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The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is convening a meeting of global policymakers this week in Thailand to identify key barriers and lessons learned in the first days of the emergency response and in the weeks of reconstruction following the devastating 26 December Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Representatives from Indian Ocean countries affected by the 26 December 2004 tsunami and other countries and experts on early warning systems will gather in Mauritius for the Second International Coordination Meeting for the Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean on 14-16 April 2005. Co-organised by the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and UN/ISDR, the meeting will further elaborate plans for a tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean.
Twenty four hours after yet another significant earthquake shook Indonesia and underlined the risks in the Indian Ocean Basin, a Red Cross and Red Crescent summit announced unprecedented efforts to place survivors of last December's devastating tsunami out of harm's way. Without disaster preparedness, the organization said, ongoing relief efforts and long-term programmes would be undermined.
The Tsunami in the Indian Ocean reminds not only the affected countries in the region, but also the international community as a whole of the urgent need to deal with the issue of the introduction of tsunami early warning system at an earliest possible date in the Indian Ocean region.
BRUSSELS, Mar 2, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An umbrella group of aid organizations in the Netherlands has raised 183 million euros (240 million US dollars) through a national campaign to help the victims of December's tsunami in Asia.
The Commission took another step forward today in its action to help rehabilitate the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the areas hit by the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean on 26 December. Thus, it adopted a Decision to provide immediate and more long-term technical expertise and assistance to the countries concerned. Experts will contribute to the assessment of the reconstruction requirements in fisheries and aquaculture in these areas. They will also assist in the implementation of the agreed rehabilitation measures in this sector.
The devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that hit South Asia and Somalia will take years to address. Yet, decisions are being made now that will affect the direction of recovery efforts for years to come. As a global community, we must challenge ourselves to assemble a response that meets our highest aspirations for excellence and humanity.
This statement sets out six principles that could help ensure that we all work with a common purpose to provide the best we have to offer as a global community.
PORT LOUIS, Jan 10, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Delegates from some 40 small island nations convened Monday in Indian Ocean island Mauritius, coordinating efforts to raise disaster preparedness and plea for international help in building an early warning system after the devastating tsunami swept through the Indian Ocean.
Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Raymond Berenger, who is also the president of the meeting, said in the opening session of the UN International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Program of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States …