NEW YORK (September 21, 2022) – During the week of the United Nations General Assembly, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, alongside governments, philanthropists, the private sector, NGOs and global and community leaders , announced commitments totaling $1.27 billion to improve and save millions of lives.
The funding will help respond to the various overlapping global crises that have had the effect of reversing progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). The sixth annual report Goalkeepers of the foundation notes that nearly all of the Global Goals indicators are in the red halfway to the 2030 achievement date. Despite these challenges, the report highlights opportunities to accelerate progress by ensuring investments in long-term solutions and innovative approaches to solving stubborn problems, including poverty, inequality and climate change.
” This week has underscored the urgency of the challenges we face and the promise of lasting solutions that save and improve lives,” said Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation. “There is still room to get us back on track towards achieving the SDGs, but this will require another level of collaboration and investment from all sectors. That’s why our foundation is significantly strengthening its commitment to help address crises now and ensure long-term impact on key determinants of health and development. »
Today’s Goalkeepers event brought together world leaders and changemakers to discuss current and future efforts needed to achieve the Global Goals. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Bill Gates; Melinda French Gates; more than 300 young agents of change; and other emerging and established leaders from around the world participated in the event.
“Last time we met face-to-face for Goalkeepers, we talked about how programs with good intentions can end up perpetuating inequality if the communities they want to reach are not involved in their design,” said co-chair Melinda French Gates. “Many things have changed since 2019, but one thing has remained unchanged: we will not make progress towards the Global Goals unless those who have lived experiences can participate in our discussions. I am proud of our Goalkeepers Award winners and the many partners around the world working to develop this next generation of leaders. »
Again today, at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference, governments and the private sector have come together to deliver a record level of commitment that will advance the goal of ensuring good health and well-being for all. The funding will be used to achieve the Global Fund’s goal of saving 20 million more lives from HIV, TB and malaria; build more resilient health systems to prevent future pandemics; and put the world back on track to eradicate these diseases by 2030. Today’s pledge represents the foundation’s largest contribution to the Global Fund at $912 million.
“We see the greatest progress when governments, the private sector and local communities work together on global health programs,” said co-chair Bill Gates. “The commitment made this week to fight preventable diseases and save millions more lives through the replenishment of Global Fund resources is a real step forward in getting us back on track towards achieving the Development Goals. Sustainable. »
Accelerating progress towards achieving the Global Goals
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week announced the following commitments:
- A commitment to contribute $912 million 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 the resilient health systems needed to protect against future pandemics. It will also help reduce the disproportionate impact of these diseases on women and girls.
- $100 million to help alleviate the food crisis that disproportionately affects communities in Africa and South Asia and address its underlying causes
This fund will go:
- At Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to support national governments in rebuilding resilient and sustainable local food systems.
- At African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) to make fertilizer affordable and accessible to smallholder farmers.
- At the research center of theInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), based in Nigeria, to accelerate work that is already providing farmers with improved and new crop varieties, such as iron-rich beans; sweet potatoes naturally rich in vitamin A; and naturally hardy cassava, millet and sorghum.
- Supporting partners to provide sustainable food and fodder to African families who depend on livestock as an essential source of income and nutrient-dense food.
- Supporting partners to strengthen local food systems by giving women farmers access to the tools and resources they need to succeed and support their communities.
Additionally, the foundation will double its previous commitment to the Child Nutrition Fund from $10 million to $20 million. Our investment will support the fund’s expansion beyond ready-to-use therapeutic foods to include preventive nutrition products for women and children.
- $200 million for the development of global digital public infrastructure
This funding will help develop 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, as well as for pandemic response and help economic recovery. These infrastructures include tools such as interoperable payment systems, digital identification systems, data sharing systems and civil registration databases.
- $50 million to Partners in Health Scholarship Fund for Global Health Equity University (UGHE) in Rwanda
This pledge will help catalyze efforts to raise $200 million. The scholarship fund will help students, 75% of whom are women, to train at UGHE and accelerate efforts to increase the number of health professionals in Rwanda and around the world.
Global Goalkeeper Recognition
- Price of progress – Dr. Radhika Batraco-founder of the non-profit organization “Every Infant Matters”, which provides community-based healthcare solutions to underprivileged children in India.
- Changemaker Award – Zahra Joyaan Afghan journalist who founded and self-funded ‘Rukhshana Media’, an online news agency focused exclusively on covering issues affecting women in Afghanistan.
- Campaign price – vanessa nakatea Ugandan climate justice activist and founder of the Africa-based ‘Rise Up’ movement and the ‘Green Schools’ project.
- Global Goalkeepers Award – Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy and productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving the health of populations and offering the opportunity to no longer suffer from hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, she seeks to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities needed to succeed in school and in life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by its CEO, Mark Suzman, under the direction of co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of directors
Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). In addition to publishing an annual report, Goalkeepers hosts an event, hosts an annual awards program, and unites a diverse and collaborative community of changemakers who believe progress is possible, but not inevitable.
About the Global Goals
At the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 25, 2015, 193 world leaders pledged to achieve the 17 Global Goals. It is a set of ambitious goals and targets aimed at achieving three extraordinary goals by 2030: ending poverty, tackling inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change.