On Wednesday, 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the coronavirus (COVID-19) viral disease a pandemic, but it is a pandemic that can be controlled. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the UN agency, said, in his statement, “Let me be clear: describing this as a pandemic does not mean that countries should give up.”
The UN Secretary-General urged all countries to take a comprehensive approach tailored to their circumstances – with containment as the central pillar. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting thousands of people, impacting countries’ health systems and having widespread social and economic effects. The UN entities working on development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, are supporting countries in their preparedness and response plans.
WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to track the spread and to provide guidance to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.
Latest news and updates
Updates from the field #3: Mobilizing against COVID-19 (as of 27 March 2020)
UN teams across the globe continue to work with the government and partners to help tackle COVID-19. Read the highlights from across the globe as of 27 March 2020. Read more >
The UN in Egypt aims to curb online rumours
In an attempt to curb rumours circulating online about COVID-19, UN agencies in Egypt have launched a joint effort aimed at raising awareness amid efforts by the government to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus. Read more >
Updates from the field #2: Teaming up against COVID-19 (as of 24 March 2020)
The UN teams on the ground are galvanizing support to respond to COVID-19, with crucial engagement from the private sector. Check out some of the latest responses from countries across the globe. Read more >
UN, an ‘ally’ in Kenya in fight against COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya has jumped to at least five [by 19 March] after the Government confirmed more cases. President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a raft of proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Read more >
Updates from the field #1: Tackling COVID-19 together worldwide (as of 19 March 2020)
UN teams across the globe are working closely with the government, agencies, partners and civil society to ensure the safety, security and health of the population. Check out some of the latest responses from countries across the globe. Read more >
New approaches to tackle a new virus
The coronavirus is testing China’s disaster preparedness and response, from public health systems to information sharing. Yet China has a key advantage in this fight; its technology infrastructure. Not only is technology making life in quarantine more livable for millions of people, but it is also helping to fight the virus. Read more >
United Nations mobilizes globally to fight against COVID-19
With the coronavirus crisis spreading to more countries with broader social and economic implications, the United Nations is mobilizing its global workforce to help affected Governments to contain or slow the onslaught of this deadly disease. Read more >
Repeated and clear communication, and citizen action, are required to prevent further spread of COVID 19 virus in Serbia
The UN in Serbia team supports the government and the people of Serbia to address the challenges of the COVID 19, expand the medical services, reach out to all and save lives. Check out how Serbia is committed to flattening the curve of contamination. Read more >
Response and Recovery Fund
“COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” said Secretary-General António Guterres. “This human crisis demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world’s leading economies –and maximum financial and technical support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.”
The United Nations system—and its global network of regional, sub-regional and country offices working for peace, human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian action, will support all governments and partners through the response and recovery.
To that end, the Secretary-General has established a dedicated COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support efforts in low- and middle-income countries. Its approach underpins the reformed UN with a coordinated multi-agency, multi-sectoral response for priority national and local actions to address the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It will count on the country leadership of Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in swiftly supporting and enabling governments in this crisis, and recovery.To view the latest updates, facts and figures, please visit the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund Portal.