Prime Minister Erna Solberg co-chaired the Coronavirus Global Response
Prime Minister Erna Solberg co-chaired today’s Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference, together with heads of state and government from countries including the UK, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, France and Canada. The conference was hosted by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Together with a group of countries and key stakeholders, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a common vision of what this global concerted effort is intended to achieve. Norway is one of the supporters, and pledged a contribution of NOK 50 million to WHO at the summit today.
‘The role of the World Health Organization in setting norms and coordinating international efforts is vital. We cannot combat a pandemic without it. WHO has our full support and confidence,’ Ms Solberg said.
The commitment to leave no one behind in the global response will be at the heart of efforts to develop a system for equitable access to vaccines and treatments. The 2030 Agenda and the goal of achieving universal health coverage are crucial in this context. The Prime Minister repeated how important it is to ensure equitable access to vaccines and other products and for countries to commit to a global system for this.
‘Norway will also seek to mobilise political support from other countries to accelerate equitable access to vaccines. We must develop and commit to a global system that provides equitable access to vaccines, treatments and effective diagnostics. As long as the virus exists anywhere in the world, we are all vulnerable,’ Ms Solberg said.
The Coronavirus Global Response initiative, which was kick-started with today’s pledging conference, will last until 23 May, when another virtual event will be held. There are high expectations that the goal of raising EUR 7,5 billion will have been achieved by that time.
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