The United Nations University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is responding with measures to mitigate its spread and impact on UNU personnel and members of the local community.
The University’s priority is ensuring the health and safety of personnel, their families, our visitors, and our neighbors, while also maintaining operational and business continuity. While the current public health emergency has disrupted normal working arrangements, the delivery of programming continues across the UNU system.
At UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, a COVID-19 Response Team has been established to review the latest developments and recommendations from both national authorities and the United Nations. The Response Team, which brings together senior management, gathers daily and provides regular guidance to personnel in Tokyo and across the global UNU network of institutes.
Since 16 March all UNU Headquarters personnel in Tokyo have been required to telecommute. Many UNU institutes put in place similar measures on the basis of advice from national authorities and the United Nations. As of 1 June, UNU began a phased reopening of the UNU Headquarters building in Tokyo for personnel. The guidelines are cautious, gradual, flexible, and pragmatic; telecommuting and staggered working arrangements are expected to continue indefinitely.
All events and meetings at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo are cancelled until the end of June. Events scheduled beyond June are subject to cancellation or postponement depending on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please see UNU institute websites for information regarding their local meetings and events.
The following websites provide information and guidance on the status of COVID-19 and measures you can take to protect yourself.