United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has launched a US $ 2 billion global humanitarian action plan to combat COVID-19 in some of the most vulnerable countries in the world.
” COVID-19 threatens all of humanity, and it is therefore all of humanity that must respond. Individual country responses will not be enough“Said Secretary General Guterres at the launch in New York, broadcast only by video conference.
” We must help the ultra-vulnerable, the millions who are least able to protect themselves. It’s a question of fundamental human solidarity“, He stressed.
The response plan will be implemented by United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and consortia of NGOs playing a direct role in the response, said Mark Lowcock, secretary-general, for his part United Nations Assistant for Humanitarian Affairs.
The plan will be overseen by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is headed by the same official.
The plan includes the delivery of essential laboratory equipment for virus screening and medical supplies for the treatment of people, the installation of handwashing stations in camps and settlements, the launch of information campaigns from the public on preventing and establishing air bridges and platforms in Africa, Asia and Latin America to get workers and humanitarian supplies to where they are most needed, said Mark Lowcock.
The global humanitarian response plan to COVID-19 also aims to meet the needs of WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Program United Nations for Development, the United Nations Population Fund, UN-Habitat, the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNICEF and the World Food Program.