How Individual Advocates Can Make a Difference

The weekend of September 16th and 17th I was lucky enough to be in Montreal at the 5th Conference for the Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The goal of the meeting was to have countries, organisations and individuals from around the world pledge a total of almost US $13billion to contribute to the fight against these diseases over the next three years.

I was representing RESULTS Australia and saw Australia’s pledge of $220million dollars, a 10 per cent increase for us, made alongside those of other nations from across the globe and adding to the ultimate pool of US $12.9billion.

Given the massive cuts to Australian aid since the last Global Fund replenishment in 2013, this is a good result for the Fund. There was no indication in the lead up that Australia would pledge anything to the Fund let alone increase their pledge, yet they committed 10 per cent more, and overall the Global Fund raised about 10 per cent more.

It is a sign that the government continues to support the Global Fund’s work. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop notes that the Global Fund is a “valued partner in Australia’s efforts to improve regional health security” in the press release announcing the pledge.

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