Good morning. On behalf of the United States, the host country of the United Nations, I have the honor of warmly welcoming the election of His Excellency John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda as the President of the United Nations General Assembly's sixty-eighth session. My government appreciates that Ambassador Ashe is willing to take on this role. He is richly qualified for this leadership position given his vast experience in multilateral diplomacy, including his service with distinction as Antigua and Barbuda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and its Ambassador to the World Trade Organization.
A true veteran of UN legislative process, Ambassador Ashe has ably chaired Executive Boards of the UN funds and programs for development, the Fifth Committee, the Commission on Sustainable Development, and just one year ago, guided the membership through the preparations for the Rio+20 Conference. We welcome his statement of priorities for the next session, including the Assembly's vital work on sustainable development.
The sixty-eight session of the General Assembly will be especially consequential for the United Nations and we could not be in better hands. The United States looks forward to working with President-elect As he and wishes him every success in carrying out his duties in the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.
The United States also wishes to express its thanks to His Excellency Vuk Jeremic on his dedicated service as President of the United Nations General Assembly's sixty-seventh session.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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