President Biden’s Remarks at the Seventh Global Fund Replenishment Conference
583 Park Avenue
New York, New York
5:03 p.m. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Well, friends, fellow leaders — Bill, thank you for that introduction — you know, I want to thank you all for being here — not that you’re here because we invited you; you would be here no matter what. And, Bill, thank you for your incredible leadership and commitment to global health.
And to everyone involved in this conference — you know, all of you — I want to thank you. Thank you for fighting for what matters. It’s about saving lives — there’s no ambiguity here — working with partners to ensure that all communities are healthy and strong — at least have a chance to be healthy and strong; that people everywhere can live in dignity.
It is difficult to regain your dignity when you look at your child and see that he is sick or has an illness that you cannot control. It’s difficult. It shocks you. And it robs you of your dignity.
That’s why the United States is proud to be a founding member of the Global Fund.
And over the past 20 years, through our work together, the Global Fund is estimated to have saved, as you’ve already heard, 50 million lives and dramatically reduced the death rate from HIV, TB and malaria in the countries where he works. . (He clears his throat.) Excuse me.
Today we saw historic pledges to continue building on this incredible record: almost 1.6 billion – I think I understood correctly – euros from France; 1.3 billion from Germany; $1 billion from Japan; $1.2 billion from Canada;
750  million euros from the European Commission; and significant increases from the private sector, with Qatar, the Republic of Korea and countries that themselves receive Global Fund grants, such as Malawi and Niger, also contributing.
And as I promised you all, the United States will give $1 billion for every $2 billion committed by the rest of the world.
So that means we’re going to work – (applause) – that means we’re going to work with our congressional partners to contribute an additional $6 billion to the Global Fund – (applause) – bringing – bringing the overall global commitment, like today, at $14 billion.
Thanks to these incredible contributions, we have succeeded, through our mutual and continued commitment, in organizing one of the largest fundraisers in global health – fundraisers in the history of global health. And those billions should generate a 31x ROI – a 31x ROI.
And in other words, for every dollar spent on fighting these diseases, we expect $31 in health gains and economic returns, which also advances our progress towards achieving the goal of the development agenda. sustainable.
So let’s challenge ourselves to keep going and do even more.
This is an investment that will save 20 million more lives and reduce mortality from these diseases by an additional 64% over the next four years.
It will support frontline health workers, get better – and by the way, they deserve special, special, special thanks for what they did, especially when it was much more dangerous than it is today. today. (Applause.)
It will improve monitoring capabilities; build stronger and more resilient health supply chains; and multiplying innovations to reach those who need it most. And it will help prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and advance sexual and reproductive rights and health outcomes for people everywhere.
You know, as we — as we work together, the United States will also continue to advance our leadership through our own health investments in PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and anti-malaria efforts. tuberculosis – tuberculosis.
These investments, working in tandem and further amplifying the work of the Global Fund, helped turn the tide of HIV/AIDS and develop the world’s first malaria vaccine.
Here in the United States, where nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, we are implementing our new National HIV/AIDS Strategy to accelerate and strengthen our national response to the HIV epidemic. We place equity at the heart of our efforts.
We need to make sure that everyone, no matter who they are, who they love, where they come from, can access the care and treatment they need, period. (Applause.) And, people – and that they’re treated with the dignity they deserve.
Everyone should be able to lead a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. This is our goal.
So thank you all for stepping up, especially in a difficult global economic environment.
And I ask you to continue. Let’s finish this fight together. Now is the time to accelerate our efforts to reduce health inequities and remove barriers to access, including gender and human rights barriers; building more inclusive health systems to leave no one behind; to put an end to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria once and for all.
Let’s demonstrate our collective power to tackle the challenges that matter most in people’s lives and achieve progress. We have so much to do, so let’s get to work. And thank you all for all you do.
God bless you all. (Applause.)
5:09 p.m. EDT