Your Excellency, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani,
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to thank the State of Qatar for its generous hospitality.
This international conference comes at a particularly opportune moment and my thanks to Qatar, Turkey and the Dominican Republic for co-sponsoring it.
Last year, more than one natural disaster with humanitarian consequences – small and large – occurred per day, causing the death of nearly 297,000 people, affected almost 208 million others and resulted in an estimated $110 billion in damages.