Permanent Representative Dr Hala Hameed addressed at a panel discussion to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day 2017 hosted by Permanent Mission of Japan and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction on the experience of Maldives during the Asian Tsunami 2004. In her address, Ambassador Dr Hala Hameed reflected on the lessons learnt from the catastrophic natural disaster and crucial steps such as the formation of National Disaster Management Centre and relevant legislation and initiatives that was since implemented since then.