Good Morning. I would like to begin by greeting and thanking Ministers Claudia Blum, Karina Gould and Elizabeth Astete as well as my colleague, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi; with whom I am pleased to share this inaugural panel, and everyone present.
It is an honour to address you on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, in a year that has presented unexpected challenges for all of humanity. In this adverse scenario, the Platform has once again proven to be an innovative mechanism for coordinating and articulating the humanitarian response in the region.
I would also like to acknowledge the role of our Joint Special Representative, Dr. Eduardo Stein, in promoting dialogue and consensus at the highest level.