Factsheet - Health in the Context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Health is a key element of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted by member states in March 2015 at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015.  

Full Factsheet attached as PDF document.   

Call for Papers: Climate Change and Health Security - A Special Issue of Health Security


Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to global health security. A special feature of Health Security will be devoted to climate change and health. The Journal seeks papers that address the wide range of policy, practice, and research issues at the intersection of health and a changing climate.  

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WHO/UNHCR issue new guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

5 MAY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Worldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. WHO estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency.

FAO to prevent threats to the food chain

This document explains FAO’s multidisciplinary approach in helping countries in the fight against threats to the human food chain. It offers examples of how FAO's supports countries to mitigate risks affecting the food chain. In this context, it draws special attention to information systems, monitoring and early warning systems.

The document can be used to help East African countries develop food control systems, and implement operational protocols that clearly outline the roles, responsibilities and process for early detection, prevention and control of food safety incidents.

ISO Standard to Disaster-Proof Cities Announced at UN Conference

13 March 2015, SENDAI – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.

The new ISO standard for resilient and sustainable cities – ISO 37120 – is based on 100 indicators which steer and measure the performance of city services and quality of life. It is being implemented by the Toronto-based World Council on City Data (WCCD).