I am honored to be here, in San Francisco, representing a small developing country.
Right from the conception of my state, Small Developing Country X, following decolonization in the 1960s, we have engaged with this whole global project on the premise that there is an ever-increasing economic pie. We have acted on the assumption of the nation-state leading a process of expanding economic and social well-being of its citizens through international cooperation and solidarity. But as we all know, this assumption is under threat today. World economic expansion is under threat. The real wealth of the world, not just the economic wealth, may be shrinking. And, the well-being of our vulnerable populations is becoming further impaired.