Third from the right in the picture is Dave Chambers, who has spent the past five months as a trainee in the Secretary General’s secretariat. The trainees are like gold dust to us. We are a very small organisation and we need all the help that we can get. From Day One Dave was in the thick of things, from business continuity plans to the annual work programme. Like all the excellent trainees before him, Dave became a fixture, an integral part of the team. But all good things come to an end and this afternoon we bade him farewell, convinced that a bright future lies before him. The person in the picture behind us, incidentally, is the late Jacques Genton, the Committee’s first Secretary General. After he passed away in November 2008 we decided to name the meeting room where the management board meets every Monday after him. As I chair the meetings I often wonder what he would think of things today.