PARIS — An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.
The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Bono of the rock band U2 “committed to raise at least a further $100 million during the replenishment period to achieve a total of over $14 billion” – the organization’s goal for its conference in France.
The last Global Fund conference brought in $12.2 billion in 2016. To give a boost toward this year’s target, France increased its pledge to $1.42 billion, $60 million more than previously announced, Macron said.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands said at a news conference. “With these resources, we can step up the fight.”
A dozen heads of state and government, mostly from African countries, attended the two-day event in the French city of Lyon.
During his speech, Macron mistakenly detailed the amounts in euros. The French presidency later said he was actually speaking in dollars.