Panel discussion 5: Resources and Universal Access
09 June 2008
The final discussion panel of 2008 High-level meeting on AIDS will examine aspects of financing the response to AIDS, including sources of funding, resource allocation, and spending, “making the money work”, accountability and predictable and multi-year funding.
The panel will consider specific steps which can be taken to ensure predictable funding into the future, from all sources, without imposing excessive burdens on poor nations and the poorest communities.
This panel will be broadcast via live internet webcast at 19:00 GMT
Responding to the call for increased resources to support the global AIDS response in 2001, new initiatives by multilateral institutions such as the World Bank’s Africa Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program and by bilateral donors, such as the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) were launched to mobilize international resources in response to the spread of the AIDS epidemic.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established to provide low- and middle-income countries with additional financing. Prices of some AIDS medicines have been greatly reduced and now millions of people are on antiretroviral treatment.
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The Chair of this panel is H.E. Mr. Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister of Health (Iceland); and panelists are H.E. Mr. Daniel Kwelagobe, Minister, Presidential Affairs and Public Administration (Botswana), Mr. Vladimir Zhovtyak of Eastern European and Central Asian Union of People Living with HIV/AIDS (Ukraine), Mr. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Chair’s summary of this discussion will be published after the event, please check back to access it.