The Global Fund made its case to world leaders in Davos during the World Economic Forum annual meeting, 22-27 January 2013. Each year, the World Economic Forum gathers global decision-makers and thought leaders in this Swiss village to meet, share ideas and highlight issues of worldwide importance.
As a partner organization, the Global Fund organized several events during the week.
On Tuesday 22 January, Charlize Theron posed for her Big Push portrait, in aid of the Global Fund’s efforts to rally support for a Big Push to achieve global health goals which have long seemed impossible but which are now, for the first time, within reach. Ms. Theron was honored with the Crystal Award, given each year to an artist who uses their talent to improve the state of the world for the work of her foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which supports community organizations that help keep African youth safe from HIV.
Her portrait session signaled the opening of the Global Fund’s photo booth. Throughout the conference, participants were able their portrait taken holding key messages. These portraits were then added in support of the Big Push campaign both at Davos and on the Huffington Post website.
On Wednesday, 23 January, there was a reception at the Kirchner Museum, co-hosted by Ms. Theron and Mr. Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola. The reception was an.opportunity for the Global Fund’s new Executive Director, Mark Dybul, to meet with global leaders, decision-makers and influencers, and to showcase the progress made in the arena of global health in recent years – as well as how much remains to be done.
A press conference was held on the afternoon of Thursday 24 January with Dr Dybul, Bill Gates and Minister Dirk Niebel of Germany. During the press conference, Minister Niebel announced a EUR 1 billion (approximately US$ 1.3 billion) pledge to the Global Fund for the period 2012-2016.
On Thursday evening a small private dinner was held to give key supporters an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Dr Dybul and to discuss the Global Fund’s future financing needs.
Big Push campaign portraits projected on the Steigenberger Belvedérè Hotel. © The Global Fund
Alongside Bill Gates and the Global Fund’s new Executive Director Mark Dybul, Dirk Niebel, the Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development announces Germany’s EUR 1 billion financial contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The commitment, to be paid over five years, will allow expansion of treatment and prevention programs to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria globally
Charlize Theron and Muhtar Kent at the reception Reception in Support of the Big Push campaign. Credit: The Coca-Cola Company, Photographer: Bruno Arnold.
Charlize Theron expresses her support for The Global Fund and the Big Push campaign and spoke with passion about how far things have come on HIV in her native South Africa. © The Global Fund.
Academy-award-winning actress and global health advocate Charlize Theron is introduced to invited guests at the Reception in Support of the Big Push campaign. Credit: The Coca-Cola Company, Photographer: Bruno Arnold.
Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who co-hosted the event, speaks at the Reception in Support of the Big Push campaign. Credit: The Coca-Cola Company, Photographer: Bruno Arnold.
In Davos, the new Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul addresses invited guests during the Reception in Support of the Big Push, a campaign that aims to turn the tide on the three diseases. © The Global Fund.
Campaign Posters at the Kirchner Museum in Davos, venue for the Reception in Support of the Big Push Campaign. Credit: The Coca-Cola Company, Photographer: Bruno Arnold.
Charlize Theron and Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have their picture taken at the Big Push photo booth
Campaign signboards at the Big Push photo booth
Charlize Theron talks to press at the Media Welcome Reception
Academy-award winning actress Charlize Theron speaks about the Global Fund and the Big Push turn the tide on the three diseases at the Media Welcome Reception
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai speaks at the Media Welcome Reception of the World Economic Forum in Davos after having been introduced by WEF communications director Adrian Monck (left)
JAN 22 2013: WEF, DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - Academy Award-winner and HIV/AIDS campaigner Charlize Theron has her portrait taken for the Global Fund's Big Push campaign at the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Big Push is a campaign created by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to raise support amongst the world's leaders in business, politics, arts, academia and sports for global health goals that need support and funding in order to achieve success
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