Welcoming Remarks at The Fourth Meeting of The Co-Chairs of The UN HLP of Eminent Persons on The Post 2015 with Members of The Panel Welcoming Dinner
H.E. DR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
AT THE FOURTH MEETING OF
THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE UN HIGH-LEVEL PANEL OF EMINENT PERSONS ON THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
MEMBERS OF THE PANEL
BALI, 26 MARCH 2013
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
May peace be upon us,
My fellow Co-Chair, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
Distinguished members of the Panel, and Mr. Homi Kharas,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman,
Good evening and a very warm welcome to all of you.
I am aware that there are a thousand jokes out there for a host who dangerously stands between his guests and their delicious dinner. Well, I know that many of you have had a long journey, so I will not try to best those jokes.
But I do wish to convey that we are very much honored to be able to host this fourth meeting of the High-Level Panel, and we are so delighted to be able to welcome all of you to our dinner tonight.
I feel particularly honored to have my fellow Co-Chair, President Sirleaf as well as all Panel members. We certainly miss Prime Minister Cameron’s presence among us tonight.
In the last six months, we have covered quite a distance in our efforts to craft an ambitious yet achievable Post - MDG blueprint for humankind’s progress. Here in Bali, we will discuss a critical part of that challenge: the issue of global partnership and the means of implementation.
Judging from our constructive deliberations we had in New York, London and Monrovia, and seeing the remarkable dedication of all those involved in this great project, I am quite confident that we will be able to complete the important task that the UN Secretary-General has entrusted upon us.
Our work may seem so very methodical and perplexingly complex at times. But at the end of the road, what we will all achieve together is nothing sort of historic. It will be something that will positively and significantly improve the life of future generations, to the extent that they may look back at what we are doing now, and say "what a fine vision they produced together".
So with that in mind, I wish to thank all of you for your energy, your idealism, your dedication, and your unshaken belief that our common future must be better than our present and our past.
And I am glad that part of that work is done here in Bali this beautiful "Island of the Gods". Bali has hosted countless international conferences, and it is fast developing a reputation as the world''s capital of international conventions. There is something magical - and spiritual - about Bali that helps to inspire people, give them ideas, move them to work together, and edge them towards a common point. I hope you will all be infected with this precious Balinese syndrome.
So relax yourself tonight. Smell the air. Savour the food. Feel the music. Enjoy the conversations. Feel our love. Build more friendships.
And tomorrow we will resume our good work.
Please enjoy the evening.