International advocacy organization Global Citizen and the European Commission (EC) today hosted Global Goal: Unite for Our Future -
The Summit and The Concert, as part of a global campaign to coordinate the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, and to ensure equitable access to everyone, everywhere. Building on the success of the European Union’s May 4th pledging conference, the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign has achieved another milestone in global health efforts. →Click here for VMA announcement with Mylee.
The campaign is a continuation of efforts aimed at mobilizing the tens of billions of dollars in the funding still needed to combat COVID-19, make tests, treatments, and vaccines available for everyone, everywhere, and protect the world's most fragile health systems and communities.
“Global Goal: Unite for Our Future was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to join the European Commission, and over 40 governments from around the world, to ensure COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines would be made available for everyone, everywhere,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen. “The $6.9 billion that was pledged today to support the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities is an incredible next step on our journey out of the COVID-19 era, but there is more still to be done as no one is safe until everyone is safe.”
Combining policy and entertainment, Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Summit and The Concert aired in more than 180 countries, and streamed globally across Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Raising $1.5 billion in cash grants and $5.4 billion in loans – a total of $6.9 billion – from governments, the private sector and foundations, The Summit combined entertainment and policy as a pathway to outline the new Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator plan for developing and equitably allocating tests, treatments and vaccines to the people who need them.
Commitments from countries, including: Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russian Federation, South Korea, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, State of Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen offered strong support for The Summit as the campaign’s co-chair and patron, “The world will only be freed from this pandemic when vaccines, tests and treatments are available and affordable to everyone who needs them. Team Europe’s pledge of €4.9 billion brings us closer to this global goal. Europe is in this for the long haul. We will use all of our convening power for the common good. There is a strong alliance out there to beat this virus, together.”
Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Summit featured panel discussions and interviews with experts and thought-leaders moderated by journalists Katie Couric, Mallika Kapur, Morgan Radford, Isha Sesay and Keir Simmons. Global leaders, and leading artists and advocates, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Miley Cyrus, Angelique Kidjo and Ken Jeong joined the conversation. Experts and thought-leaders including Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Melinda Gates, Dr. Vin Gupta, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Director General of the WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Eddie Ndopu, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander also participated. →To view more on the story visit our digital issue.
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