Publication Examines COVID-19 Responses & Calls for Use of Disaster Resilience Strategies


  • 2020•04•07     Tokyo

    A new publication co-authored by Riyanti Djalante (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS) examines responses to COVID-19 at the global, regional, and national levels, and provides recommendations for applying disaster resilience strategies. Titled Building resilience against biological hazards and pandemics: COVID-19 and its implications for the Sendai Framework, the article argues that current mechanisms and strategies for disaster resilience, as outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), can enhance responses to global pandemics such as COVID-19.

    In particular, the health-emergency disaster risk management (Health-EDRM) framework can complement current responses to COVID-19 and the risk of similar phenomena in the future. The article’s recommendations focus on knowledge and science provision in understanding disaster and health-related emergency risks, the extension of disaster risk governance to manage both disaster risks and potential health emergencies, and the strengthening of community-level preparedness and response.

    The article was published in the scientific journal Progress in Disaster Science, Volume 6 (April 2020), and is available to download under an open access license.