Member States reflected on what needs to be done
to better anticipate future pandemic risk,
and how to strengthen the capacities of governments
and communities to tackle a second wave or another similar emergency.
"Prevention saves lives and it requires good governance
to make the transition from response to resilience,” said Ms.
Mami Mizutori Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
for Disaster Risk Reduction. “The Sendai Framework for
Disaster Risk Reduction, the global blueprint for reducing
risk and disaster impact adopted five years ago
by UN member states, included biological hazards because
memories were still fresh of earlier disease outbreaks
of Ebola, SARS, MERS and H1N1.
The review of experiences and lessons learned during this
dialogue helps to ensure that the national and local
strategies for disaster risk reduction prioritize pandemic
preparedness alongside the many other risks that countries face.
Now is the time to ensure that we recover in a resilient
way and take this opportunity to improve prevention
across the region and boost international cooperation."
“The world is facing the greatest public health challenge
of modern times. The European Region remains at the epicenter
of the pandemic. So many livelihoods are at risk.
So many lives have been lost. COVID-19 is a test of solidarity
that we simply cannot afford to fail,” said Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge,
WHO Regional Director for Europe.
“This pandemic and its impact on our lives is exceptional,
but every day, every minute, we are gathering evidence,
sharing knowledge and taking steps to stop this virus,
and to make our health response more robust, and sustainable.
You all have so much expertise and experience to share.
It is vital that we work together, learn from each other
and coordinate efforts. By so doing, we will beat this
pandemic, united,” he added.
MFA Coordination and Policy Planning Deputy Director
General Meirav Eilon Shahar: “In Israel the authorities
are working day in and day out to mitigate the impact
of the pandemic. As a result, various lessons have been learnt,
policy guidelines and different tools were developed.
Israel is keen on sharing them with anyone in this virtual
room and beyond. Israel is proud to be co-hosting together
with UNDRR and the WHO this pioneering event and am
looking forward for the outcomes.”
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe,
Provided by the IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service System