A decade of European support to the Global Fund

Posted on: 01 February 2012 | Updates

Yesterday in Paris, Friends of the Global Fund Europe, the Global Fund and its partners held a meeting to commemorate 10 years of partnership with the Global Fund for more impact. Friends of the Global Fund Europe, an advocacy organization that helps mobilize support in the fight against the three deadly diseases, co-hosted this meeting with the Global Fund, with the support of the Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, the Mairie de Paris, the International Herald Tribune and Sanofi.

The meeting was opened by Michèle Barzach, former Minister of Health of France and current Chair of Friends of the Global Fund Europe. Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund, explained how the Global Fund has transformed the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the ten years of its existence.

Over 200 participants attended the gathering, which included a roundtable discussion with, Awa Coll-Seck (Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria),  Joanne Carter (Executive Director of RESULTS) Michel Sidibé (Executive Director of UNAIDS), and Dorothee Kinde Gazard (Health Minister of Benin). A debate moderated by Alison Smale, Chief Executive Director of the International Herald Tribune, discussed the Global Fund as a European idea for international health governance.

The meetings were followed by the lightening of the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde in Paris in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Global Fund. It is the first time that this famous Parisian monument located at the heart of historical Paris has been lit with the colors of an organization.

Parisians and tourists will be able to see the obelisk lit with the colors of the Global Fund logo - red, blue and yellow - every night for a week.

The Global Fund also received the support of the International Herald Tribune, which published a special two-page color supplement in yesterday’s edition, with the sponsorship of the house of Dior.

Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde in Paris overlaid with the Global Fund colors in commemoration of the organization’s 10th anniversary
Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde in Paris overlaid with the Global Fund colors in commemoration of the organization’s 10th anniversary

Prof. Michel Kazatchkine explains how the Global Fund has transformed the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the ten years of its existence
Prof. Michel Kazatchkine explains how the Global Fund has transformed the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the ten years of its existence

High Level roundtable. L-R: Joanne CARTER, Executive Director, Results; Dorothée KINDE GAZARD, Health Minister of Benin; Michèle BARZACH, former Health Minister of the French Republic, Chair of Friends of the Global Fund Europe; Awa COLL SECK, former Health Minister of Senegal, Executive Director, Roll Back Malaria Partnership; Prof. Michel KAZATCHKINE, Executive Director of the Global Fund; Michel SIDIBE, Executive Director, UNAIDS
High Level roundtable. L-R: Joanne CARTER, Executive Director, Results; Dorothée KINDE GAZARD, Health Minister of Benin; Michèle BARZACH, former Health Minister of the French Republic, Chair of Friends of the Global Fund Europe; Awa COLL SECK, former Health Minister of Senegal, Executive Director, Roll Back Malaria Partnership; Prof. Michel KAZATCHKINE, Executive Director of the Global Fund; Michel SIDIBE, Executive Director, UNAIDS

Over 200 participants attended the event
Over 200 participants attended the event

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