Donnerstag, 26. Dezember 2019

For an international insurance against force majeure

15 years ago, on 26 December 2004, one of the biggest natural disasters of this century to date occurred: the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake. The Tsunami caused by this earthquake killed around 230,000 people on the coasts of the Indian Ocean. Today, the victims are remembered in the affected countries.

In front of UNO building in New York
In the countries affected at the time, people are commemorating the victims in these days. Not so many people would have died if there had been an early warning system. Today there is one. However, it is no longer state of the art. There is no money to improve it.

In a politically united world, with a system of solidarity like KOMPENSO, all this would be settled. In the event of natural disasters and major technical accidents that overwhelm individual states, the UN would be called in. For prevention, for aid, as well as for aftercare, there would be an international insurance against force majeure available.

In 1982, I described the vision of global disaster control in an article (PDF German). The core of the idea is the transformation of military into UN disaster control troops. Whether earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, astroid impacts, storms, floods or bush fires, as is currently the case in Australia, such troops would be available for immediate assistance worldwide.

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