The International United Nations Watch (IUNW) urges the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres not to neglect the significance of mainstreaming best-response practices between member states. We urge him to set up a policy monitoring mechanism for both public health and social distancing policies.
Long days of quarantine and isolation can be detrimental to certain forms of mental health for people all over the world. These often require a combined response by social and national health services. There is a particular concern about the tension raised in households with a history of domestic violence. It is important that states that have introduced social distancing policies take responsibility in monitoring violent incidents. Similarly, we must rethink how public health objectives required increasingly customised responses to reflect the needs of diverse demographics.
To this end, it is important that the UN establishes a robust policy monitoring capacity, as the world deals with an unprecedented crisis. As COVID19 is spreading all over the globe, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in many different ways, both civil society and governments have the duty to ensure that we mainstream best practices. The UN can be a catalyst for knowledge-building and sharing at this critical point in time when all societies are dealing with unprecedented challenges. That will also be important in making the case for targeted and prioritised Official Development Assistance
While working to protect public health, we need to reflect on the implications of this Pandemic experience for governance, and how the cluster of social services, mental health services, security agencies, and communication networks can work together to guarantee public health and social cohesion, leaving no one behind. The International United Nations Watch pays particular attention to the effects of this Pandemic on underprivileged groups, including women, asylum seekers, migrants, and the elderly, inline with Sustainable Development Goals.