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Germany exploring possibility of dose-sharing, says German Federal President

In a joint press briefing, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier have called for fair and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to Steinmeier, the global community must ensure equitable access to COVID-19 tools both out of moral reasons and out of self-interest. Only if everyone everywhere is safe, can we prevent the virus and mutations from returning, he stated. Given the current scarcity of vaccine doses, providing the funding only, however, would not solve the problem, Steinmeier outlined. Therefore, Germany is currently exploring the possibility of sharing doses with other countries, although the scope and timeline are not clear yet.

Ghebreyesus echoed Steinmeier in stating that providing the funding would be useless if rich countries would at the same time undermine the COVAX initiative by only securing doses for themselves. The numbers of doses available in 2021 must thus be fairly distributed, Ghebreyesus said.

To the question of waiving patents to scale up vaccine production, both Steinmeier's and Ghebreyesus’ reactions were restrained. While Steinmeier called to not simplify the debate, Ghebreyesus stated that every possibility must be considered – even waivers on intellectual property –  to allow for the world’s recovery from this unprecedented health crisis.

Ghebreyesus further announced the plan of establishing a WHO center for public health intelligence and risk analysis in Berlin, which German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ghebreyesus agreed on last year.

News article – Tagesspiegel (in German)

Press briefing – WHO

At G7 meeting, Germany pledges additional US$1.8 billion in funding to ACT-A for global COVID-19 response

At a virtual G7 meeting, hosted by the UK Presidency to discuss the global COVID-19 response, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged €1.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) in additional funding to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the global alliance to accelerate development, production, and promote fair access to COVID-19 tests, therapies, and immunization.

With this newly announced contribution, Germany is the largest donor to ACT-A. In her speech, Merkel emphasized the importance of international cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which can only succeed if everyone everywhere is vaccinated. However, according to her, the provision of funding will only be one part of the equationtackling the pandemic also requires the timely delivery of vaccines. Therefore, it is pivotal for the COVAX vaccine distribution initiative to conclude contracts with manufacturers to distribute vaccines quickly to its partner countries, she said.

In addition to providing financial support, Germany is currently exploring the possibility to pass on some of the vaccines it has ordered for Germany to “poorer countries”, Merkel stated. However, the timeline and scale for potential dose-sharing are not clear yet. This would not put vaccine appointments at risk in Germany, she assured.

In addition to Germany, the US, the European Commission, Japan, and Canada announced new pledges for ACT-A or its COVAX pillar at the virtual G7 leaders' meeting and at the Munich Security Conference later in the day. In total, the G7 leaders contributed over US$4.3 billion in additional funding to ACT-A that day. With the new contributions made, ACT-A is left with a funding gap of US$22.9 billion to fully fund its work in 2021.

Press release – The Federal Chancellor

Press release – The Federal Chancellor (in German)

At UK-led G7 meeting, "collective G7 support" to ACT-A totals US$7.5 billion, but experts criticize UK for retaining surplus doses until citizens are fully vaccinated

The UK hosted its first virtual G7 leaders' meeting on February 19, 2021, after which "collective G7 support" totaled US$7.5 billion for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), an increase of over US$4.0 billion.

ACT-A's vaccine pillar, COVAX, is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and it aims to ensure an equitable distribution of vaccines, including to low-income countries.

At the meeting, the US under the new Biden administration pledged to provide US$4.0 billion in development assistance to COVAX over the next three years, Germany pledged an additional US$1.8 billion, and the EU pledged an additional US$608 million.

These commitments were welcomed by the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, but he noted that more needs to be done. At present, only 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations worldwide, with 130 countries not yet receiving a single dose.

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for greater action to address the imbalance, with a drive to get Europe and the US to provide 5% of their own supplies to low-income nations. The UK has ruled out doing this and has committed only to providing its surplus vaccines after its entire population has been vaccinated. This decision has been criticized by some UK global health experts, who have questioned the ethics of such a decision, whereby young people in the UK will receive the vaccine ahead of health workers and elderly in other countries.  

News article - BBC

News article - Devex

With additional G7 pledges of US$4.3 billion, ACT-A commitments to date stand at US$10.3 billion; funding gap of US$22.9 billion remains

On February 19, 2021, at the virtual G7 leaders' meeting, US$4.3 billion in new commitments were made to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) and its vaccine pillar, COVAX, to contribute to closing the funding gap in global COVID-19 response and ensure equitable vaccine distribution. 

The contributions included the following:

  • Canada committed US$59 million to ACT-A;
  • Japan committed US$79 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), a COVAX funding mechanism to support access to vaccines for lower-income countries, as well as to Unitaid;
  • Germany committed US$1.8 billion to ACT-A, covering all of ACT-A's pillars and including "tests, treatments, vaccines, and health systems strengthening";
  • US committed US$4.0 billion to COVAX AMC (US$2.0 billion in already appropriated funds and an additional US$2.0 billion over the next two years); and
  • The EU committed US$363 million to COVAX AMC, along with a US$242 million loan from the European Investment Bank backed by guarantees through the European Fund for Sustainable Development.

ACT-A initially needed US$38.1 billion for 2020-2021; following an early February Facilitation Council meeting, ACT-A announced that the remaining funding gap was US$27.2 billion.

Following the new contributions announced at the G7 meeting, the total committed to ACT-A to date was US$10.3 billion and the funding gap was brought down to US$22.9 billion, according to the WHO press release.

Press release - WHO

Press release - Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

UK government proposes new resolution at UN Security Council to enable temporary ceasefires to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

The UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has put forward a resolution at the UN Security Council to support temporary ceasefires in conflict-affected areas to enable a coordinated effort for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The resolution also calls on COVID-19 vaccination plans to include all high-risk populations, including refugees.

More than 160 million people worldwide are at risk of being excluded from vaccinations because of instability and conflict. Vaccination ceasefires are not new and have been successfully adopted in previous years to ensure those living in fragile contexts benefit from vaccination programs.  

The UK currently holds the presidency of the UN Security Council, for February 2021.

Press release - UK government

South Korea's grant assistance agency commits US$7 million to prevent gender-based violence in Timor-Leste

South Korea's Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) announced that it will implement a project dedicated to preventing gender-based violence in Timor-Leste worth US$8 million in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with KOICA providing US$7.3 million and the UN agencies contributing US$0.7 million.

The project will run until 2024 with the objectives of enhancing access to basic legal and medical services and building women's policy and economic capacity. The project will target both the government and civil society.

News article – Newsis (in Korean)

Dutch cabinet responds to evaluation reports on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

The Dutch cabinet responded to two evaluation reports on the five-year implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Netherlands, which began in 2016.

The reports provided recommendations and adjustments for the domestic implementation of the SDGs in the coming years.  

In adherence to the evaluation reports, the cabinet acknowledged that the responsibility for the SDGs should be placed within the Ministry of General Affairs and that an SDG platform should be set up within the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. Furthermore, the cabinet agreed that designing policy and visibly assessing it should be improved upon by an integrated assessment framework.  

Press release - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch) 

German draft supply chain law would increase companies' accountability to social, environmental standards

The German government has published a draft supply chain law intended to guarantee German companies' compliance with social and ecological standards at all stages of the value chain, including with foreign suppliers.

According to the draft law, if a German company becomes aware of a deficiency in the supply chain, it is legally required to remedy it. Companies would be fined in the event of human rights and environmental breaches and run the risk of being excluded from public tenders for up to three years.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) and Minister for Employment Hubertus Heil (SPD) have long been pushing for legal regulation entailing minimum social end ecological standards for foreign supply chains. Minister of Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier (CDU), however, had rejected these plans until now. With the newly published supply chain law, they have now agreed on a compromise. The proposed law would be a “signal for a just globalization”, Müller said.

Business and industry associations criticized the government’s draft law as a solo national effort and called for a comprehensive European supply chain law. While many supporters of the law, such as the development organizations Bread for the World and Misereor, said that the draft law would be an important first step, they criticized the lack of governing liabilities that would enable victims of human rights violations to claim indemnification.

Müller and Heil hope to see the supply chain law adopted in the current legislative period, by June 25, 2021.

News article – Deutschlandfunk (in German)

News article – Deutsche Welle

UK hosts first G7 finance ministers’ meeting, centering green recovery, support to vulnerable countries, jobs protections, taxes on digital economy

The UK hosted its first virtual G7 Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ meeting on February 12, 2021. The UK Chancellor for the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, led the meeting by calling upon his counterparts – the Finance Ministers and Central Governors from France, Italy, Germany, Canada, the US, and Japan – to ensure a green recovery post-COVID-19 by putting the climate and nature at the center of all economic and financial decision-making in 2021.

Sunak also called for G7 countries to work with international institutions to enable vulnerable countries to manage the pandemic. This included supporting a rapid and fair vaccine distribution, and supporting debt relief, with a call for private-sector creditors to help ensure sustainable debt treatment to the poorest countries and ensure access to credit and grants for low-income countries.

Sunak also called for the G7 finance ministers to focus in the year ahead on protecting jobs and reaching a global solution to the tax challenges created by the digitalization of the economy.

The meeting comes ahead of the UK’s first G7 virtual leaders meeting on February 19, 2021.

Press release - UK government

News article - Devex

Publish What You Fund to release third working paper and webinar on development finance institutions' practices and transparency

Publish What You Fund (PWYF), a non-profit organization campaigning for development assistance transparency, has led the 'DFI Transparency Initiative' since November 2019 to analyze the use of public money by development finance institutions (DFIs) and will release its third working paper and webinar in February of 2021.

The initiative's goal is to develop recommendations for DFIs which the organization will use to advocate for increased transparency and policy change. Their research has been organized into five work streams that incorporate a consultative process with working groups to examine priority issues over several months. So far, the organization has released working papers and held webinars for 'Work Stream 1: Basic Project Information' and 'Work Stream 2: Impact Management – Objectives, Theories of Change & Impacts'. The final installment will be released around October 2021.

The working paper for 'Work Stream 3: ESG & Accountability to Communities' will be released a few days prior to its accompanying webinar, which will take place on February 11, 2021. It will focus on how DFIs measure and manage environmental, social, and governance (ESG) outcomes, as well as the transparency of accountability mechanisms including community consultations. 

Work Stream 1 outlined the initiative's "findings on basic project information transparency" and revealed "a trend towards improved transparency of basic project information by DFIs" with slightly more transparency from multilateral DFIs than from bilateral ones. Four elements were identified to develop a conceptual framework on the non-disclosure of information: administrative overburden; lack of universally compatible data fields for information sharing; definition uncertainty and non-standardization; and commercially sensitive information.

Work Stream 2 focused on 20 multilateral and bilateral DFIs, assessing their "use and disclosure of impact measurement practices". The paper found that many of the DFIs "rely heavily on ex-ante impact predictions" and rarely disclose these predictions. There was less disclosure of ex-post development results, and often these DFIs "lacked multi-year reporting, impact attribution, and disclosure of indicator definitions or methodologies".

Working paper (Work Stream 1) - PWYF

Working paper (Work Stream 2) - PWYF

20+ German NGOs call on BioNTech, CureVac to waive patents for COVID-19 vaccines

In a joint letter, a German alliance of more than 20 NGOs has called on the German pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and CureVac to make the COVID-19 vaccine they developed available globally in sufficient quantities and at affordable prices.

The NGO alliance urged the companies to temporarily waive the patents to make the knowledge and technologies available to other companies during the pandemic – preferably via the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-Tap). The companies should provide transparency regarding clinical test data and manufacturing costs, the alliance posited, and share portions of the COVID-19 vaccine doses they produce with low- and middle-income countries to ensure equitable access and fair distribution globally.

Given that both companies had received federal funding of several hundred million euros for COVID-19 vaccine development, the companies are now responsible for providing people worldwide access to the vaccines, the NGOs argued in the letter, and thus the companies should explain what specific measures they are planning to take regarding the aspects of transparency, affordability, licensing, technology transfer, and fair access to meet this obligation.

Through the €750 million (US$913 million) COVID-19 vaccine development program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, CureVac and BioNTech had received €230 million (US$280 million) and €375 million (US$456 million), respectively, in 2020. The vaccine developed by BioNTech and its US partner company Pfizer is already being used in numerous countries, including Germany, while the CureVac vaccine is not approved yet.

Press release – Ärzte ohne Grenzen (letter to CureVac, in German)

Press release – Ärzte ohne Grenzen (letter to BioNTech, in German)

News article – Tagesschau (in German)

German budget committee to consider additional US$1.8 billion in funding to ACT-A for vaccine access in low-income countries

According to the Reuters news agency, the German government wants to provide an additional €1.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) in funding to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), a global initiative to ensure affordable and equitable access for all to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

While the government has not officially announced the funding provision yet, the information is based on a submission by the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) to the German Budget Committee, which is available to Reuters.

According to the submission, of this €1.5 billion (US$1.8 billion), the BMF plans to channel €620 million (US$754 million) to the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines and another €100 million (US$122 million) to the provision of vaccines for humanitarian purposes, among others. Further funding shall be channeled to vaccine research, therapeutics, diagnostics, and the strengthening of health systems.

The Budget Committee has to approve the BMF’s funding request.

News article – Tagesschau (in German)

News article – Tagesspiegel (in German; with paywall)

ACT-A Facilitation Council announces funding gap of US$27.2 billion, asks countries not to compete with COVAX vaccine contracts

The Facilitation Council of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) had its fourth meeting on February 9, 2021, to discuss its 2021 agenda and needs, including closing the funding gap of US$27.2 billion for 2021.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, co-hosted and began his introductory remarks by welcoming the newly-joined US under President Joe Biden to ACT-A. 

Ghebreyesus stressed that more than 90% of countries currently administering COVID-19 vaccines are wealthy, and 75% of all doses given have been given in just ten countries. Nearly 130 countries, he said, have not administered a single dose.

ACT-A and the COVAX Facility were created as part of global efforts coordinated by the WHO and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, among others, in order to increase access to vaccines and promote vaccine equity internationally, and these goals are being threatened, said Ghebreyesus.

He called for:

  1. Full financing of ACT-A and COVAX: The financing gap is at more than US$27.2 billion for 2021. He called on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) countries to commit a proportion of stimulus financing and to unlock capital in multilateral development banks to help close the gap.
  2. Respect for COVAX contracts from all countries and a non-competition commitment: He referred here to countries who continue to sign bilateral vaccine deals while many nations have no vaccine doses at all. Ghebreyesus reiterated WHO's goal that the vaccination of health workers should be in progress in all countries within the first 100 days of 2021, which means that countries with more doses need to share and donate doses before going on to vaccinate their lower-risk populations. He warned that if COVID-19 is not suppressed globally, that variants of the virus could result in the world "back at square one".
  3. An urgent increase in manufacturing to increase the volume of vaccines: This could include "innovative partnerships including tech transfer, licensing and other mechanisms to address production bottlenecks".

Experts have warned that all countries need to take an "internationalist", not nationalist, approach to vaccination rollout and tacking COVID-19, otherwise experts fear that some low-income countries may not receive vaccines until 2024.

Visuals from the 'ACT-A Prioritized Strategy & Budget for 2021' presentation illustrate the contributors of a total of US$6.0 billion to ACT-A, as of February 3, and the breakdown of the US$27.2 billion needed for 2021. According to an update as of February 12, ACT-A has an additional US$4.0 billion in projected funding, so the US$27.2 billion funding gap "will be reduced to US$23.2 billion as projected funds are operationalized."

Transcript - WHO

Event website - WHO

Independent review commissioned by UK Treasury calls for new national measure of prosperity that takes into account value of natural world

The UK government’s finance ministry, the Treasury, has for the first time commissioned a new review into the economic importance of the natural world.

The independent review, led by Sir Partha Dasgupta, a professor of economics at Cambridge University, found that the world’s current path to prosperity is unsustainable if its impact on the natural world is taken into account. There has been a 40% plunge in stocks of natural capital between 1992 and 2014. The report calls for radical changes to global production, consumption, finance, and education to ensure sustainable growth. The report asks governments to:

  • Replace gross national production as a measure of a nations’ prosperity with a new measure that takes into account a nation's impact on the natural world;
  • Create new supranational institutions to protect global public goods such as the rainforests and oceans; and 
  • Pay low-income countries to protect vital ecosystems.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021, has welcomed the review and said that it is critical that the world reverses the trend of fast-declining biodiversity.

Lord Nicholas Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics and author of a previous ground-breaking UK government review on the climate crisis, highlighted the need for immediate action now"to do so would be significantly less costly than delay" and would help lift millions out of poverty.

Report - The Dasgupta Review

News article - The Guardian

WHO Europe director urges wealthier countries to share COVID-19 vaccines as soon as 20% of own population is vaccinated

The head of the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hans Kluge, called on high-income countries to show solidarity with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses as soon as 20% of their own populations have been vaccinated. 

He pointed out that some richer countries—including the US, UK, Canada, and those in the EU—have already purchased, through bilateral deals with vaccine companies, "four to nine times more doses" than what they would need.

Kluge urged them to not wait until they have reached the threshold of 70% vaccinated for herd immunity before they begin sharing vaccines with LMICs.

He also opposed the idea of ‘vaccine passports’ to enable those who have been vaccinated to be able to travel because he said it would increase inequities. 
 
News article - France24

UK’s global health security agenda for G7 summit focuses on universal health security, antimicrobial resistance, digital health

The UK Health Secretary for State, Matt Hancock, has unveiled the government’s plans for addressing global health security plans at the G7 summit. Hancock noted that the UK will use the G7 to focus on four key issues:

  1. Ensuring health security for all – by strengthening the World Health Organization and improving agility, launching a New Variant Assessment Platform to analyze genetic viral mutations, and improving international systems for preventing, detecting, and responding to outbreaks;  
  2. Standardizing clinical trials – by creating an internationally agreed set of standards for the creation and delivery of clinical trials which ensure that the data and findings of vital clinical trials can be shared seamlessly across countries;
  3. Tackling antimicrobial resistance – by pushing for the improved stewardship of existing antibiotics, stimulating the development of new ones, and ensuring shared standards across countries for antibiotic supply chains; and,
  4. Enhancing digital health – by establishing international standards for artificial intelligence (AI) and for the interoperability of health data systems, to ensure technology is used ethically and to enable data and technology to be shared quickly and safely across boundaries.

Some development experts have expressed concerns over the agenda, noting that it is at odds with the government’s deep cuts to the development assistance budget. Robert Yates, Director of Global Health at Chatham House, a UK foreign policy think tank, has highlighted how cuts to the development assistance budget will result in less UK support for national health system strengthening in low-income countries, which vital if the aim is to improve health security for all.

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the UK's development assistance watchdog, recently published an assessment of whether the UK is doing enough to prevent future global health crises through its assistance program. The ICAI, which produced the assessment for the UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the UK government to update and publish a new global health strategy, given that its last strategy was produced in 2015.

ICAI also called for the UK government to ensure, in light of the proposed cuts to the development assistance budget, that the scale of its investments to support global health security via the development budget are proportionate to the level of threat posed by global health emergencies.

Finally, ICAI called for a re-examination of the management structures for handling global health security within government to ensure that structures allow for their purposes, in light of the recent merger of the Department of International Development into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as the planned abolition of Public Health England and establishment of a new National Institute for Health Protection. 

Press release - UK government

News article - Devex

Report - ICAI

UK should ensure G7 summit shows "Western unity", finds solutions to climate and health crises, includes more African leaders, says think tank

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), a UK security think tank, has published an article arguing for the UK government to focus on four key issues at the G7 summit that the country is hosting this year:

  1. Showing "Western unity": After limited US engagement during the Trump administration, RUSI called for the G7 summit to focus on the display of strong unity between the US, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Canada, and the EU, the current G7 members. While the UK government’s invitations to India, Australia, and South Korea as guests to the G7 summit in 2021 is welcome, RUSI argued that its keenness to permanently expand the G7 to include these countries and create a 'G10' risks causing divisions. RUSI particularly referred to India's differing foreign policy relationships.
  2. Addressing the twin crises of our time, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic: RUSI also calls for the G7 to ensure that as hard times fall, that world does not turn its back on globalization and resort to economic nationalism, by showing that the solution to these crises requires collective action, for example, by promoting a collaborative approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
  3. Recognizing the strategic significance of "sub-Saharan Africa" by belatedly inviting African leaders to key G7 meetings: RUSI noted that the UK government’s failure to invite African leaders to the summit, as has been the case for the last five G7 summits, along with the steep cut in UK development assistance, risks signalling that an Indo-Pacific "tilt" comes at the expense of Africa. According to RUSI, it is not too late to remedy the situation by inviting key African leaders to certain G7 meetings.
  4. Tackling threats to liberal democracy posed by populism and extremism: RUSI wrote that many of the threats are transnational in nature and require common and coordinated responses. 

The UK government also launched its G7 youth engagement initiative, 'Y7', which aims to gather youth leaders from around the world to enable their voices to be heard and to ensure that the G7 helps build a greener and more prosperous world for all in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

Press release - RUSI

EU must guarantee low-income countries’ access to COVID-19 vaccines, say EU Parliamentarians

In an exchange with the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) development committee called for EU leadership in ensuring COVID-19 vaccines are accessible to all, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Urpilainen emphasized that the EU considers support for the COVAX Facility – a global initiative aimed at ensuring equitable, affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines – to be its main tool for helping LMICs achieve vaccine access.

She told MEPs that the European Commission will coordinate an EU vaccine-sharing mechanism for EU countries to donate doses through COVAX and that the EU is looking to scale up vaccine manufacturing capacity in lower-income countries.

Press release - European Parliament

Publish What You Fund to host webinar on tracking use of public money by development finance institutions

Publish What You Fund (PWYF), a non-profit organization campaigning for development assistance transparency, will host a webinar on February 11, 2021, on the findings of its 'DFI Transparency Initiative', a project running since November 2019 to analyze the use of public money by development finance institutions (DFIs).

Webinar registrants will also gain access to PWYF's newest working paper on the findings of the project's third workstream on how DFIs measure and manage environmental, social, and governance (ESG) outcomes, as well as the transparency of accountability mechanisms including community consultations. 

Webinar registration - PWYF

UK NGOs launch joint 'Crack the Crises' campaign advocating for government to use G7 and COP26 to tackle COVID-19, climate crisis, systemic injustices with unified strategy

UK NGOs have joined forces to launch a campaign aimed at getting the UK government to ensure that world leaders tackle the COVID-19 and climate crises, as well as the crisis of systemic poverty and injustices which are further exacerbated by COVID-19 and climate change, at the G7 summit and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), both of which the UK will host this year. Experts see the multiple crises as intertwined and are advocating for solutions that address them head-on in conjunction with one another.

The campaign is called ‘Crack The Crises’ and brings together organizations representing more than 10 million people in the UK and include Oxfam, ONE, Bond, and ActionAid.

Website - CracktheCrises