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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.