Allow me to begin by congratulating you, Mr. President on your election to preside over the 69th
Session of the General Assembly, and to wish you all the success in this position.
I have no doubt that your election at this critical juncture in the history of human kind, will provide an
opportunity, to increase global awareness of the enormous challenges that Africa, and other less
developed regions of the world, are facing.
Your great country of Uganda, has historically enjoyed close ties with my country, Malawi. My
delegation is therefore, delighted to see you in this important position. Let me assure you of my full
support and cooperation, and that of my government, during your tenure of office.
Let me take this opportunity to pay tribute to your predecessor, Ambassador John William Ashe, for
guiding the work of the 68th Session, with admirable skill and pragmatism.
I would also like to thank His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, for
the steady manner, in which he continues to lead our global organization. (Please see attachment for the full speech)