Strengthening disaster risk governance should help build resilience to hazards: UN Chief

Tehran, Nov 4, IRNA – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Tsunami Awareness Day, 5 November 2020, said strengthening disaster risk governance should help build our resilience to all hazards, natural and man-made.

According to the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, the UN Secretary-General in his message said that we live in a multi-hazard world where risk is systemic and embedded in the very fabric of human development and currently we are struggling with what some describe as a tsunami of death and disease due to COVID-19.

The full text of his message reads:

This metaphor comes easily because living memory remains strong of the worst sudden onset disaster this century, the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 that took more than 227,000 lives.

Pandemic preparedness can borrow much from the progress we have made in reducing large-scale loss of life from tsunamis.

There are now early warning systems wherever coasts are vulnerable, The United Nations system is working with partners around the globe to educate the public, organize drills, create evacuation routes and to do everything possible to avoid heavy loss of life when the next tsunami comes and come it surely will, just like the next pandemic, storm, flood, drought or heatwave.

When tsunamis strike, they are a supreme test of the governance and institutions that have been put in place to manage disaster risk. 

Strengthening disaster risk governance is the theme of this year’s World Tsunami Awareness Day, It should help build our resilience to all hazards, natural and man-made.


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