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Names of COVID-19 victims illuminate the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. Photo courtesy Purpose
Department of Global Communications

Christ the Redeemer lights up to remember COVID-19 victims

Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer was illuminated in the names of victims lost to COVID-19 in an online ceremony called “For Every Life” that paid tribute to the 60,000 victims lost in Brazil and 500,000 lost worldwide. About 87,000 Brazilians heard messages of hope and solidarity combined with music and prayer in a live broadcast over social media. It recognized the losses of families and selfless work of healthcare workers and others helping the country through the pandemic.

Secretary-General António Guterres on screen with background of SDGs
António Guterres

Building back better requires transforming the development model of Latin America and the Caribbean

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, parts of Latin America and the Caribbean have become a hotspot of the pandemic.  In a context of already gaping inequalities, high levels of informal labour and fragmented health services, the most vulnerable populations and individuals are once again being hit the hardest.

Doctor outside the COVID-19 area in the Hospital Juárez in Mexico City.
UNIC Mexico City

Adaptation and teamwork, the lessons of the pandemic: health personnel

As the pandemic continues to rage, it is making clear that people around the world are surprisingly alike. No matter what divides us, gratitude for health care personnel for their titanic work is one thing we all have in common. In their name, authorities around the globe have asked people to follow the recommendations, to ignore false information and to protect them from discrimination. Their dedication to their calling has inspired the rest of us to help them succeed by doing our part.

Mexican investigative reporter Alejandra Crail.
UNIS Geneva

COVID-19 used to mask domestic horrors

For Mexican investigative reporter Alejandra Crail, who’s just been awarded the prestigious Breach-Valdez prize for Journalism and Human Rights, the COVID-19 quarantine has been a chance to reassert her conviction that the truth must be told about both the virus and other darker issues that she says have been ignored for too long. It’s a message that’s shared by the head of the UN Information Centre, Giancarlo Summa, writes UN Geneva’s Solange Behoteguy Cortes.

Secretary-General António Guterres on screen in front of bigger screen with UN Charter photos
António Guterres

Global Wake-Up Call

From COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil.  At the same time, we are an international community with an enduring vision – embodied in the United Nations Charter, which marks its 75th anniversary this year.

Mohamed ElKholy records podcasts to counter misinformation about COVID-19 in Egypt. Photo courtesy Mohamed ElKholy
UNIC Cairo

Podcasts fight misinformation in Egypt

As countries around the world are grappling with COVID-19 pandemic, the role of young people becomes more important than ever in efforts to stop the spread of the virus and help mitigate its different consequences. For Egypt, a country where youth constitute about 60 percent of population, finding ways to engage young people and empower them can be decisive in the battle against the pandemic.

Portrait of María Micaela Jiménez
UNIC Mexico City

Nursing student protects her indigenous community against COVID-19

María Micaela Jiménez participated in the 5th United Nations Regional Conference for Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico City organized by UNIC México eight years ago. Today, she is on the front lines of Esperanza Porvenir’s battle against COVID-19. A nursing student and the only person in her indigenous community of 500 people with any health training, Micaela is translating information into Chol, the indigenous community’s mother tongue, explaining COVID-19 prevention measures.

workers on solar panel roof
Department of Global Communications

Never waste a crisis: Companies invest to ‘recover better’ from COVID-19

Smart businesspeople never let a crisis go to waste.  As profits plummet and operations shutter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations’ corporate partners are capitalizing on the downturn to build a safer, greener, fairer and more resilient global economy.

children with masks showing thumbs up
Department of Global Communications

COVID-19 photo essay: We’re all in this together

The COVID-19 pandemic has  demonstrated the interconnected nature of our world – and that no one is safe until everyone is safe.  Only by acting in solidarity can communities save lives and overcome the devastating socio-economic impacts of the virus.  In partnership with the United Nations, people around the world are showing acts of humanity, inspiring hope for a better future.

police handing over face masks and hand sanitizer
Alexandre Zouev

COVID and the Rule of Law: A dangerous Balancing Act

2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory. The unprecedented threat from COVID-19 has caused unimaginable suffering around the world. This year also triggered a healthy and much needed discussion on the role of law enforcement in societies.  

Iraqi refugee Mohammed Alhashimi sews masks in Luxembourg. He is seated at a sewing machine, wearing a face mask.
UNRIC Brussels

Luxembourg Grand Duke thanks refugee for sewing masks

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded, Iraqi refugee Mohammed Alhashimi and his wife Smaher sat down and discussed how they could help their new country of Luxembourg.

Secretary-General António Guterres speaking at a podium
António Guterres

"The world of work cannot and should not look the same after this crisis"

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of work upside down. Every worker, every business and every corner of the globe has been affected. Hundreds of millions of jobs have been lost.


A cyclist with megaphone at a refugee camp
Department of Global Communications

Battling COVID-19 misinformation hands-on

In such places as refugee camps where the availability of digital tools is limited, fighting rumours and myths about COVID-19 does not require sophisticated artificial intelligence. Refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar use bicycles and loudspeakers to deliver accurate information door to door.

A program officer speaks to Francis, Silany and Silany's mother to issue them a benefit card in Brasilia. All four of them are wearing facemasks. They are seated in a courtyard outside a building.

UN debit cards provide safety net during COVID-19

Venezuelan manicurists Silany and Francis arrived in Brazil a month ago, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and were unable to get a job because of mandatory social-distancing measures. Thanks to a UNHCR cash transfer program, they will be able to sustain themselves and pay their basic living expenses.

Somalia braces for COVID-19

Since it first emerged at the start of 2020 as a global health crisis, COVID-19 has spread to nearly every country in the world. Defined as the greatest challenge the world has faced in decades, the pandemic has disrupted entire nations’ social, economic and political lives. Somalia joined the long list of countries dealing with COVID-19 on 16 March 2020, when federal Health Minister Fawziya Abikar announced the first confirmed case. A series of urgent measures have been taken to protect the population.