I am pleased to greet this important gathering.

Your meeting will set the International Telecommunication Union’s path for the next four years as we strive together to build a more sustainable and inclusive digital economy for generations to come.

We face a crucial challenge: harnessing the benefits of new technologies for all, while safeguarding against the risks from their misuse.

Digital technologies have a crucial role to play in accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

I recently established a High-Level Panel to help advance digital cooperation across the globe, as well as across disciplines and stakeholder groups. 

Together, we can nurture a digital future that is safe and beneficial for all.

Thank you.