Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary‑General on 24 Dec 2020.
Speaking of COVID, in Thailand our resident coordinator Gita Sabharwal, is leading the UN team's work, with the government, private sector and civil society to address the impacts of the pandemic. WHO (World Health Organization) is supporting the government to pilot a new healthcare model which will boost access to tele-medicine. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) is monitoring the impact of Thailand's economic stimulus package on people's livelihoods and in partnership with the UN Environment Program and the International Labour Organisation, the green aspects of the recovery. Our team in Thailand is also engaging in the private sector for green, climate-friendly investments to recover better together with the pandemic. UNIDO, the UN Industrial Government Organization, is providing technical assistance to introduce regenerative furnaces and scrap processing machines to reduce dioxin and carbon dioxide emissions in steel and aluminium factories. For their part, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the International Telecommunications Union are working with authorities to identify schools and communities lacking internet access and to support e-learning.
Orginally published on UN Headquarters website