The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), a program of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), applauds the Global Fund for achieving its replenishment goal. The accomplishment was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who hosted the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montreal on September 17. At the conclusion of the conference, the Global Fund reported that the total amount pledged now stands at US$12.9 billion, the largest amount ever announced at a replenishment conference, and US$1 billion more than the pledges made at the last conference in 2013. The commitments are expected to cover the period of 2017–2019.
Earlier in May, Japan announced its pledge of US$800 million, which is effectively a 46 percent increase over the last three-year period when measured in Japanese yen. At the replenishment conference, Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura reaffirmed Japan’s support for the Global Fund and its continued commitment to lead the global effort to attain universal health coverage (UHC), which is at the core of the SDG related to health.
Since 2002, an estimated 20 million lives have been saved through the Global Fund’s work, and with the new funding, the Global Fund anticipates that 8 million more will live.