President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced at the Global Citizen Live event that the European Union is pledging €140 million to support research in sustainable food systems and combat food hunger through the CGIAR, as well as a further €25 million for Education Cannot Wait.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated that Europe is doing its part. Europeans have exported 800 million vaccine doses around the world from the beginning, even when we didn’t have enough for ourselves. Now is the time to take up and help end the worldwide pandemic, end hunger, and give children everywhere a fair opportunity. By next summer, Team Europe has promised to donate 500 million vaccination doses to vulnerable countries. Furthermore, the European Commission has pledged €140 million to boost global food security and alleviate extreme poverty, as well as €25 million to Education, Cannot Wait, which supports education for children living in conflict and catastrophe around the world.
Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen remarked that they must work together to get the SDGs back on track. Education Cannot Wait has received more than 40% of its funding from Team Europe, and the new €25 million investment from the EU will help it reach the most vulnerable children and help them return to school. Furthermore, owing to €140 million in funding from the European Union, they will be able to provide opportunities for children and women while solving a major concern of the day: promoting sustainable food systems. Coordinated worldwide initiatives will be critical for accomplishing a food system transition that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.