Disaster risk reduction
Sign up is now open for the twenty four Side Events slots at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Side Events should support the outcomes of the 2017 Global Platform, raise awareness on disaster risk reduction activities and contribute to the promotion of and exchange of knowledge.
Key expected outcomes during the 2017 Global Platform include:
The Government of Mexico and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction will host the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, from 22-26 May 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, with 22-23 May as informal preparatory days and 24-26 May as the Global Platform’s official programme.
Since 1988 the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has been maintaining an Emergency Events Database EM-DAT. EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the WHO and the Belgian Government.
The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of humanitarian action at national and international levels. It is an initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness, as well as providing an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting.
Population growth and urbanization processes, trends in land use, increasing impoverishment of significant segments of the population, use of inappropriate technological systems in the construction of houses and basic infrastructure, and inappropriate organization systems, amongst others, are factors that have increased the vulnerability of the population vis-a-vis the wide diversity of physical and natural events.
I am pleased to share with you the concept note (attached below) of the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day 2016 to be held on 13 October under the theme
LIVE TO TELL CAMPAIGN: RAISING AWARENESSS, REDUCING MORTALITY
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) wants you to use this opportunity to tell the world what you are doing to implement the Sendai Framework in order to reduce mortality and improve health outcomes from disasters.
Despite there being a significant increase in morbidity and mortality in those with chronic conditions, the main focus in disaster response and recovery has been on acute medical conditions and first aid.
Over recent years, there has been a shift to considering the effects of natural disasters on people with chronic conditions when planning for emergencies and natural disasters.
The U.S. Department of State invites submission of comments from the public and relevant industries on influenza surveillance and response, related to the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP-FW) (http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA64/A64_8-en.pdf).
The International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspect of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, held on 10-11 March 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand, recommended the following measures that could assist countries in implementing the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:
1. Promote systematic integration of health into national and sub-national disaster risk reduction policies and plans and the inclusion of emergency and disaster risk management programmes in national and sub-national health strategies.
BANGKOK, 11 March 2016 – Government officials and hazard risk management experts from various sectors today called on countries to put health resilience at the heart of disaster risk management in the face of crises such as the Zika virus outbreak.
They agreed seven recommendations to help countries face up to the fact that biological hazards “are part of the new normal and are here to stay”, in the words of Dr Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization’s Executive Director a.i. Outbreaks and Health Emergencies.