• Policy Brief:The UN comprehensive response to COVID-19, 25 June 2020

Seventy- ve years after the last world war, the world has found itself yet again in a global battle. This time, all of humanity is on the same side against coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The pandemic has swiftly taken hundreds of thousands of lives, infected mil- lions of people, upended the global economy and caused pervasive fear for the future.

http://www.un.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/UN-Comprehensive-Response-to-COVID-19-June-2020.pdf

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• Policy Brief: Impact of COVID-19 in Africa, 20 May 2020

It is too early to know the full impact of COVID-19 on Africa. To date the experience has been varied. There are causes for concern, but also reasons for hope. Early estimates were pessimis- tic regarding the pandemic’s impact on the conti- nent. But the relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases reported thus far have raised hopes that African countries may be spared the worst of the pandemic. The African Union acted swiftly, endorsing a joint continental strategy in February, and complementing efforts by Member States and Regional Economic Communities by providing a public health platform.

https://unsdg.un.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/Policy-brief-Impact-of-COVID-19-in-Africa.pdf

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• Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on children

Children are not the face of this pandemic. But they risk being among its biggest victims. While they have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19 at least to date – the crisis is having a profound effect on their wellbeing. All children, of all ages, and in all countries, are being affected, in particular by the socio-economic impacts and, in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong.

https://unsdg.un.org/resources/policy-brief-impact-covid-19-children
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• Policy Brief: A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19

This Policy Brief highlights the impact of COVID- 19 on persons with disabilities and in doing so, outlines key actions and recommendations
to make the response and recovery inclusive of persons with disabilities. While the brief contains specific recommendations focusing on key sectors, it identifies four overarching areas of action that are applicable for all.

https://unsdg.un.org/resources/policy-brief-disability-inclusive-response-covid-19

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• Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Human Rights – We are all in this together: Human rights are critical – for the response and the recovery

Human rights are key in shaping the pandemic response, both for the public health emergency and the broader impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Human rights put people centre-stage. Responses that are shaped by and respect human rights result in better outcomes in beating the pandemic, ensuring healthcare for everyone and preserving human dignity. But they also focus our attention
on who is suffering most, why, and what can be done about it. They prepare the ground now for emerging from this crisis with more equitable and sustainable societies, development and peace.

https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/un_policy_brief_on_human_rights_and_covid_23_april_2020.pdf
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• Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. As of 26 April, the virus itself
has already taken the lives of some 193,710 people1, and fatality rates for those over 80 years of age is ve times the global average.2 As the virus spreads rapidly to developing countries, likely overwhelming health and social protection systems, the mortality rate for older persons could climb even higher.

https://unsdg.un.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/Policy-Brief-The-Impact-of-COVID-19-on-Older-Persons.pdf

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• Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health

Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the rst instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well,
if action is not taken. Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times. It must be front and centre of every country’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently.

https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/un_policy_brief-covid_and_mental_health_final.pdf

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• Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Women

This policy brief by the UN Secretary-General explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlines suggested priority measures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.

https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2020/policy-brief-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-women-en.pdf?la=en&vs=1406

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• Launch of UN Policy Brief on COVID-19 impact on Food Security

There is more than enough food in the world to feed our population of 7.8 billion people. But, today, more than 820 million people are hungry. And some 144 million children under the age of 5 are stunted – more than one in five children worldwide. Our food systems are failing, and the Covid-19 pandemic is making things worse.

Unless immediate action is taken, it is increasingly clear that there is an impending global food emergency that could have long term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults. This year, some 49 million extra people may fall into extreme poverty due to the COVID-19 crisis. The number of people who are acutely food or nutrition insecure will rapidly expand

Launch of UN Policy Brief on COVID-19 impact on Food Security


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• Policy Brief on the Impact of the COVID-19 on Refugees, IDPs and Migrants by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

COVID-19 continues to devastate lives and livelihoods around the globe — hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. This is particularly true for millions of people on the move — such as refugees and internally displaced persons who are forced to flee their homes from violence or disaster, or migrants in precarious situations.

Policy Brief on the Impact of the COVID-19 on Refugees, IDPs and Migrants by UN Secretary-General António Guterres


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• COVID-19 and the world of work: Country policy responses https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/ coronavirus/country-responses/lang–en/index.htm
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• Brief on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples and COVID-19 https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/indigenous- tribal/publications/WCMS_746893/lang–en/index.htm

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• UN Policy Brief on Youth – Protecting and mobilizing youth in COVID-19 responses
https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/PB_67.pdf

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ILO – In a series of briefs the ILO has captured the impact of the crisis on several social and economic sectors. How social and economic sectors are responding. The briefs also contain policy responses and measures taken by ILO constituents – governments, employers and workers – as well as available ILO tools and responses at the sector-
specific level.

• COVID-19 and the impact on agriculture and food security https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_742023/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and the education sector https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_742025/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and the tourism sector https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741468/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and the health sector https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741655/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and public emergency services https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741467/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and civil aviation https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741466/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741344/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and the automotive industry https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741343/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and food retail https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_741342/lang–en/index.htm

• COVID-19 and maritime shipping & fishing https://www.ilo.org/sector/Resources/publications/WCMS_742026/lang–en/index.htm