COVID-19 Pandemic – Humanity Needs Leadership and Solidarity to Defeat the Coronavirus
According to the International Labour Organisation the health crisis brought on by COVID-19 may cost up to 25 million jobs globally. To help address the immediate impacts of the disease, the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) has developed a structured response, involving the procurement and supply of essential health products as well as the strengthening of crisis management and response systems. Together with countries such as China or Vietnam and companies like WhatsApp or the advertising agency AMV they have developed social media campaigns to raise awareness for the disease and protective measures among the most vulnerable.
Looking towards the future, UNDP has called on the international community to think about ways to address the long-term social and economic impacts of the virus, in particular on developing countries, as there is grave concern that COVID-19 may keep already impoverished and vulnerable countries from reaching the goals of the 2030 Agenda and result in them falling even further behind.
UNDP’s efforts are conducted in line with its mission to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience to crises and shocks.
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