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The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

The Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Operational Support, including the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health, are carefully reviewing all troop and police rotations scheduled over the coming six months. Some countries have been asked to delay rotations by three months to maintain operational strength and execute their mandated tasks.

In the meantime, peacekeeping missions are putting in place a series of mitigation measures to promote the safety, security and health of all UN personnel while maintaining continuity of operations. Leadership is in regular contact with troop- and police- contributing countries and working closely with the Department of Operational Support, the Office of Military Affairs and the Police Division to monitor the situation and advise governments according to the latest developments.

What are the UN travel arrangements for UN Staff travelling to/from Missions in the field?

Although per guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) there are currently no formal restrictions on travel for UN Secretariat staff, whether for official business, entitlements or recruitments/deployments, managers and individual staff have been requested to evaluate the criticality of all proposed travel arrangements, weighed against the risks to the traveler for any travel to or from meetings in affected areas experiencing ongoing transmission of COVID-19. These risks include those posed by both medical issues and evolving travel/border restrictions enacted by Member States.

UN Peacekeeping missions have similarly been requested to carefully assess the critically of all current and planned travel arrangements. All non-essential travel should be postponed or cancelled, and any future travel arrangements should be reviewed for criticality.

UN guidance and coverage on COVID-19

The latest developments related to this global health emergency are available on a dedicated UN website, through UN News and from WHO.

UN Peacekeeping missions in the field have reoriented their community outreach to address the new challenges posed by the pandemic.

UN Peacekeeping guidance on COVID-19 

In response to the global pandemic, the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) has prepared operational guidance to support mitigating the spread of COVID-19. 

Addressing COVID-19 requires critical preparedness and a coordinated response, particularly in prisons. The Justice and Corrections Service has developed practical guidance and operational tools including an Operational Toolbox: COVID-19 Preparedness & Response in Places of Detention, together with UNITAR, which provides communication tools composed of clear and concise information and visuals for direct use by prison administrators and staff to mitigate and address COVID-19 in prisons, guidance on the immediate measures required to decongest prisons and guidance to help ensure access to justice through remote alternatives and court hearings during and after outbreak.  

The UN Police (UNPOL) has outlined procedures to be followed by personnel in their daily operations during or in anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic in their host communities. UNPOL has also provided a synopsis of the factors that a police agency must consider when writing plans to address operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Gender Unit of DPO, in consultation with field missions, has developed an analysis on COVID-19 and Women, Peace and Security (WPS), and collects examples of how our missions are re-orienting the implementation of the WPS mandate in light of the pandemic.

Joint peace and security leadership message on COVID-19

Global features

Supporting women during COVID-19 and beyond

From combatant to civilian during COVID-19

COVID-19 and the rule of law

The impact of COVID-19 on survivors of conflict-related sexual violence

Continuing community outreach in the face of COVID-19

Women peacekeepers on the front lines of COVID-19

Protecting civilians and raising awareness despite COVID-19 challenges

Combating misinformation in South Sudan during COVID-19

Building trust in Cyprus during times of COVID-19

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in overcrowded prisons of DR Congo

COVID-19: a double burden for women in conflict settings

Press briefing by USG Lacroix and USG Khare on 22 May

Peace Radio Mikado FM: Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and infodemic

Press briefing by USG Lacroix and USG Khare on 13 April

“Protect, Help, Explain”: UN Peacekeeping responds to COVID-19

Medium piece by Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Of Peacekeepers and Pandemics

Twitter Moment with highlights from peacekeeping missions

Women peacekeepers are responding to COVID-19

Women's role essential for a global ceasefire

UNAMID: Latest updates

Mission distributes hygiene materials to IDPs in Golo as part of its fight against COVID-19

Mission concludes second COVID-19 prevention and peaceful co-existence awareness campaign in Central Darfur 

Mission conducts intensive street publicity awareness campaign on COVID-19 across Darfur

UNIFIL: Latest updates

UNIFIL implements strict and robust peacekeepers’ rotations system

Indonesian peacekeepers donate critical medical suppliesv

Partial rotations of troops resume

UNFICYP: Latest updates

Young people unite to overcome challenges during COVID-19 in Cyprus

Mission meets with Hands Across the Divide to discuss Women Peace and Security in Cyprus 

Women health care workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response

MINUSMA: Latest updates

The fight against COVID-19 - when civil society actors work for public health

Mission provides protection kits to the population of Mopti 

Support for Mali's COVID-19 response plan: UN hands over 48 tons of medical supplies and equipment 

Partnership for the construction of the new Joint Force G5 Sahel command post in Sénou

Mission finances the rehabilitation of the Songobia bridge

MINUSCA: Latest updates

Raising awareness to protect marginalized and vulnerable groups in times of COVID-19

Equipment for the Bria isolation and treatment centre

Ngoubi Women's House project inspires hope 

3rd district of Bangui receives equipment to fight COVID-19 

Bossangoa pastoral workers equipped to sensitize their communities

UNMIK: Latest updates

Journalists and audience must jointly fight for a better media says multiethnic media campaign

Mission delivers PPE and tablets across Kosovo to combat COVID-19 

Physical and financial health during COVID-19: Women’s economic empowerment project provides 24,000 much-needed face masks 

MONUSCO: Latest updates

Bunia: UN Joint Human Rights Office sensitizes actors involved in fight against Covid-19

South-Kivu province: Mission has provided the provincial government with equipment to fight COVID-19

Fight against COVID-19 - journalists from Beni sensitized by MONUSCO and WHO 

Mission raises awareness among women prisoners and minors on COVID-19 and HIV and AIDS in Bunia

Upgrades and donations by MONUSCO to the four military bases of Goma, North Kivu 

UNMISS: Latest updates

Civil society, political stakeholders, community leaders attend mission-organized peace forum, find ways to work together despite COVID-19

Serving for peace during COVID 19: UNPOL doctor in Malakal joins the coronavirus response

Female prisoners in Wau receive medicine, hygiene kits thanks to Bangladeshi peacekeepers

Mission travels to previously almost-inaccessible village in Western Equatoria, raises awareness on COVID-19

Peacekeepers from Bangladesh vaccinate hundreds of cattle, raise COVID-19 awareness in Wau

Peacekeeping During COVID-19