The fourteenth Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD marks a critical moment for development and for our common future. As the first UN Ministerial conference of the post-2015 era, it represents a starting point to translate our ambitions into concrete plans of action.
The Sustainable Development Goals embody an immensely challenging task: We must foster inclusive growth to eradicate poverty while decarbonizing the global economy - all within the next fifteen years.
In the previous two decades, trade has expanded with unprecedented speed, new technologies have transformed patterns of interaction, and nearly one billion people have been lifted out of poverty.
Yet for all our progress, we have a long way to go. Inequalities persist and the gains from globalization have been unevenly distributed; islands of prosperity surrounded by poverty are incompatible with the world that we strive for.
We thank the Government and people of Kenya for hosting UNCTAD 14 in Nairobi and look forward to working together with them and with all our member States to make UNCTAD 14 a constructive partnership between governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the corporate sector in order to get down to the business of achieving the SDGs, moving from decisions to actions.