Our call-to-action for January sets the stage for a year of advocacy to call on Canada to be an ambitious global leader in the response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, plus the prevention of future pandemics.
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: an elected member of a parliament
The next variant of COVID-19 is preventable if there is global political will to end the pandemic and world leaders act together now. Societies can rebuild stronger if world leaders learn from our past and implement a modern-day recovery plan akin to the post Second World War Marshall Plan (an unprecedented plan to rebuild Europe after the devastating war). And the world can avoid a repeat of millions of lives and trillions of dollars lost if steps are taken to prepare for the inevitability of the next pandemic.
That is why, during International Development Week (IDW), we want to demonstrate the impact of #CanadianAid and to encourage parliamentarian support of an increase in Canada’s International Assistance Envelope (IAE). During IDW Results Canada is hosting “Pandemic Proof the World: a global parliamentary discussion on ending pandemics old and new”.
International Development Week is an initiative that happens every February to engage Canadians on global issues like poverty reduction and Canadian aid. It is an important time to engage and educate parliamentarians on the issues you care about.
Please invite your MP to attend our event by emailing them this invitation.
You can download the invitation, attach it to your email to your MP, and ask them to attend the global parliamentary discussion on Monday February 7, 8am-10am ET. As a constituent in their riding, let your MP know it is important to you that we create the global political will to end the pandemic, and ask them to attend this engaging event to learn more about COVID-19’s impact on people and health systems in Kenya.
To find out who your current MP is and their contact information, type in your postal code at ourcommons.ca/members and click to search for them.
As a participant at the event, your MP can expect to hear directly from Kenyan parliamentarians and frontline health workers, as well as experts and survivors on how Canadian parliamentarians can increase global political will to end pandemics that have plagued us for centuries, like Tuberculosis, and new pandemics that threaten our future, like COVID-19. They will also receive a care package designed to immerse them in Kenyan culture and take them on a virtual tour through communities with the health heroes who are making a difference on the ground.
Once you have introduced yourself to your MP, let us know! Reporting your actions is incredibly valuable and helps us to advance the solutions needed to end extreme poverty. When you report your actions, you provide Results with strategic intelligence that informs future engagement with parliamentarians (MPs and senators) and helps create targeted calls-to-action.
Before contacting your MP, do some research to understand more about their background, past careers, passions, priorities, and facts that could be helpful when you engage with them!