By the year 2030, approximately 50 per cent of the world’s population will live in coastal areas exposed to floods, storms and tsunamis.
Every year the World Tsunami Awareness Day is observed on November 5. Therefore, the United Nations has chosen enhancing international cooperation for developing countries, as the theme of this year’s World Tsunami Awareness Day.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterrus has called upon all nations, international bodies, and civil society across the world to increase understanding of the deadly threat, and share innovative approaches to reduce risks.
“We can build on progress achieved – ranging from better outreach to tsunami-exposed communities around the world, to the inclusion of a Tsunami Programme in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, Guterres said.
However, the risks “remain immense,” he cautioned.
The UN Chief said that the rising sea levels caused by the climate emergency will further exacerbate the destructive power of tsunamis. “We must limit warming to 1.5 degrees over pre-industrial averages and invest at scale in the resilience of coastal communities.”
Rapid urbanization, including growing tourism in places prone to tsunamis, are also putting even more people in harm’s way.
Science, international cooperation, preparedness and early action, he said must be at the centre of all efforts to keep people and communities safer.
He argued, “Boosting support to developing countries and improving detection and early warning is critical. In the face of increasing complex global crises, we need to be better prepared.”
This year, World Tsunami Awareness Day is promoting the “Sendai Seven Campaign,” particularly the target that looks to boost international cooperation to developing nations.
Wiith an appeal to deliver on the Sendai Framework, and, together, build resilience against all disasters, the Secretary general concludes his message.