Cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary research-based DRR scholarship medals, named as ‘KAKHTAH’, along with KAKHTAH DRR digital repositories across Asia, have been instituted on IDDR 2015, for doctoral & post-doctoral research studies, in areas concerning disaster management, HFA & Sendai policy frame-workings, especially in the perspectives of UN-MDGs.
The revolutionary-edged scholarship medals and the repositories have been posthumously named after the global humanitarians; Kofi Annan, Helen Keller Intl., Tzu-chi Intl., and Aurangzeb Hafi, for their meritorious renderings during the relief-works of the Asian Tsunami of 2004.
A Brief Précis & The Rationale:
Disasters can occur anywhere, anytime, at any location, to any society. The past few decades have witnessed a significant increase in natural disasters. According to the UN statistics, nearly 400-500 natural disasters and calamities take place annually.
Major vicissitudes and overall global variations like climate change, loss of biodiversity, constant and rapid environmental degradation, ozone forfeiture mutilations and global warming are the key reasons and causative emancipations to disasters increase.
The devastative consequences of such disasters, that are posed with the detrimental damages to the global communities, their infrastructures and in their overall socio-economic setups, are becoming exceedingly and alarmingly high. Asia’s 2004-Tsunami alone, devastated over 6 countries, leaving over 3 million as homeless, hundreds of thousands as displaced, with a toll rate exceeding 2,80,000.
In view of the afore-mentioned corresponding facts, the DDR is meant as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The International Observance Day of DRR, originally observed IDDR as per resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989, the UN General Assembly decided to designate 10/13 as the date to celebrate the IDDR (resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009).
The Background of KAKHTAH:
The official citation of the United Nations’ IDDR-WSDPD Observance of 2015 states that, “As a testament of the meritorious renderings that made some ‘difference’ in the DRR executional framework reprieves in the aftermaths of the Asian Tsunami of 2004–the highest observed devastating catastrophe of the recorded history of last millennium’s natural cataclysms, a ‘DRR Selection Slate’ was made with a view to reckon surmise the real ‘on-ground impact factor’ of different institutional entities, relief projects and individuals with reference to the UN’s Sendai and Post-HFA frameworks in global DRR perspectives.
Besides the utmost wreckage desolations, that quite austerely devastated and shattered almost 9 main oceanic sectors of Asia, including the hard-hit coastal zones of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Sumatra, and its unprecedented scale of destruction, Tsunami-2004 brought forth a way to measure the real impact factor in terms of the actual ‘on-ground renderings’ conceded thereupon.
The DRR Selection Slate draped a summing-up of 17 outscored projects and 21 organizations. Noteworthy amongst them are; Save the Children, SOS, Rotary International, the Oxfam, MAVSO Intl, Shadow Intl., and some regional and local organizations.
In order to typify the ‘difference’ introduced there upon, an opinion poll was customizedly commissioned in hard-hit areas, in order to have the affectees their own say for‘ who did what for them’ that brought some meant-content for them in the aftermaths of the crucial most catastrophe.
The outcome of ‘Tsunami Opinion Polls’, coupled with inter-institutional and academic consensus, evoked the unanimity in lieu of a historic resolution for instituting the KAKHTAH multiversity medals and DRR Repositories, named after those who became responsible for bringing forth some real ‘difference’ during the hard test of human solidarity, through their meritorious renderings.
The On-ground DRR Impact Factor (DRR-IF):
“The highest impact factor (IF), particularly in DRR perspectives, is the actual ‘Onground IF’ of the ‘Humanitarian et Meritorious’ renderings which do speak for themselves and, deservedly worth to be solidified in history archives’ testimonials for the centuries and generations to come” the SAARC-ASEAN HFA Confluence of IDDR-WSDPD Convergent Observance of 2015, hereby adopts the resolution and acclaims under the UN resolutions and conventions on the subject, entailing the DRR/HFA, for post-humously instituting a multiversity ‘KAKHTAH’ DRR Repositories and scholarship medals for outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral research studies on DRR”, says the UN IDDR-WSDPD Convergent Observance of 2015.
The multiversity ‘KAKHTAH’ DRR Repositories and scholarships get their standing-ovation to be named after two institutional entities and two individuals;
1-Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, who paid prompt visits in far-remote affected areas with an aim to have a first hand knowledge of the ground situation. He himself prompted for the actual circumstantial state of affairs, instead of relying on the executive summaries, rightly setting a new custom and tradition in the hierarchical pyramids.
2-Helen Keller Intl., a US based international organization that immediately incited the emergency humanitarian services in Tsunami’s Indonesia’s hardesthit regions, saving the lives where needed right by the moment of need.
3-Tzu-chi Intl., a multi-regional NGO from Taiwan, having one of the largest networks with representations and physical presence in almost all continents throughout the world, whose volunteers remained on board for over three years for long term Tsunami relief works.
4-Aurangzeb Hafi, an independent multidisciplinary arch-researcher and philanthropist from Pakistan, who foremostly conceptualized, directed, and almost single handedly kept paced all major research projects concerning the disability related constituencies and ivories during Tsunami. On account of ‘disability inclusiveness’ trend settings, Prof. Hafi can justly be credited for pioneering the cutting-edge concepts of pre-birth multiple disabilities risk assessment, embryonic toxicity and teratogenic proneness factor analysis, among pregnant women and the disability+pregnancy inclusive special protocols in cataclysmic emergencies and DRR modus of executional frameworks.
The new-fangled ‘KAKHTAH’ DRR repositories and scholarship medals are proclaimed to be established in an entire some accretion of over 1900 global academic ivories. The medal escorted with a 2.7 Million GBP scholarship, would be bequeathed on a biennium basis, for estimable postdoctoral research works of deservingly significant virtues, in the areas of disaster management, catastrophic policy layouts, cataclysmic forecasting and calamity prevention methodologies.
The formal proclamations of the first multiversity scholarship along with the River Kawai’s bridge’s renaming to KAKHTAH would be made on December 26th–the day to mark the first decade anniversary of Tsunami-2004.
The seven members conferring jury for KAKHTAH medal, that includes national and regional academic celebrities, would be chaired by Justice(R) S.S. Paru, L.L.D., D.Litt., from Indonesia. Sri Lanka’s ombudsman Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria, who had been Sri Lankan High Commissioner in New Zealand and Australia, and has served federal and state ministries in various capacities for over fifteen years. Dr. Weerasooria, Dr. Faisar N.M. and Dr. E.M. Nawaratne would be serving as the senior assessors of the jury. The jury would take all noteworthy research works of relevance into deliberations on a biennium basis, in order to subjugate the scholarship worthiness of the research.
Special annotation notes of thanks have been made to the Government of Sri Lanka, for the approval of conceding a 3-days KAKHTAH-DRR postal stamp, and establishing a KAKHTAH Tsunami Forecasting Centre, in the names of benevolent stalwarts.
Distinctive acknowledgements, on account of furthering the DRR goals in HFA and Post-HFA perspectives, were made for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which helps the world find pragmatic solutions to the most pressing environment and development challenges.