By RFIPalled on 10-10-2019Modified on 10-10-2019 at 16:19

At the refinancing conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, public and private donors pledged $ 14 billion, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday in Lyon. This is the amount that the organizers had set to hope to eradicate these three diseases by 2030.

Emmanuel Macron warned this Thursday morning, nobody leaves Lyon until this sum is not reached. It had been two hours since everyone had to leave, proof that the negotiations were tight.

Donors pledged $ 14 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Quite exactly, the threshold is slightly exceeded at 14.02 billion dollars (12.72 billion euros), according to Peter Sands, executive director of the fund.

Emmanuel Macron said that France, which committed Thursday morning to 1.5 billion euros, would contribute up to 60 million additional. " So I can tell you today reasonably
will reach 14 billion, we are there! He said to the applause.

France maintains its status as the second largest contributor to the Global Fund with an increase of 20% over the amount of three years ago. It was the minimum acceptable, a figure that disappoints associations, because they relied on France to strike a blow.

This funding conference is crucial because the final goal is ambitious, to end the three epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. The associations therefore asked more from France to avoid precisely finding themselves with last minute dealings.

On the side of other donors, the United States still remains ahead from a distance, they will give $ 4.6 billion. US billionaire Bill Gates has increased his stake by 20% over what he gave three years ago. The United Kingdom almost 1.8 billion. There are also many new donor states, Africa is not left out: 12 million from Nigeria, 10 from South Africa, 6 from the DRC, 1.5 million from Côte d'Ivoire. Ivory Coast, 1 million from Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo or $ 500,000 from Mali.

Many countries have increased their contribution or have become donors for the first time, especially in Africa, said the French president at the end of the event, which gathered about 700 delegates.

See also : Decisive Conference for the Global Fund in Lyon

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