COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- An inter-regional 'Tsunami Summit-2015' has been organized by academicians of SAARC region universities to mark the 11th anniversary of Tsunami. Led by Justice (R) S.S. Paru, the summit ascribes resolutions of institutional significance concerning the disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The Asian Tsunami of 2004 is considered to be the most devastating disaster of modern history. It devastated almost 9 major oceanic sectors of Asia, leaving 5 million people as homeless with a toll rate exceeding 287,000.
On each 26th of December, people from different walks of life use to gather along the shorelines in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Sumatra and Thailand, to mark the inscriptive commemorations.
As the year 2015, categorically marks the last round-up for Hyogo Framework of Action, as well as the conclusive year for UN-MDGs, the observance got an extended institutional significance.
A resolution has been unanimously passed by academicians from all major universities belonging to the Tsunami-hit costal belt of Asia, which acclaims to establish KAKHTAH Post-doc Multiversity DRR Repositories across the region, along with a post-doc scholarship for DRR studies under the UN-HFA and Post-HFA ISDR.
Background of the Emergence of KAKHTAH DRR Multiversity:
Besides the utmost wreckage desolation, and unprecedented scale of destruction, Tsunami-2004 brought forth a way to measure the real 'on-ground impact factor' in terms of the 'actual renderings' conceded thereupon.
In 2006-7, an opinion poll was commissioned in hard-hit areas, in order to have the survivors and the victims their own say for-- 'who did what for them'--- that can be considered as worthy of some 'meant-content'!!!
The outcome of 'Tsunami Opinion Polls', coupled with inter-institutional and academic consensus, evoked a historic resolution for instituting 'KAKHTAH' Multiversity scholarship medal and DRR repositories across the region.
The KAKHTAH multiversity acquires its 'title-ovation' after four stalwarts; the two individual entities and the two organizational bodies, who became responsible for bringing forth the actual 'meant-content worthiness' with a 'factual difference', through their meritorious renderings in the hardest test of human solidarity.
The revolutionary-edged KAKHTAH-DRR Multiversity and medal has been posthumously named after; Kofi Annan (Former Secretary General UN), Hellen Keller Intl. (A US-based NGO), Tzu-chi Foundation (An international NGO from Taiwan), and Aurangzeb Hafi (A multi-disciplinary arch-researcher from Pakistan), for their meritorious renderings during the Asian Tsunami 2004's relief works.
For more details: http://unesco-isdr-asia.org/kakhtah-multiversity-drr-digital-repository/
A selection slate named 'Tsunami Slate of Merit' draped a summing-up of 17 out-scored projects having a higher 'on-ground impact-factor'.
Amongst them are, the Oxfam, Save the Children, SOS, Rotary International, Peak Freans-EBM Ltd., Shadow Intl., along with some regional and local organizations. A laurel of distinction 'Tsunami's Dame of Merit' has been bequeathed on Dr. Bareera N. B., a Pakistani anthropologist and philanthropist, who rendered her services and accomplished the EBM's mission of food-supplements' provisions in Tsunami refugees' camps to address the mal-nutrition in babies and pregnant women.
Famous River Kawai's bridge has been renamed as 'KAKHTAH-Tsunami Bridge' to spotlight the significance of DRR.
On the historic Tsunami awareness proclamation occasion, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström said: "It should be remembered that the 2004 Tsunami galvanised political commitment to reducing disaster risk. The memory of that event helped to ensure the adoption of the Sendai Framework this year which sets targets for the first time on reducing mortality from disasters."
To mark the 11th observance, a website www.asiantsunami.com has been dedicated to cater the information needs of public as well as the academia, concerning the tsunamis.
Dr. Alex Jayawardene
SOURCE Tsunami Summit 2015