African leaders, among other world leaders, British celebrities and NGO’s joined forces on Tuesday, April 17th to promote acceleration in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the Global Citizen Live Festival, London.
Global Citizen is a community for people who like to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest issues.
The festival was attended by 4,000 global citizens, an audience with a zeal for equality. The evening presented a fusion of musical performances, speeches and comedy, all with an underlying conscious message of encouraging young people to help end extreme poverty across the globe.
The event saw Ghanaian Diplomat and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan call on Global Citizens to be the generation to end extreme poverty and to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela in what would have been his 100th year.
In addition to welcome pledges, commitments and newly-formed allegiances between governments and private organisations, here’s a list of what African leaders have promised:
On Preventable Diseases
“Tonight, on His Excellency’s behalf, I pledge his commitment to champion the end of Neglected Tropical Diseases across Africa….We will invest our resources into tackling the four most common neglected tropical diseases still left in our country, reaching 8.4 million Ghanaians still suffering from lack of treatment by 2020…Thank you, Global Citizens, for calling on us to lead the way for a healthier world.” — Special Advisor to the President of Ghana on the Sustainable Development Goals, Eugene Owusu
“One [of] my priorities is also to reach as many Botswanans as possible who are not receiving treatment for neglected tropical diseases. This week at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, I will be encouraging my fellow Commonwealth leaders to help us eliminate neglected tropical diseases and achieve clear vision for everyone, everywhere.” — President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi
On Poor Vision
“My government has introduced a programme for early identification of school children with poor vision called Pono Yame (My Sight) which will be rolled out nationally from now until 2021. This will allow Botswana to become the first country in the world to correct the vision of an entire generation of school children.” — President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi
“So this week, Antigua and Barbuda are leading efforts to ensure the Commonwealth summit results in a concrete commitment from all 53 nations to create a world where every person can see clearly through universal quality eye care. And in the years ahead, I will personally advocate for clear vision on the global stage, and call on other nations to champion this issue through both the Commonwealth and United Nations by recognising that clear vision is an accelerator of the Sustainable Development Goals.” — Prime Minister for Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
“In 2017, we recorded more than 1 million consultations for eye diseases and all those in need received glasses and eye treatments. In the future, we will prioritise to extend eye screening services to all children and to improve linkages of those screened at primary care level to more advanced eye care services.” — The Minister of State for Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care for Rwanda, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi
On Food and Hunger
“We are grateful and very appreciative to The Power of Nutrition and all our partners for their support in our journey to reduce stunting dramatically which is a very high priority for the Government of Rwanda. We are committed to reduce the current stunting rate by half, in the years to come.” — Minister of State for Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care for Rwanda, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi