The United Nations Multilateral Response to COVID-19

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 11 May 2020

The health, humanitarian and economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic require solidarity for a global response at a magnitude never seen before.There are three critical and complementary components of the UN’s efforts to save lives, protect people, and rebuild better. 

First: the humanitarian response, as detailed in the OCHA-led COVID- 19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

Second: the health response, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and detailed in the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP). 

Third: the UN Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19.

This presentation provides a brief explanation of each appeal, plan and framework; shows how they are complementary; and provides an overview of how they are funded.
 

Humanitarian

Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP)
OCHA

Purpose: Strategic plan and resource mobilisation vehicle

Objective and scope: Respond to immediate health and multi-sectoral humanitarian needs in especially vulnerable countries
Who benefits: The most vulnerable people in 63 countries already facing a humanitarian or refugee crisis, or with high levels of vulnerability
Who implements: Humanitarian Country Teams (HCT), UN Agencies, national and international NGOs Who is responsible for developing and monitoring the plan: OCHA, in collaboration with HCTs, UN Agencies, NGOs


Health

Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP)
WHO

Purpose: Strategic plan and resource mobilisation vehicle

Objective and scope: Support public health measures to stop transmission of the virus and care for those affected
Who benefits: People in all countries affected by the pandemic or at risk
Who implements: WHO and all national and international partners supporting national governments
Who is responsible for developing and monitoring the plan: WHO, in collaboration with national governments, HCTs and UN Country Teams

Development

UN Socio-Economic Framework (and other country socio-economic plans/frameworks)
UNDP/DCO

Purpose: Programming framework

Objective and scope: Mitigate the social and economic impact of COVID-19
Who benefits: Vulnerable people in 162 countries covered by 129 UN Resident Coordinators
Who implements: The UN Development System and all national and international partners supporting national governments, through country teams led by Resident Coordinators
Who is responsible for developing the plans: UN Development Cooperation Office, UN Country Teams under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator and as technical lead UNDP, national governments.

Photo: UNDP Thailand

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