Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the Sofia Platform, 6 May:
Thank you very much for your kind introduction and warm welcome. Thank you, also, for your leadership and vision in organizing this very important gathering. I am very much honoured to be among you — leaders, great thinkers, activists from Europe and around the world.
Twenty years ago, when revolution swept Eastern Europe, I was a career diplomat, stationed in Washington. But my heart was in Prague, Berlin, Budapest, Warsaw and Sofia, cheering you from afar.