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Disaster Risk Reduction new dimensions: COVID-19 Preparedness at local level

Helena Monteiro


date June 28, 2022 | 13:30 - 15:00
Multifunction Hall Room 17
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
NE 57


The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in modern human history. It has exposed the vulnerabilities of our societies and its impacts go far beyond the health sector, hitting the world's most vulnerable the hardest. It is an example of systemic risk: when a hazard leads not only to negative effects in parts of the system but also threatens the failure of the entire system.

Globally, cities are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic against a backdrop of shocks, pressures, and growing vulnerabilities, all while attempting to prioritise justice, economy, and climate action as part of their recovery efforts. This is the opportunity for national and municipal governments to build back better and re-establish themselves as stronger, fairer, and more environmentally friendly than before.

This session is organized by the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) Regional Coordination Committee for Europe and Central Asia, a diverse group of stakeholders committed in driving MCR2030 in Europe and Central Asia. Its members include several UN Agencies, such as UNDRR, UNDP, UNECE, UN-Habitat and WHO, different cities’ networks and international organizations such as Resilient Cities Network, ICLEI, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well local government representatives from cities, such as Amadora, Paris and Greater Manchester.


This session aims to showcase how cities and partners are working together under the framework of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative to create solutions and share these practices with peer cities. It will provide insights on several critical problems that need to be better understood to improve epidemic and pandemic preparedness at the city/local level. Pandemic preparedness has to be holistic and build national to local resilience that integrates public health and disaster risk management. This is core to the pandemic planning and preparedness, together with adequate risk communication, risk perception and risk-informed behaviour of communities at risk. 

Session speakers

Mr. Jakub Mazur
Deputy Mayor
Ms. Maria Vittoria Beria
Head of the International Relations Department
Milan Municipality
Ms. Dilanthi Amaratunga
Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield
Ms. Helena Monteiro
Making Cities Resilient 2030 Coordination and Project Support Specialist
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Mr. Andy Deacon
Managing Director
Global Covenant of Mayors