The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is hosted by two foundations, the UN Foundation (registered in the United States) and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (registered in Switzerland). Both foundations have established relationships with the World Health Organization, allowing for efficient transfer of financial resources to enable COVID-19 response efforts.
Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to provide aid to the countries that are being affected by COVID-19 pandemic. The fund enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General told that, “We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 – we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe,” “We are immensely grateful to the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for coming forward to help us set up this fund. A lot of people and institutions have been saying they want to contribute to the fight against the novel coronavirus. Now they can.”
The fund launches with major support already which is linked from Facebook and Google who have instituted a matching scheme for funds raised through their platforms, while individual donors are also supporting the fund through website www.COVID19ResponseFund.org.
“We can’t ignore the fact that this is a truly global problem – one that requires truly global solutions,” said Elizabeth Cousens, UN Foundation President and CEO. “The case for global cooperation could not be clearer – communities everywhere are affected, and people want to contribute. This new fund will create space for people everywhere, together, to fight this virus.”