Sri Lanka participates in the First World Tsunami Museum Conference in Japan


November 13, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) hosted the First World Tsunami Museum Conference in Japan on November 5th 2017 to celebrate the “World Tsunami Awareness Day”. Participants from eight countries namely, Chile, Indonesia, Mexico, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and the United States took part in the event.  Ms. P. H Priyanthi from the Community Tsunami Museum in Hikkaduwa had the opportunity to participate in this conference representing Sri Lanka.
The First World Tsunami Museum Conference was held at Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture to advocate the World Tsunami Awareness Day and to strengthen international cooperation for passing on the records stored in the tsunami museums to the next generation. The conference discussed how to share the knowledge and experience on disaster with future generations and how to strengthen the relationship between disaster related museums in each country. Representatives from the Local Governments, Co-organizers, supporters and other stakeholders took also part in the conference.
The Sri Lankan representative was appointed as one of the panelists under the topic of “passing on: Role of Tsunami Museums as centers for knowledge transmission”, which was one of the key themes highlighted throughout the conference. She pointed out that it is crucial to pass on the records kept in tsunami museums to the next generation, in order to prepare themselves against future tsunamis, which may strike at any moment.