I would like to thank Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Kingdom for co-hosting this important event with the UN. Sadly, this event takes place shortly after the UN has halted all aid convoys in Syria following the deadly attack on Monday. Our thoughts are with the families of the twelve humanitarian workers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent who tragically lost their lives.
I am delighted to be launching the 2014 Human Development Report, “Sustaining Human Development Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, in Japan - a recognised leader in disaster risk reduction and human security. Thank you, Prime Minister Abe, for your willingness to participate in this global launch today.