The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has launched a Web site for the 2010–2011 global campaign for disaster reduction. The campaign theme is: “Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready.” The site can be accessed at:

The campaign is based on the previous two campaigns, which focused on disaster reduction in schools (2006–2007) and hospital safety (2008–2009). The aim is to persuade leaders of cities and local governments to commit to a checklist of 10 essentials for developing resilient cities.

PAHO/WHO is committed to promoting the new campaign. It will work with governments, health professionals, and other partners in the Region of the Americas to ensure preparedness, structural safety, and the operation of health facilities so that they continue to provide health care to populations when affected by emergencies and disasters.

As one of the most important parts of this campaign, the ISDR introduced the One Million Schools and Hospitals Initiative. The intention is to encourage schools, hospitals, individuals, families, communities, organizations, businesses, and others to pledge to make a school or hospital safer from disaster. The web site for the online pledging initiative is: