Global Europe: President von der Leyen announces funding for women’s and youth rights, food security, disease control and biodiversity – World

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen concluded an intense week of discussions with world leaders and international partners at the United Nations General Assembly in New York with a series of commitments to address the crisis current food crisis, aggravated by the war of aggression against Ukraine, the urgent climate and nature crisis and to improve global health. Speaking at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, President von der Leyen reiterated the EU’s commitment to help our most vulnerable partners deal with the social and economic fallout from Russia’s illegal actions and to boost sustainable investments as part of the EU’s Global Gateway strategy.

President von der Leyen has pledged €715 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, bringing the total contribution from Team Europe (EU and Member States) to more than 4, 3 billion euros. It also announced the allocation of €600 million in additional funds to address the global food security crisis in the most vulnerable partner countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

In addition, the President announced a new contribution of €45 million over six years to support sexual and reproductive health and rights – and women’s rights – around the world.

And she announced that doubling the funding for the Global Biodiversity Commission would mean €7 billion invested to protect biodiversity around the world. In addition, the President announced that the European Union is preparing forestry partnerships with five countries – Uganda, Zambia, Congo, Mongolia and Guyana.

President von der Leyen said: “Team Europe responds to citizens’ call to take care of food safety, to take care of our health and the health of our planet. After joining forces to fight the pandemic, now we must come together to end other killer diseases, fight poverty and bring equity. And Europe will also play its part in the global green transition. Ahead of COP15 in December, we are confirming an unprecedented investment in support of our partners. I call on all international donors to live up to our biodiversity ambition.

Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “We need to come together to get the Sustainable Development Goals back on track. As announced this week at the Transforming Education Summit, the EU has dramatically increased its investment in education – the accelerator for progress on all SDGs. With these new announcements today, we call on the international community to join us in investing more, more fairly and more effectively in people and the planet.

Stepping up EU support to the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific affected by the food crisis

The European Commission has redirected €600 million from the 10th and 11th European Development Funds to finance immediate humanitarian aid and support sustainable food production and the resilience of food systems in the most vulnerable partner countries in Africa, the Caribbean and of the Pacific. With these funds, the EU will help its partners to cope with the consequences of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, in particular the food security crisis and the resulting economic shock, by strengthening the self-reliance of partners. Of the additional €600 million, €160.5 million was allocated to West and Central Africa, €146 million to East Africa and the Great Lakes, 76 .5 million euros to Southern Africa, 36.5 million euros to the Caribbean and 10 million euros to the Pacific. .

An additional €52.5 million will be dedicated to sustainable financing and investments for sustainable agriculture and agrifood value chains at continental and regional levels and an additional €100 million will provide macroeconomic support to low-income countries in Africa , Caribbean and Pacific by leveraging concessional lending through a contribution to the International Monetary Fund’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust Fund, thereby creating fiscal space to help these countries cope. food crisis.

This brings the total estimated EU support to food security and global food systems to over €7.7 billion until 2024. In addition to the additional €600 million, this includes around €2.2 billion euros in immediate food and nutritional aid for the most vulnerable countries. and €5 billion to invest in medium- and long-term sustainable food systems.

Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Worldwide

UNFPA is the United Nations agency for sexual and reproductive health, active in approximately 150 countries around the world. Its mission is to create a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA’s Supply Partnership helps countries strengthen their health systems to provide sexual and reproductive health services, including contraceptive options, to all people of reproductive age. The program is expected to cover 54 countries with high maternal mortality rates and unmet family planning needs.

With the additional contribution of €45 million from the European Commission, the UNFPA Supplies partnership will help save and improve lives by delivering modern contraceptives and lifesaving maternal health medicines to women and adolescent girls who need them most. need.

The EU remains firmly committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as women’s rights, as enshrined in the European Consensus on Development and the Action Plan on Gender Equality and empowerment of women in external relations.

Fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and for better health for all

Earlier this week, the European Commission announced a record new pledge of €715 million to the Global Fund for the period 2023-2025 at the Fund’s seventh replenishment conference in New York. The European Union and its Member States are a major contributor to the Global Fund, with combined pledges of over €4.3 billion for the period 2023-2025, demonstrating Team Europe’s strong commitment to the Global Fund fight against AIDS and tuberculosis and malaria.

In just 20 years, the Global Fund partnership has saved 50 million lives and more than halved the number of deaths from these three diseases. Yet malaria alone still kills a child almost every minute.

In 2023-2025, the Global Fund aims to save an additional 20 million lives, avert over 450 million infections, reduce the death rate from HIV, TB and malaria by 64%, and build a a healthier and more equitable world, including through investments in strengthening health systems and community networks.

Global Biodiversity Funding

The President’s announcement of an investment of 7 billion euros in the protection of biodiversity around the world is a concrete follow-up to the commitment she made last year to double the financing of biodiversity to 2021-2027, especially for the most vulnerable countries. Today’s announcement comes at a critical time ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference to be held in December in Montreal, which is to adopt a global biodiversity framework.

The European Union and the Member States have started to translate this commitment into action on the ground. For example, with the NaturAfrica initiative, the EU helps partner countries in Africa to combine nature conservation with socio-economic development. The EU’s contribution to the African Union-led Great Green Wall initiative is another example of support for a mosaic of green and productive landscapes across the countries of the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, from Senegal to Djibouti and Somalia. Through the Regreening Africa project, the EU is supporting the restoration of land on one million hectares, benefiting 500,000 households in Mali, Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and in Rwanda.

The Commission is also delivering and expected to sign its first Forest Partnerships this year to help partner countries sustainably manage, protect and restore their forests for the benefit of their people and long-term development.

For more information

EU announces €715 million for the Global Fund to save millions of lives from AIDS, TB and Malaria

Food security: EU allocates funds to the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific affected by the food crisis

Sexual and reproductive health and rights: EU announces €45 million funding for UNFPA Supplies Partnership

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