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12 March 2020
UNA-NCA Statement on COVID-19
We have received a number of questions/concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 developments, and how it may affect our programming and operations this spring. 
 
We want you to know that we are closely monitoring any updates on the COVID-19 disease. We are coordinating with and following the guidance of our partners and event hosts, including the UN Foundation, U.S. Department of State, and Pan American Health Organization (the regional branch of the World Health Organization for the Americas.)
 
At this time, we are assessing alternative locations and/or methods of conducting our upcoming programming and meetings should it be necessary. Currently, the UNA-NCA office will remain open and staffed.   
 
At the moment, the following programs have been postponed until further notice:
  • “The United Nations and Human Rights in Washington, DC” originally scheduled for March 24th at the;
  • "Refugee & Immigration Town Hall" originally scheduled for March 31;
  • "Spring 2020 Young Professionals' Career Dinners" originally scheduled for April 4th
 
The health and safety of our partners, volunteers, staff, and guests is our top priority. We regularly work with federal agencies and international organizations who have strict procedures on necessary cancellations. We trust their guidance on the current situation.
 
UNA-NCA is committed to providing our network with accurate information on critical global and local issues. We are concerned at the spread of misinformation across social media and news outlets contrary to what health officials and doctors have stated.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to remind the American public that the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is low. (Click here for more CDC recommendations).
 
In addition, the World Health Organization has made it clear that the vast majority of people who contract the disease will experience mild illness and recover. Those who are most at risk for severe symptoms are “people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease),” just as with influenza or rhinovirus infections (the leading cause of the common cold). (Click here for more information on myths around COVID-19).
 
Basic health and safety measures will protect you, your family, and your community, such as frequent hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel unwell. (Click here for more information on advice for the public).
 
For any further questions on spring programming and meetings, please email Paula Boland, Executive Director at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call our office at 202-223-6092.