Dear Colleagues,

As widely reported, the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading in China and in some other countries, and it may possibly even be poised to become a global pandemic. The virus not only endangers human life, but without effective measures it threatens to seriously impact our life support systems, economic, social, cultural and other activities. The situation is particularly acute in China where the disease started and is disrupting normal operations in that country. The message below, which has been sent from the Geographical Society of China to the IGU, tells how geographers, along with many others in China, are striving to counter the disease, and stresses the need for us to strengthen international cooperation in controlling the epidemic and protecting lives and health of the people. The IGU community offers its support to our Chinese colleagues at this very difficult time and fervently hopes that their sterling efforts to contain the outbreak prove successful. On behalf of the IGU Executive Committee, I would like to thank Professor Fahu Chen, GSC President, and Professor Guoyou Zhang, GSC Vice President & Secretary General, for their timely message. Let us join together and do what we can to combat the outbreak of COVID-19.

International Geographical Union (IGU)