The Board stresses the need to ensure that Global Fund governance processes reflect the multi-lingual nature of both the organization and of its Board constituencies. To ensure these processes remain open and transparent to all constituencies it decides to adopt the measures outlined in GF/B20/4 Attachment 4, in an incremental manner, limited initially to two languages in addition to English.
The Board wishes to emphasize that in implementing this decision a pragmatic approach should be taken, with the provision of any increased interpretation and translation at the Board and committee level being based on a proactive needs assessment of Board and committee members, carried out by the respective Chair and Vice-Chair, prior to committee / Board meetings.
The budgetary implications of this decision point in 2010 amount to USD$ 235,704. The Secretariat will endeavor to absorb the incremental costs in 2010 by making commensurate savings within the approved budget.