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Since its establishment in 2005, the ESCAP Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness has contributed significantly to the progress made in building regional and national warning systems for coastal hazards. In 2011, a key milestone was reached with the operationalization of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS), which was established through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO).

The Fund was one of the many contributors to the IOTWMS, through support for the adaptation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for tsunami warning and emergency response, combined with training and other capacity building at regional, national and local levels. The Fund also supported the establishment of the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), which is closely linked to the IOTWMS.

ESCAP is entrusted with managing and administering the Fund and draws on its mandate as the commission for Asia and the Pacific to promote regional cooperation and integration for effective disaster risk reduction.

In accordance with the Fund’s Terms and Conditions, this Annual Report provides an overview of the results of the Fund in 2020. It also describes the financial status of the Fund and the activities carried out by the secretariat.
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