President and Bill Gates discuss how to increase international efforts to combat pandemics
Global Fund to Fight AIDS – Meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and Mr Bill Gates – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 27 June 2016
The President talked to Mr Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
At a time when 1.2 million people in the world still die every year from HIV, they talked about ways of stepping up the international community’s action to combat the major pandemics and expressed their determination to build more robust health systems, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Looking ahead to the Replenishment Conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will be held in Montreal on 16 September 2016, the President confirmed that France would maintain its contribution at €1.08 billion for the period 2017-2019, i.e. €360 million per year.
Bill Gates wholeheartedly welcomed this very important effort, which confirms France’s importance among the world’s leading health donors. France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will continue and strengthen their partnership to develop innovative action in this area, particularly in Africa.
With this in mind, the President and Bill Gates call for the widespread mobilization of all donors so that the global fund’s replenishment conference is a success and enables pandemics to be eradicated by 2030.
As regards the fight against climate change, the Head of State and Bill Gates also reviewed Mission Innovation, launched during COP21. France will be fully active in the initiative through the Investment for the Future programme, the third part of which the government has just announced with an installment of €10 billion./.