Global Goal:
Unite for Our Future

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This campaign will also be advocating for funding to ensure all communities have the resources
needed to respond and rebuild, getting the world back on track to achieving the SDGs, and
ensuring all people have the necessary economic, health and educational resources to survive
the pandemic and grow more resilient.

 

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What is Global Goal: Unite For Our Future?

Around the world, countries and regions are eager to “open back up” so that people everywhere can resume their normal lives — spend time with friends and loved ones, visit their favorite places, earn a decent wage.

To make this a reality, we need solutions — including tests, treatments and a vaccine — to fight COVID-19, available to everyone, everywhere. The critical work being done by scientists in labs around the world, distributing these tools regardless of cost or geography, and rebuilding economies in the poorest countries, require a massive increase in funding. And whilst the world works together to fight this virus, we must also mitigate its effects — on hunger, education, gender inequality and more. This campaign aims to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on those living in extreme poverty, and support long-term strengthening of fragile health systems.

At its core, this campaign aims to achieve:

  • Investments in development of COVID-19 solutions, including testing, treatments, and vaccines.
  • Equitable delivery and access to care
  • Rebuilding fragile economies better so that no one’s left behind.  

Where will the funds come from?

Global Citizen will activate our audience all over the world to take action, calling on world leaders, corporations, and philanthropists to step up their funding efforts.

Where will the funds go?

Over the next 8 weeks, Global Citizen will be rallying leaders to make commitments to the groups which are at the forefront of developing treatments, vaccines, diagnostics + testing, and strengthening our global health systems so testing, treatments, and vaccines are delivered to anyone that needs them, so that no one is left behind. These include: Therapeutics Accelerator, CEPI, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,FIND, The Global Fund, WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, UNITAID, and Global Citizen’s International and Regional Response, Relief and Resilience Network.  

How will vaccines be distributed to low- and middle-income countries?

There are several organizations with deep expertise in financing and delivering vaccines to LMICs, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Global Fund, and UNICEF. These organizations have strong funding support from countries around the world and are participating in the ACT Accelerator to address these important questions in the months ahead.

What is Global Citizen?

Global Citizen is the world's largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly advocates, Global Citizens have the power to drive lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity. We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards, which can be redeemed for tickets to concerts, events, and experiences all over the world. To date, the actions of the Global Citizen community, along with high-level advocacy efforts and work with partners, has resulted in commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $48 billion, affecting the lives of more than 2.25 billion people by 2030.

How do I become a Global Citizen?

You can join by downloading the Global Citizen app or visiting our website and registering to be a Global Citizen. Once you join Global Citizen, you can take actions such as signing petitions, sharing messages on social media, writing letters to politicians, and more. With every action you take, you'll earn points that you can redeem for Rewards, such as digital content, beauty products, merchandise and more. To date, the Global Citizen community has taken over 24 million actions, which has resulted in commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $48 billion, affecting the lives of more than 2.25 billion people by 2030. 

How can I take action to help slow the spread of COVID-19?

You can take actions, such as signing petitions and taking quizzes, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on Global Citizen’s website. To date, Global Citizens from over 130 countries around the world have taken tens of thousands of actions in the fight against COVID-19. 

Can you tell me more about how vaccines are developed?

We’re working with the top global vaccine organizations and we encourage you to learn more with them. Our partners are: Therapeutics Accelerator, CEPI, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, FIND, The Global Fund, WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and UNITAID.

Why do we still need investment in testing?

The tests that exist for COVID-19 today can only be conducted in well-equipped laboratories by trained healthcare staff, in well-resourced, high-income countries. But countries with fragile health systems – for example in Africa, Asia, or South America – do not have the resources or infrastructure to conduct these complex tests widely. For testing to be accessible to everyone, everywhere, we need simple, affordable, high-quality and very rapid tests that can be conducted close to or even at home – to detect infection and contain the spread of the disease. These tests will provide vital data to inform the safe opening of economies.

In the future, when a treatment becomes available it will be crucial to allow healthcare professionals to rapidly implement test-and-treat strategies. We also urgently need reliable rapid antibody tests, which will be crucial to enable implementation of a vaccination campaign once a vaccine has been developed. We do not have these tests yet and this is why we need investment now.

Co-convening the ACT Accelerator Diagnostics Partnership, FIND is working with partners to expedite development of high-quality rapid tests, and ensure that they can be manufactured at high volumes, and rolled out at high speed. The Global Fund is working to help low- and middle-income countries that are unable to shoulder the costs of test procurement and deployment on their own.