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One Year On: IOC Makes Progress On Tsunami Warning System

In focus article from NESCO Bangkok Newsletter, No. 6, February 2006. [more]




Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System up and running

Eighteen months after the tragic tsunami of December 2004, the entire Indian Ocean region has a warning system capable of receiving and distributing tsunami advisories around the clock. [more]


Rehabilitation of Traditional Communities and Municipalities in Tsunami Affected Areas in Thailand
This project is a joint programme on tsunami rehabilitation between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI), implemented with the sea gypsies (the Moken and the Urak Lawoi) in four provinces in southern Thailand; Phang Nga, Ranong, Phuket and Satun. Aiming to support the rehabilitation and recovery needs of sea gypsies communities in Andaman Sea, the project will provide supporting technical assistance and resources, link the sea gypsy communities to relevant stakeholders to ensure sutainable recovery and promote indigenous cultures.


Education for Natural Disaster Preparedness in Asia-Pacific in the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Disaster preparedness and mitigation are core environmental issues identified by UNESCO in the draft International Implementation Scheme for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development(2005 – 2014). The Director General of UNESCO, Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, recently highlighted the significant role of education in improving the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the risk of disasters; “anticipating, educating and informing are the keys to reducing the deadly effect of such natural disasters” (3 January, 2005). [more]

Post-Tsunami Rehabilitation Using Traditional Performing Arts in the South and South-East Asian Sub-Region

In response to the Indian Ocean tsunami that adversely affected South and Southeast Asia on 26 December 2004, UNESCO is planning to deliver workshops in traditional performing arts and musical expressions. The project aims to support the socio-cultural rehabilitation of tsunami-distressed communities, promote the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and demonstrate a new role for the performing arts in post-disaster situations. [more]


Post-Tsunami Telecommunication Links Strengthened
The second Preparatory Meeting for Phase Two of the World Summit on the Information Society included a special session on Telecoms for Disaster Relief. The session focused on key elements of the Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations, which came into effect on 8 January.


UNESCO Plans Tsunami Recovery Efforts
By Caroline Haddad and Anuje Sirikitwith contributions from R. Engelhardt and D. Elias

An article from "UNESCO Bangkok Newsletter", No. 2, February 2005 about UNESCO Plans for Tsunami Recovery. [more]


UNESCO Bangkok’s response to the Tsunami disaster
As a regional bureau for education, UNESCO Bangkok’s primary contribution to the emergency phase of the UN response has been the support of ministries of education in their assessments of damage and need in areas such as health education, and disaster awareness and preparedness (e.g., in the development of educational materials). [more]


World Heritage sites in regions hit by the recent earthquake and tsunami
Several sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List are located in the afflicted region. UNESCO, along with experts from the World Heritage community and local authorities, is mobilizing all efforts to evaluate damage to these sites. [more]


International Flood Initiative launched at World Conference on Disaster Reduction
“This new initiative is set to integrate the scientific, operational, educational and public awareness raising aspects of flood management, including the social response and communication dimensions of flooding and related disaster preparedness,” said Mr Matsuura, launching the project during a special session devoted to the issue at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe (Japan). [more]