Last week, the EU Parliament overwhelmingly voted to include tuberculosis (TB) in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU’s strategy for growth for the coming decade. The resolution was supported by 578 MEPs with only 9 voting against and 52 abstentions. The resolution highlights the role European research can play in developing countries, where TB’s toll is the highest. Continue reading
ONE’s Eloise Todd (right) hands over their Copenhagen petition to Danish Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs.
On Tuesday, we held our monthly Conference Call which was titled: “Vaccination: a public health ‘best buy’”. Our guest on the call was Eloise Todd, the Brussels director for the ONE Campaign. At ONE, Eloise works closely with the European Union and the member states to lobby for increased aid contributions and to ensure aid commitments are honoured across all of ONE’s many campaigning areas. Eloise Todd spoke to us about the fundamental need to increase funding for GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation). The GAVI alliance is a global health partnership between public and private sectors, committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries. A recording of the call is now available to download here. If you weren’t able to join us on the call do listen to the recording and take the action. Continue reading
In a sign of changing global economic and political influence, with a profound impact on development policy, recent reports show that China has lent more money to developing countries in the last 2 years than the World Bank. According to research by the Financial Times newspaper, the China Development Bank and China Export – Import Bank made loans of at least $110bn, compared with just over $100bn by the World Bank. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that our next focus call will be held this coming Tuesday 18th January 2011 from 7:00-8:00pm.
The call will be on the topic ‘Back to Basics on the European Union (EU)’
The call will cover the major institutions of the EU, including the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council.
We will be exploring the relationship between the various bodies and discussing ways to influence the decision making structures within the organisations.
A draft agenda can be downloaded here.
The call will provide useful information for taking our February action, in which we will be targeting the European institutions ahead of the GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunisations) pledging conference in June.
We will be joined by our special guest speaker Romina Vegro, EU Policy Officer at BOND, a membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in International Development.
The call will be facilitated by our own Felix Jakens, Grassroots Network Support Coordinator at RESULTS UK.
If you would like to be on the call, please email email@example.com by Monday January 17th 2011.
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Tagged Back to Basics, BOND, Campaigning, EU, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, European Union, Focus call, GAVI
This coming week RESULTS staff and our partners from Global Health Advocates will be representing the TB Europe Coalition at the 5th European Development Days (EDD) hosted in Brussels, Belgium, on 6-7 December 2010. The EDD are organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will showcase the EU’s continuing commitment to development and will provide RESULTS with the opportunity to meet with Members of European Parliament and to educate policymakers on TB, its linkages to poverty and what more the EU can be doing to fight this disease. Continue reading
In the next two weeks, RESULTS UK’s attention will be focused on Europe and the role it can play in tackling tuberculosis (TB) both within its borders and internationally.
On Thursday October 15th, a symposium is taking place at the World Health Summit which will follow up the 2007 Berlin Declaration on Tuberculosis. In particular, attention will be given to the dual challenge of addressing TB and HIV in the World Health Organisation’s European region. Continue reading
RESULTS UK and nine other organisations have written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown urging him to ensure that the EC increases the amount it spends on health and that all EU member states commit their fair share to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
The letter was written in response to a report by the EU Court of Auditors which showed that allocations to the health sector in sub-Saharan Africa have not increased, as a proportion of total ODA since 2000 despite the EC’s commitments to the MDGs.
Click here to read the letter.