GENEVA / TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS

GENEVA / TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS
10-Mar-2021 00:01:42
In comments to mark 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011, which left 18,400 people dead or missing, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Mami Mizutori told journalists in Geneva that the event had taught harsh lessons about how to manage disaster risk. UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction:
“The disasters that are becoming much more rampant are all those related to climate emergency. And the number of climate emergency disasters have doubled during the past 20 years compared to the previous 20 years.”

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3. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO: “We now are embarking on the very important developments in the tsunami warnings systems under the new programme or new campaign of the United Nations.”

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5. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO:
“Every facet of sustainable development, poverty, food, energy, climate and many other sustainable development goals, really if you think deeply, depend on ocean science.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction:
“The whole notion of prevention and preparedness has never been so important and especially now when we are living in COVID-19 which is a disaster, which was written into the framework of disaster risk reduction, biological hazard related disaster.”

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9. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO:
“We hope very much by at the end of 2000, this decade 2030 we will have all tsunami-prone communities tsunami-ready communities. They will know what is to be done, they will be equipped with the means to escape from tsunami and when tsunami strikes, they will evacuate and save their lives.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

11. Various shots, exterior Palais des Nations

10 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

In comments to mark 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011, which left 18,400 people dead or missing, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Mami Mizutori today (10 Mar) told journalists in Geneva that the event had taught harsh lessons about how to manage disaster risk.

Mizutori, who is also UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said, “the whole notion of prevention and preparedness for a tsunami has never been so important.”

The devastating surge on the north-eastern coast of the island of Honshu, led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In the last century, tsunamis have claimed more than a quarter of a million lives, killing on average, around 4,600 per event, over the course of 58 recorded instances, according to UN figures.

But Mizutori warned that “disasters that are becoming much more rampant are all those related to climate emergency. And the number of climate emergency disasters have doubled during the past 20 years compared to the previous 20 years.”

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) is “embarking on the very important developments in the tsunami warnings systems under a new campaign of the United Nations,” said Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the IOC-UNESCO.

Recently, the IOC carried out a tsunami-preparedness exercise with the countries bordering the North-East Atlantic, the Mediterranean and adjacent seas, to assess tsunami preparedness and coordination between communities and authorities. A similar exercise is planned for 12 March in the Caribbean.

“We hope very much that by the end of this decade 2030 we will have all tsunami- prone communities; tsunami-ready communities,” Dr. Ryabinin said. “They will know what is to be done, they will be equipped with the means to escape from tsunami and when (a) tsunami strikes, they will evacuate and save their lives.”

It was equally important for people to understand the role of science; to be ocean literate, climate literate and disaster risk reduction literate, the IOC spokesperson maintained.

Highlighting the importance of education in ocean science in achieving progress in this area, Dr. Ryabinin added that “every facet of sustainable development, poverty, food, energy, climate and many other sustainable development goals, really if you think deeply, depend on ocean science.”
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