A WHO Special Initiative in collaboration with UNFCCC and the Fijian Presidency of the COP-23 (SIDS in the Caribbean Region)
Humanity entered a new millennium with unprecedented challenges on a planetary scale. Carbon dioxide emissions, loss of biodiversity, loss of forests, water use, ocean acidification, have all been rapidly increasing for the past 100 to 200 years.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), held on 13 October every year, promotes a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. As this day celebrates how people around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters, the Health Emergencies Department of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) invites you to reflect on the regional perspective and progress towards the strengthening of national response capacities to public health emergencies and disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the key role of political will to achieve such progress.