international - 2020 MAY

May 21

UN launches global initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation
The United Nations launched an initiative called 'Verified' to counter COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.
- Misinformation spreads online, in messaging apps and person to person. Its creators use savvy production and distribution methods. To counter it, scientists and institutions like the United Nations need to reach people with accurate information they can trust.
* The UN Department for Global Communications (DGC), will provide information around three themes: science, solidarity, and solutions. It will also promote recovery packages that tackle the climate crisis and address the root causes of poverty, inequality, and hunger said the United Nations.

May 20

China, WHO launch charity fundraising programme to fight Corona
The China Population Welfare Foundation (CPWF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly launched a charity fundraising programme in Beijing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
* The programme called 'COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO-Action of China' will receive donations via some 20 Internet-based Chinese fundraising platforms including Tencent Foundation, Alibaba Foundation, Alipay Foundation and others.
* The fund will promote individuals and companies to contribute directly to the WHO's life-saving efforts, adding that the donations will help countries to prevent, detect and deal with COVID-19.