UNDP helps protect the rights of persons with disabilities amid the pandemic
TBILISI. 17 April 2020 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working hand in hand with the Government of Georgia to ensure that persons with disabilities all over the country have full access to accurate and timely information to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Timely access to accurate information is vital as we are fighting COVID-19,” said Lela Akiashvili, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality. “Since the breakout of the pandemic, the Government of Georgia is closely collaborating with international partners, national Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs), and people with disabilities to make information resources fully accessible for all.”
There will be no return to the “old normal”, governments must act to create a new economy and more jobs
NEW YORK, 27 APRIL 2020—The urgent health crisis that is COVID-19 has created a historic recession with record levels of deprivation and unemployment, creating an unprecedented human crisis that is hitting the poorest hardest, especially women and children. In a new framework released today as a roadmap to support countries’ path to social and economic recovery, the United Nations calls for an extraordinary scale-up of international support and political commitment to ensure that people everywhere have access to essential services and social protection.
The “United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19: Shared responsibility, global solidarity and urgent action for people in need” calls for protecting jobs, businesses and livelihoods to set in motion a safe recovery of societies and economies as soon as possible for a more sustainable, gender-equal, and carbon-neutral path—better than the “old normal”.
“This is not only a health crisis but a human crisis; a jobs crisis; a humanitarian crisis and a development crisis.
And it is not just about the most vulnerable. This pandemic shows that we are all at risk because we are only as strong as the weakest health system. Its unprecedented scale demands an unprecedented response,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who presented his report on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity” in March.