Are we prepared to help low-resource populations mitigate a severe pandemic?

The attached (see below) relates to the 8 documents (over 200 pages) posted on the CDC website on updated guidance on community mitigation for pandemic flu (at tabs for Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – United States, 2017 & Pre-Pandemic NPI Planning Guides).

Invition to comment on the provisional agenda of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

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.

Emergency Events Database EM-DAT

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.

DesInventar as a Disaster Information Management System

Visit DesInventar website


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.

Implementing the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – Follow-up on the “Bangkok Principles”

Invitation to a Side Event at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Implementing the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for  Disaster Risk Reduction – Follow-up on the “Bangkok Principles”

Friday 15 July 2016
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Conference Room 8
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Please find attached below the invitation in a PDF format.




Dear Colleagues, 


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 


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.

TASW Newsletter, June 2016



Dear TASW network members,

We are pleased to inform you that we are resuming the email updates for Towards a Safer World (TASW) Network. As always the aim is to share with members of the Network the latest updates, experience and innovation, case studies, and best practices of initiatives and projects aimed to strengthen pandemic and disaster preparedness and response.
Data are compiled from open-source covering relevant stakeholders and the media to provide a broad overview of developments of relevant strands of work around the world.

You are kindly invited to send us your suggestions and ideas, on both the form and the content of these updates, so we can make this as useful as possible for a wide spectrum of related disciplines, sectors and actors. Grateful for sharing the TASW updates with your colleagues and networks to encourage them to join the Network. Our roster of experts is currently being updated. To join please fill-in this form. 


UN CC:Learn training opportunities

UN CC:Learn opportunities:
Specialized introductory learning modules on
1)Climate Change and Cities
2)Climate Change and Human Health, which were developed with support from UN-Habitat and WHO respectively. These two modules are self-paced and free of charge.

Participants can also receive a certificate of each module after completing together with UN CC:Learn Introductory Course on Climate Change, which includes a core set of 6 basic modules.