Commission President commits EU to tackling global challenges

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 27 September, 2021

President Ursula von der Leyen had a strong message for the Global Citizen event held recently in Paris.  “Our message is clear – We want to put an end to the pandemic.  We want no one to go hungry. We want the same opportunities to succeed for all the world’s children. And we want to stop global warming. That is the vision of Global Citizen – and it is also Europe’s vision.”

The President went on to say “All these global challenges call for a global response, and for global responsibility.  My message to you is that Europe will respond to that call.  First of all, we have been sharing our vaccines fairly since the beginning, even during difficult times.  Half of the doses produced in Europe – to date, 800 million doses – have been delivered around the world.  And we will not be stopping there. In the coming months, we will be providing an additional 500 million doses to the most vulnerable countries – because to beat this pandemic, the whole world will need to be vaccinated.

Secondly, we must never let up in the fight against hunger. I am therefore delighted to announce that we will be contributing €140 million towards food security.

And thirdly, we want all children to be born with the same opportunities. All too often, the fate and lives of our children are determined by the lottery of birth.

This is why I am pleased to announce that Europe will be donating €25 million to the ‘Education Cannot Wait’ initiative. An investment in education is an investment in a better world.

And finally, for the future of our children, it is vital that we take care of the home we all share: our planet.  We all need to act – together – to stop the climate crisis. Europe is ready. Its targets are set. We encourage everyone else to follow us. And we call on the richest to give more to help the world in its green transition. Europe is taking responsibility. But all those who can do more, should give more.”

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