd like, first of all, to express my enormous appreciation for what has been, indeed a contribution, of China and France on our way towards effective action, and I recall that, last year, it was not obvious that we would be successful in Katowice, and the meeting that we had in Buenos Aires was instrumental to create that success.
Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. One year ago, we were in Buenos Aires and we were preparing for the COP meeting in Katowice, where the rules book of the Paris Agreement was supposed to be approved. At the time, there was a wave of pessimism – it was not clear the international community would be able to come together and approve by consensus the rules book in Katowice. At the time, we decided – China, France, myself – to meet and to create the conditions to work together in order to make sure that Katowice would be a success.
I am very grateful for the opportunity, as Chairman of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), to introduce the CEB Annual Overview Report and to update you on recent inter-agency cooperation.
It is a pleasure to be here with you to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development
Many of the policies set out in the Cairo Programme of Action, from tackling inequality and environmental degradation, to promoting gender equality and access to sexual and reproductive health, remain fundamental to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed two decades later. This is a testament to the enduring legacy of Cairo.
Good morning, this G20 meeting takes place in a moment of high tension, high political tension. We have global warming, but we have also global political warming, and this can be seen in relation to trade and technology conflicts, it can be seen in relation to situations in several parts of the world, namely the Gulf.