A whirlwind afternoon in Strasbourg


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Living Proof hit Strasbourg yesterday afternoon and never has so much been done in 4 hours!

First stop was the European Parliament’s Development Committee, where Bill Gates answered questions from Members of the European Parliament on everything from investing in agriculture, why child vaccines are good for climate change (they will help reduce population numbers as better life expectancy leads families to have less children) to programmes for hand washing to improve sanitation.

Watch the video of Bill’s presentation and the questions and answers here [click on the ‘Language’ link on the video to select your chosen language]:

Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, and Bill Gates posted a joint tweet on Living Proof, and Bill’s meetings with European Commissioners covered how environmental policy can contribute to development through green growth, how research and development can invest in more health and agriculture, and how more trade and more aid are needed for development to work.

Development Commissioner Piebalgs and President Barroso endorsed the vital work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI), and Barroso stated that 33% of the 1 billion Euros he committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) last September will be dedicated to the health MDGs, and also committed to increasing the European Commission’s contribution to GAVI at the June pledging conference in London. Very positive!

We’ll be working with ONE Members to make sure those promises become reality , but we were assured that when the Commission commits, it delivers, and we’re very much looking forward to the next 7-year budget to make sure that development remains a priority.

Today the Living Proof campaign moves to Germany, so the baton passes from Strasbourg to Berlin. Onwards!

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