Cities have been at the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic where more than half of the world’s population reside. Cities have been deeply impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which continues to highlight the wide socio-economic inequities and multi-hazard risks that exist in the urban settings. This course examines the existing risk in cities and aims to introduce participants with knowledge and tools to manage all-hazard risks for effective health emergency and disaster risk management and building resilient cities from a health perspective. Additionally, the course highlights the importance of using equitable, gender-sensitive and human rights-based approaches; including the whole of society and maintaining alignment will all relevant international frameworks.
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Overview: With a projected 68% of the global population expected to be living in cities by 2050, risk-informed emergency preparedness and multi-sectoral planning in cities are critical to prevent, prepare for, and mitigate the impacts of emergencies. This course aims to highlight the importance of health emergency and disaster risk management for city resilience in line with the International Health Regulations (2005) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The course will focus on the:
The target audience for this course are local and national government officials in charge of disaster risk reduction and management, urban development and planning, public health; emergency preparedness, national associations of municipalities; urban resilience and development practitioners; civil society, private sector, academia.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Explain the importance and key areas of all-hazard disaster risk management in cities, for better preparedness against health emergencies and disasters;
List and describe relevant concepts and existing tools for local risk assessment, one health in cities, simulation exercises, resource mapping and partnerships, aiming all-hazards risk reduction in cities.
Course duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Certificates: A Confirmation of participation will be available to participants who complete 100% of the course material.