New York, 27 December 2022 (TDI): The world observes International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on December 27 every year. The day’s objective is to raise public awareness of epidemics.

It emphasizes the significance of prevention, readiness, and collaboration against epidemics.

Moreover, this day encourages every person, every organization, & every government to prepare its people in a suitable way and in accordance with national contexts and priorities, through education and awareness-raising activities about the epidemics.

History of the Day

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution designating December 27 as the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on December 7, 2020.

The UN passed the resolution during its 75th session and 36th plenary meeting. Moreover, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes the decision.

The COVID-19 pandemic was specifically mentioned in the declaration as having “devastating impacts of major infectious diseases and epidemics,” on the lives of people.

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The UN General Assembly also emphasized how the current pandemic had overtaken medical schools and health systems worldwide, and interrupted supply lines. Furthermore, it has adversely impacted people’s lives more so in developing nations.

Massage by UN Secretary-General

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres shared a message on the occasion of International Day of Epidemic Preparedness 2022.

He mentioned that a pandemic cannot be managed by a nation at a time so the entire globe must unite. The Secretary-General added that COVID-19 served as a warning.

He urged all nations to join in for efforts on this International Day of Epidemic Preparedness to make sure that the world is prepared to face future health threats.

Numerous countries and regions observe this day in order to better prepare for the future. It also emphasizes improving future reaction capabilities in addition to helping to control the COVID-19 epidemic.

The day also gives countries from different continents a chance to unite and take decisive action against future outbreaks.