Thursday 1 October, 2020 01:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of countries and communities to the risks and impacts of health emergencies and disasters. The pandemic has demonstrated that many health threats require actions outside the ability of any single country or organization to address by themselves. An effective response depends on local, multisectoral preparedness and response capacities as well as the coordinated ability of the international community to act. Unfortunately, past crises have also shown that attention and funding for emergency preparedness and response capacities tend to drop off once the acute response phase is over. The world needs to break this “panic-then-forget” cycle.
This side event aims to highlight and advocate for long-term sustainable preparedness in the context of COVID-19. This includes through diplomacy, investments, capacity building and health system strengthening. It will also emphasize the importance of applying a whole-of-society approach through effective multisectoral collaboration and community engagement. The expected outcomes include identification of key needs and challenges, increased dialogue on sustainable preparedness, and clear actions for stakeholders in building better from the pandemic.
The event will bring together Ministers and senior leaders across multiple sectors including, but not limited to, health and foreign affairs. Representatives from international development agencies, United Nations agencies, parliaments, civil society and leaders from the private sector will also be invited.