Welcome to the cluster meeting of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
At the outset, let me express my thanks to the Royal Government of Thailand for agreeing to host both this meeting here in Pattaya, and the launch of the 2009 Human Development Report on migration which took place in Bangkok on Monday. We are very appreciative of the hospitality of the government and people of Thailand.
I am also very grateful that H.E. Mr. Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao People's Democratic Republic, has made time to be with us.