Everyone included: protecting vulnerable groups in times of a global pandemic

The world is at war with an invisible and deadly enemy: COVID-19. As the virus ravages across the globe, it causes serious illness, death and it disrupts life as we know it. “The virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. The most vulnerable – women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced – pay the highest price,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a recent video briefing on the global pandemic.

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Be safe, be smart, be kind

Have you been experiencing elevated levels of fear and anxiety lately? Are you feeling trapped or hopeless? Don’t worry, these are not the symptoms of the novel coronavirus, they are perfectly natural reactions to a global pandemic. One of the best antidotes to the sense of powerlessness in face of the COVID-19 virus is to take action against it. Here’s what you can do!

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Trust in institutions in time of a global pandemic

When a crisis strikes, trust in public institutions can mean the difference between life and death. The success or failure of our fight against the current coronavirus pandemic hinges on whether people heed their governments’ recommendations, warnings and public health announcements. How can institutions build the trust and authority necessary to guide the public through the times of crisis? We asked Abdelhak Saihi, member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration.

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Update of SDG indicators will help boost global monitoring efforts

The world has 231 measurable indicators tracking progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will help the international community achieve a better world by 2030. As the global statistical community recently convened at the 51st session of the United Nations Statistical Commission on 3-6 March 2020, Member States adopted 36 changes to this SDG indicator framework.

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