The COVID-19 outbreak is more than a global public health crisis; it is an education crisis, socio-economic-crisis, information-crisis, and much more. COVID-19 tells us that continued education must be ensured when so many children today cannot go to school. It is a stark reminder of the importance of quality, reliable information, at a time when rumors are flourishing. It tells about the power of culture and knowledge to strengthen human fabric and solidarity, at a time when so many people around the world must keep social distance and stay at home. It tells us scientific cooperation is key when dealing with a global public health issue.
UNESCO is fully committed to supporting governments for distance learning, open science, knowledge and culture sharing, as fundamental means to stand together and tighten the bonds of our shared humanity.
In Cambodia, UNESCO is working, in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia, development partners, NGOs, civil society, private sector, and relevant partners to provide support in responding to COVID-19 pandemic effectively. Through UNESCO’s comparative advantages in Education, Culture, Media development and freedom of expression, and Natural sciences, UNESCO is providing technical assistance and resources to support the implementation of the “United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19: Shared responsibility, global solidarity and urgent action for people in need” in Cambodia.
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