Japan and the United Nations
Message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the World Tsunami Awareness Day Resolution
(Resolution Adopted at the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly)
December 5, 2015
On December 5 (December 4 local time), following the adoption of the resolution on the World Tsunami Day by the Second Committee of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, issued the following message.
A resolution on establishing a World Tsunami Awareness Day, which was proposed by Japan and ultimately jointly proposed by 142 countries including Japan, was adopted by consensus at the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York on December 5 (December 4 local time). I sincerely welcome this.
The adoption of this resolution, whose goal is to deepen understanding and interest in the threat of tsunami and countermeasures by designating November 5 as the World Tsunami Awareness Day, is extremely significant.
Japan has been leading the international community’s discussions in the disaster risk reduction field, including by holding the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in March this year. Going forward also, Japan will contribute to make the international community more resilient through capitalizing on its expertise and experience in disaster risk reduction.