As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, people are also moving, both in response to the threat of the virus and the actions states have taken to stem transmission. This memo examines population movements in pandemics, detailing the internal and cross-border movements now taking place, tracking the measures governments are implementing to to respond, and offering policy recommendations.
On Friday, April 10, the UN secretary-general observed that the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially lead to an increase in social unrest and violence. Below, we unpack how this dynamic is unfolding right now in the Caribbean—and how governments and multilateral actors can act early to prevent violence.
On March 23, 2020, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire to allow member states to shift focus to coping with the threat to humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. Some 70 countries, including Afghanistan, have backed the call. In response to the UN's appeal, some warring parties, such as the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and the National Liberation Army rebel group in Colombia, have announced temporary ceasefires.
Justice systems are vital to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating its worst effects. This new Pathfinders briefing, the first in the Justice in a Pandemic series, draws on input from over 50 justice experts from around the world and calls for urgent action to build and maintain justice for all in the face of the unfolding pandemic.
There has been a wave of insightful commentary over the last month on the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to upend fragile peace process (e.g., Afghanistan) or to exacerbate risks for conflict (for an updated list, see Political Settlements Research Program). As the world deals with COVID-19, at CIC we are also interested in thinking through the potential risks created by how governments and communities respond to the virus—and how a conflict prevention lens can be applied in a practical way to response efforts.