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Gates Foundation announces $1.27 billion in health and development commitments to drive progress toward global goals

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First in-person goalkeeper event since 2019 inviting global change makers to highlight the urgency of achieving a fairer world by 2030

NEW YORK (September 21, 2022) – During the week of the United Nations General Assembly, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – along with governments, philanthropies, 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 address the overlapping global crises that have reversed progress already made towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). The Foundation’s sixth annual Goalkeepers Report indicates that nearly every Global Goal indicator is off track halfway to achieving them by 2030. Despite these challenges, the report highlights opportunities to accelerate progress by investing in long-term solutions and innovative approaches. entrenched issues, including poverty, inequality and climate change.

“This week he highlighted the urgency of the challenges we face, and the promise of sustainable solutions that save and improve lives,” said Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation. “We can get back on track toward the Sustainable Development Goals, but it takes a new level of collaboration and investment from every sector. That’s why our foundation is dramatically ramping up our commitment to helping tackle crises now and ensuring long-term impact across the critical determinants of health and development.”

Today’s goalkeepers event brought together world leaders and change makers to discuss current and future efforts to achieve global goals. Mia Motley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, French; over 300 young change makers; Other emerging and accredited leaders from around the world participated in the event.

“The last time we got together in person for goalkeepers, we talked about how well-meaning programs can perpetuate inequality if the communities they want to reach are not involved in the design,” said co-chair Melinda French Gates. “A lot has changed since 2019, but one thing has not changed: we will not make progress towards the Global Goals unless people with lived experiences sit at the table. I am proud of the Goalkeepers Award winners and the many partners from around the world who are developing this generation. The next of the leaders.”

Also today, at the Global Replenishment Conference, governments and the private sector joined together to pledge a record level of commitment that will advance the goal of achieving good health and well-being for all. The funding will go toward the Global Fund’s goal of saving another 20 million people from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria; building more resilient health systems to prevent future epidemics; Getting the world back on track to eliminate these diseases by 2030. Today’s pledge includes the foundation’s largest commitment yet to the Global Fund of $912 million.

“We see the greatest progress when governments, the private sector and local communities collaborate on global health programmes,” said Bill Gates, co-chair. “This week’s commitment to fight preventable diseases and save millions more lives by replenishing the Global Fund is a fantastic step forward in getting back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Accelerating progress toward global goals

This week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the following commitments:

  • Pledge $912 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
    This is the foundation’s largest commitment to date to the Global Fund. Since 2002, health programs supported by the Global Fund Partnership have saved 50 million lives. This funding will help accelerate efforts to eliminate HIV, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030 and build the resilient health systems necessary to protect against future epidemics. It will also be useful in reducing the disproportionate impact of these diseases on women and girls.
  • $100 million to help alleviate the food crisis that is disproportionately affecting communities in Africa and South Asia and address its root causes
    This funding will go to:
    • The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to support national governments in rebuilding resilient and sustainable local food systems
    • African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) to make fertilizer affordable and available to small farmers
    • The Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Research Center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research to accelerate work that is already providing farmers with improved and new types of crops, such as iron-rich beans; Sweet potatoes are naturally rich in vitamin A; And naturally cassava, millet and sorghum
    • Working with partners to provide sustainable fodder and feed for African families who depend on livestock as their primary source of income and nutrient-rich food
    • Working with partners to strengthen local food systems by empowering women farmers with the tools and resources they need to succeed and support their communities
  • In addition, 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 food to include preventive nutrition products for both women and children.
  • $200 million to expand global public digital infrastructure
    This funding will help expand infrastructure that low- and middle-income countries can use to become more resilient in the face of crises such as food shortages, public health threats, and climate change, as well as aid in the spread of epidemics and economic recovery. This infrastructure includes tools such as interoperable payment systems, digital ID, data sharing systems, and civil registry databases.
  • $50 million for Partners in Health Scholarship Fund to attend the University of Global Health Equality (UGHE) in Rwanda
    This commitment will help catalyze efforts to raise $200 million. The scholarship fund will support students, 70% of whom are women, to attend UGHE and help accelerate efforts to increase the number of healthcare workers in Rwanda and around the world.

Celebrating world goalkeepers

In recognition of the outstanding work of world leaders in advancing the Global Goals, the Foundation also announced the winners of the 2022 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards on September 20.

  • Progress Award – Dr. Radhika Bhatra, Co-founder of the non-profit organization Every Infant Matters, which provides health solutions in last mile for underprivileged children in India
  • Changemaker Award – Zahra Joya, Journalist from Afghanistan Self-financed Rukhshana Media, an online news agency focused exclusively on covering issues affecting women in Afghanistan.
  • Campaign Prize – Vanessa Naket, climate justice activist from Uganda and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up movement and the Green Schools Project
  • Global Goalkeeper Award – Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Note to editors

Media inquiries should be directed to media@gatesfoundation.org.
Pictures from the event can be found here.

Goalkeepers report 2022

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 lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the opportunity to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Susman, with co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and its Board of Trustees oversight.

About goalkeepers

Goalkeepers is the Foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). Goalkeepers publish an annual report along with hosting an event, facilitating an annual awards program, and convening a global community of collaborative and diverse change-makers who believe progress is possible, but not inevitable.

About the Global Goals

On September 25, 2015, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Global Goals. This is a series of ambitious goals and targets to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

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