The leaders of Group of Seven (G7) countries, including the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, meet for a three-day summit at UK Uni from 11 to 13 June 2021. Their discussions will focus on issues related to recovery after Kovid-19, climate change and trade.
Ahead of the G7 summit, Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) shared the following three points, reflecting Africa’s expectations about G7 leaders.
Ms Songwe echoed the need for a “historic vaccine roadmap where the G7 stops hoarding, begins sharing the funding, doses and manufacturing capacity needed to ensure access to vaccines.” She adds, this would mean “one billion doses given as soon as possible, with two billion to be given by the end of the year; the fully funded ACT accelerator and African Vaccine Facility, and shared technology so that we can deliver locally.” level to manufacture vaccines, treatments and diagnostics”.
His second point relates to the urgent need for a landmark green stimulus financing and coordination agreement, which leverages the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDRs) and the World Bank’s balance sheet, honoring a $100 billion commitment. Doubling of dollar and individual climate finance commitments for climate finance from G7 countries
It will ensure that African countries have access to liquidity and subsidized finance to invest in the sustainable development of green jobs for the continent’s youth, and to combat the increase in extreme poverty caused by the pandemic and its aftermath.
The ECA’s third point is a question on cuts to G7 aid, which have “disproportionately affected and harmed African countries (less than two-thirds), disproportionately affected women (80-90%) and disproportionately”. UN system agencies such as UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women.
“As an African, a woman and working for the United Nations, imagine what it feels like for the UK to be a fair game partner when we face these crises together.”
His message included a call to the British Prime Minister “to listen to the conscience within his Conservative Party and in the compassionate British nation and to fulfill his commitment to Africa.” It should be written in black and white; and will go down in history as the UK showing thoughtful leadership on COVID and climate when the world needs it most”.
Ms. Songwe’s message was delivered by ECA Director of Communications Nita Deerpulsing during a press conference organized by the ONE Campaign on 10 June 2021 with former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. John N., Executive Director of Advocacy, Campaigning and Policy for the Save the Children Fund. Nkengasong, Kirsty McNeil and England rugby player, Maro Etoje.
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