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Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning


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Meetings on TEWS
Many meetings have been held or are planned to share information about tsunamis and warning systems and to articulate the wishes of the affected nations. The meetings have consistently supported the United Nations role in the development of an early warning system through UNESCO-IOC and the ISDR.
Bali, Indonesia, 31 July – 2 August 2006
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG-IOTWS-III)
Bali, Indonesia, 30 July 2006
Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction
Workshop report

Bangkok, Thailand, 16-17 June 2006
Workshop on the Human Impact of Tsunami and Disaster Risk Reduction


Bangkok, Thailand, 14-16 June 2006
Regional Workshop on Mitigation, Preparedness and Development for Tsunami Early Warning Systems in the Indian Ocean Region
Workshop conclusions and recommendations

Bridgetown Barbados, 10-12 January 2006
First Session of the IOC Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions
Provisional Agenda
Hyderabad, India, 14-16 December 2005
Second Session of the IOC Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning & Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWS-II)
Message from Sálvano Briceño Director, UN secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the ICG/IOTWS-II
Tsunami Early Warning Strengthening Project in the Indian Ocean -Partnership for Building Resilience to Tsunamis
Side-Event Meeting at EWC III on Tuesday, 28th March 2006
The side-event on tsunami early warning is organized to brief participants on progress towards strengthening tsunami early warning systems in the Indian Ocean, and provide a forum to exchange information and experience with regard to implementation of activities and delivery of results at the regional, national, and local levels. Participants will discuss future prospects for partnership towards building resilience to tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region. Download agenda
Perth, Australia, 3 to 5 August 2005
First Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System
Summary of the results of the meeting

Port Louis, Mauritius, 14-16 April 2005
Follow up meeting to the Paris 3-8 March meeting, designed to consider and seek coordination of plans and activities for the tsunami warning system and seek donor support for the next phases of development concerning the observing system, national tsunami centres, and regional cooperation mechanisms. The high-level delegation meeting is organized by UNESCO-IOC.

Progress and further requirements for the development of a tsunami warning and mitigation system for the Indian Ocean; Second International Coordination meeting for the Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean, Grand-Baie, Mauritius, 14-16 April 2005

Jakarta, Indonesia, 14-18 March 2005
Expert meeting on the exchange of early warning and related information including tsunami warnings in the Indian Ocean, organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Paris, France, 3 – 8 March 2005
International Coordination Meeting for the Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean within a Global Framework, organized by UNESCO-IOC.
Brussels, Belgium, 14-15 February 2005
Third Earth Observation Summit, 16 February, 2005, Brussels, Belgium, organized by Group on Earth Observation (GEO).
The Communiqué is related to support for tsunami and multi-hazard warning systems within the context of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
Phuket, Thailand, 29 January 2005
The Phuket ministerial declaration on regional cooperation on tsunami early warning arrangements agreed that an effective early warning system for the Indian Ocean should include risk assessment, hazard monitoring and detection, prediction and formulation of warning, dissemination and communication of warning messages and knowledge as well as the preparedness to act.
Beijing, China 25-26 January 2005
The China-ASEAN Workshop on Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Warning “Action Plan to Formulate a Technology Platform for Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Warning System” aimed to exchange experiences and lessons learned from the recent Indian Ocean tsunami disaster; exchange information on technology in the field of tsunami warning; and explore ways to carry out joint activities in the field of tsunami early warning through earthquake monitoring.

Tokyo, Japan, 22-24 February 2005
Training Seminar - Mission on Policy Dialogue for High Level Administrative Policy Makers on Establishing a Tsunami Early Warning System in the Indian Ocean.

Delhi, India January 2005
The brain storming meeting on Early Warning Systems for Tsunami indicated the main institutional stake holders in the proposed national early warning systems for India: Ministry of Science and Technology, Departments of Science and Technology, Department of Ocean Development, Indian Institute of Oceanography, Indian Space Research Organisation and the Indian national science academy. The meeting mainly consisted of technical presentations; it was organized by the Government of India.
Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, 18-22 January 2005
The World Conference on Disaster Reduction considered tsunami and early warning issues.

For a summary of the main WCDR documents see PPEW newsletter 2005/1


Port-Louis, Mauritius, 10-14 January 2005
UN Conference on Small Islands Developing States; extracts of UN-Secretary General’s statements on 13 January 2005:

“ This tragedy has taught us once again the need for prevention and early warning. Last week’s meeting in Jakarta called for the establishment of a regional early warning system for the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. But we should do even more. We need a global warning system – and one that covers not just tsunamis but all other threats, such as storm surges and cyclones. In such an endeavor, no part of the world should be ignored. We must think globally, and consider measures equal to the task”.

“ We are all inhabitants of the global island. All of us, rich and poor, weak and strong, whether citizens of a great power or of a tiny atoll, are linked in webs of opportunity and vulnerability. We should have known this already, but it has taken a tsunami to press the point home. The question now is whether we will act over the long term, not just in small islands but everywhere, in the same spirit of unity that characterizes the current moment.”

“ If any good should come from the upheaval caused by the tsunami, I hope it will be to have proven, once and for all, the need to heed the warning signs, come together well in advance of calamity, and sustain a collective effort to end human misery and build strong foundations for development and peace.” “We are all inhabitants of the global island” – Kofi Annan

On 14 January, UN-Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan declared that he was happy that his call for a global early warning system has been enthusiastically supported at the conference, reiterating that such a warning system should cover not just tsunamis but also other threats, such as storm surges and cyclones.


Jakarta, Indonesia, 6 January 2005
The special ASEAN leaders' meeting issued a Declaration on action to strengthen emergency relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and prevention on the aftermath of earthquake and tsunami disaster.