I am honoured to open this important meeting bringing together all of you.
We are here to declare our support for disaster risk reduction.
As I said in my remarks earlier this morning, as also repeated by Achim Steiner, sustainability starts in Sendai.
This is just a starting point in this very important [series of] continuing milestones this year.
Today is the real beginning of a year of pivotal global conferences.
All of you are involved, and I thank you for all your commitment to working together with the United Nations.