Geneva, Switzerland - January 2002
Following a brief transition by a small oversight committee, the Board of the Global Fund met for the first time in Geneva. The registration of the Global Fund with Swiss legal authorities and the initial adoption of its by-laws marked the formal commencement of operations of the organization.
At this meeting, the Board elected Chrispus Kiyonga and Seiji Morimoto as its first chair and vice chair, adopted operating procedures, noted the framework document that summarizes the work of the Transitional Working Group as a guide to the Global Fund and selected Anders Nordström of the Swedish International Development Agency as the interim executive director of the Secretariat.
The Board instructed the Secretariat to issue a call for proposals for funding, managed the creation of a Technical Review Panel to review those proposals, identify candidates for the permanent executive director and negotiate agreements with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (part of the World Bank Group) to serve as the Global Fund’s trustee and with the World Health Organization for the outsourcing of administrative services for the Secretariat.