COVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian children

Without urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

UN co-hosts pandemic response exercise in South-East Asia

The United Nations opened a four-day pandemic preparedness exercise today in South-East Asia with the aim of boosting the region’s capacity to handle such an event.

New UN study urges sustained momentum to tackle human, animal influenza threats

While there has been substantial global progress towards pandemic preparedness in recent years, it is vital to maintain that momentum to respond effectively to existing and possible future threats, according to a new study by the United Nations and the World Bank.

Not enough countries have tested their ‘bird flu’ response plans, UN warns

Most countries that have strategies in place to deal with a possible avian influenza pandemic have not properly tested those plans, leaving them extremely vulnerable if a major outbreak were to occur, the head of United Nations efforts to prepare such an eventuality said today.

Efforts to control bird flu in animals seriously under-funded, UN agency warns

The global strategy to control bird flu in animals, which in a worst-case scenario could mutate into a worldwide human pandemic killing tens of millions of people, remains largely under-funded, with only a fifth of the $100 million sought so far pledged, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.