UNDESA Digital Government Initiatives in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020

Friday, 9 October, 2020

This compendium, prepared by the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), aims to capture emerging trends in digital responses of the United Nations Member States against the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide a preliminary analysis of their main features.

The inclusion of any technology or platform in this publication does not represent an endorsement from the United Nations. These cases are shared for exchange of information so that Member States can learn from each other and possibly create new partnerships.

The initiatives listed in this compendium were submitted by Member States in response to a call for inputs launched by UN DESA/DPIDG in April/May 2020. The compendium lists selected initiatives according to major categories of action areas. While this publication does not list all initiatives submitted by Member States, the complete list can be accessed here: APPS . Major groupings of action areas are:

  1. Information sharing
  2. E-participation
  3. E-health
  4. E-business
  5. Contact tracing
  6. Social distancing and virus tracking
  7. Working and learning from home
  8. Digital policy
  9. Partnerships

Member States are invited to contribute comments and additional feedback to this compendium by emailing: Stakeholders are likewise welcome to share their observations.

Download the full report here