I have received a vote of confidence from the Portuguese people and this is a compliment that I should like to return. During my mandate, I intend to pursue a number of objectives that may change with time. The causes that I have chosen to take up are Climate Change, Innovation, Youth, Developing Countries and the improvement of conditions in the disadvantaged regions. These issues are familiar to me because they have been an integral part of my professional and academic life for the last thirty years. I sincerely hope that my work will be able to improve the living conditions of us all.