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Disabilities advocate Mónika Zsúnyi, 26, stands front of the local youth office in her town of Temerin, Serbia. Photo courtesy Mónika Zsúnyi
RCO Serbia

Serbian woman promotes rights of people with disabilities during COVID-19

Mónika Zsúnyi is 26 years old and lives in Temerin, Serbia. She holds a MSc degree in Applied Mathematics, she is engaged in 3D modeling and loves to read. Living with a cerebral palsy, she is also very active in promoting rights of people with disabilities in Serbia.

A vacant amphitheatre near the Peoples' Friendship Arch in Kyiv, Ukraine is normally a popular spot for students. Under COVID-19, students face increased socio-economic pressures including isolation and food insecurity. United Nations photo: Volodymyr Shu
UNRIC Brussels

During the pandemic, students rely on solidarity

Isolated, abandoned, depressed. Those are the words used to describe how students feel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them must study online with very little social interaction. Unprecedented solitude leads to psychological suffering, in addition to growing impoverishment.

Yente Thomas, 17, in front of the De Mey residential care home where he volunteers in Wachtebeke, Belgium. Photo courtesy Yente Thomas
UNRIC Brussels

Teenage caregiver in Belgium receives COVID-19 vaccine

Yente Thomas is 17 years old and has become one of the first teenagers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Belgium, a country which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yente volunteers in a residential care home and was therefore included in the first phase of the country’s vaccination strategy, along with the care home’s elderly residents. 

Secretary-General looking up next to the UN flag.
António Guterres

2 million COVID-19 deaths: “Our world can only get ahead of this virus one way - together”

Our world has reached a heart-wrenching milestone: the COVID-19 pandemic has now claimed two million lives. In his video message, Secretary-General António Guterres encourages global solidarity to save lives, protect people and help defeat this vicious virus.

Food is delivered to the outskirts of Laranjal do Jari, Amapá, Brazil.

Brazilian college student organizes care package deliveries in hometown during COVID-19

Estephany Oliveira, 22, a college student whose studies were interrupted by COVID-19, considered those who might be more at risk during the pandemic. She founded Solidarity Laranjal with her friends to deliver food to impoverished and isolated families in Northern Brazil.

Amédéo Miceli, President of the Red Cross Centre in La Louvière, Belgium, returns to the Red Cross Centre after collecting soup and delivering it to a distribution point. Photo courtesy MCR La Louvière
UNRIC Brussels

COVID-19 drives global surge in volunteering

At the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers have demonstrated an exceptional display of solidarity across the world. Responding to calls for help from their local communities, they are everyday heroes.

Secretary-General António Guterres at a podium with COVID-19 poster
António Guterres

Stronger health systems and Universal Health Coverage must be a priority

Nearly a year into the pandemic, we face a human tragedy, and a public health, humanitarian and development emergency. For the first time since 1945, the entire world is confronted by a common threat, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or faith. But while COVID-19 does not discriminate, our efforts to prevent and contain it do. For that reason, the pandemic has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our societies hardest.


Home Cooks prepare meals at home and pack them to be distributed in the streets on Montpellier, France by a team of cyclists. Photo courtesy Deliv'rue
UNRIC Brussels

Deliv’rue delivers meals “at home” for homeless people

Since early November, hundreds of volunteers have mobilized to cook and deliver meals to homeless persons in Montpellier in the south of France. The group’s name, Déliv’rue, is a pun on “Deliveroo” a popular home delivery service (“Rue” means street in French). It seeks to bring food, comfort and a connection with the city’s most least fortunate.

Youths visit residents in the Palmeirinha favela, a disadvantaged neighborhood in the northern zone of Rio de Janeiro, during the COVID-19 pandemic. United Nations photo: UNICEF/BRZ/Gabriel Oliveira

Youths become the voice of favelas with UNICEF project

To help Palmeirinha, a favela in the northern zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, Lays dos Santos, 21, started a youth-driven Eu Vivo Favela (I Live Favela) group to assist the community.

woman with facemask at computer
UN Global Pulse

Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 Response

A Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 response was issued after endorsement by the undersigned UN System Organizations. Developed by the UN Privacy Policy Group, an inter-agency group on data privacy and data protection, the statement supports the privacy protective use of data and technology by the UN in fighting the current pandemic. The joint statement is based on the UN Personal Data Protection and Privacy Principles as well as the recommendations in the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy on data protection, privacy, and human rights.


NOS TV reporter Kysia Hekster reports from Erasmus MC hospital in Rotterdam. Photo courtesy and copyright NOS/Stefan Heijdendael
UNRIC Brussels

COVID-19: an unprecedented news story for journalists

For journalists across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented news story. The relentless news cycle, an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation, let alone the personal challenges of a pandemic which affects each and every one of us, have made this one of the most unique stories reporters will likely ever tell.

Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa at his home in Sao Paulo (SP). Photo courtesy Mauricio de Sousa

Monica and Friends cartoonist shares trusted information on COVID-19

It is essential to share reliable and easy to read information so that people can protect themselves against COVID-19 in the right way. "This is why Turma da Mônica (Monica and Friends) is collaborating with the United Nations," said Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa in an interview with the United Nations Information Centre for Brazil (Unic Rio).

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.

Генеральный секретарь выступает на подиуме из черного мрамора с золотой эмблемой ООН.
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. 

Woman and a girl share a desk while working on their laptops.
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.