GAVI Alliance pledging conference: overview, speeches

   The GAVI Alliance pledging conference – Saving children’s lives – resulted in donors committing US$ 4.3 billion, exceeding an initial target of $3.7 billion, “enabling GAVI to reach more children faster than planned and to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines.” A portion of the pledges are conditional upon GAVI raising additional funds from new donors in the future. Today’s pledges bring GAVI’s total available resources for the period 2011 to 2015 to $ 7.6 billion.
Download the press release and tables showing a breakdown of donor pledges from the conference, and a composition of pledges for 2011-2015 (PDF – 192K)
GAVI has provided a summary of publications and documents related to the pledging conference at:
http://www.gavialliance.org/media_centre/publications/pledging_conference.php

Speech: GAVI Replenishing Event
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director at London, 13 June 2011
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_58919.html

USAID announced the U.S. pledge to GAVI of US$450 million over the next 3 years, subject to congressional approval. Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), commented, ”…At a time when budgets around the world are being scrutinized, this partnership with donor and host country governments, civil society and private sector partners ensures our development dollars have the greatest impact.  Not only is our commitment inspiring the generosity of other donors, it helps ensure the quantities of vaccine needed to obtain lower prices, allowing us to save even more lives.” He also noted that “within the next year, the U.S. Government will host a high-level conference to assess progress against achieving impact based on the immunization pledges made here today.”

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-states-pledges-multi-year-contribution-to-reduce-immunization-cost-save-more-childrens-lives-123740664.html