According to an official statement, the initiative will contribute to global effort to aid at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment who currently lack eye services by 2030.
The ‘Vision for Eeveryone’ resolution, sponsored by Bangladesh, Antigua and Ireland, and co-sponsored by over 100 countries, was adopted by consensus by the world body and encourages countries to institute a whole of government approach to eye care.
It also calls on international financial institutions and donors to provide targeted financing, especially for developing countries, to address the increasing impact of vision loss on economic and social development.
According to the resolution, ‘at least 2 billion people are living with vision impairment or blindness and 1.1 billion people have vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed.’
‘Global eye care needs are projected to increase substantially, with half the global population expected to be living with a vision impairment by 2050,’ the resolution says.