The Global Fund will launch its 5th Replenishment Campaign on the 28 September 2015 in New York as a formal high-level event during the 70th UN General Assembly. The event, “The Path Towards Universal Health Coverage: the promotion of equitable global health and human security in the post-2015 development era,” is part of several events that will coincide with the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit meeting on 25-27 September.
It is anticipated that the Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, will preside over this high-level event, a precursor to the formal Global Fund replenishment preparatory meeting that the Government of Japan (the Global Fund’s fifth largest donor) will host on 17 December 2015.
The high-level event is being co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The World Bank, as well as France, Liberia, Senegal, and Thailand. Other distinguished speakers expected include Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO; Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund; and Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.
The Fund is also co-organizing a number of other events during the UN General Assembly including:
- The Equitable Access Initiative briefing on the 24 September as part of the technical consultations to develop a more differentiated approach than the traditional country classification by income.
- A round table discussion on Financing Health and Education: Girls Driving Development, on 26 September.
- A youth-led event on the 24 September discussing how young people can play a central role in the implementation and accountability of the SDGs.
A full list of civil society events that are coinciding with the UN General Assembly can be found here.
These side events and meetings are critical for continuing to build the financial support for the Fund in the lead up to the replenishment preparatory meeting on 17 December. Over the coming months senior officials from the Secretariat, Board and partners will be meeting with donor countries to continue to advocate for funding by highlighting the major accomplishments and successes that the Global Fund has achieved in terms of global health goals (see GFO article on the Global Fund Results Report 2015).
It is expected that the Fund will release an assessment of financial needs to fight the three diseases in the next replenishment period (2017-2019) one or two weeks prior to the preparatory replenishment meeting. The needs assessment prepared in April 2013 for the previous replenishment suggested that $87 billion was required. However, given the Vancouver Consensus, and recent developments in the fights against TB and malaria, the resources required for 2017-2019 are anticipated to be significantly larger. (See GFO articles on the build up to the previous replenishment here and here.)
The 5th replenishment conference is likely to be held in June or July 2016. The location has not been announced. It is at this conference that the majority of the Fund’s donors announce their pledges. However, as past actions have demonstrated, some of the Fund’s largest donors such as the U.S and the U.K will likely announce their pledges in advance in order to generate momentum.
In the period between the pre-replenishment meeting and the replenishment conference, the Fund is expected to announce pledges from some high net worth individuals.
The Global Fund Advocates Network will be actively campaigning in donor countries in support of strong financial commitments to the Global Fund and the health SDGs. GFAN will be virtually launching their Speakers Bureau on 28 September as part of the upcoming SDG events, The GFAN advocates are focused on creating policy changes for positive enabling environments with the aim to increase domestic investments in health and to encourage collective engagement in their advocacy to governments and decision-makers.
The adoption of the SDGs by the UN General Assembly presents the opportune time for the Global Fund to demonstrate its successes and the impact that it has had upon the global health goals and to campaign to secure the much-needed resources for countries to work towards a world free from the burden of AIDS, TB and malaria.