By Thalia Petty, Associated Press
New York (AFP) – Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates combined distinctive optimism with sobering questions about persistent gender inequality and hunger at an event focused on reaching global development goals, held by the Gates Foundation on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Bill Gates made the case again Investments in agricultural technology – Like drought-resistant modified seeds – to tackle food insecurity. But the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday announced a $100 million donation to respond to hunger and malnutrition faster. The grant will fund projects such as the Private Sector Partnership to support fertilizers for African farmers, as well as other initiatives.
French Gates lamented the slow movement toward gender equality in a speech, asking, “How can we change the face of power in our institutions, in our societies, and yes, in our families?”
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The annual Goalkeepers Jazz Events have been held at Lincoln Center in New York for the first time in person since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to draw attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals related to poverty, hunger, equity, health, education and climate change mitigation.
Progress toward achieving many goals by 2030 has stalled and, in fact, has fallen backward, according to estimates by the Gates Foundation as well as United Nations agencies.
However, the foundation has had some successes, honoring the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for its leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. It praised the EU’s export of more than one billion doses of vaccine and promised new investments in healthcare manufacturing in African countries.
In a speech before receiving the global goalkeeper award on Tuesday evening, von der Leyen said she shares it with “the millions of ordinary Europeans who have helped us all get through the pandemic.”
This though The dismal global record on health equity It is also measured by access to tests, treatments, and vaccines. Several barriers have hampered wider vaccine production — from lack of manufacturing capacity and raw materials to opposition, from Gates and others, to loosening of intellectual property rules.
“The bottom line is that it should never ever happen again,” said Mark Susman, CEO of the Foundation, when asked if the Foundation should do anything differently to ensure equitable access to a vaccine. He also emphasized the Foundation’s commitment to building better pandemic response plans.
Vanessa Nackett also received an award for her work in reducing suffering. The Ugandan activist has started protests to demand action on climate change in her country and has now established initiatives to install solar panels and efficient stoves in schools there.
in an interview With the Associated Press earlier this month, Naket said the human costs of the climate crisis are still missing from global summits like this one. “It’s really the human face that tells the story, and it’s the one that tells the experiences of the societies you go through,” she said.
The Afghan Press Foundation also honored Zahra Joya, founder of the news organization Rukhshana Media covering issues affecting women, and Dr. Radhika Batra, who co-founded the Indian non-profit organization, Every Infant Matters.
Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America, cited the huge profits made by fossil fuel companies as an example of the gap between what the world knows must be done in order to have a viable future and the actions we are already taking.
“It is truly extraordinary that while humanity is truly facing these existential crises, there is still more incentive to destroy our planet than to save lives and save the planet,” she said.
At this year’s General Assembly, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, told world leaders in his opening remarks that they need to Taxing the profits of fossil fuel companies.
Leaders do not stick to the proposal, and the UN generally lacks enforcement mechanisms to hold countries accountable for their commitments and commitments, such as those made to achieve global development goals.
Helping hold leaders accountable and holding discussions are roles charities can play, said Patricia McIlrevy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. She said that even the name “Sustainable Development Goals” can make it difficult to understand what they represent.
“I don’t think we put things into layman’s terms often enough to associate people with. I mean, it’s Jackson, Mississippi. Getting clean water. It expects the ability to survive and thrive,” she said.
Goalkeepers is just one of several events in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The Clinton Global Initiative It was held this year for the first time since 2016. Hosted by President Joe Biden fundraising campaign for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which seeks to raise $18 billion. On Wednesday, the Gates Foundation announced a commitment of $912 million over the next three years to the Global Fund.
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