The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to highlight its many and enduring achievements -- and to strengthen our collective resolve to do more to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights. This year marks the adoption of an ambitious and transformational global development agenda that aims to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, promote peaceful and inclusive societies and preserve our planet.
I am pleased that Sri Lanka joins us on this path, as your country marks 60 years since becoming a Member State. Sri Lanka has contributed significantly to the work of the United Nations, from its peacekeeping operations to its specialized agencies, and Sri Lankan nationals have served with distinction in varied roles. I thank Sri Lanka for its efforts to help realize our shared goals, and I look forward to strengthening our partnership as we work together to overcome shared threats and seize shared opportunities.