In the event of a pandemic, UN offices will have to be prepared to continue critical operations.
To do so, the UN and its specialized agencies have developed contingency plans to minimize the impact of any pandemic on the health and safety of staff in order to maintain and sustain operational capacity, so that the UN system can best support national preparedness and response to a pandemic.
UN supports countries
The UN system is supporting national authorities in their pandemic planning process. As no actor alone will be able to sustain a valid response to an influenza pandemic it is important to establish functional links between governments, the UN, NGOs, private entities, civil society and the media. Without the simultaneous involvement of all these actors any pandemic response is likely to fail.
The UN system is establishing regional capacities to support coordination of pandemic preparedness at country level, preparation of inter-agency plans, pandemic preparedness within the UN system and coordination and information sharing with partners (NGOs, donors, private sector and regional institutions).
This initiative is starting in Asia supported by different Bangkok-based regional UN offices and similar initiatives are planned for Africa.
The United Nations System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) in New York, led by Dr David Nabarro, oversees and coordinates the initiatives of UN System agencies, development banks, the private sector, civil society and the donor community, in their response to avian and human pandemic influenza.