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Deep dive session: Preparedness and response to health emergencies – The role of cities

This is a past event.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 1:00pm to 4:15pm

Virtual Event

History has shown that a variety of hazards can affect health and well-being. These include natural disasters, chemical, radiological, physical, and biological hazards such as epidemics, pandemics, emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and bioterrorism. Environmental hazards, particularly those exacerbated by the climate emergency, are also on the rise. The huge cost of these hazards and health emergencies on people and economies illustrate why preparedness to face such threats at all levels (local, regional, national, and international) is so vital.

Urban areas have unique vulnerabilities that make them more prone to the impacts of health emergencies. This is a concern as more than 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and scientists calculate that this will increase to 70% by 2050. This means that preparedness for health emergencies in cities is especially important.

During this session the speakers will explore the capacities that make local actors essential in mitigating health hazards. They will also debate what constitutes preparedness and the role different stakeholders can play in this process.

Moderated by
Clara Marín

Clara Marín

Policy Program Officer


Roberto Lucchini

Roberto Lucchini (TBC)

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences


Eduardo  López Moreno

Eduardo López Moreno (TBC)


Head of Research and Innovation

Daniel Buss

Daniel Buss

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Unit Chief Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE-CE)

Maria Neira

Maria Neira

World Health Organization (WHO)

Director Public Health and Environment

Elizabet Diago

Elizabet Diago


Preparedness Program Manager

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