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May 2020
International organizations in Geneva and around the world are working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate the impact the virus is having on individuals, communities and the economy. Below are a few of the many encouraging stories that can bring us comfort and hope during a time such as this.

The first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” delivers vital medical supplies to all countries in Africa

Around the globe, medical staff have been working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19, but medical supplies are scarce. In response, the first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” transported a large quantity of vital medical cargoes from Addis Ababa to all countries in Africa. WHO has been working to dispatch over 130 shipments of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and laboratory supplies to 95 countries across all six WHO regions. 
 
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The first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” to Addis Ababa
Photo: WHO ©
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Children’s storybook released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19
Helping children better understand the global pandemic we’re facing can be challenging. To make it easier, over 50 organizations worked together to produce a storybook that explains simply what is known about the virus and teach children how to protect themselves and their families during this time.  
 
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Amid COVID-19 lockdown in Turkey, UN Women runs a campaign to curb violence against women and promote gender equality at home
Millions of people are in lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This has led to a spike in the number of violent acts against women. Despite the confinement restraints, UN Women Turkey are running an Instagram campaign to highlight gender inequality and give information on how women and girls can seek help in the case of violence. 
 
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New guidelines provide roadmap for safe reopening of schools
Nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide have been affected by the closing of schools due to COVID-19. This has meant that children, especially marginalised children, are posed with long-term threats.  In the best interests of children, schools around the globe will slowly start to reopen. As they do, guidelines will be issued by UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and the World Bank.
 
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The International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) allocates emergency funding to protect cultural heritage 
 
Around the world, COVID-19 has forced the closure of museums, libraries and other cultural and heritage sites. In many cases, these lockdowns have also brought important rehabilitation work to a standstill. In response to the crisis, the ALIPH Foundation has allocated emergency funding for cultural heritage and surrounding communities in conflict and post-conflict areas to  mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
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 A project to rehabilitate a Buddhist stupa in Shewaki, Afghanistan, just before COVID-19 lockdown on 15 March 2020.
© Afghan Cultural Heritage Consulting Organization – ACHCO
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WIPO launches tool to track IP policy information in member states during COVID-19 pandemic
WIPO has launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19-related intellectual property (IP) policy changes, or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in response to the global pandemic. The COVID-19 IP policy tracker will help stakeholders to respond to changes implemented by the worldwide IP community as it adjusts to the pandemic.
 
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Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
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Securing equipment and diagnostics for lower-income countries
The world’s poorest countries are currently bearing the brunt of the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and diagnostic tests, putting the lives of health workers at risk from COVID-19. With high demand and limited supply, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has provided US$ 40 million to UNICEF to secure supplies of PPE and diagnostic tests for 58 low and lower middle-income countries responding to COVID-19. 
 
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Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay.
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