NEW YORK and BRUSSELS: On June 27th, international advocacy organization Global Citizen and the European Commission (EC) hosted Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Summit and The Concert, as part of a global campaign to coordinate the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, and to ensure equitable access to everyone, everywhere.
Combining policy and entertainment, Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Summit and The Concert aired in more than 180 countries, and streamed globally across Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Raising $1.5 billion in cash grants and $5.4 billion in loans – a total of $6.9 billion – from governments, the private sector and foundations, The Summit combined entertainment and policy as a pathway to outline the new Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator plan for developing and equitably allocating tests, treatments and vaccines to the people who need them.
During the programme, Scott Wallace, co-chair of Wallace Global Fund (WGF), announced the fund would commit 20% of its endowment this year to address the unprecedented challenges the world faces as a result of the global pandemic. WGF also announced its partnership with Global Citizen’s Give While You Live campaign, challenging peers in philanthropy to double their own giving to support resilience and relief efforts at the nexus of systems change, infrastructural development, and equitable health and energy access.