A press conference announcing the event was held by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 21 in Tokyo.
The event will take place from November 25-26 in the town of Kuroshio in Kochi Prefecture with the participation of 250 students from 29 countries and about 100 Japanese students.
The programme aims to raise the awareness of high school students—who are future leaders—of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
It will also provide participants with knowledge on how to cope with, survive in and mitigate the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis while building international solidarity and mutual assistance in coping with nation disasters.
Japan’s Kochi Prefecture was selected to be the event’s venue due to its initiatives to respond to the Nankai Trough Earthquakes off Japan’s central coastline, which are great megathrust earthquakes that are predicted to occur every 100-150 years.
This is the first time the summit has been organised since the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day in December 2015.