World leaders pledge $1.1 billion to fight coronavirus, poverty, climate change

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pleaded with residents of the state to adhere strictly with the COVID-19 protocol, as the third wave of the pandemic is already raging in the country.

Global Citizen, an international advocacy organisation, has announced that more than $1.1 billion, 157 million trees, and 60 million COVID-19 vaccines have been pledged by various governments, NGOs, and the private sector to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, hunger and climate challenges.

The pledge 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.

A statement by 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.

It added that some countries and organisations have announced commitments towards defending the planet and defeating poverty through the course of its live campaign.

In Nigeria, the federal government, through Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, announced that it would be increasing its focus on gender and climate responsiveness in its budgeting and policymaking.

The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwó-Olú, said the state will commit to prioritising vaccine equity among its residents.

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