France pledges € 1.08 billion for 2017-2019, matching its pledge for the previous replenishment period
On 26 June, France announced that it is pledging € 1.08 billion for The Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment, covering the period 2017-2019. The amount is equivalent to what France pledged for the Fourth Replenishment (2014-2016).
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.
Italy has decided that it will after all, although somewhat belatedly, pay its 2004 pledge of €100 million to the Global Fund. This means that the Fund can continue to state that no significant pledge to the Fund has ever been cancelled.
Italy has apparently reneged on a pledge that it will give 100 million euros (133 million dollars) to the Global Fund by the end of this month.
In June 2003, at the Evian G8 summit, Italy pledged to give €100 million to the Global Fund in 2004 and as much again in 2005.
Italy has not yet contributed its 2004 pledge - meaning it has not contributed anything to the Fund since 2003.
Italy's apparent decision to cancel its 2004 pledge is extremely worrying, and will have a doubly negative impact on the Global Fund.
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.