United Nations University COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 is the greatest global challenge since the United Nations was formed 75 years ago. As the pandemic evolves daily, UNU researchers continue to respond by untangling the social, economic, and environmental complexity that threatens efforts to overcome this unprecedented crisis and achieve sustainable development for all.

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Interdisciplinary Solutions for Global Health Challenges

With research expertise spanning all of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNU is well-placed to address the interconnected impacts of COVID-19. Whether supporting health governance in regions prone to becoming pandemic hot spots, improving socio-economic prospects for developing countries, or enhancing resilience of communities impacted by climate change and natural disasters, UNU research is informing policy solutions by addressing the interdependent elements of sustainable development.

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Ongoing Research Projects


The UNU EPIC Tracker is an inventory of the public health, economic, social, and community measures taken to respond to COVID-19 across all countries. A living platform, the EPIC Tracker will be regularly updated to include new policies, to reflect country responses, and to integrate other sources of data.


This project contributes evidence to guide policymaking on water’s critical role in abating environmental health risks for a range of preventable diseases, especially among vulnerable populations whose rights to health and water, sanitation, and hygiene are constrained.


In the face of global commitments to achieve gender equality and substantially improve health outcomes by 2030, this project is focusing on complex gender/health relationship. The project is identifying appropriate and effective solutions to catalyse and sustain gender-responsive change within systems and sectors.


In crisis situations, maintaining the operation of health and care facilities is essential to ensure public safety and crisis management. This project is working with a network of partners to improve technical and organisational strategies for the risk management of health care facilities, especially with regard to a failure of water supply and disposal.