From the UN Secretary-General

UN Response

The UN Secretary-General has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 to save lives, protect societies, recover better. As part of the response, the UN Secretary-General is issuing policy briefs to provide ideas to governments on how to address the consequences of this crisis.

Communications to Member States

Communications to the Press

Opening remarks at virtual joint press conference to launch the World Health Organization’s Global Vaccination Strategy, with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 7 October 2021

Opening remarks at virtual press conference at the G7 Summit, UK, 11 June 2021

Opening remarks at joint press conference on High-Level Event on Debt and Liquidity with Prime Ministers Andrew Holness (Jamaica) and Justin Trudeau (Canada), 29 March 2021 (video)

Opening remarks to the press following briefing to member states priorities for 2021, 28 January 2021

Opening remarks at press briefing prior to the G20 Summit, 20 November 2020

Press Conference on the launch of the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19, 25 June 2020

Opening remarks at joint press conference on the High-level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, 28 May 2020

Press Briefing, 30 April 2020: VideoTranscript | News story

Press briefing to update on Appeal for A Global Ceasefire following the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3 April 2020)

Virtual press encounter to launch the Report on the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 (31 March 2020) 

Virtual press encounter on COVID-19 Crisis (19 March 2020)

Opinion Pieces




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Communications to Staff

Secretary-General’s message to staff (23 April 2020)

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