World Food Programme at work
As the United Nations system comes together to fight COVID-19, Congress needs to hear about their invaluable work.

With COVID-19 now affecting every corner of the world, I wanted you to be aware of the invaluable role the United Nations and its agencies are playing in fighting the pandemic.

From the onset of the crisis, members of the UN family have been working hand in hand to share data and information to stop the spread of the virus, safeguard people’s lives and their livelihoods, and learn from the crisis to build back.

For instance, the World Food Programme, the UN’s food aid agency, has prepositioned over three months of food near vulnerable countries in the event the global food supply chain breaks down. Recognizing that refugee sites have little space for social distancing, UNHCR is training health workers on how to properly identify the disease and manage it. In many areas where a lack of sanitation makes washing hands difficult, UNICEF has reached over 7.5 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene services, including at schools.

Each day, the United Nations continues to show why its work is so important. At this time of uncertainty, I hope I can count on you to support the UN and its agencies.