Sunday, 19 April 2020

'One World: Together At Home’ Raised Almost $128 Million in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

One World: Together At Home raised a total of $127.9 million, providing $55.1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $72.8 million to local and regional responders.

Following One World: Together At Home, a historic global broadcasting event, Global Citizen together with Lady Gaga, announced $127 million in commitments to date in support of health care workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

World leaders, corporate partners and philanthropists announced their support for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, powered by the UN Foundation, during theOne World:Together At Home global broadcast event. Donations to the fund will also support the vaccine development alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and UNICEF. The Together At Home effort will also aid over 100 additional local and regional charities that will also receive funds, including Education Cannot Wait, Direct Care, Feeding America and United Way, among others. Changemakers, investors, and foundation leaders came together to contribute quickly to related efforts, like strengthening health care systems and investing in vaccine development.

The historic broadcast was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert, alongside friends from Sesame Street to help unify and inspire people around the world. The special featured communities impacted by COVID-19 across the world, and included conversations with — and tributes to — the political leaders, scientists, health care professionals, and other essential service workers on the frontlines.
'One World: Together At Home’ Raised Almost $128 Million in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
'One World: Together At Home’ Raised Almost $128 Million in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Last month, in response to the global pandemic, Global Citizen launched an urgent campaign in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Kicked off by Global Citizen Festival Curator and Coldplay Frontman Chris Martin through the first #TogetherAtHome Instagram live show, the campaign calls on individuals to take action and urges world leaders and corporations to support the response with sufficient resources. Global Citizens from over 150 countries around the world have taken hundreds of thousands of actions in support of the response fund.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund enables the tracking and containment of the spread of the coronavirus, ensuring patients and frontline workers get the resources they need, while supporting and accelerating efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments. The incredible generosity shown to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund will help the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, CEPI, and partners accelerate their life-saving work. The One World: Together At Home campaign has raised commitments valued at $55.1 million in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Regional and Local Response

Regional and local organizations around the world are stepping up and shifting their efforts to address the particular challenges brought up by COVID-19. Food banks are providing meals to millions of families whose children are usually fed at school, shelters and community organizations are ensuring housing is safe and secure, and financial institutions are offering loans and assistance to those finding themselves without work. Thanks to the work of the organizations listed below, as well as many others, these efforts continue to be supported. The One World: Together at Home campaign has raised commitments valued at $72.8 million in support of these regional and local efforts worldwide.

One World: Together At Home presented a balanced combination of government statements, health-related visions and remarks, as well as strong financial commitments from the private sector. Key moments in One World: Together At Home are summarized below.

Global Citizen’s activities were strongly supported by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, who used this opportunity to call for unity and a global ceasefire in order to focus on the virus, while saluting the bravery of health care heroes and looking forward to
"rebuild[ing] a fairer world as united Global Citizens and United Nations."

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed also thanked Global Citizens for the solidarity shown in supporting health workers and called for support on the race to find a vaccine.

"COVID-19 anywhere is a threat everywhere," she said.

President of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, shared a message of solidarity and support with frontline workers on behalf of all representing governments, too,

"We are playing our part as Global Citizens, by staying together at home," Muhammad-Bande said.

Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, offered a silver lining in this crisis, saying it gives us the opportunity "to put aside our differences, to break down barriers, [and] to see and seek the best in each other."

Two of the world’s most influential philanthropists, and strong supporters of vaccine development, Bill and Melinda Gates, expressed hope that a vaccine will soon be ready for everyone in the world, highlighting that "our response to this won’t be effective unless it’s equitable."

In that context, Dr. Seth Berkley, the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, presented Gavi’s work, which protects half of the world’s children from vaccine-preventable diseases and has allocated $29 million to some of the world’s poorest countries so that they are able to purchase emergency protective equipment. Actors Connie Britton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Henry Golding applauded the impressive work Gavi is doing during this crisis, highlighting that the organization will be instrumental in distributing an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to anyone who needs it.

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