The purpose of this document is to provide a practical guide for the UNCTs and partners to develop a CPRP to immediately support national governments to prepare for and respond to COVID‑19. The initial CPRP should be developed for a 3-month period from 1 February to 30 April in alignment with the SPRP. Subsequent CPRPs will be developed based on the evolving situation and needs. This guide outlines the priority steps and actions to be included in the CPRP across the major areas of the public health preparedness and response: • Country-level coordination, planning, and monitoring; • Risk communication and community engagement; • Surveillance, rapid-response teams, and case investigation; • Points of entry; • National laboratories; • Infection prevention and control; • Case management; • Operations support and logistics. This guide does not supersede existing national guidance and plans. Rather, this guide should be used to rapidly adapt existing relevant national plans, including NAPHS and PIPPs, and focus the support of the international community. The UN and its partners will implement the adapted preparedness and response activities outlined in the CPRP to ensure that the best support possible is provided to national authorities and communities affected by COVID‑19. All technical guidance documents are available by topic from the WHO COVID‑19 website.