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Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs



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Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19

Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19

The Global Humanitarian Response Plan was created by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and its humanitarian partners to address the direct public health and indirect immediate humanitarian consequences of COVID-19 particularly in the world’s poorest countries, and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable, especially women and children, older people, and those with disabilities or chronic illness.

This document brings together input from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP),  World Health Organization (WHO), International Organization for migration (IOM), United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and NGOs, and complements other plans developed by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.


  • The Global HRP builds on a joint analysis of the immediate health and non-health needs of vulnerable populations, and offers a multi-partner multisectoral response to the pandemic.
  • The Global HRP is articulated around three strategic priorities: Contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and decrease morbidity and mortality.; decrease the deterioration of human assets and rights, social cohesion and livelihoods; and protect, assist and advocate for refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and host communities particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.
  • The response approach is guided by humanitarian principles as well as by inclusivity, gender, protection and community engagement principles.
  • The Global HRP outlines how agency responses are to be coordinated based on existing humanitarian and national/local government coordination mechanisms.
  • The financing requirements for the Global HRP over a period of nine months (April– December 2020) are estimated at US$2.012 billion
  • Funding for ongoing humanitarian response plans, including .preparedness activities related to other disasters, remains the top priority.
  • Many humanitarian response plans are severely underfunded.



  • Foreword by the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • At a glance
  • Introduction
    • Purpose and scope
  • Humanitarian needs analysis
    • Public health impact
    • Indirect socioeconomic impact
    • Expected evolution of the situation and needs
  • Strategic priorities and response approach
    • Strategic priorities
    • Response approach
  • Coordination mechanisms
  • Monitoring framework
    • Situation and needs monitoring
    • Response monitoring
  • Financial requirements
  • Annexes
    • Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs)
    • Regional Refugee Response Plans (RRPs)
    • Venezuela Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP)
    • Others


This document was originally published on the  UN OCHA website.


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