No region has been spared from the spread of COVID-19. Its ripple effects have been complex and widespread, and no country can escape either the health or the economic dimensions of the crisis on its own.
In June, we look at the importance of Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 17 – the engine of interconnection, possibilities and promise for our collective future. COVID-19 knows no boundaries, and neither should our efforts to respond to the emergency and build back better.
THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
India immunization. Credit: WHO
Uniting for a People’s Vaccine Against COVID-19
LATEST: The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have called for unity to develop, test, and scale-up production of safe, effective, quality, affordable diagnostics, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines, asking governments, the private sector, international organizations and civil society to unite towards “a people’s vaccine”. Read the press release here.
Past Pandemics and Outbreaks
New diseases have been emerging at the unprecedented rate of one a year for the last two decades, and this trend is certain to continue, says WHO.
LEARN MORE about how solidarity, international cooperation and partnerships helped prevent, detect and respond to past pandemics and disease outbreaks. We also look at the importance of vaccines and the state of immunization today.
STAY TUNED: On 4 June, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will address the Global Vaccine Summit. The Summit, organized by GAVI, will look at progress since the creation of the vaccine alliance in 2000 and the need to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
SOLIDARITY WITH DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
United Nations photo: WFP/Giulio D’Adamo
“We need to respond with unity and solidarity. A key aspect of solidarity is financial support.”
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Speaking at the recent High-level Event on Financing for Development, Secretary-General Guterres called for immediate and collective action to tackle the deepening financial turmoil being caused by COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some key takeaways from the United Nations’ proposal for global financial recovery and to steer the world back on track towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More insights are available in the UN Secretary-General’s latest policy brief on Debt and Covid-19. Also check out the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ paper on sovereign debt and analysis from the UN Conference on Trade and Development – on why the pandemic could trigger the biggest economic contraction since World War II, affecting all industries from finance to hospitality.
SDG MEDIA COMPACT HITS 100-MEMBER MARK!
Media has the power to inform (and misinform). As we mark the growth of the SDG Media Compact with its 100th member, we recognize the importance of the alliance and its commitment to report with integrity and responsibility, covering issues pertinent to sustainable development.
Contact us if you are interested in joining the United Nations-supported partnership.
OTHER MAJOR EVENTS
5 JUNE | WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
This year’s commemoration calls for urgent action to protect biodiversity. Called It’s Time#ForNature, the campaign explores the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which they exist. Reversing biodiversity loss is the only way to restore and sustain a healthy planet.
More information is available on the UN Environment Programme’s dedicated website for the Day.
8-12 JUNE | WORLD OCEAN WEEK
Photo courtesy Anders Nyberg
Ahead of World Ocean Day (8 June) and Week, UN News talks to the Special Envoy about the importance of a blue-green road to recovery and a healthy ocean. The UN will mark the day with an event focused on the theme, Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. Check out our list of curated events and activities with a special emphasis on World Ocean Week.
“While life-altering pandemics are not the prescription for mitigation of climate change, the COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated possibilities for unprecedented change.” – Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
15-16 JUNE | UN GLOBAL COMPACT LEADERS SUMMIT
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Global Compact, the Leaders Summit will focus on how businesses can support countries and communities around the world to recover better, stronger and together from the COVID-19 crisis.
23 JUNE | UN PUBLIC SERVICE DAY EVENT
UNITED NATIONS COVID-19 RESPONSE CREATIVE CONTENT HUB
For illustrations, gifs, audio clips and videos made available by creatives around the world in support of the UN’s work on addressing the health emergency, promoting solidarity and countering misinformation, please visit the United Nations COVID-19 Response Creative Content Hub.