3 November 2020 - COVID-19 has led to a parallel pandemic of disinformation that directly impacts lives and livelihoods around the world. Falsehoods and misinformation have proven deadly and sowed confusion about life-saving personal and policy choices. We are in the midst of a disinfodemic. 

A new tool launched this week offers a fun way to test your level of literacy about the scourge of disinformation – and enable you to learn more about how society is responding to the problem. The UNITAR Divisions for Multilateral Diplomacy and Prosperity have collaborated with UNESCO's Sector for Communication and Information to bring to life a mobile-based e-learning course to combat the disinfodemic. Based upon the comprehensive UNESCO Policy Briefs "DISINFODEMIC: Deciphering COVID-19 disinformation" and "DISINFODEMIC: Dissecting responses to COVID-19 disinformation", (available at https://en.unesco.org/covid19/disinfodemic) the e-learning course guides learners through the briefs.

Designed around interactive micro-learning lessons that can be completed in 5-10 minutes each, learners will explore the 9 types of coronavirus disinformation, the four format modes, and the 10 categories of responses being mobilised to address the disinfodemic. It also provides a range of options for action for organizations and individuals.


The course is available now in the Educate All global learning library. Educate All is a partnership between UNITAR and EdApp, providing learners around the world with free access to courses to advance their knowledge of sustainability, leadership, business skills and more. To start your learning, download EdApp onto your mobile and choose the course from the Educate All content library.

Find out more: https://www.edapp.com/course/disinfodemic/

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About UNESCO’s Sector for Communication and Information

Within the UN system, UNESCO operates extensive programmes on access to information and freedom of expression. The Organisation’s sector for Communication and Information is also an active participant in the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, under whose auspices the sector recently produced the major study “Balancing Act- Countering Digital Disinformation while respecting Freedom of Expression”


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a principal training arm of the United Nations, working in every region of the world. We empower individuals, governments and organizations through knowledge and learning to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges.

For more information, please contact:


Joe Hironaka (Mr.) | J.Hironaka@unesco.org


Amine Mesdoua (Mr.) | amine.mesdoua@unitar.org


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