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Andris Piebalgs

European Commissioner responsible for development

The Commission increases its contribution to the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Global Fund's pledging session

New York, 5 October 2010

Your Excellencies Ban Ki Moon,

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,

Honourable participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me first thank His Excellency Ban Ki Moon for leading our work today.

2 weeks ago, right here in New York, the world committed to turn Millennium Development "Goals" into "Realities" by 2015. It also acknowledged the key role of health in this endeavour. Today, we have the opportunity and the duty to turn commitments into actions.

Health is indeed a right for all. Health is also a prerequisite for economic development. Creating more and inclusive growth in developing countries to reach the MDGs can simply not be achieved without a healthy population. Countries themselves must make substantial efforts to mobilize their national resources for their health systems. But the external support will remain essential in the coming years.

The European Union is deeply committed to health. It represents 55% of the contribution to the Global Fund where the Commission alone contributes 100 million Euros per year. In addition, every year, the European Commission invests more than 300 million Euros to the programs aimed at reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Global Fund has achieved impressive results in combating three deadly diseases so far. Millions of lives have been saved through its prevention and treatment programs, which has largely reduced child and maternal mortality rates. We appreciate the decision made by the governance of the Global Fund to invest a large part of its funds in health worker's training, which remains the biggest challenge for health systems in developing countries.

Today, I would like to highlight two major issues that could improve the efficiency of our actions: strengthening the health systems and maintaining good financial governance.

The first and perhaps most important issue relates to the strengthening of health systems. The EC encourages the Global Fund to better align its support to national health strategies in order to build strong healthcare systems by training the health workforce and providing access to medicine and infrastructure.

Regarding financial governance, the Global Fund has to ensure that money is spent in a transparent and efficient manner.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the great pleasure to announce, that the European Commission has proposed to the budgetary authorities of the European Union and to the ACP group to scale up its contribution to reach 330 million Euros over the next three years. This would represent a 10% increase as compared to the current period.

With this support the European Commission would like to ensure that not only large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases are addressed, but also national healthcare systems are supported.

I truly believe that the Global Fund illustrates one of the most influential and meaningful private-public partnerships of this century. And I hope that this affiliation gains an even higher voice and momentum in the future.

I thank you for your attention.

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