In an e-mail to all UN personnel as the weekend started, the Secretary-General António Guterres, stressed that the Company “stays open for service”, however “our work will be done from various places, utilizing various innovations”.
The #COVID19 pandemic is a crisis that impacts everybody. We need to all play our part by revealing uniformity with the most susceptible– the senior, the ill, those without dependable healthcare.Together, we can get rid of the #coronavirus risk.– António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 15,2020
The UN chief detailed the requirement to “lower our physical existence” at UN Head office, through executing fulltime telecommuting, unless a staffer is required within a UN workplace to perform vital work. He stated the decreased staffing level would be reappraised after 3 weeks..
He included that Head office personnel in New york city would continue to supply important assistance to the other primary workplaces in Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna, along with objectives in the field, and to the selection of intergovernmental procedures that need to continue, such as the work of the Security Council..
” Over the next days and weeks, we will depend upon each other’s sense of obligation and professionalism more than ever”, stated the UN chief on Friday night. “I have the utmost self-confidence in the dedication of personnel to keeping each other safe, while continuing to provide for individuals we serve.”.
The UN Representative, Stéphane Dujarric, informed reporters in New york city hours prior to the extension of remote working advisory, and stated there were 2 primary issues, first of all, keeping everybody safe who operates in the UN complex, or who checks out under regular times, and assisting New york city City to flatten the curve of COVID-19 as it spreads out..
” The 2nd concern in parallel is to make certain that the UN’s work continues. We have 100,000 peacekeepers out in the field, 10s of countless humanitarian employees that will require to be supported. And I can ensure you that, whether it’s Ms.[Rosemary] DiCarlo, Mr.[Jean-Pierre] Lacroix, Mr.[Mark] Lowcock … All the other senior supervisors are totally concentrated on guaranteeing that the work will continue which the assistance will continue.”.
He stated humanitarians in the field had an unique task of care to put mitigating procedures in location to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, into a few of the most susceptible populations in the world: “The exact same thing opts for our peacekeeping operations … Which’s why we’re altering the rotations of soldiers, attempting to restrict the rotations, postponing some rotations. We wish to make sure that those who are most susceptible are secured for the longest possible time.”.
UN workplaces in Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi– work goes on.
The Palais des Nations, which houses the UN Workplace at Geneva, with more than 1,600 personnel, is the greatest task station outside New york city, and on Saturday, Director-General Tatiana Valovaya, restated the UN chief’s require reliable telecommuting, keeping in mind that “annexes will stay open for service, however the work will be done in a different way.”.
The Director of the UN Details Service in Geneva, Alessandra Velluci, stated personnel had actually heard the Secretary-General’s message plainly, that the UN would exist to “do our part” in hard times, as COVID-19 continues to spread out..
” Because of some COVID-19 cases at global companies in Geneva, from 16 March all UN personnel based at the Palais des Nations will work from another location, unless their existence in the structure is essential”, she stated..
” However the UN household in Geneva will continue to do its part by dealing with migrant and refugee crises, executing sustainable advancement tasks, going over human rights problems and trade-related procedures and above all, supporting the laborious efforts of WHO and its partners in the battle versus the pandemic.”.
In Vienna, which houses the International Atomic Energy Company (IAEA), Industrial Advancement Company UNIDO, and UN Workplace on Drugs and Criminal Offense (UNODC), and others, telecommuting is likewise in location from Monday..
” These procedures are handled clear medical guidance and with the well-being of personnel and their households as the main concern”, stated a joint declaration from the heads of the primary Vienna-based companies. “As part of the neighborhood in our host nation, Austria, we can all play our part in assisting to attempt to consist of the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the danger of transmission”..
In the UN’s Africa head office, UNON, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, UN Representative Stéphane Dujarric, stated on Friday that supervisors there too were executing remote working “to the complete level suitable with service connection, in order to significantly lower workers direct exposures to transit and other congested locations.”.