UN Secretary General's breakfast of champion's in Sendai

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Geneva The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will personally welcome the former President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, as the third UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) when he shares breakfast on Sunday with DRR advocates from around the world in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Ms. Halonen served as President of Finland from 2000 to 2012 and she also chaired the high level session "Ahead of the Wave: Leading the Way to Resilience " at the 2011 Global Platform for DRR and was co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

President Halonen said: “I am coming to Sendai to meet with governments from around the world as well as community leaders, business executives and all others who are key to making disaster risk reduction happen. Only truly inclusive societies will be resilient.”