“Leave no one behind” is an important ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is the theme for our multi-month campaign.
This month we will be focusing on climate change and its impact on health, food security and nutrition.
As the world collectively responds to the COVID-19 outbreak, weaknesses across our global health systems are being revealed including the secondary impacts of this pandemic which threaten food security and nutrition.
On April 21, the United Nations projected that COVID-19 could double the number of people facing severe food insecurity worldwide to 265 million. As economies around the world are ground to a near-halt, critical food supply chains are disrupted with world leaders warning of a risk of “famine of biblical proportions”.
The risks are amplified as many people suffering from food insecurity are also being impacted directly by climate change. Extreme weather events, the rise of pests such as the current locust plague in East Africa, and the displacement of millions due to rising sea levels and changing global temperatures has already threatened the food security of millions.
In the fight against COVID-19, we must ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to quality health services and that the most vulnerable communities are protected from the direct and indirect impacts of this global crisis (learn more in our health equity brief).
Ask #1: Canada to support a global and equitable response to COVID-19 by investing in the strengthening of health systems in low-income countries and ensuring that treatment and a vaccine be made available to all.
Ask #2: Canada to support the ability of countries in dealing with the secondary impacts of COVID-19 including major challenges to food security and nutrition made worse by climate change.
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