First personal Goalkeepers event since 2019 convenes global changemakers to highlight the urgency of achieving a more just world by 2030
NEW YORK, September 21, 2022 /CNW/ — During United Nations General Assembly week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with governments, philanthropists, the private sector, NGOs, and world and community leaders, announced commitments of a total of $1.27 billion to improve and save millions of lives.
The funding will address overlapping global crises that have reversed progress already made in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). The foundation’s sixth annual Goalkeepers Report notes that nearly every indicator of the Global Goals is halfway to reaching them by 2030. Despite these challenges, the report points to opportunities to accelerate progress by investing in long-term solutions and innovative approaches to addressing deep-seated problems, such as poverty, inequality and climate change.
“This week has underlined the urgency of the challenges we face, and the promise of sustainable solutions that save and improve lives.” Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation. “We can get back on track towards the SDGs, but it will take a new level of collaboration and investment from every sector. That’s why our foundation is stepping up our commitment to facing crises now and making a long-term impact on critical determinants of health and development.”
Today’s Goalkeepers event brought together world leaders and changemakers to discuss current and future efforts to achieve the Global Goals. Mia MottleyPrime Minister of Barbados; Pedro SanchezPrime Minister of Spain; Bill Gates; Melinda French Gates; more than 300 young changemakers; and other emerging and established leaders from around the world took part in the event.
“The last time we met in person for Keepers, we talked about how the most well-intentioned programs can perpetuate inequality if the communities they want to reach aren’t involved in the design,” said Co-Chair. Melinda French Gates. “A lot has changed since 2019, but one thing hasn’t: we will not make progress towards the Global Goals unless people with life experience sit down at the table. I am proud of our Goalkeepers Award winners and the many partners from all over of the world working to develop this next generation of leaders.”
Also today, at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference, governments and the private sector have joined forces to pledge a record level of commitment that will advance the goal of achieving good health and wellness for all. Funding will go towards the Global Fund’s goal of saving an additional 20 million lives from HIV, TB and malaria; building more resilient health systems to prevent future pandemics; and put the world back on track to end these diseases by 2030. Today’s pledge includes the foundation’s largest pledge to date to the Global Fund of $912 million.
“We see the greatest progress when governments, the private sector and local communities work together in global health programs,” said Bill Gates, co-chair. “The commitment this week to fight preventable diseases and save millions of lives through the replenishment of the Global Fund is a major step forward in getting back on track to achieve the sustainable development goals.”
Accelerated progress towards global goals
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the following commitments this week:
$912 million pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
This is the foundation’s largest commitment to the Global Fund to date. Since 2002, health programs supported by the Global Fund partnership have saved 50 million lives. This funding will help accelerate efforts to end HIV, TB and malaria by 2030 and build resilient health systems needed to protect against future pandemics. It will also play an important role in reducing the disproportionate impact of these diseases on women and girls.
This funding goes to:
In addition, the foundation will double his previous commitment to the Children’s Nutrition Fund – van $10 million until $20 million. Our investment will support the expansion of the fund, beyond ready-to-eat therapeutic nutrition, with preventative nutrition products for both women and children.
$200 million to expand global digital public infrastructure
This funding will help expand the infrastructure that low- and middle-income countries can use to become more resilient to crises such as food shortages, public health threats and climate change, and to aid in pandemic and economic recovery. This infrastructure includes tools such as interoperable payment systems, digital IDs, data sharing systems and civil status databases.
$50 million to Partners in Health Scholarship Fund to attend the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda
This commitment will help catalyze efforts to raise $200 million. The scholarship fund supports students, 75% of whom are women, to attend UGHE and helps accelerate efforts to increase the number of health professionals in Rwanda and around the world.
Celebrating Global Goalkeepers
In recognition of the remarkable work of world leaders to advance the Global Goals, the foundation also announced the winners of the 2022 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards on September 20.
Progress price – dr. Radhika batraco-founder of the nonprofit Every Infant Matters, which provides last-mile health solutions to underprivileged children in India
Changemaker Award – zahra Joyaa journalist from Afghanistan who founded and self-funded Rukhshana Media, an online news agency dedicated solely to addressing issues affecting the women of . touch Afghanistan
Campaign Award – Vanessa nakatea climate justice activist from Uganda and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up Movement and the Green Schools project
Global Goalkeeper Award – yoursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
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About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people live healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the opportunity to get out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it aims to ensure that all people – especially those with the least resources – have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. Located in Seattle, Washingtonthe foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzmanled by co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the supervisory board.
Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). Goalkeepers publishes an annual report in addition to hosting an event, facilitating an annual awards program and convening a global community of collaborative and diverse changemakers who believe progress is possible, but not inevitable.
About the Global Goals
on September 25, 2015at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders are committed to the 17 Global Goals. These are a set of ambitious goals and targets to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and solve climate change.
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