The objective of this event hosted from New York is to highlight the importance of international cooperation in raising awareness of and reducing the risk posed by tsunamis within a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk reduction.
Specifically, the event will highlight the critical importance of partnerships and synergies between development cooperation actors, the science and technology sectors, and research and academic institutions. The event will share good practice and innovative technologies in reducing tsunami risk as well as solutions that have been effective in bridging the gap and adapting these technologies to meet the needs of developing countries.
As a contribution to the implementation of approah put forward in the Secretary-General's recent report on "Our Common Agenda", the event will also shine a spotlight on youth and young scientists engaged in disaster risk reduction, including tsunami risk reduction. By engaging young people working in science and technology, the event aims to propose solutions to ensure policy and investment decisions made today do not create risk for young and future generations. The event also aims to leverage the links between World Tsunami Awareness Day activities and the United Nations Decade of Ocean
Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Chile, Fiji, Japan, and Maldives, the Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends of Disaster Risk Reduction (the Permanent Missions of Australia, Indonesia, Norway, and Peru), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).