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placing vision at the top of the commonwealth agenda

James Chen, founder of Clearly, took to the stage at Global Citizen Live yesterday calling on Commonwealth leaders to commit to providing good vision to the 2.5 billion people across the world who need glasses and don’t have access to them. 

James addressed the 3,000-strong crowd at Brixton Academy and was followed by the President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi and Prime Minister of Antigua Gaston Brown making on-stage commitments to tacking poor vision. The Prime Minister of Antigua said: “I will personally advocate for clear vision … and call on other nations to champion this issue through both the Commonwealth and United Nations by recognising that clear vision is an accelerator of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The evening’s hosts, DJ Maya Jama and model Adwoa Aboah, shared a huge selfie on social media featuring the whole audience (seen in plus-size glasses, showing support for the Clearly campaign). The image was seen around the world via Twitter and Instagram.

The event coincided with the Commonwealth summit in London where James is campaigning to put poor vision on the international agenda for the very first time. With 900 million individuals in the Commonwealth lacking access to glasses or basic eye care, the time has come for action and we’re thrilled to be supporting James and Clearly through this period.


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