How has the United Nations been responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic?
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2022
As the leading authority on scientific and public health information in the UN System, the World Health Organization (WHO) directs and coordinates the global response to health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. On its website, the WHO provides a wealth of authoritative information about the coronavirus and COVID-19.
Along with the WHO, UN offices, field missions, agencies, funds and programmes are providing coronavirus-related information in their areas of expertise.
To counter the increasing spread of misinformation, the UN, together with an external partner, has established the Verified initiative to promote and share reliable information about COVID-19.
Some of the resource pages provided by the UN System are listed below (list is not exhaustive). All developments regarding the coronavirus and COVID-19 are very dynamic and the web resources are continuously updated.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Advice for the public: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019)
- COVID-19 vaccines
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports
- Timeline of WHO's response to COVID-19
- Travel advice
- Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator
- COVID-19 Response
- UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19
- Coronavirus global health emergency: Coverage from UN News
- Verified: UN initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation
- The Sustainable Development Goals: Our Framework for COVID-19 Recovery
UN System (other than WHO):
- Impact of COVID-19 on UN Peacekeeping
- UNICEF: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information Centre
- OCHA and COVID-19
- ReliefWeb: COVID-19 - Updates on Global Humanitarian Responses
- Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA): COVID-19
- DESA: COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples
- DESA: COVID-19 Outbreak and Persons with Disabilities
- The World Bank Group's Response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic
- IOM UN Migration: Responding to COVID-19
- UN Women: Gender Equality Matters in COVID-19 Response
- UNESCO: Education: From Disruption to Recovery
- More information resource pages
Official UN documents:
Data and statistics:
- WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard
- UNINFO: COVID-19 Data Portal
- DESA Statistics: UNStats COVID-19 Response
- UNHCR: Refugees Operational Data Portal
- OCHA: Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) COVID-19 Data Explorer
- UNICEF Data Hub: COVID-19 and children
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