Alwaleed Foundation Supports Global Vaccine Summit
$30 Million to Gates Foundation to Bolster Global Polio Eradication Initiative
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 29, 2013
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 29,2013 /PRNewswire/ --Alwaleed Bin Talal
Foundation-Global (Registered in Lebanon) that is chaired by HRH Prince
Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, supported the first Global Vaccine
Summit in Abu Dhabi, April 24-25, 2013, which was held in partnership with HH
General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and
Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and in partnership with UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Bill Gates.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global had recently signed a Memorandum of
Collaboration (MOC) in a unique partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation Co-Chaired by Mr. Bill Gates to bolster the Global Polio
Eradication Initiative. Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation pledged $30 Million to
The summit was attended by HRH Prince Alwaleed along with global leaders,
health and development experts, philanthropists, and business leaders.
Prince Alwaleed acknowledged the unique partnership between the Alwaleed
Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the aim of ending
polio through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. HRH emphasized the
humanity and nobility of this cause that should be supported by all. HRH also
stated that he will be supporting the Gates Foundation in reaching countries
where challenges and opposing views of vaccination remain.
During the Summit, Mr. Gates endorsed the critical role that vaccines and
immunization play in saving lives and protecting children for life. It aims to
turn a spotlight on the importance of building and maintaining powerful
routine immunization systems to keep all children healthy, no matter where
Mr. Gates acknowledged the role of the donors, global leaders and partners who
have demonstrated their support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018, the first comprehensive plan to lay out
all the critical elements needed to achieve eradication. Ending polio is a
milestone in the global roadmap to save more than 20 million lives by 2020.
Mr. Gates added: "We are thrilled that along with Prince Alwaleed, we have
Michael Bloomberg, and Carlos Slim from Mexico, Carl Icahn, and major
philanthropists who have joined us."
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy,
productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's
health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme
poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially
those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to
succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is
led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction
of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations are involved in a wide spectrum of
humanitarian and philanthropic activities in more than 70 countries. Their
main focus areas have been established around strategic initiatives, ranging
from Disaster Relief and Community Development, to Women and Youth
Empowerment, as well as Promoting Intercultural Understanding. HRH Prince
Alwaleed Bin Talal has been involved in philanthropy for more than three
decades, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad and is committed to
supporting humanitarian projects that directly benefit Saudi citizens, as well
as citizens around the world.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation
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