Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) – The Civil 20 (C20), under Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, has called on members of the grouping to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines across the world.
“The C20 calls on G20 countries to distribute vaccines to developing and poor countries and to encourage vaccine production in developing and poor countries,” C20 Chairman Sugeng Bahagijo said at the meeting and the C20 launch ceremony in Bali on Tuesday.
The C20 also urged G20 countries to commit to vaccinating at least 90% of the world’s citizens by the end of 2022, he said.
He said the pandemic has disrupted global development and affected millions of people, especially those in developing countries.
As variants of the virus continue to mutate, as of February 3, 2022, only 11% of the population of the African continent have been fully vaccinated, while half of the countries in Europe have reached a vaccination rate of over 85% and have already initiated booster shots, he noted.
The C20 not only represents the voices of civil societies in G20 countries, but also globally, including those from the Global South, he added.
“Recalling Indonesia’s commitment for this year’s G20 on collaboration and cooperation as the key to finding solutions to tackle many global issues, the C20 believes that the goal of ‘Recover Stronger, Recover Together ‘can only be achieved if this collaboration involves the participation of countries that have the same vision to bounce back from the era of the pandemic equitably together, and jointly with the contributions and collaboration of civil society,’ Bahagijo said.
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The event brought together more than 100 civil society organizations (CSOs) from around the world divided into seven thematic groups: (i) Access to vaccines and global health, (ii) Gender equality, (iii) Taxation and sustainable finance, (iv) Environment, Climate Justice and Energy Transition, (v) SDGs and Humanitarian, (vi) Education, Digitization and Civic Space, and (vii) Anti-Corruption, he added.
Additionally, C20 Sherpa Ah Maftuchan said C20 had its official kickoff on March 7-8, 2022, with a public event held in a hybrid format from Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia.
“The theme of the kick-off meeting is ‘C20 Indonesia: Listening to the World’, which aims to highlight the demands of the C20 to the G20 leaders by listening to the needs of civil society around the world and developing more inclusive policies and adaptations after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Maftuchan added.
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