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.
The marine realm is the largest component of the Earth’s system that stabilizes the climate and supports life on Earth and human well-being. That’s why the UN proclaimed the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health.
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.