Contribution to the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
The Fund contributes to financing the three objectives of the UN Secretary General’s Call for Solidarity, a plea for global action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it has caused: (1) Tackle the health emergency; (2) Focus on the social impact, and the economic response and recovery; and (3) Help countries recover better.
Output 1: Governments and Communities are enabled to suppress the transmission of the virus
Output 2: The Socioeconomic Impact is mitigated and people and their livelihoods are safeguarded
Output 3: Better Recovery
The Fund’s coverage extends to all low and middle income programme countries, and in particular, those populations not included in the Global Humanitarian Appeal, helping to safeguard their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. According to its funding share, 22.400 direct beneficiaries can be attributed to Austria's contribution.
The US$ 1 billion out of US$ 2 billion will be needed in the first nine months of the operation.
- Support countries to fully implement their National Plans for Combating COVID-19, helping them to close critical gaps;
- Assist non-health ministries and government agencies (such as the ministries of education, agriculture, women’s empowerment, transport, interior, labour, social welfare, and public services), along with local governments, to maintain situation rooms and to provide critical services interrupted by COVID-19;
- Enhance social protection mechanisms through immediate impact measures; scale-up cash transfers, insurance, food security, asset creation, and safety nets; and relieve the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on women and children;
- Meet children’s food and educational needs through school meal programmes and access to learning;
- Promote digital innovations that boost employment, support livelihoods, and improve the provision of social services in line with COVID-19 response measures.
- Strengthen and test national preparedness measures, inclusive of: integrated disease surveillance and response and community-based surveillance; maintenance of key services and a health-care workforce during crises; laboratory capacity; public procurement protocols and logistics; clear and targeted communications; cross-border collaboration; and national plans that include dedicated budget lines for funding preparedness;
- Invest in effective and innovative delivery of public services to achieve sustainable and inclusive economies that leave no-one behind and safeguard country SDG programmes from COVID-19-related setbacks.
The United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is a UN inter-agency fund mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help support low- and middle income programme countries overcome the health and development crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and support those most vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption.