Needed: a global response to COVID-19

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has launched the UN’s Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 which aims to save lives, protect societies, and promote better recovery.

The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis. It is an economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. This crisis has highlighted severe fragilities and inequalities within and among nations. Coming out of this crisis will require a whole-of-society, whole-of-government and whole-of-the-world approach driven by compassion and solidarity.

The Comprehensive Response sets out what we can and must do to:

  • Deliver a global response that leaves no-one behind
  • Reduce our vulnerability to future pandemics
  • Build resilience to future shocks – above all climate change
  • Overcome the severe and systemic inequalities exposed by the pandemic.

The document promotes three pillars of operation:

  • Delivery of a large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive health response
  • Adoption of policies that address the devastating socioeconomic, humanitarian and human rights aspects of the crisis
  • A recovery process that builds back better

For more details, download the Policy Brief.

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