Thank you very much, Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of the U N Non-Governmental Liaison Service, for organizing this dynamic event.
Distinguished heads of State and government, Excellencies, I would like to particularly recognise the participation and presence of Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President. Thank you for your strong commitment, and also the successful completion of the Rio Olympics as well as Paralympics.
I would like to also thank Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, and also Olympic athlete Ms. Yusra Mardini and her sister Sarah, and Muzoon Almellehan with the Malala Fund, and Esteemed representatives of civil society, philanthropists and non-governmental organizations.
And I also recognise the presence of the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. [Helle] Thorning-Schmidt. She is now Save the Children’s head.
And above all, my warmest greetings to all the migrants and refugees here with us; Today’s summit meeting which we just concluded the opening ceremony – which will continue all day long today – is a great message and giving a sense of hope and encouragement and strong commitment by the world’s leaders and by the international community.
Today’s summit should make a real difference in the lives of refugees and migrants.
The New York Declaration which governments adopted today, this morning, just now, can be a turning point if leaders fulfil their commitments.
I urge you to raise your voices and push for results.