The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, together with a government delegation, left on Friday, September 16, 2022 for the United States of America to attend the 77th Period of Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the United Nations (UN), and acts as the main deliberative, normative and representative organ of the world body.
The president will join other world leaders who are expected to address the august body on multidimensional global issues such as security, peace, the economy and many other conditions facing their respective countries.
As he did in his previous speeches, President Weah is expected to highlight the transformative development drives that his administration has embarked on, including issues of governance, peace, health, economy, as well as peace and reconciliation.
This is President Weah's fifth appearance at the UNGA since he took office in 2018, two of which were virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the absence of the President, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, will act as President of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President through mobile phone contact with the President.
School-age children bear the brunt of the current global food crisis, with devastating consequences for their education and their ability to catch up on learning lost during COVID school closures, the World Food Program (WFP) warns.
the United Nations and the African Union Development Agency NEPAD.
and organizations working on education, including the Education Commission chaired by Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for World Education.
The WFP estimates that the global food crisis has pushed 23 million children under the age of 18 into acute food insecurity since the beginning of the year, bringing the total number of children now affected to 153 million.
This represents nearly half of the 345 million people facing acute hunger, according to WFP data from 82 countries.
The global food crisis threatens the future of millions of school-age children who have just returned to classrooms following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Emerging evidence points to unprecedented learning losses during the pandemic, which are at risk of being exacerbated by this current food crisis.
The World Bank estimates that the proportion of 10-year-olds in the poorest developing countries who cannot read or write has risen from 53% to 75%.
“As all parents and teachers understand, hunger is one of the greatest barriers to effective learning, and the rise in hunger among school-age children now poses a real and present danger to learning recovery.
For kids starving in their classrooms, we have a cost-effective, out-of-the-box antidote: school meal programs.
Let's seize it," said Gordon Brown, adding: "The Transformative Education Summit is a critical opportunity to address the hunger crisis."
Ahead of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Transformative Education Summit in New York, WFP and its partners are calling for an ambitious action plan to restore school feeding programs disrupted by the pandemic and expand their reach to 73 million more children.
Detailed cost estimates for the plan suggest that about $5.8 billion annually would be required.
The plan would complement broader measures to combat child hunger, including expansion of child and maternal health programs, support for children out of school and increased investment in safety nets.
Hunger levels among the 250 million children now out of school are almost certainly higher than those who do attend school, warns the WFP.
“Millions of children live with the mutually reinforcing consequences of food and learning crises.
However, the link between hunger and lost learning opportunities needs to be higher on the international agenda, and school meal programs can help break that link.
Not investing in school meal programs is perhaps one of the worst possible economic decisions governments and donors can make, especially now,” says Carmen Burbano, Director of WFP's School Programs Division.
School meal programs are among the largest and most effective social safety nets for school-age children.
They not only keep children, particularly girls, in school, but also help improve learning outcomes by providing better and more nutritious diets.
They also support local economies, create jobs and livelihoods in communities, and ultimately help break the links between hunger, an unsustainable food system, and the learning crisis.
The Transforming Education summit must deliver results, said Wawira Njiru, who heads the Food for Education Foundation, an NGO that provides school meal programs in Kenya and one of the leaders of the coalition's 'Communications and Partners Outreach Group'.
“The long-term effects of hunger and malnutrition are devastating for Kenya and children in particular.
Children do not have a vote and are not asked what their top priorities are.
We have a moral duty to ensure everyone is better protected from food price surges and economic shocks.
Failure to do so is literally harming the future of our country,” Njiru said.
A growing coalition of governments have come together to build the School Mealition Coalition, which aims to ensure that all children can receive a healthy and nutritious meal, complemented by other health interventions, by 2030.
Led by France and Finland, 70 countries, With the support of more than 70 organizations, they have worked tirelessly to scale up school feeding programs, increasing national investment in response to the crisis.
For example, in Rwanda, under the leadership of President Kagame, the national school feeding program increased its coverage from 660,000 to 3.8 million children in two years, while in Benin, President Patrice Talon pledged to increase the budget of the national school feeding program.
from US$79 million to US$240 million over the next five years.
The United States has committed to providing US$943 million over the next year to support the purchase of locally grown food for its national school meals initiative in response to the ongoing impacts of rising food costs.
Fati N'zi-Hassane, Director of Human Capital and Institutional Development at the African Union Development Agency, who is a member of the School Meal Coalition task force, said: “African countries have long recognized the benefits of school feeding to protect children's health, nutrition and education, while strengthening local food systems.
Country ownership and commitment are key.
Efforts to protect and expand these programs are now more important than ever, to protect Africa's youth from colliding food and education crises."
Despite some progress, the gloomy global economic outlook and debt distress in low-income countries remain the main obstacle to scaling up school feeding programmes.
Therefore, WFP, the Education Commission and education partners are asking for three things: the prioritization of school health and nutrition programs at the Education Transformation Summit; expanding safety nets, such as school meals, as part of the response to the food crisis; and a strong donor response to match national commitments already being made by low- and lower-middle-income countries.
These actions should also be monitored to help drive higher ambition and provide critical accountability.
This must be done alongside core investments in maternal and child health and nutrition services to maximize impact during the first 8,000 days of life and prepare children for a healthier and more prosperous life.
“Prioritizing school health is a solid economic and social investment.
Sustained and adequate funding for school health, including school feeding, water and sanitation, deworming, and immunization, will unlock the full potential of our countries' human capital and resilience, while fostering equity and inclusion.
in all sustainable development programs.
said Yacine Diop Djibo, founder and CEO of SpeakUpAfrica, an advocacy action group dedicated to catalyzing leadership in Africa and an active member of the School Meals Coalition.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde received the new Acting Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America based in Port Louis, Mauritius, Mr. Satrajit (Jitu) Sardar at Maison Quéau de Quinssy on Tuesday 13 September 2022.
During the meeting, Mr. Sardar expressed the interest of the Government of the United States (USA) in re-establishing a permanent diplomatic presence in Seychelles.
He said this will help further enhance the strong partnership in existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
He went further by explaining that a permanent presence will allow for more dialogue on issues of mutual interest in the region, particularly in the field of Maritime Security and capacity building, and in the international arena.
Minister Radegonde welcomed the idea and agreed that this initiative will benefit both countries and allow both sides to re-establish discussions on facilitating entry to the US for Seychellois citizens.
Mr. Radegonde invited Mr. Sadar to continue discussions with relevant Department of Foreign Affairs officials to agree on the level of representation the US Government will have in Seychelles and assured the Chargé d'Affaires of his full support during the whole process.
Minister Radegonde and Mr. Sardar also referred to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that will take place in New York from September 13 to 26 and the US Africa Summit, which will be organized by President Joseph Biden Jr. in Washington DC on September 13-15.
Mr. Sardar was accompanied to the meeting by the Political and Economic Officer, Mr. Nicolas Christan.
Also present at the meeting were Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, Principal Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, will attend the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which will take place on Monday 19th September at the Westminster Abbey, in the United Kingdom.
After the state funeral, the president and first lady will travel to New York, where they will attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77).
The president will leave the country on Saturday, September 17, and will return on Saturday, September 24, 2022.
During President Ramkalawan's absence from the country, his duties and responsibilities will be carried out by Vice President Ahmed Afif.
The President of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Csaba Kőrösi, says he will focus on solidarity, sustainability and science in his one-year presidency.
The UN correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 77th session of UNGA opened on Tuesday with the inauguration of Korosi.
The Hungarian diplomat was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly’s 77th Session on Tuesday, June 5, 2022. Kőrösi was picked by the 193 member body after Abdulla Shahid, the president of the 76th Session, ended his one-year term contract.
The new General Assembly president highlighted that his tenure would push “solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science,” enhancing the role of science in the UN body’s decision shaping.
“I will work to foster measurable progress in the sustainability transformation – and cultivate the solidarity we need to achieve breakthroughs or to avert future disasters.
“Taking stock of the Sustainable Development Goals is simply not enough.
We need to have more science by our side if we want to realise the Goals by 2030,” he said.
Kőrösi also committed to engaging meaningfully with civil society partners, academics, the private sector as well as researchers and practitioners to lend solutions that are rooted in facts, verified information and science.
“We must also reach out actively to young people, engaging them in what we do so that when they sit in these seats, they can come with better plans and better ideas than we did,” he said.
He urged world leaders to respond to humanity’s most pressing challenges, including the war in Ukraine, by working together and building bridges across what are “deep divides”.
Acknowledging that the world faces uncertainty and widening geopolitical fissures, Kőrösi reminded delegates that the United Nations was created out of the ashes of war and destruction, with the intention of being “a well of solutions”.
“Responding to humanity’s most pressing challenges demands that we work together, and that we reinvigorate inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism and focus on that what unites us,” he said.
Kőrösi underscored that the conflict in Ukraine had been a “turning point”, and unless the world is vigilant, the “method” of warfare stemming from Russia’s invasion could become a part of the “toolkit of international life”.
“This war must be stopped.
It kills people, it kills development, it kills nature and kills dreams of millions,” he said.
The new president added that the risk of use of nuclear weapons is now higher than in the past 40 years.
“This ominous reality calls all of us to unite around the issue of disarmament,” he noted.
Kőrösi also warned that conflicts will worsen as our planet heats up and its natural resources grow more scarce.
“The water crisis is poised to become our next greatest threat.
Recent weeks have seen record-setting temperatures, raging fires and devastating floods.
“It looks as if Mother Nature is fighting back,” noting that the world cannot go back to business as usual after COVID-19. The Hungarian diplomat also pointed out that while more manageable, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, along with acute food insecurity, soaring energy prices, record inflation and global supply chain disruptions.
“We will not be returning to the old normal.
The only way to achieve better outcomes is to transform.
The contours of the transformation we need are already known.
“The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and Our Common Agenda, all point us in the right direction.
What remains to be seen, is whether we will deliver,” he said.
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, congratulated Kőrösi and underscored that unfortunately, the challenges that defined the 76th session, are still present.
“We face a world in peril across our work to advance peace, human rights and sustainable development,” he said, calling for solidarity to demonstrate the great promise and the potential of the United Nations.
Guterres told delegates at the General Assembly that the world is looking at them to use all the tools at their disposal to negotiate, form consensus and offer solutions.
These eternal tools represent the best pathway to a better, more peaceful world,” he said.
The UN chief closed his speech highlighting that the 77th General Assembly Session must be a moment of transformation, “for people and planet alike”.
Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens News analysis: Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba, News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UN had adopted virtual, and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease.
However, delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person, this year which will run from Sept. 13 through Sept. 27. Similarly, Heads of State and Governments, ministers, and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High-Level Week of the gathering from Sept. 20 to 27. As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters, while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises.
According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s statement on Sept. 21. Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders.
The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am (around 2pm Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session.
Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77, “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”, highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change.
He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels.
In addition, he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government, from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country’s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) objectives.
Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN, Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders.
Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate, Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate, attend the High-Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation.
According to him, President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers, state governors, and heads of agencies to the debate.
“We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria’s participation in all the side-line events, which are five mandated events from the UN.
He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security, education, insecurity, and climate change, among others.
The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate; High Level Summit on Education; High-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Movement Also, High-level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
He said that with the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols, UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak, where debates and meeting were done in person.
“The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person.
“It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will attend.
“They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria’s outing is successful and impactful,’’ the official said.
Similarly, he confirmed that Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Speaking on the event, Mr Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria, said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept. 22. Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja.
“Early this year, she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea,”’ the director said.
Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
“It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception, the High-Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences.
“It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members,’’ he said.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing.
The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari, and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country.
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Abdulla Shahid, the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday praised Cambodia for its significant contribution to keeping peace in the world.
Shahid made the remarks during a courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. “Cambodia has transformed from a country that received blue helmet troops into a country that sent troops to help keep peace in other countries under the UN umbrella.
“This is a big success and a great change in Cambodia’s image on the international arena,” Shahid said.
According to the National Center for Peacekeeping Forces, Cambodia first sent peacekeepers overseas on the UN peacekeeping missions in 2006. “To date, the country has dispatched a total of more than 8,000 peacekeepers to join UN peacekeeping missions in many war-torn countries,” the National Center for Peacekeeping Forces said.
Meanwhile, Shahid also praised the Southeast Asian nation for its full peace, stability and rapid development and wished the kingdom to achieve its goal of becoming an upper-middle income country by 2030 and a high-income country in 2050. Shahid, who is concomitantly Maldivian foreign minister, also pledged to encourage Maldivian investors to do business in Cambodia, saying that the two countries still have vast room for further cooperation in trade and investment.
For his part, Hun Sen thanked Shahid for his good comments on Cambodia, saying that the kingdom wanted to see Maldivian investment in the agricultural sector, particularly in rice processing for exporting to Maldives.
Shahid arrived in Cambodia on Sunday for a two-day working visit, where he also paid a courtesy call on National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin and met with the Foreign Ministry’s standing secretary of state Ouch Borith.
Nigeria has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to a gender responsive recovery and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) five, on achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Amb. George Edokpa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to UN gave, the assurance at a hybrid roundtable on ”Expanding Gender Responsive Investment Initiatives for Economic Recovery and Sustainability’’ at Nigeria House in New York.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the even, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN, was organised by a Nigerian gender expert, Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, in collaboration with some key partners.
Eghobamien-Mshelia, endorsed by African Union, is a candidate of Nigeria for the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Girls (CEDAW) for 2023 to 2026.
The roundtable, organised ahead of CEDAW election on Thursday, aimed at stimulating discussions and initiating deliberate global action that would place women at the centre of investments towards a resilient economic recovery, especially in developing countries.
Edokpa said Nigeria was well positioned to build on achievements in gender while serving as President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and to drive a gender responsive investment.
“It is hoped that the outcome of our deliberations would consolidate results realised during the 40th CEDAW anniversary celebration led by Nigeria in her capacity as the President of UNGA in 2019.
“Also, to expand private sector engagement including new partnerships and collaboration to promote local and international trade and export for deepening of a gender sensitive economic recovery,” he said.
According to him, Nigeria, in recognition of the role of women to positively affect the transformation of its economy, including its resilient recovery has undertaken various women empowerment initiatives.
“These initiatives include the Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP), a five-year national intervention initiative, in partnership with the World Bank to improve the livelihood opportunities for over 324,000 women towards gender equality.
“We also launched the National Women’s Empowerment Fund to assist in rehabilitating the economies of rural communities, particularly women impacted by insurgency and conflict,” he said.
Also speaking, Amb. Bolaji Akinremi, Director in charge of Trade and Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Nigeria government had done a lot in empowering women economically.
“The Federal Government is still doing more, the Affirmative Action is there, we have governors that elected women close to 60 per cent in their cabinet.
“We trust that when our candidate gets to CEDAW, she is going to do more to empower women economically,” he said.
Also endorsing the candidacy of Eghobamien-Mshelia, the Chief Executive Officer, FM 91.7, the only Nigerian station for women, Mrs Toun Sonaiya, said she would bring her wealth of experience in gender issues to implement her vision and the mandates of CEDAW.
The vision of Eghobamien-Mshelia is to make women’s livelihoods count in the economic growth of states evolving digital economy, world of robotics and artificial intelligence through partnerships and collaboration.
She has the vision to protect women’s rights through digital and multisector response to Gender Based Violence as well as promoting women in leadership in public and private sector.
CEDAW, an expert body established in 1982, is composed of 23 experts on women’s issues from around the world.
The Committee’s mandate is very specific: it watches over the progress for women made in those countries that are the State parties to the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
NAN reports that the event was attended by several diplomats and officials in-persons and virtual, including Prof. Tijani Mohammad-Bande, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN and Ms Tolu Lewis-Tamoka, the Africa Programme Adviser for UN Women.
The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Abdulla Shahid, has highlighted the important roles indigenous groups play in protecting biodiversity.
Shahid spoke at the opening of the 21st session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Monday in New York.
This year marks the beginning of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, running from 2022 to 2032.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it is the first time in three years that the Forum is held in-person at the UN headquarters due to COVID-19 pandemic.
UNGA president said that for generations, indigenous communities had prioritised a relationship with nature – grounded in kinship, centered around reciprocity and infused with reverence.
“By emulating their example on a broader scale, we can preserve the Earth’s rich biodiversity and diverse landscapes,” he said.
Shahid pointed out that indigenous people comprise less than five per cent of the global population yet protect 80 per cent of global biodiversity.
He stressing that high linguistic diversity occurs where conditions for biological diversity thrive, saying, “It’s the richness of one that sustains the other’’.
Shahid said there was growing scientific evidence that indigenous languages that are rich in oral traditions offer evidence for events that happened thousands of years ago.
“By preserving and promoting these languages, we preserve and promote an important part of our human heritage, identity and belonging.
“We have an obligation to ensure that they can participate in and benefit from the work of the United Nations,” he said.
Also addressing participants, UN Economic and Social Council President Collen Vixen Kelapile said the Forum’s expert advice – as an advisory body to the Council – is crucial to highlighting the key issues affecting indigenous peoples.
Kelapile said the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development– to be held in July and feature the national reviews of 45 Member States – will offer a significant opportunity for indigenous peoples to showcase their traditional knowledge on biodiversity, climate change and environmental stewardship.
He urged Member States to seek their participation, adding: “I look forward to your recommendations which should be built into the Council’s different platforms”.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin stressed that indigenous peoples customarily claim and manage more than 50 per cent of the world’s land, yet only legally own 10 per cent of it.
Zhenmin address was delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs Maria-Francesca Spatolisano.
In his remarks, the Chair of the Forum, Darío José Mejía Montalvo of Colombia said the 2022 theme touches upon the cosmos visions through which indigenous peoples had developed their systems for food, culture and coexistence with nature on their territories.
“We share a holistic relationship with nature, where rights are not anthropocentric. An infinity of sacred histories and stories underpin our visions of the world.”
According to him, ancestors too have rights – including to exist – because their task is enduring in the preservation of life and these ancestral practices maintain life in all its forms, with dignity.
Therefore, he said the question of whether indigenous knowledge is scientific is “meaningless”: concepts of life, energy and spirituality are synonymous
He added that separating them from an economic, religious or other point of view leads to confusion, disputes and unnecessary clashes. (NAN) (
We welcome the UK's commitment to new funding to protect the most vulnerable, particularly in Africa.LONDON, UK, December 30, 2021 / APO Group / -
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has pledged up to £ 105 million in emergency aid from the UK to help vulnerable countries tackle the Omicron Covid-19 variant, with a particular focus on Africa.
Vital aid will be delivered through trusted partners and:Scaling up testing, especially in parts of Africa where testing rates for Covid-19 remain the lowest, allowing healthcare systems to track and respond to the spread of the virus more effectively. This is in addition to the UK's world leading genomic sequencing support. Improve access to oxygen supplies for ventilators: An increase in oxygen demand is a significant risk for some countries. Provide communities with hygiene tips, products, and access to hand-washing facilities and support deep cleaning in schools, health centers, and other public places. This will build on the successful global hygiene campaign between UK aid and Unilever, which has reached over 1.2 billion people since its launch in 2020. Funding UK pioneering science and research on spreading variants like Omicron to enable innovative evidence-based policy. responses in low- and middle-income countries. Prepare the UK's own expert emergency teams for deployment abroad at critical crisis points, including with new medical teams.
The government also confirmed today that more than 30 million vaccines have so far been delivered as part of the UK's commitment to donate 100 million doses to the world, benefiting more than 30 countries.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:
"The UK is providing vital assistance to help tackle the spread of new variants around the world. This is key to securing our freedom and ending this pandemic once and for all."
"I am proud that we have also delivered over 30 million vaccines to benefit our friends around the world this year. The UK is helping other countries in need. No one is safe until everyone is safe."
The doses donated by the United Kingdom have reached four continents and have provided vital protection against Covid-19 in countries such as Angola, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal and Rwanda.
Of the more than 30 million doses donated now, COVAX has received 24.6 million for shipment to countries and 5.5 million have been shared directly with countries in need, including Kenya, Jamaica and Indonesia.
In 2022, millions more vaccines will be shipped to other countries, including 20 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca and 20 million doses of Janssen.
The UK has been at the forefront of the global response to Covid-19. Today's announcement builds on the £ 1.3 billion in aid from the UK committed to the international health response at the onset of the pandemic, supporting vaccines, health systems and economic recovery in developing countries.
The government also invested more than £ 88 million to support the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with the UK today becoming the first country in the world to approve the jab a year ago.
Thanks to AstraZeneca's commitment to distribute the vaccine on a non-profit basis, 2.5 billion doses have been used in more than 170 countries, two-thirds of which are low- and middle-income countries.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:
"The global pandemic has challenged health systems around the world and the best way to overcome this terrible disease is to unite and stand alongside our international partners.
"By supporting countries with UK groundbreaking science and variant spread research, improving access to oxygen and expanding testing, we will help those most in need chart their course out of the pandemic.
"I am proud that we have already delivered over 30 million vaccines to our friends abroad. The UK, as a world leader, is helping other countries that need it most. No one is safe until everyone is safe." .
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, said:
"We welcome the UK's commitment to new funding to protect the most vulnerable, particularly in Africa; the UK's continued focus on COVAX and equitable global access to COVID19 vaccines, both through early funding commitments. assumed at the UNGA 2020, as well as when complying with the G7 Commitment with the distribution of doses: the goal of 30 million established by the end of 2021.
"We look forward to implementing the remainder of the UK dose distribution commitment through COVAX in 2022, whilst also working with the UK government to continue to support Gavi's ambitious routine 2021-2025 vaccination programs, from of which the United Kingdom is the largest funder through the commitment of the Prime Minister made at the World Summit on Vaccines organized by the United Kingdom in June 2020. "