The launch meeting of Gavi’s third replenishment
1. Japan hosted the launch meeting of Gavi’s third replenishment in Yokohama on 30 August 2019, on the occasion of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7). In addition to Mr. Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer of Gavi, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair of Gavi, representatives of donor governments, recipient countries, African countries attending TICAD7, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and global organizations participated in the meeting.
2. In the opening remarks, Foreign Minister Kono emphasized that it was important to support Gavi’s activities which introduce and expand vaccines to contribute to human security and UHC, which Japan has been promoting. He also expressed his expectations that, with a view to promoting Gavi’s efforts, there would be opportunities for debating “domestic resource mobilization”, “innovative financial mechanisms” and “finding new donors” in this meeting (Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono Taro (English (PDF) / Japanese (PDF))).
3. In the meeting, the investment case and resources mobilization targets for the next five-year strategy were discussed. Dr. Berkley then announced that 7.4 billion dollars would be required in additional resources for the third replenishment period from 2021 to 2025. He also demonstrated the goal of immunizing 1.1 billion children and prevent 22 million future deaths by 2025.
4. Furthermore, the speech by Heads of States of Burkina Faso，Niger，Mali，Senegal，the Central African Republic and Ghana proved synergy between this launch meeting and TICAD7. Mr. Aksel Jakobsen, State Secretary for Development, Norway, Dr. Chris Elias, President of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ms. Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF shared their views on Gavi’s missions and activities through panel discussion.