The organization aims to assist 1 billion individuals around the world by 2030, by dedicating the international community to improve eyesight for 1.1 billion people who are blind due to preventable causes.
The United Nations General Assembly has endorsed its first-ever resolution on vision, asking the organization’s 193 member nations to guarantee that their populations have access to care.
The Vision Impact Institute applauded the UN’s approval of the resolution, calling it a significant step forward for vision correction. The resolution pledges the worldwide community to improve vision for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable vision loss by 2030.
In the announcement, Kristan Gross, global executive director of Vision Impact Institute, said, “This resolution is a much-needed step to ensure that good vision is accessible to all”. “As vision advocates, we have worked for years in partnership with others to ensure that vision is pivotal in the global development conversation. This unanimous decision is a testimony to the power of partnerships and coalitions that believe good vision is key to unlocking human potential”.
In addition, the UN resolution encourages countries to take a “whole-of-government approach to eye care.” It also calls on international financial institutions and donors to offer targeted funding, particularly to poor countries, in order to address the growing impact of vision loss on economic and social development.
According to the resolution, “global eye care demands are predicted to expand dramatically, with half of the worldwide population expected to live with a vision impairment by 2050.”
This is especially true in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when researchers investigate the virus’s effects on the eye. Millions of people of all ages may experience long-term visual problems as a result of wearing masks.
The resolution also calls on the World Health Organization and other organizations to assist efforts to improve vision.
The resolution also asks the secretary-general to take the efforts necessary to effectively coordinate and follow up on the implementation of the current resolution, including, as appropriate, updating the General Assembly on its implementation.