United Nations launches COVID-19 global humanitarian response plan

26 Mars, 2020, 18:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Feb 4 2020

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a $2 billion appeal on Wednesday to help vulnerable and conflict-torn countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America tackle the coronavirus pandemic and prevent COVID-19 from again circling the globe.

"This COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan aims to enable us to fight the virus in the world's poorest countries, and address the needs of the most vulnerable people, especially women and children, older people, and those with disabilities or chronic illness", said Guterres.

The U.N.'s humanitarian office, OCHA, will coordinate the plan, which will bring together existing appeals from the World Health Organization and other U.N. partners. In addition, country-based pooled funds have allocated more than $3 million, to date.

He urged wealthier countries to step up in order to protect themselves.

As the pandemic continues to accelerate, the World Health Organization chief said that "most worrying" of all, was the danger the virus poses to people already affected by crisis.

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As the virus spreads, Guterres emphasize the importance of propping up countries already in the midst of humanitarian crises, noting that even developed nations with robust health systems "are buckling under the pressure". "Back this plan politically and financially today, and we can save lives and slow the spread of this pandemic".

"History will judge us on how we responded to the poorest communities in their darkest hour", he concluded, "Let's act together, right now!"

Meanwhile, UNICEF chief Ms.

Ms. Fore vowed that with support from the global community, among other things, we can "shore up preparedness and response plans in countries with weaker healthcare systems" and provide short- and long-term assistance on the health, well-being, development and prospects of children.

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