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Department of Global Communications

UN supports routine – yet vital – health services while fighting COVID-19

During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak more people died from measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis due to health system failures than from Ebola. To avoid a similar outcome, the United Nations is working to ensure that essential health services, including vaccination campaigns, remain accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Global Communications

Lebanese journalists face increased risks covering protests during pandemic

With the novel coronavirus exacerbating already dire socio-economic conditions in Lebanon, journalists there find themselves facing double the work. Even as Lebanon’s government grapples with a deteriorating economy and financial crisis on one hand, and the COVID-19 pandemic on the other, popular demonstrations have resumed. Many of those protesting are ignoring measures aimed at guarding against the spread of the coronavirus. Reporters are caught in the middle.

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at a meeting
António Guterres

"We must act now to strengthen the immunity of our societies against the virus of hate"

COVID-19 does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction.  We need every ounce of solidarity to tackle it together.  Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering.

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Department of Global Communications

COVID-19: UN harnesses the power of culture to inspire hope and solidarity

At a time when billions of people are separated from one another, the voices of artists - and the role of cultural and creative industries – is being leveraged to raise awareness and foster solidarity in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations is working with and supporting artists to use their talents and diverse forms of cultural expression to engage people in the pandemic response.

UNIS Geneva

Creating in the time of coronavirus

Singers like Lady Gaga are not alone in having found inspiration during the Covid-19 pandemic. Contemporary artists like Spain’s Cristobal Gabarrón have also used this period to release some creative juices.

Department of Global Communications

Zimbabwean journalists get the story straight on Covid-19

“The COVID-19 is a serious health crisis,” says Dr. Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative in Zimbabwe “And in a crisis, people get scared, they seek out information to stay safe. At the same time, a lot of rumours and half-truths get spread around. That is why we see false messages and videos circulating on social media, and unfounded theories about how the virus is transmitted. All of this misinformation can be deadly. We’re facing not only a health crisis, but potentially an information crisis.”

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Elite chefs cook for special clientele during Covid-19: frontline workers and the elderly

What makes France so uniquely French? Its cuisine would be at the top of any list and, with apologies to the many gifted home cooks across the land, its world-class chefs are the epitome of French cuisine.

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at a meeting.
António Guterres

"We have a unique opportunity to design and implement more inclusive and accessible societies"

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every aspect of our societies, revealing the extent of exclusion that the most marginalized members of society experience. Today, I would like to highlight how the pandemic is affecting the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities.

radio host at UN mission in Sudan
Department of Global Communications

UN peacekeeping radio wears multiple hats in fight against COVID-19

From sharing vital health information about COVID-19 to providing educational programmes during school closures, radio stations operated by United Nations peacekeeping missions are now offering vital services amid the coronavirus crisis.

RCO Malawi

Malawi braces for Covid-19

How do you prepare for a pandemic? That’s the big question facing Malawi, a country of 18 million people that is known as “the warm heart of Africa,” for its friendly spirit.

The global health emergency created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) is particularly concerning: it could become even more dire as it spreads to countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV).

COVID-19 in Fragile Settings: Ensuring a Conflict-Sensitive Response

The global health emergency created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) is particularly concerning: it could become even more dire as it spreads to countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV). 

UNIS Geneva

Returning home during Covid-19 and Ramadan

Mahmoud Hossam, a UN information officer in Egypt, spoke to UN Geneva’s Solange Behoteguy Cortes about observing Ramadan and other changes during Covid-19.

Boy holding a radio in one hand and a pencil in the other.
Department of Global Communications

Education and COVID-19: UN helps children continue their learning

While schools are reopening in some corners of the world after pandemic-induced closures, the United Nations and its partners are helping children continue their learning through all possible means, including the Internet, radio and television.

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, speaks at a meeting.
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

Preventing a pandemic-induced food emergency

Despite successful harvests this past season, two billion people did not have regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.  Indeed, hunger has been on the rise globally for the past four years. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing inequalities, putting immense strain on tenuous systems; and plunging those in the most precarious contexts deeper into poverty and hunger.

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to British centenarian online.
António Guterres

"Our response to COVID-19 must respect the rights and dignity of older people"

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. The fatality rate for older people is higher overall, and for those over 80, it is five times the global average. Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation.