Coronavirus global health emergency

Join #PledgetoPause to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation Online

Misinformation is damaging our efforts across issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate action and racial justice. The simple act of pausing before you share information online interrupts the emotional response and triggers a moment of critical thinking. As part of the United Nations Secretary General’s global push to stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online and the Verified campaign, we are asking you to join our movement. Visit and and post your video on 21 October 2020 using the hashtag #PledgetoPause and #TakeCareBeforeYouShare.

Counselors answer calls to Kenya's gender-based violence hotline 24 hours a day. United Nations photo: Verena Bongartz
UNIC Nairobi

Someone to talk to: in Kenya, a hotline for women—and men—in crisis

Under COVID-19, when schools are closed and many people are staying at home, a gender-based violence hotline in Kenya provides vital support to men and women. Its call volume is four times the previous year-to-date number. Counselors take calls 24-hours a day.

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António Guterres

Corruption is the ultimate betrayal of public trust

Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust. It is even more damaging in times of crisis – as the world is experiencing now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we must create more robust systems for accountability, transparency and integrity without delay. 

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Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

In focus: The New York translation services during COVID-19

When the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly curtailed on-site activities at Headquarters and other UN premises, the translation services transitioned to remote working almost seamlessly, continuing without interruption their important role as guarantors of multilingualism.

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WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak. 

WHO’s response in countries

Find out how the WHO is working across its 149 country offices to assist communities all over the world.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Find out more about this novel coronavirus (nCoV) that has not been previously identified in humans.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19? How can I protect myself? Should I worry about COVID-19? Get the answers.


Verified is a United Nations initiative to encourage us all to check the advice we share.

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Information from the UN System

Everyone is talking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Be sure to get your facts from reliable sources. The UN offices, field missions, agencies, funds and programmes are providing new information as it becomes available. Here are some of their resource pages.

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Information for UN personnel

The United Nations is closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak. This page features important advisories, guidelines, resources, and materials on the COVID-19 outbreak for all UN duty stations, offices, personnel and their families, visitors, and UN healthcare workers, as well as advice on maintaining wellness. It is updated with the latest available information.



Get information on UN meetings that are being held virtually due to COVID-19.

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Communication Materials

Social media posters, advice for patients and health workers and key scenarios for printing

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23 October 2020 - Facing another critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told reporters on Friday that a “very tough” few months lie ahead with too many nations seeing an exponential increase in cases. 

A health worker fills a syringe with vaccine

19 October 2020 - With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment.


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16 October 2020 - Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have “little or no” positive impact on preventing deaths in patients infected with the new coronavirus. 


What are serological surveys? How do they help you assess your risk of COVID-19? WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan explains in Science in 5. Science in 5 is WHO’s series in which WHO experts explain the science about specific issues related to COVID-19. Watch these short videos on WHO’s YouTube, Instagram Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts or listen to the podcasts. 

On Global Handwashing Day, 15 October 2020, this new video is released to remind children about the importance of thorough handwashing in preventing the spread of germs and disease.


Pakistani women at work

In Pakistan, women are major contributors to agricultural production and food security for their families, but like many other nations, the COVID pandemic has exacerbated an already alarming gender gap there.

That’s especially true for rural women, where the amount of work and responsibility that they have to shoulder has gone up, leading to a decrease in living standards, as they’re forced to stay at home and care for others.

Mina Dowlatchahi, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative to Pakistan, explains to Charlotta Lomas, how the UN agency is supporting women in the countryside, despite the corrosive impact of the pandemic.