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GRAN Actions for July and August

ON COVID-19 Pandemic Response and recovery : 

  • Read letter from GRAN Co-Chairs, available here.
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper or to your MP in support of a global response.  GRAN has developed message templates that are available by clicking here.
  • Results Canada Campaign, Leave No One Behind, is encouraging everyone to make their views known about the need for Canada to invest at least 1% of Canada’s COVID-19 response (CA$1.5 billion) in new and additional Official Development Assistance towards an emergency global response. Click here to learn more and to access resources to help you confidently write an Op Ed or Letter to the Editor, share messages on social media, or meet with your MP.
  • Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) petition. In order to have a lasting recovery and prevent further health crises, government investments must prioritize our health. CAPE invites you to sign this petition and let Prime Minister Trudeau know. https://cape.ca/healthy-recovery/ 
  • The Canadian Food Grains Bank has developed a postcard to send by email to your MP, asking Canada to play a leadership role in reducing food insecurity and poverty in the wake of the COVID pandemic.  Click here for the e-postcard.
  • Deliver for Good is a global campaign sponsored by Women Deliver to encourage decision makers to apply a gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GRAN is supportive of this Campaign which calls for better policies, programming, and investments in girls and women. Right now, Deliver for Good is asking people to send an open letter to governments asking them to apply a gender lens to COVID-19 recovery. The letter is available here.

ON ACCESS TO MEDICINES:

  • Read the GRAN Backgrounder for information on current efforts to guarantee universal access to any future COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. In the Backgrounder you will also find links to two online petitions calling for accessible treatments for all.  Please consider signing them if you have not already done so.  
  • Access to TB treatment: MSF (Doctors without Borders/Médecins sans frontières) has been circulating an e-petition urging pharmeceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to lower the price of bedaquiline, a drug that can treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB).  If you've not yet signed this petition you can click here to do so.
  • Access to vaccines: A big thank you to those who signed the ONE petition last month urging Canada to make a generous pledge to GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance.  On May 12th, 2020  Canada announced its commitment of $600 million to support Gavi’s efforts to deliver life-saving vaccines to children in the world’s poorest countries.   

On Mining Justice: 

  • The need to respect human rights and to keep workers safe is more urgent than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this goal in mind, we are asking you to sign the e-petition to the Canadian Parliament, urging our government to both empower the Ombudsperson and enact human rights due diligence legislation. The petition will be open until September. We encourage you to share it widely through your personal and social networks.  Click on this link to read the full text of the petition and to sign it.

On Access to Education: 

GRAN's Education Working Group suggests the following resources for taking the opportunity to learn more about access to education globally :

  • Education for the world's refugee children:  Learn about the challenges refugees face in accessing education by reading this GRAN backgrounder.  
  • Database: If you would like to know more about the state of education in sub-Saharan Africa, take some time to explore UNESCO’s new data base called the “World Inequality Database on Education” (WIDE).  WIDE highlights the powerful influence of circumstances, such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which play an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and lives.  Click here. 
  • School closures during coronavirus pandemic: Almost 90% of the world's student population, 1.5 billion young people, have now had their education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 165 countries have implemented nationwide school closures. To learn more about how these school closures are impacting the world’s children click here.

  

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