In line with the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, UNESCO Office Jakarta introduced its ongoing project on documenting the survivors and eyewitnesses story of the 1927, 1938, 1968, and 2018 earthquakes and tsunamis in Central Sulawesi. Their stories will be revealed on World Tsunami Awareness Day, 5 November 2020.
Czech model and entrepreneur Petra Nemcova is the official UN Disaster Risk Reduction World Tsunami Awareness Advocate, which is commemorated on 5 November every year. Petra Nemcova not only survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand but also found a way to continue living and sharing her experience at the service of people affected by disasters.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.