||We welcome the world geodetic and geophysical community to Sapporo, Japan for the 2003 IUGG meeting. Japan is a country that mixes new trends and old traditions. Likewise, we expect an exciting scientific program that highlights the latest developments in our fast-breaking sciences, as well as reviewing progress in the traditional fields. We also hope the participants will enjoy the cultural and physical beauty of Japan. Hope to seeing you in Sapporo.