Ban hails UN-backed fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria as partnership model for Global Goals

[Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Montreal, Canada. UN Photo/Evan Schneider]
[Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Montreal, Canada. UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Working together and transcending sectoral boundaries is the only way to tackle the interconnected challenges that determine human well-being,” Mr. Ban said in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders have gathered for the fifth conference convened to replenish the Fund, which was founded in 2002 and raises and invests some $4 billion annually to support programmes run by local experts in countries and communities most in need working to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

Hailing the Fund’s past 15 years of achievement and looking forward to even more success in the critical years to come, the UN chief said that since it was established, the mechanism has helped to save some 20 million people.

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SOURCES: UN News Wire Service

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