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G-20 summit provides chance to rally strongly against coronavirus threat: UN chief

The COVID-19 crisis presents an "extraordinary opportunity" for the world’s leading economic forum to respond to the numerous threats the disease poses to people everywhere, the UN Secretary-General has said.

UN in Nigeria strengthens COVID-19 containment and care, mobilizes $2 million for key support to Government

The United Nations system in Nigeria has mobilized $2 million to help the Government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and care for those in the West African country stricken by the virus. 

COVID-19: Lockdown across India, in line with WHO guidance

India’s decision to impose a 21-day lockdown, which was announced on Tuesday, comes after a call from the UN health agency, WHO, for the country to take “aggressive action”.

Enable ‘all out effort’ to counter COVID-19 in war-ravaged Syria, urges top UN envoy 

The top United Nations envoy in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate country-wide truce, allowing citizens to save lives and tackle the common threat presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Amidst pandemic, now is the time for action to also beat tuberculosis, urges WHO

As countries across the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Health agency reminded everyone on Tuesday, World Tuberculosis Day 2020, that TB remains the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

Ease sanctions against countries fighting COVID-19: UN human rights chief

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an easing of sanctions against countries such as Iran to allow their medical systems to fight the disease and limit its global spread. 

COVID-19: UN health agency advice informs decision to delay Olympic Games for first time since 1944

The International Olympic Committee declared on Wednesday that it is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics which were due to take place in Japan, based on information provided by the UN health agency, WHO, on the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

UNICEF sounds alarm over water cuts in Syria as efforts ramp up to prevent COVID-19 spread

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its relief partners in Syria are warning that water disruptions in the country’s war-battered north-east could exacerbate risks posed by the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Water access critical to beating back COVID-19 spread in slum areas

As regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities.

New global platform to keep information networks ‘safer, stronger’ throughout COVID-19 pandemic

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a new platform on Monday to help global networks under increasing strain and facing rising demand during the COVID-19 crisis to remain “safer, stronger and more connected”, according to the specialized agency’s chief.