Horst Köhler has proven time and again that he is an extremely forward-looking, committed expert on global issues. Both as Federal President and as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, he was acutely aware of development policy issues, focusing on the African continent. His appointment to this High-level Panel is an expression of the huge respect Horst Köhler enjoys across the world. It also emphasizes the United Nations’ profound confidence in Germany and recognizes our commitment to development. I am proud that his application for a place on the High-level Panel was successful.