Foreign Minister Kishida to Attend 5th Replenishment Preparatory Meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
December 11, 2015
1. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to attend the Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment Preparatory Meeting to be held in Tokyo on 17 December 2015.
2. Representatives of international organizations including Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, Governments, NGOs, researchers, private sector will participate in the meeting. During the meeting, participants will discuss the results achieved so far by the Global Fund and the necessary resources for the next replenishment cycle (from year 2017 to 2019). Panel discussions will be held regarding the prioritized themes of the Global Fund’s activities under the themes of “Building resilient health systems through tailored partnerships”, “Sustainable finance for Universal Health Coverage”, “Innovation for impact”, and “advancing gender equality.”
3. HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, known as the three major infectious diseases still take approximately 3.6 million lives every year and hamper the economic and social development in developing countries, thereby being a threat to humanity. The Global Fund was established in 2002 in order to support the responses, such as prevention and treatment, to the three major infectious diseases. Japan, as a founding father, has been an active contributor to the activities of the Global Fund since its inception. Past replenishment- related meetings of the Global Fund were held in either Europe or North America, and this is the first meeting of its kind to be held in Asia.
4. On the day before the Global Fund Replenishment Preparatory Meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organizes an international conference on “Universal Health Coverage in the New Development Era: Toward Building Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems” with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). Making the most of the opportunity of hosting two international conferences, Japan intends to contribute proactively to global health.
The Global Fund sets a three-year replenishment cycle. “Replenishment Preparatory Meeting” is held approximately one year before the next replenishment year in order to discuss financial needs and resources mobilization targets. The fifth Replenishment Meeting is to be held in 2016 (the date and the venue are not decided).