UN Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis; it is an economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. This crisis has highlighted severe fragilities and inequalities within and among nations. Coming out of this crisis will require a whole-of-society, whole-of-government and whole-of-the-world approach driven by compassion and solidarity.
The UN Secretary-General has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 to save lives, protect societies, recover better. It provides an update to the first edition of the report released on 25 June.
The Response sets out what we can and must do to:
- Deliver a global response that leaves no-one behind
- Reduce our vulnerability to future pandemics
- Build resilience to future shocks – above all climate change
- Overcome the severe and systemic inequalities exposed by the pandemic.
The Response promotes three pillars of operation:
- Delivery of a large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive health response
- Adoption of policies that address the devastating socioeconomic, humanitarian and human rights aspects of the crisis
- A recovery process that builds back better
As part of the response, the UN Secretary-General is issuing policy briefs to provide ideas to governments on how to address the consequences of this crisis.
Policy Briefs by Theme
Policy Briefs by Population Group
Policy Briefs by Region
Funding the Response
The United Nations is seeking funding through three main plans:
- Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan: To address immediate health needs
The plan was produced by WHO and partners and sets out the priorities for the global health response. It outlines the public health measures that all countries need to implement, to prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. It is being financed through Government budgets, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund, which is open to corporations and individuals.
- Global Humanitarian Response Plan: To ease the impacts in the 50 most vulnerable countries
The plan sets out the priorities for the COVID-19 response in vulnerable and poor countries. It is the primary vehicle for raising resources for the immediate COVID-19 related health and multi-sectoral needs in more than 50 priority countries. The plan is being coordinated by OCHA with IASC partners, including WFP, FAO, WHO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR and UNICEF, and complements appeals of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs.
- UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response: To deliver rapid recovery
through the next 12 to 18 months to help social and economic recovery in middle and lower-income countries. While a significant proportion of the $17.8 billion portfolio of sustainable development programmes across UN entities will be adjusted towards COVID-19, additional funds will be required through the Recover Better Trust Fund. The Recover Better Trust Fund will support efforts in low- and middle-income countries. The financial requirements of the Fund are projected at $1billion in the first nine months and then will be reviewed.