WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 17 April 2020
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.
Tomorrow, WHO is joining forces with many of the world’s leading musicians, comedians and humanitarians for the “One World, Together At Home” virtual global special.
This is the result of a close collaboration with my good friend Hugh Evans from Global Citizen, and the inspirational Lady Gaga, to bring entertainment, joy and hope into the homes of people all around the world, whose lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I would also like to use this opportunity to thank Lady Gaga’s mother Cynthia Germanotta, who is our Goodwill Ambassador, and is doing a great job advocating for mental health around the world – thank you so much Lady Gaga and Cynthia for your continued support and help. This is a family project and we appreciate your leadership and contribution.
This is an opportunity to express our solidarity with frontline workers, and to mobilize philanthropists, the private sector and governments to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.
So far, the Solidarity Response Fund has generated more than US$150 million from more than 245,000 individuals, corporations and foundations.
These funds are helping us to buy personal protective equipment, laboratory diagnostics and other essential supplies for the countries that need it most.
I would like to say thank you so much, thank you from our heart to those who have contributed.
For further details about tomorrow’s events, I’m delighted to welcome once again my friend and my brother Hugh Evans to say a few words, to be followed by the amazing Lady Gaga.
Hugh, over to you.