United Nations Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth today issued the following statement regarding new commitments made this week during the Replenishment Meeting for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York:
“Today’s worldwide commitment to support the Global Fund is a signal that combating disease remains a priority and requires continued support from the international community and private sector. Notable pledges by African nations and the private sector underscore the pivotal role of partnership in driving progress on improving health for millions around the world. These commitments will enable existing programs to be funded and will help countries to significantly scale up new programs, promoting more rapid progress toward the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
“It is important to recognize new commitments from African nations including Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia and Tunisia and support from the private sector in Africa through the “Gift from Africa” campaign. These pledges prove that Africa’s government and corporate leaders realize the Global Fund is an investment for improving the health of Africa’s citizens. The leadership and dedicated precious resources from African nations are more critical than ever. Africa’s leaders have proven that, with dedicated resources and strong leadership, they will succeed in addressing their health challenges.
“Since answering Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call to action in 2001, the UN Foundation mobilizes resources and works in close partnership with the Global Fund to support and fund efforts needed to prevent and treat people in regions that are most affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In this current economic climate, it is vital to build public-private partnerships to help bolster country commitments. I applaud The United Methodist Church for its pledge of up to $28 million through the church’s “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. It is through public-private partnerships like this one that we can achieve notable progress.
“In less than a decade nearly six million lives have been saved by Global Fund programs. If we can continue scaling up successful programs and interventions by 2015, we can dramatically reduce deaths from AIDS, end malaria deaths, and achieve significant declines in TB mortality. Investing in The Global Fund is an investment towards improving the lives of millions, and ensuring global stability and progress.”
Background: To see the Global Fund’s impact firsthand, watch “A New Picture of Health” — a unique documentary about the work of the Global Fund and its ongoing impact in saving millions of lives — particularly those of women and children across the developing world. Narrated by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, the film chronicles how investments from donors in health are empowering communities and putting an end to diseases of poverty. The film includes personal stories from community health workers, patients, and community leaders to show the impact of the Global Fund’s programs in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Indonesia.
The Global Fund is an innovative global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since 2002 the Global Fund has approved more than $19.5 billion in spending to combat these three diseases to date. About 35% of the Global Fund’s grants are used to build and strengthen health systems around the world.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.