FGFJ 15th Anniversary Event “Our Fight, Our Global Fund, Our Replenishment—Japan and the Global Fund”

March 20, 2019

This event was held on March 20, 2019. The report is available here.

Nearly 20 years ago, the idea to create a global fund to fight infectious diseases was proposed at the G8 Summit in Okinawa. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was launched in 2002, and two years later—15 years ago—the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) was created to help support Japan’s engagement in the fight against the three deadly diseases. At the time the Global Fund was established, nearly 6 million people were dying each year from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Since 2000, though, TB-related deaths in countries supported by the Global Fund partnership have fallen 21 percent, deaths from AIDS have declined 40 percent, and malaria-related deaths have dropped by 60 percent. Through the Global Fund partnership, more than 27 million lives have been saved.

This event convenes leading policymakers and experts—including Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands—along with those on the frontlines of the battle with the three deadly diseases, to reflect on the impact that the Global Fund has had, what is unique about its approach, and what now needs to be done to take the next steps to combat these killer diseases. It will also look at how the Global Fund can be used most effectively to help achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since Japan helped give birth to the Global Fund and has been one of its greatest proponents, allocating over US$3 billion to date to support its work, the meeting will also focus on Japan’s special role in keeping the world moving forward in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria and in the promotion of resilient and sustainable systems for health.

Date/Time  March 20, 2019 (Wednesday) 15:30~18:30 (Venue open at 15:00)  Reception follows
Venue  Grand Garden Room, Akasaka Princess Classic House 1st Floor
1-2 Kioicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo [Access]
Language  English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation available)

Welcoming remarks:

Akio Okawara, President and CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Director, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)

Remarks (video message) :      

Yoshiro Mori, Former Prime Minister of Japan; President, Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games; Chair Emeritus, Board of Advisors, FGFJ


Norikazu Suzuki, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

Keynote speech:   

Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Panel One: Faces of the Fight 

Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda-Teng, TB Advocate

Omar Syarif, Program Manager, Community Development,  Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)

Masaki Inaba, Director, Global Health, Africa Japan Forum (AJF); Managing Director, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan)

Tomoko Yoshida, Senior Program Officer, JCIE/ USA and FGFJ [moderator]

Panel Two: Global Fund Partnership to Achieve SDGs

Osamu Kunii, Head, Strategy, Investment and Impact Division, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Haruhiko Hirate, Corporate Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Mitsuhiro Minowa, Tokyo Olympics Project Manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Takao Ishiwatari, General Manager, Development Department, Environmental Health Division, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Renge Jibu, Journalist; Member of Steering Committee, W20 Japan 2019; Board Member, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)

Satoko Itoh , Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE; Assistant Director, FGFJ [moderator]

Closing remarks:

Ichiro Aisawa, Member, House of Representatives; Co-Chair, Board of Advisors, FGFJ



Motohisa Furukawa, Member, House of Representatives; Co-Chair, Board of Advisors, FGFJ