Forum 2020 Series: Communicating on Public Health and Vaccines in a Climate of Misinformation


Melissa Fleming

Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
United Nations


Melissa Fleming has served as Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the UN since September 2019. From 2009 until August 2019, she served UNHCR as Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner. Ms. Fleming is a frequent interview guest on international media platforms and her talks are featured on She is the author of the book A Hope More Powerful than the Sea and host of the award-winning podcast “Awake at Night.” In May 2020, Ms. Fleming announced the launch of Verified, a United Nations initiative aimed at “flooding the digital space with facts amid the COVID-19 crisis.” With the help of more than 10,000 information volunteers who have already signed onto the effort, the initiative increases the volume and reach of trusted, engaging and accurate information. Led by the UN Department for Global Communications, Verified produces shareable content around three themes: science – to save lives; solidarity – to promote local and global cooperation; and solutions – to advocate support for impacted populations