The first in-person Goalkeepers event since 2019 gathers global changemakers to highlight the urgency of achieving a fairer world by 2030
NEW YORK (September 21, 2022) – During United Nations General Assembly week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — along with governments, philanthropists, the private sector, NGOs, and global and community leaders — made pledges totaling $1.27 billion .USD announced to improve and save millions of lives.
The funding will address overlapping global crises that have reversed progress already made towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). The foundation’s sixth annual Goalkeepers Report finds that almost every indicator of the global goals is off course midway toward achieving those goals by 2030. Despite these challenges, the report highlights opportunities to accelerate progress by investing in long-term solutions and innovative approaches to entrenched issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change.
“This week has underscored the urgency of the challenges we face and the promise of sustainable solutions that save and improve lives,” said Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation. “We can get back on track towards the SDGs, but that will require a new level of collaboration and investment from all sectors. For this reason, our Foundation is significantly increasing our commitment to help address crises now and ensure long-term impact on critical determinants of health and development.”
Today’s Goalkeepers event brought together global leaders and changemakers to discuss current and future efforts to achieve the global goals. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Bill Gates; Melinda French Gates; more than 300 young changemakers; and other emerging and established leaders from around the world attended the event.
“At our last in-person meeting for goalkeepers, we talked about how the best-intentioned programs can perpetuate injustice when the communities they aim to reach are not involved in the design,” said co-chair Melinda French Gates. “Much has changed since 2019, but one thing has not: we will not make progress towards the global goals without those with lived experiences at the table. I am proud of our Goalkeepers Award winners and the many partners from all parts of the world who are working to develop this next generation of leaders.”
Also today, at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference, governments and the private sector have joined forces to pledge a record level of commitment that will advance the goal of achieving health and well-being for all. Funding will support the Global Fund’s goal to save an additional 20 million lives from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria; building more resilient health systems to prevent future pandemics; and getting the world back on track to end these diseases by 2030. Today’s commitment includes the Foundation’s largest commitment to date to the Global Fund of $912 million.
“We see the greatest progress when governments, the private sector and local communities work together on global health programs,” said Bill Gates, co-chair. “This week’s commitment to fight preventable diseases and save millions more lives through the replenishment of the Global Fund is a huge step forward to get back on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Accelerate progress toward global goals
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the following commitments this week:
- Pledged $912 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
This is the Foundation’s largest commitment to the Global Fund to date. Since 2002, health programs supported by the Global Fund partnership have saved 50 million lives. This funding will help accelerate efforts to eradicate HIV, TB and malaria by 2030 and build resilient health systems needed to protect against future pandemics. It will also help reduce the disproportionate impact of these diseases on women and girls.
- US$100 million to alleviate the food crisis that is disproportionately affecting communities in Africa and South Asia and address the underlying causes
This grant goes to:
- The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to help national governments rebuild resilient, sustainable local food systems
- The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) to make fertilizer affordable and accessible for small farmers
- The Nigeria-based CGIAR International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Research Center to accelerate work that is already providing farmers with improved and new crop varieties such as high-iron beans; sweet potatoes, which are naturally rich in vitamin A; and of course hardy cassava, millet and sorghum
- Working with partners to provide sustainable forage and forage to African families who depend on livestock as a key source of income and nutritious food
- Working with partners to strengthen local food systems by equipping women farmers with the tools and resources they need to thrive and support their communities
- In addition, the foundation will double its previous commitment to the Child Nutrition Fund from $10 million to $20 million. Our investment will support the expansion of the fund beyond ready-to-eat therapeutic foods to include preventive nutritional products for women and children.
- $200 million to expand global digital public infrastructure
This funding will help expand the infrastructure that low- and middle-income countries can use to become more resilient to crises such as food shortages, public health threats and climate change, and to support pandemics and economic recovery. This infrastructure includes tools such as interoperable payment systems, digital ID, data exchange systems and civil status databases.
- $50 million to Partners in Health Scholarship Fund to visit University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda
This pledge will help catalyze efforts to raise $200 million. The scholarship fund will support students, 70% of whom are women, to attend UGHE and help accelerate efforts to increase the number of healthcare workers in Rwanda and around the world.
We celebrate global goalkeepers
On September 20, in recognition of the remarkable work of world leaders in advancing the Global Goals, the Foundation also announced the winners of its 2022 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards.
- Progress Award – Dr. Radhika Batra, co-founder of the non-profit organization Every Infant Matters, which provides last-mile healthcare solutions to underprivileged children in India
- Changemaker Award – Zahra Joya, a journalist from Afghanistan who founded and self-funded Rukhshana Media, an online news outlet focused solely on reporting on issues affecting women in Afghanistan
- Campaign Award – Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate justice activist and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up movement and Green Schools Project
- Global Goalkeeper Award – Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
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Goalkeeper Report 2022
About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. The United States aims to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, led by co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the Board of Trustees.
Goalkeepers is the Foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). Goalkeepers publishes an annual report, hosts an event, facilitates an annual awards program, and brings together a global community of collaborative and diverse changemakers who believe progress is possible but not inevitable.
About the global goals
On September 25, 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 global goals at the United Nations headquarters in New York. This is a set of ambitious goals and targets to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.