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Statement of Asia-Pacific Group to pay Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Thursday, 15 September 2022
H.E. ANTONIO M. LAGDAMEO, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations
General Assembly Hall, New York


Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary General,

Excellencies and Distinguished Delegates,

Thank you for convening this meeting to commemorate the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

I have the great honor and privilege to deliver this statement on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group.

I wish to convey our most profound condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and family at this time of global mourning.

Today, we pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was held in deep respect by many people.

As the longest serving monarch in British history, she had lived through many momentous historical events of domestic, regional, and global importance.

In her seven-decade reign, Queen Elizabeth visited the Asia-Pacific region many times, reinforcing our sense of community and our relations.

She leaves behind an indelible imprint, as her ideas inspired many ordinary people to work towards economic progress and the greater good.

Queen Elizabeth II was a patron of many charitable organizations and the arts. As a philanthropist, she committed herself to serving others. She worked for causes, which aimed at improving the lives of the poor and the marginalized around the world.

Throughout her outstanding life of service, she demonstrated that it is possible to improve human relationships and elevate the human condition.

With her passing, we are thoroughly inspired by her enduring legacy and life dedicated to service.

Excellencies, today, we renew our commitment to building a better, more peaceful and inclusive world for all.

Thank you, Mr. President.