Side event: Urban Pandemic Preparedness - City contributions to international processes on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response
organized by UNECE, UN-Habitat and WHO
Stella ChungongDirector, Health Security Preparedness, WHO
Shipra Narang SuriChief, Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat
Paola DedaDirector, UNECE Forests, Land and Housing Division
Ludy SuryantoroHead, Multisectoral Engagement for Health Security Unit, WHO
Graham AlabasterChief Geneva Office, Office of the Executive Director
Sonja KoeppelCo-Secretary, Europe Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE
Ganjar PranowoGovernor of Central Java, Indonesia
Marc HoActing Director Contact Tracing and Epidemiology Centre, Ministry of Health, Singapore
Santiago Saura MartinezCounsellor for International Relations, City of Madrid, Spain
Bekkul DzhekshenkulovBishkek City Hall, Department of International Cooperation and Protocol, Kyrgyzstan
Sarah BeechingExecutive Director of the Oshun Partnership
As urbanization continues, cities lead to becoming epicenters of disease transmission. Until today, cities and local governments are deeply involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the proximity to their population, their knowledge and understanding of the local actors and context, cities are crucial to preventing, preparing for, and recovering from health emergencies. This side-event will present WHO and UN-Habitat’s efforts in building capacities in urban pandemic preparedness and initiate a conversation between cities on their role in a national and international discussions on pandemic preparedness.
Hybrid; H-Building, Room H-207, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland
To attend UNECE meetings at the Palais des Nations, you must register in advance online on the relevant conference/meeting’s webpage.
Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny. In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card. Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays here are common and lengthy and delegates are unfortunately required to wait in the open air.