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Panel I: The UN System Response to COVID-19 - Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (3-4 December 2020)
4 Dec 2020 -  Panel I: The UN System Response to COVID-19
- Moderator: Melissa Fleming, Under Secretary General for Global Communication
Panelists: - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization
- Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program
- Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Ms. Inger Ashing, CEO, Save the Children International

This discussion took stock of the UN system’s response to the COVID19 pandemic. It examined comprehensive and coordinated responses of UN entities and partners, focusing on the most vulnerable people and those disproportionally impacted in different operational contexts, including those in low-resource settings, conflict situations, and displaced communities. The role of, and impact on, women and girls was a focus, particularly women as front-line responders. The discussion outlined what has worked well, identify operational and policy gaps as well as lessons learned. It highlighted actions required for the continued immediate humanitarian and health response, protection of human rights, and the launch of urgent economic recovery and social protection measures.