Handover ceremony at UN compound
Handover ceremony at UN compound in Beijing for donation of critical medical supplies to the Chinese government. UNDP China

Information from the UN System

Everyone is talking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Be sure to get your facts from reliable sources. Along with the World Health Organization, which is the leading authority on scientific and public health information on the new virus, the UN offices, field missions, agencies, funds and programmes are providing new information in their spheres of expertise, as it becomes available. Here are some of their resource pages:



Peacekeeping missions are putting in place a series of mitigation measures to promote the safety, security and health of all UN personnel while maintaining continuity of operations.

Humanitarian Assistance

More than 100 million people already rely on support from the United Nations’ humanitarian agencies. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' (OCHA) top priority is to ensure that we do the best we can to keep providing life-saving help for those people, while supporting the wider system’s response to COVID-19.


The transmission of diseases like COVID-19 between animals and humans (zoonoses) threatens economic development, animal and human well-being, and ecosystem integrity. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) supports global efforts to protect biodiversity, to put an end to illegal trade in wildlife, to safeguard the handling of chemicals and waste and to promote economic recovery plans that take nature and the climate emergency into account.

Human Rights

As the virus expands further and wider, and countries are driven to take more and more drastic measures to slow down its spread, a number of human rights institutions and experts have been highlighting issues of concern and proposing possible solutions.

Drugs, Crime and Terrorism

We will not overcome the COVID-19 pandemic if we do not stop the virus spreading in specific pockets of vulnerability and that is why the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime focuses on delivering vital assistance to those in need, including people who use drugs, who are in prison and who have HIV/Hepatitis C. UNODC staff worldwide remain active in delivering on all of the Office’s mandates. This includes addressing crime that seeks to exploit the pandemic, such as cybercrime.


The UN Children's agency is providing the latest updatesexplainers for parents and teachers, and resources for media as new information becomes available.


As frontline responders, health professionals, community volunteers, transport and logistics managers, scientists and more, women are making critical contributions to address the COVID 19 outbreak. The majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities, are also women. Additionally, existing trends point to less access to sexual and reproductive health and rise in domestic violence during crisis. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response.

Reproductive Health

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, has issued a statement on COVID-19 and pregnancy.


UNAIDS has issued guidelines on precautions that people living with HIV and key populations should follow to prevent COVID-19 infection.

Medicines with controlled substances

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) continues to ensure the functioning of international licit trade of controlled substances during the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures are in place for INCB systems to operate smoothly and assist Governments with trade throughout this pandemic.

UN Development Programme

UNDP is working with its partners to combat the spread of the disease and to support the most affected countries where health systems are weakest and people are at their most vulnerable.


UNOPS provides infrastructure, project management, procurement, financial management and human resources to the UN and Member States and stands ready to help partners address the COVID-19 health crisis.

Food and Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working closely with WHO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to assist member countries and research communities in identifying potential animal hosts of this virus and reduce spillover events to humans.


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is committed to preventing and responding to this health emergency. Their primary goal is to protect refugees, displaced people and their host communities.


The UN agency for Palestine refugees has developed a COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan and launched a COVID-19 US$ 14 Million Flash Appeal for Palestine Refugees.

Migration and Mobility

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working with dozens of countries to prepare for and respond to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, covering a wide range of interventions including cross-border coordination, population mobility mapping exercises, risk communication and community engagement activities, and trainings and simulations for government employees.


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), WHO, IATA and ACI have worked in close cooperation on the development of this single source for aviation-specific guidelines with the objective of ensuring appropriate planning and action at all levels and thus in order to mitigate the effects of a human outbreak.


The tourism sector, like no other economic activity with social impact, is based on interaction amongst people. UNWTO has been guiding the tourism sector’s response on several levels.


International shipping carries more than 80 per cent of world trade and the global population relies on it. Ships and seafarers are heavily impacted by the current situation. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), WHO and others have combined to develop guidance for the shipping industry, governments and others on a variety of technical and operational responses to the current situation. 

International Labour Organization

The ILO and its constituents – Governments, workers and employers – play a crucial role in combating the outbreak, ensuring the safety of individuals and the sustainability of businesses and jobs.

Educational Disruption and Response

UNESCO is providing immediate support to countries as they work to minimize the educational disruption and facilitate the continuity of learning, especially for the most vulnerable.

International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA is providing COVID-19 diagnostic kits, equipment and training in nuclear-derived virus detection techniques to countries requesting assistance. The IAEA is also maintaining its operations, including nuclear safeguards inspections, a key pillar of the international non-proliferation regime, as well as its Incident and Emergency Centre for 24/7 notification and information exchange in nuclear and radiological emergencies.

The World Bank Group

The World Bank is providing new financing to countries on a fast-track basis, as well as policy advice and technical assistance.

The International Monetary Fund

The IMF is helping its member states with emergency financing, debt relief, new financing arrangements and capacity development.

UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD is monitoring the effects of the pandemic on manufacturing, trade, foreign direct investment and economic growth.

Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have created the solidarity fund to support WHO and partners in a massive effort to help countries prevent, detect, and manage the novel coronavirus – particularly those where the needs are the greatest.