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International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, has announced that more than $1.1 billion has been pledged by various governments, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to tackle COVID-19 and poverty.
The pledge, which also include 157 million trees, and more 60 million COVID-19 vaccines is coming on the back of the organisation’s month-long countdown for the G20 to address the pandemic, hunger and climate challenges, ahead of the G20 and COP26 summits.
The Global Citizen campaign charged world leaders, businesses and philanthropists to urgently commit resources to meet the $15-20 billion funding shortfall of the $100 billion promised annually to the most vulnerable countries confronting climate change.
In Nigeria, the Federal Government, through the Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed, announced that it would be increasing its focus on gender and climate responsiveness in it’s budgeting and policymaking.
Governor of Lagos Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the state will commit to prioritising vaccine equity among its entire population. “Our proposal is to reserve and administer 50 of the vaccines procured in partnership with the private sector to be made available free of charge at government health centres.”