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The first UN World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) initiated by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon convened May 23/24, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

To read a full report on the Education Cannot Wait Fund, please

How can the world improve the lives of women and girls by 2030?

Women Deliver 4th Global Conference, is taking place May 16-19, 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It is the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Implementing the SDGs so they matter most for girls and women is the focus, with a specific emphasis on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights - and their inter-connections with gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment. To find out more about the conference, 

Key participants attending were asked what they thought were the most important actions needed to improve the lives of women and girls by 2030.   to read what they say: 



The Prime Minister has announced that Canada will host the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  The conference will take place in Montreal on September 16, 2016.  Mr Trudeau also announced that Canada will pledge $785 million to the Global Fund for the period 2017 - 2019.  This most welcome announcement reflects a 20% increase over our country's pledge at the 4th Replenishment.  To read the statement issued by the Global Fund Advocates Network (gfan)


Research presented for the Launch of Global Action Week April 24-30, 2016

To accomplish SDG 4 by 2030:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong  opportunities for all                

Latest figures show support for education falls again and sub-Saharan Africa hit the hardest.

There is a massive need for education funding catch-up especially in sub-Saharan Africa due to previous lack of equitable funding to sub-Saharan Africa and rapid population growth.


In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

•  SSA’s school-age population is projected to grow by one-third between 2015 and 2030 compared to a slight decline in all other major developing regions.

•  30 million children, more than half of the world’s 59 million out-of-school children lived in SSA (2013).  This number has grown to 62 million (2016).

•  SSA’s share of the world’s out-of-school children increased from 40% in 1999 to 57% in 2013.

•  The number of out-of-school adolescents in SSA grew from 21 million in 2000 to 23 million in 2013 due to rapid population growth.

•  Aid to education in SSA has not been well targeted eg. In 2002/03, SSA Aid to education reached 49% and in 2014 declined to 28%.

•  30% of women in SSA aged 15-24 years are still illiterate.

•  More than 1/3 of children in SSA will be born to illiterate mothers, reinforcing the vicious circle of poverty, inequity and high fertility rates.

•  About 1/3 of the labor force in SSA could still be illiterate in the 2030s, if education is not vigorously addressed through second-chance programs.

In developing countries education funding needs $39 billion annually from donor countries.

$39 billion buys 32 nuclear weapons. 

The same amount could be spent sending every child to school.


Read more:

Fund the Future: Education Rights Now 

Financing the massive education catch-up needed in sub-Saharan Africa

Funding education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Can the momentum be maintained during the current economic slowdown


For months now GRAN has been supporting the Doctors without Borders (MSF) petition asking that Pfizer and Glaxo Smith Kline (producers of the pneumonia vaccine) reduce the price of the vaccine to $5 per child.  The vaccine at current prices is not accessible in developing countries where 2500 children a day die from pneumonia.

The petition has 400,000 signatures from 170 countries (GRAN members collected more than 3600 and generated many more signatures online).  It was presented to Pfizer on April 27th at their headquarters in New York City by MSF.  The names of the 400,000 signatories were all applied to the slats of a crib which was filled with 2500 flowers to represent the children whose lives are lost daily.

Watch the video of the protesters and the presentation of the petition here


As we mark "World Immunization Week" (April 24-30) it is sobering to note that 1 in 5 children (or 18.7 million children worldwide) are still missing out on routine immunizations for preventable diseases.

This is why GRAN supports the call of the World Health Organization (WHO) to “Close the Gap” on immunization. 

 about World Immunization Week, and scroll to a quiz to test your immunization knowledge.  (And if you haven't done so yet,  to encourage Pfizer and GSK to lower the cost of pneumonia vaccines.)







The GRAN Leadership Team would like to know your thoughts about how GRAN is doing.

We are requesting that you complete a short online survey that will take less than 10 minutes.

To complete the survey

It will remain open until April 22.

If you have already completed the survey, many thanks.


The Standing Committee on International Trade is hosting public meetings on the TPP….if you live in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, or Winnipeg,  you have an opportunity to attend!   GRAN’s TPP resources outlining our concerns. (Jenny Neal will be presenting for GRAN in Saskatoon!)


Vancouver: Monday  Apr 18,  9:00 - 1:45  (it looks like the Council of Canadians  may even place a jumbotron across from the hearings!)

Ball Room, Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Road

Calgary: Tuesday Apr 19 9:00 - 1:45

Kensington Room, Marriott Downtown Hotel, 110 9th Ave SE

Saskatoon: Wednesday Apr 20 8:00-11:45

Michelangelo Room, Radisson Hotel, 405 20th Street East

Winnipeg: Thursday Apr 21 9:00-1:45

Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotel, 350 St. Mary Avenue




The first-ever  will be held on May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since World War II.  The aim of the summit is to build a more inclusive and diverse humanitarian system committed to humanitarian principles.

In 2015 alone, more than 80 million children and young people, over half of them girls, had their education disrupted or destroyed by emergencies and prolonged crisis.  Despite this, less than 2 percent of all humanitarian aid has gone to education since 2010.

Global education leaders are calling on world leaders to commit the urgent resources needed to provide education and other essential services to children caught up in conflict and natural disasters.  GRAN has joined more than 50 world organizations sending out a call to world leaders urging them to make multi-year pledges aimed at supporting children living without education in the most dangerous or unstable contexts at the summit.

To find out more about the ambitious new education crisis platform and the call to action,



Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has filed a ‘patent opposition’ in India to block US pharmaceutical company Pfizer from patenting its pneumonia vaccine, PCV13.

MSF believes the company’s priority focuses on trying to guarantee market monopoly rather than providing life-saving vaccine to the most vulnerable.

This is the first time granting a patent in India has been challenged by a medical organisation. If MSF wins, it opens the way for affordable versions of the vaccine to be made available to developing countries and humanitarian organisations.

For the full article from MSF, for the following link.