Health and Disaster Risk Reduction - session on 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Health and Disaster Risk Reduction - session on 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was held on 26 May in Cancun, Mexico. 

Organizer: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Contact:  Dr. Chadia Wannous (wannous@un.org)

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The Sendai Framework highlights the importance of building resilient health systems through integration of all-hazards disaster risk management within health care and public health provision. This is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the SDG-3 on achieving health and well-being for all and for tackling the impact of climate change and urbanization on health. It is also aligned with the International Health Regulations that aim to strengthen countries' core capacities to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to infectious diseases, food safety, environmental, chemical and radio-nuclear safety.

The working session provided a platform to sensitize and mobilize Member States and key actors in health, disaster risk reduction and development to identify ways and commit to working together to realize these objectives at national and local levels and contribute to the achievement of the Sendai Framework targets, particularly Target (e) on developing comprehensive disaster risk reduction strategies and plans. The session will focus on sharing progress, challenges and lessons learned in applying the health aspects of Sendai Framework and the “Bangkok Principles” for their implementation that were agreed at the international conference held in Thailand in March 2016.

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