聯合國啟動Covid-19全球人道主義應急計劃 (中文-英文)

聯合國啟動Covid-19全球人道主義應急計劃 (中文-英文)

UN launches Covid-19 global humanitarian response plan


聯合國秘書長Antonio Guterres週三啟動了一項價值20億美元的全球人道主義應急計劃,以在一些世界上最脆弱的國家中對抗2019年冠狀病毒病(Covid-19)。
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday launched a 2-billion-U.S.-dollar global humanitarian response plan to fight coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in some of the world's most vulnerable countries.
Guterres在發布會上說:“ Covid-19威脅著整個人類,因此所有人類都必須反擊。單個國家的反擊還不夠。”
"Covid-19 is menacing the whole of humanity, and so the whole of humanity must fight back. Individual country responses are not going to be enough," Guterres said at the launch, a virtual event.
"We must come to the aid of the ultra-vulnerable --millions upon millions of people who are least able to protect themselves. This is a matter of basic human solidarity,” he said.
聯合國人道主義事務副秘書長Mark Lowcock說,應急計劃將由聯合國機構執行,國際非政府組織和非政府組織將在計畫中發揮直接作用。
The response plan will be implemented by UN agencies, with international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and NGO consortia playing a direct role in the response, said Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs.
The plan will be coordinated by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which Lowcock heads.
The plan will deliver essential laboratory equipment to test for the virus, and medical supplies to treat people; install handwashing stations in camps and settlements; launch public information campaigns on prevention; and establish airbridges and hubs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to move humanitarian workers and supplies to where they are needed most, Lowcock said.
Guterres said the world faces an unprecedented threat as Covid-19 has rapidly covered the globe. 
"It has spread suffering, disrupted billions of lives and endangered the global economy,” he said.
Wealthy countries with strong health systems are buckling under the pressure. Now, the virus is arriving in countries already in the midst of humanitarian crises caused by conflicts, natural disasters, and climate change. 
These are places where people who have been forced to flee their homes because of bombs, violence or floods are living under plastic sheets in fields, or crammed into refugee camps or informal settlements.
Those people do not have homes in which to socially distance or self-isolate. They lack clean water and soap with which to do that most basic act of self-protection against the virus -- washing their hands. 
And should they become critically ill, they have no way of accessing a health care system that can provide a hospital bed and a ventilator, Guterres said.
Helping the vulnerable people is crucial for combatting the virus, he said, adding "the world is only as strong as our weakest health system. If we do not act decisively now, I fear the virus will establish a foothold in the most fragile countries, leaving the whole world vulnerable as it continues to circle the planet, paying no mind to borders."
Properly funded, the plan will save many lives and arm humanitarian agencies and NGOs with laboratory supplies for testing, and with medical equipment to treat the sick while protecting health care workers. 
The plan also includes additional measures to support host communities that continue to generously open their homes and towns to refugees and displaced persons, said Guterres.
The response plan asks for 450 million dollars for the World Health Organization (WHO), 405 million dollars for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 350 million dollars for the World Food Programme, 255 million dollars for the UN Refugee Agency, 120 million dollars each for the UN Development Programme and the UN Population Fund, 110 million dollars for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and 100 million dollars for the International Organization for Migration.
It asks for 100 million dollars for NGO response.
Guterres appealed to governments for their full support to the humanitarian response plan, which, he said, is a necessity for global health security.
The plan is a moral imperative and in everyone's interests. And it is a crucial part of winning the fight against the virus, he added.
世衛組織總幹事Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus和聯合國兒童基金會執行主任Henrietta Fore也通過視頻電話會議參加了星期三的啟動儀式。
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore also joined Wednesday's launch via video teleconference.

Source: PNA


2020年3月25日在紐約聯合國總部拍攝的照片顯示,參加者通過視頻電話會議參加了Covid-19全球人道主義應急計劃的啟動。聯合國秘書長Antonio Guterres 星期三啟動了一項耗資20億美元的行動。美元的全球人道主義應急計劃,以在世界上最脆弱的國家中與Covid-19作戰。來源:菲律賓通訊社 Photo taken on March, 25, 2020 at the United Nations headquarters in New York shows that participants attending the launch of the Covid-19 global humanitarian response plan via video teleconference. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday launched a 2-billion-U.S. dollar global humanitarian response plan to fight Covid-19 in some of the world's most vulnerable countries. Source: PNA

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