As per WHO’s Situation Report of 24 March 2020, 19 countries in the Arab region have reported COVID-19 cases. Those countries are Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Only Yemen has no reported cases.
Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide, would reduce in more than two thirds the number of children currently not learning because of school closures.
We are increasingly alarmed about the situation in Yemen. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the country already experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, driven by an unabated conflict. But we are ready to stay and deliver life-saving assistance to those who need it.
Men as equal partners are essential to realizing gender equality and the 2030 Agenda. However, the road to gender equality is long and the coronavirus outbreak has added additional obstacles on our way.
COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in unprecedented ways, demanding a new approach to activities that previously shaped our daily routine. Hearing this call to action, the volunteer network of Karbala city took to the streets.
A nudge, in the words of Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is “any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people's behaviour in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives”.

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392.4 million

Population

7.4

People living on less than $1.25 per day

50.6%

Labour force participation rate

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