Towards A Safer World Initiative

With the aim of reviewing the pandemic experiences and contributing to the overall report Towards a Safer World , the UNWTO compiled in the following report experiences and challenges the sector has made and identified, which can serve all those interested in improving emergency and disaster preparedness and management.

The report aims at answering the following 4 core questions:

  • What are the key things that exist now as a result of pandemic preparedness that did not exist 5 years ago?
  • What are the key achievements of pandemic preparedness for our sector?
  • What are the most critical gaps that remain in pandemic preparedness in our sector?
  • What are the key lessons that have emerged from the pandemic?

The report is based on research carried out by the Risk and Crisis Management department of UNWTO and includes the experiences and discussions of a workshop which was organized at UNWTO HQ on 9 and 10 December 2010 with key representatives from the travel, tourism and aviation sector. The report forms integral part of the book,  ¨Beyond Pandemics: A Whole-of-Society Approach to Disaster Preparedness¨, which was distributed in the TASW Initiative conference hosted by the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) and United Nations System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) on 15 and 16 December 2011 in Rome, Italy. The TASW Initiative captures the successes which have been achieved through multi-sectoral pandemic planning since 2005.

A pdf version of the book can be downloaded through the link below:

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