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Strengthening Urban Preparedness and Resilience Against Biological Threats: Needs-Assessment in African Cities


Dr Beyza Unal, Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, International Security Department, Chatham House
Professor David R Harper, Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House


The capacity and capability to contain and respond to biological threats vary considerably from country to country and city to city across the world. To increase cities’ resilience to biological threats, a holistic, bottom-up approach to preparedness and response is needed. This demands greater integration of local levels of governance into risk management plans. Chatham House has started a project in close collaboration with cities concerned to help increase their resilience where gaps are identified.

This meeting will examine the requirements to strengthen urban preparedness and resilience in African countries, focusing initially on selected cities in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. The needs will be assessed by learning from local experts about existing plans and policies in their countries, and the priorities will be determined.

This event is being held in partnership with The African Academy of Sciences.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.