Nordic countries pledge $750 million to the Global Fund

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has welcomed a pledge of $750 million by Nordic countries.

The announcement of the pledge was made in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday in a joint statement by Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and the United States.

It coincided with meetings between the leaders of the Nordic countries and United States President Barack Obama, hosted by Sweden.

The Global Fund says the pledge is a highly significant contribution to defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

According to the Fund, collectively the pledge represents over $150 million in increased funds from the Nordic countries.

The Global Fund will convene a once-every-three-years pledging conference, known as the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment, in late 2013.

The leaders of the Nordic countries promised that they would "work together to ensure a successful replenishment."

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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