Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you.
This year’s session of the General Assembly opens at a time of turmoil and hope.
Turmoil — because conflicts have deepened in so many places, and civilians are paying the price.
Hope — because a historic number of world leaders will gather here at the United Nations to forge solutions and adopt an inspiring new development agenda.
It will start with His Holiness Pope Francis, who I look forward to welcoming here on September 25th. His call for climate action and a global ethical mobilization has resounded across the world, among people of all faiths.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development embodies the yearnings of people everywhere for lives of dignity on a healthy planet. It shows what Member States can achieve when they work together in solidarity.
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted in July of this year provides a financing framework to implement the new agenda.
Now we look to Paris in December for a universal agreement on climate change.
I am encouraged by the phenomenal changes that are under way. New investments in renewable energy, and major commitments to reduce harmful greenhouse emissions, are putting wind in the sails of climate action. More: