AIDS, TB, Malaria can be eradicated by 2030 UN chief tells Global Fund

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund, in Montreal. Credit: UN Radio screen-shot captured from video.

Mankind has the "knowledge and tools" to end AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, addressing the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund, which is a financing institution dedicated to fighting three of the biggest threats to world health.

The conference in Montreal, Canada, has been meeting over two days, marking the 15th anniversary of the fund, and the Secretary-General noted that during that time, it has saved an estimated 20 million lives.

Matthew Wells has more.

The Global Fund raises and invests money to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and it's calling for US$13 billion over three years, beginning in 2017.

Speaking on Saturday morning, Mr Ban said he was proud of the role that UN organizations had played working with the fund to achieve common goals, a key example, he added, of how everyone must come together to achieve the 17 SDGs.

"We have the knowledge and tools to end HIV, TB and Malaria by 2030. This is a target and ambition and our vision, to make this world better, this planet earth healthier, and environmentally stable. Let us work together to make this world healthier, and better for all. I count on your strong commitment and leadership."

The UN chief said the fund's work was "intrinsic" to all of the SDGs, especially goal 3, which calls for universal health coverage.

He singled out the "emerging challenge" posed by antimicrobial resistance, or medicine-resistant "superbugs" which has become a priority for high-level discussion at the UN General Assembly next week.

"I urge the Global Fund to joint this fight" said Mr Ban, and he called on all partners to keep giving generously.

Sitting behind the Secretary-General waiting to make their contributions were the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and rock star philanthropist, Bono.

The Gates Foundation has given hundreds of millions of dollars to the fund, which has proven itself time and again, in terms of getting results, said Mr Gates.

He pointed to fact that this year alone, two million lives will be saved due to the fund's financing.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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