UNSIC 2011 Annual Report, March 2012

UNSIC's efforts through 2011 continued to focus on strengthening coordination and encouraging and supporting UN and partner stakeholders in their efforts to work in synergy to address pandemic preparedness and response.A main area of UNSIC's focus in 2011 was the promotion of multi-sector and ‘Whole of Society' approaches to pandemic preparedness. One aspect of this work was through the global ‘Toward a Safer World' (TASW) initiative, which worked to collect and analyze anecdotal, qualitative, and quantitative data so that the lessons learned from pandemic preparedness (particularly multi-sectoral responses) can be used in broader disaster preparedness programmes.

Efforts to advance this work continue today, most notably through establishing a managed network of practitioners which can act as a consistent source of expertise for preparedness and response, and which can integrate this work within different national and regional settings and on multi-stakeholder platforms.2011 also saw the continued recognition that a majority of high impact infectious diseases affecting humans arise at the animal-human-environment interface and in addition to the health implications (for humans and animals), these diseases can cause a significant burden on livelihoods and development. Consequently, the movement to address health threats at the animal-human-ecosystems interface in a coordinated, cross-sectoral approach continued to strengthen in 2011. UNSIC has

worked to support the Tripartite Organizations (WHO, FAO and OIE) and other main actors as they embark on shaping the way forward of this movement including providing support to the Mexican government and to the Tripartite to organize the International High-Level Technical Meeting held in Mexico in Nov 2011.2011 was also a year marked by transition for UNSIC. While still a problem in many areas, H5N1 avian influenza's spread has largely been contained and strategies are shifting to sustainable and progressive control in the few endemic countries. A subsequent decline in financing of H5N1 work resulted in a restructuring of the UNSIC structure and scope, and mid- 2011 saw a close to our Asia-Pacific region (APRH) and Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) offices.

This Annual Report provides an overview of UNSIC's work in 2011 to support global responses to pandemics and to other threats at the animal-human-environment interface.

David Nabarro

Senior UN System Influenza Coordinator