Decision Maker Response
Emmanuel Macron’s response
Oct 16, 2019 — Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear members of non-governmental organizations and associations,
We share the same aim. The aim of establishing a world without AIDS, without tuberculosis, and without malaria by 2030. An ambitious objective that won't be accomplished instantly, but one that is attainable if we give ourselves the necessary means.
As you know, the Global Fund has been working for more than 20 years to eradicate these pandemics. What it has accomplished is impressive: 32 million lives have been saved in 142 countries, 18.9 million people have received antiretroviral therapy for HIV, 5.3 million people have been treated for tuberculosis.
That’s very impressive, right? This incredible progress may have given the impression that we have won the fight. That we are already on our way to eradication. Yet there is still much to be done: 2.8 million people still die every year of these pandemics across the globe, 40% of the people suffering from tuberculosis are not being treated, and 1,000 teenagers contract HIV every day. At the same time, people are developing resistance to medicines.
Throughout the world, because people are in precarious situations, because people are living in remote regions, because people cannot get treatment, people are dying of diseases that should have long been gone. Can we accept this? Not for a minute.
That is why I decided to have France host the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment Conference to gain fresh momentum for this crucial cause. For months, I have been rallying the support of Heads of State and Government from all over the world. And we have succeeded! The results are in: all the G7 donors have increased their contributions, some by more than 15%. Countries have become donors for the first time, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Monaco. Some, like Spain, have come back to the donor table; others have significantly increased their contributions, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Ireland. Many countries have also agreed to donate more and the African leaders have committed to increase their budgets devoted to their health systems.
France has fully contributed to the collective effort with a total of $1.429 billion (which is 20% more than past contributions). Our country also continues to be a historic pioneer in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, remaining the second biggest contributor to the Global Fund while beefing up its bilateral aid via the French Development Agency and Expertise France. We also continue to hold regular and close dialogue with the countries receiving our aid.
On this Thursday, 10 October, we have managed to raise a total of more than €14 billion! At least another €100 million France has pledged to raise in the coming weeks along with Bill Gates, Bono and Peter Sands will be added to the €13.92 billion announced at the Replenishment Conference. It is the first time that the Global Fund has raised so much money.
As I said, this replenishment is far from being the end of money raising efforts. Public and private donors will be able to continue to give after the Conference. Keep them involved, as I plan to do! Let’s continue fighting.
It is possible to eradicate these major pandemics by 2030. We have the opportunity to save 16 million lives in the years ahead. I need you to continue to convince our political leaders and private sector actors all over the world to give. We are advancing quickly, but together we can pick up the pace to unprecedented levels.
I am counting on you just as much as you can count on me to win this fight.