UN chief on the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children

April 16, 2020
António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children (16 April 2020)
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, we are seeing an alarming pattern.
  • The poorest and most vulnerable members of society are being hardest hit, both by the pandemic and the response.
  • I am especially concerned about the well-being of the world’s children.
  • Thankfully, children have so far been largely spared from the most severe symptoms of the disease.
  • But their lives are being totally upended.
  • I appeal to families everywhere, and leaders at all levels: protect our children.
  • Today we are launching a report that highlights the risks they face. 

(4:07 / ENG)

Relevant information

  1. Please read the YouTube video metadata.
  2. Read the UN press release, UN chief calls for greater protection for children caught up in COVID-19 crisis.
  3. Read the UN Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on children.
  4. Read the UNICEF statement, Don’t let children be the hidden victims of COVID-19 pandemic


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