Issue Brief on “COVID-19: UN Responses & Perspective”


The recent spread of the COVID-19, which started as an epidemic and progressed into a pandemic of massive proportions, has the world in disarray. In early March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the coronavirus a pandemic which has affected nearly all countries around the globe and thrown the world into dangerous uncertainty. What started in the Wuhan city of China now has the entire world in its embrace. Societies are in turmoil, economies are on a downslide and the world has entered into a new era of recession much worse than the ‘great recession’ period of 2007-2008, in what the International Monetary Fund has termed as the ‘great lockdown’.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought devastation and destruction in several realms of life around the globe. Just as hundreds of thousands have recovered, millions have been infected and some 100,000 have lost their lives as of April 10. The number of deaths and those infected are expected to rise in the coming months.

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