With less than four weeks to go to the replenishment conference in Washington on 2–3 December, the focus is on countries that have not yet announced their pledges for the Fourth Replenishment.
The Global Fund has issued a formal call for applications from people interested in being part of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) for the period 2014–2016.
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).
“If we don’t seize this moment, we will be dealing with these diseases for generations,” Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul told his audience at the Preparatory Meeting of the Global Fund Fourth Replenishment.
President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to allocate $1.65 billion for the Global Fund in the budget for fiscal year 2014. If approved, this would appear to constitute the first tranche of the US pledge to the Global Fund for the 2014–2016 replenishment period. (In the US, the 2014 fiscal year runs from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014.)
As of 31 December of 2012, donors had pledged $10.4 billion for the 2011–2013 replenishment period. This is a 13% increase over the $9.2 billion pledged at the actual replenishment conference in October 2010.
The difference comes primarily from pledges made following the New York conference. A group of donors, including Belgium, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Sweden, announced their pledges after the conference.
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN), a platform of around 250 individuals and civil society and “Friends of the Fund” organisations, has launched a campaign to advocate for increase in funding of the Global Fund.
The “Here I Am” campaign highlights the real life experiences of people affected by the three diseases and gives them a forum to share these experiences.
In GFO 155, on 9 August, we wrote that the Global Fund's mid-term replenishment meeting will likely be held in Australia in March. We have been asked by an Australian Government official to state that at this time, the Australian Government has made no commitment to host the mid-term replenishment meeting.
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.