After a 12 month postponement, the European Championship 2020 tournament is finally here, with Europe’s leading football (or soccer) talent competing from 11 June – 11 July. Throughout the football tournament, we’ll be offering our own analysis, but instead of scoring countries on their skills on the pitch, we’ll be focusing on their performance as leaders in the fight to end global poverty.
Group Stage: Round 1 – Global access to COVID-19 vaccines
The group stage of Euro 2020 (starting 11 June) coincides with the start of the 2021 G7 Leaders Summit. World leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US will meet in Cornwall, England, for the first time since the pandemic began to discuss plans for tackling the world’s biggest crises.
G7 countries have purchased over a third of the world’s vaccine supply, despite making up only 13% of the global population. This means they hold the keys to ending this pandemic.
ONE is calling for urgent action from the G7 to get safe and effective vaccines to everyone, everywhere. Some of the biggest barriers to achieving this right now are:
⚽ Rich countries have been able to make payments to pre-order enough doses to vaccinate their entire populations — almost three times over — leaving little or none for poorer countries.
⚽ Pharmaceutical companies are not openly sharing their knowledge, tech, or data to help scale up the global production of COVID-19 vaccines.
⚽ The global initiative aimed at helping poorer countries access COVID-19 vaccines and treatments isn’t getting the funding it needs from government leaders.
It’s time for G7 leaders to stop playing defense and show real teamwork in the global fight against COVID-19. Sign our petition telling governments to urgently share their surplus doses as soon as possible with the countries being left behind.
Group stage: Round 2 – Global access to education
Whilst England (the G7 hosts) may have got off to a winning start at the Euro’s, unfortunately, the commitments made by the G7 leaders over the weekend weren’t as promising. Not only did G7 leaders miss an open goal when it came to equal vaccine distribution, they also failed to secure a win against global education needs.
As UK Director Romilly Greenhill summarised “Post-match analysis of the G7 summit shows an underwhelming performance… We need faster and more ambitious dose sharing, new funding to tackle the pandemic, and new money for education ahead of the GPE Summit in July.”
Ahead of the July fundraising conference for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) — a fund designed to help keep children learning in low-income countries — we’ll be looking to see who steps up as team captain and leads a commitment to:
⚽ Creating a future in which every 10-year-old everywhere can acquire the literacy skills they need to thrive
⚽ Protecting and expanding education budgets
⚽ Fully funding GPE so that the most vulnerable children are not left behind
Sign ONE’s petition and tell governments to invest in every child’s future now
Access to COVID vaccines is only one part of the global leadership we need to see from European governments right now. As countries progress through the tournament to the knockout round, we’ll be back with more global priorities and targets to score. Stay tuned!