France has announced that it will contribute € 1.08 billion ($1.4 billion) to the Global Fund for the Fourth Replenishment period (2014–2016). That works out to about $467 million a year. This approximately the same as the amount France pledged for the Third Replenishment (2011–2013).
The Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, has told civil society representatives that France will not reduce its future contributions to the Global Fund. Mr Fabius met with representatives of AIDES, Coalition Plus, Sidaction and Act-Up Paris on 30 April.
The Foreign Ministry of France is undertaking an evaluation of the French “contribution” to the Global Fund. France wants to assess the extent to which Global Fund grants promote France’s development objectives and priorities. The evaluation will also assess the challenges faced by the Global Fund in introducing its new funding model.
The Global Fund Board has appointed Dr Nafsiah Mboi, Minister of Health in Indonesia, as the next Chair of the Board. It has also appointed Mireille Guigaz as the next Vice-Chair. Ms Guigaz currently represents France on the Board. Dr Mboi does not currently sit on the Board. Both appointments are effective at the end of the 29th Board meeting in June 2013; the two terms will run until the end of the first Board meeting in 2015.
Editor's Note: In the session on "The Global Fund: The Next 5 Years" at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. on 26 July, Mireille Guigaz, Ambassador of France for the Fight Against HIV and Communicable Diseases, and representative of France on the Global Fund Board, described what she saw as the opportunities, challenges and risks for the Fund.
France has announced that it will contribute $1.4 billion to the Global Fund during the three-year period 2011-2013, an increase of about 9% over its contribution during the period 2007-2009. France is one of five countries that have indicated this week how much they plan to contribute. Most countries will make their announcements at the Global Fund's replenishment meeting in New York on 4-5 October 2010.
The Global Fund today issued the following press release:
8 February 2007
Professor Michel Kazatchkine Selected as Executive Director of the Global Fund
Global Fund donor governments meeting in Rome last week for their second replenishment meeting moved closer towards specifying their pledges to the Fund for 2006-7.
Two world leaders, Gordon Brown of the UK and Jacques Chirac of France, have proposed radical new mechanisms that would, if implemented, provide major increases in funding for the fight against AIDS in general and the Global Fund in particular.
The Global Fund has launched a campaign in France to raise awareness about the Fund. It will feature advertisements in nearly 40 French magazines and newspapers, on several French television channels, and in the largest network of cinemas in France. By early next year the campaign will extend to Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK.