2015 is a huge year for our collective future, nationally and globally. In the UK the General Election will mark the beginning of a new Parliament while at the global level, the new set of goals and targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals will be finalised and agreed upon at the UN, with the Governments of the world signing up to enact them over the next 15 years.
As we detailed last month, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is currently approaching a replenishment conference at which it will be asking developing and donor country Governments, businesses, and civil society organisations to help them fund their incredible work over the next five years. Over that period, Gavi is seeking to immunise 440 million more children, saving 6 million lives.
Established in 2000 to expand access to immunisation in the world’s poorest countries, Gavi with support of its donors and partners is working to ensure no child in the world is denied their right to immunisation and the chance of a healthy life.
On September 12th, we have an historic opportunity to make our secure the future of UK aid spending. That day, MP's will be voting on Michael Moore MP's Private Member's Bill which seeks to enshrine our commitment to spending 0.7% of our Gross National Income on Overseas Aid. On the day, we need to make sure that 100 supportive MPs are in the chamber and voting - we're working hard with our partners from across the sector to ensure that MP's know that they have to be there.
We've had a great first half of the year with our grassroots campaigning. With your help, we've secured major new investment global education with the UK commitment of £300 million to the Global Partnership for education; and had great success on our work with TB and mining. That means more children in school and learning, realising their potential, and working to help create a better world for all of us.
57 million children around the world are out of primary school today. Even more children are not receiving the education they need to fulfil their potential. Most of these children live in poverty. All are being denied the opportunity to determine their future.
The Global Partnership for Education replenishment campaign is coming to a head. After six months of hard work by RESULTS UK grassroots, and our partners in RESULTS Australia, Canada, and the US, as well as our civil society partners here in the UK, we’re in the final stages of the campaign. We’ve done well so far, thanks to all of our joined-up work on the issue, and we hope the UK will make a strong commitment to the GPE, potentially transforming the lives of millions of children worldwide.
On June 8th 2013, RESULTS was celebrating the success of the ‘Nutrition for Growth’ event; world leaders had come together in London and pledged $4.1 billion for tackling the global scourge of undernutrition, with the UK alone promising £655 million in new money.
This year, leaders from around the world will convene at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Pledging Conference to decide the future of education for children in the most poverty-stricken and conflict-affected countries on the planet.
March 24th marks the 19th annual World TB Day (WTBD). WTBD commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch first discovered the bacilli that causes TB.