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CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

There has been a lot of misinformation on COVID-19:  no, putting pepper in your soup won’t help and house flies do not transmit the virus, these are some of the rumours.  Help us put it straight – stamp  out the rumours – be properly informed – have a look at the WHO myth buster page.

You can also find more information and keep
up to date  on the UN Coronavirus Global
Emergency Site. 

Science, Solidarity, Solutions.

COVID-19: Human development on course to decline this year for the first time since 1990

Global human development – which can be measured as a combination of the world’s education, health and living standards could decline this year for the first time since the concept was introduced in 1990, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned. Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit the impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide would reduce by more than two-thirds the number of children currently not learning because of school closures. More

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

The world marks International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) at a time of great challenge.

Among the many severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased vulnerability of LGBTI people.  Already facing bias, attacks and murder simply for who they are or whom they love, many LGBTI people are experiencing heightened stigma as a result of the virus, as well as new obstacles when seeking health care.  There are also reports of COVID-19 directives being misused by police to target LGBTI individuals and organizations.

As the pandemic unfolds, the United Nations will continue to highlight these and other injustices, as well as the need for everyone to be protected and included in the response to the crisis.  Together, let us stand united against discrimination and for the right of all to live free and equal in dignity and rights.

New York

17 May 2020