UN non-essential staff to work from home

Published March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse 

All United Nations staff at its headquarters in New York were told Friday to work from home for at least three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak unless it was essential for them to be present.

(FILES) In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. - The United Nations on March 10, 2020 closed its New York headquarters to the general public to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said. The move comes one week after a similar measure was taken at the main UN building in Geneva."As of now, we have not been advised of any COVID-19 cases amongst UN staff in New York," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the plan was “to reduce our physical presence at United Nations Headquarters, while continuing to deliver on our mandates.”

“Your health and well-being remain my greatest concern. Be safe, be smart, be kind,” he said in a separate message to staff Thursday. About 3,000 UN employees are based in New York.

A Philippine diplomat this week tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first recorded case at UN headquarters.

Many organizations and companies around the world have sent staff home to try to reduce the spread of the virus.

 
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