Thank you Madam President.
On this last day of the Nigerian Presidency I want to thank you for your wise stewardship of the Council during the month of August. Since this wrap-up session is intended to cover a two-month period, let me also thank New Zealand for its energetic and impressive work in July.
While the work of the Council is constrained by mandate cycles and recurrent debates on a number of key issues, New Zealand’s open debate on peace and security challenges facing small island developing states was a welcome breath of fresh air. We hope that Council’s engagement with SIDS regarding the specific security challenges these countries face will continue, and the opportunity for preventive action will not be lost on such crucial challenges as managing the effects of climate change, climate induced displacement, and illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons.