Education is key to preparing for tsunamis
There needs to be an urgent shift from managing disasters to managing disaster risk, according to the UN Deputy Secretary- General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, speaking to a High Level Panel this week in New York.
The panel was convened to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 and featured representatives from some of the world’s most disaster exposed countries including Chile, Japan, Indonesia and the Maldives.
Opening the discussion, Ms. Mohammed said: “In light of what happened recently in the Caribbean, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and in the Horn of Africa (...) it is clear that sustainable development and the achievement of the SDGs will remain elusive or significantly delayed so long as disasters are left unchecked.
“We urgently need to shift from managing disasters to preventing disasters by better managing existing risks as outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in Japan in 2015”, she underlined.
The event was moderated by Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, who announced in October that next year will see the start of worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes trough the established UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Bonn.