The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has announced “Building resilient cities, addressing urban risk” as the theme for the 2010–2011 World Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction. The campaign builds on “cities at risk” and “urban risk” issues developed by the ISDR and its partners around the world. The campaign targets local governments of different size, characteristics, risk profiles, and locations.

The objectives of the 2010–2011 campaign are to: (a) enhance general awareness about urban risk and apply disaster risk reduction to climate change adaptation, (b) create agreements between national and local authorities for investing in urban risk reduction in a sustainable way, and (c) facilitate the use of disaster risk reduction measures in local and urban planning and to protect critical infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, and drainage systems.

The campaign will emphasize three lines of action: communicating clearly and raising awareness about local and urban risk, political engagement, and technical tools and capacity building. For the health sector, the campaign presents the opportunity to continue inter-sectoral work and promotion of the hospital safety campaign within the context of safe cities. For more details about the campaign, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit