U.S. to host Global Fund Fourth Replenishment Conference; UK commits US$1.6 billion

   The Global Fund confirmed that the U.S. will host its Fourth Replenishment Conference in early December 2013 through an announcement by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. The conference “will secure funding for 2014-2016, enabling the Global Fund to support programs in countries that fight AIDS, TB and malaria effectively, and to save the lives of millions of people.” In April, the U.S. announced a request for US$1.65 billion for the Global Fund in the budget for 2014. The Global Fund noted that “the architecture of this year’s Replenishment Conference signals a commitment to partnership in a 21st Century model, with leaders from implementing countries and leaders from the private sector and leaders from G8 countries, to co-host the event. In addition, thirteen presidents of African countries are acting as champions of the Global Fund Replenishment this year.”

Separately, the Global Fund “congratulated the United Kingdom for demonstrating strong leadership in global health with a major contribution of £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) for the 2014-2016 period. The UK commitment “is geared toward encouraging other donors to maximize their own pledges to the Global Fund, effectively unlocking additional funds with each contribution, as the UK contribution is limited to a maximum of 10 per cent of the total raised for the Global Fund.”