France hosts launch of Global Fund replenishment campaign

French Minister Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian hosted the launch event for the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) campaign, officially kicking off efforts to gather resources for the Global Fund's 2020-2022 period. France hosts the replenishment conference in Lyon on October 10, 2019. 

Attendees included Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. Charles Gomis, ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire in France, and Pr. Hakima Himmich, president of the non-governmental organization Coalition PLUS. The session was moderated by Stéphanie Seydoux, the French ambassador in charge of global health issues.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

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Italy allows migrants on Diciotti ship to disembark after days at sea

140 migrants on board the Italian coast guard vessel 'Diciotti' have been allowed to disembark in Sicily, after being confined on board for six days amid tensions between Italy and the European Union (EU) over their relocation.

The Italian government, led on this issue by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, refused to let the migrants off the boat until a solution was found. According to the cabinet, the Italian Catholic Church agreed to welcome 100 of them; the remaining 40 would be shared between Ireland and Albania (a non-EU country). 

The long detention of the migrants on board the Diciotti raised strong protests at domestic and international level, including from the UN refugee agency UNHCR, and has led to an investigation into Interior Minister Salvini's role in "illegal confinement, illegal arrest, and abuse of power"  by a prosecutor in Sicily.

News article - Corriere della Sera (in Italian)

News article - ANSA (in English)

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Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation calls for evidence from practitioners to build knowledge-sharing platform

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation has issued a call for evidence from country-level practitioners to share how their experiences aligned with principles of effectiveness that the organization is pushing to achieve. The Global Partnership's 2017-2018 program aims to provide more enhanced support at the country level, and it plans to use the evidence to form best practices that can be published through its Global Compendium of Good Practices and a knowledge-sharing platform. Organizations can submit evidence until September 30, 2018.

Evidence form - Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation  

Fact sheet - Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation


Lowy Institute launches map of development assistance in the Pacific

The Lowy Institute has launched a major database of development activities in the Pacific. Co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the map provides information for the interactive analysis of over 12,500 activities by 62 donors since 2011 . The data demonstrates the major role of Australia as the largest provider of development assistance to the region, as well as the recent rise of China to become the second largest donor in the region in 2017.

Website - The Lowy Institute

Report finds US President Trump's expanded 'global gag rule' will affect fight against HIV/AIDS

Findings presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in July 2018 predict that the expanded US Mexico City Policy -- otherwise known as the "global gag rule"-- could pose serious consequences for the NGOs that provide HIV/AIDS services.  Under US President Donald Trump, the Mexico City Policy -- which bars family-planning funding to non-US groups that provide abortion services -- was expanded to include potentially all health care providers, including those who provide services for HIV/AIDS.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), 470 foreign NGOs received US$873 million in PEPFAR funding from fiscal years 2013 to 2015 and must now abide by the expanded policy.

In addition, there are 264 US NGOs that received US$5.5 billion in PEPFAR funding during the same period. These US groups will be required to ensure that the hundreds of global NGOs to which they subcontract HIV/AIDS work are in compliance with the expanded rule. Details of the effects of this change are still being studied, but it is clear that the number of NGOs now potentially affected is much greater. The US State Department -- which previously stated that it was too early to assess the impact of the change -- is expected to offer its next assessment in December 2018.  

News analysis - CNN

The United Nations faces 2018 budget shortfall

The United Nations (UN) is missing around US$810 million in expected budget support for 2018, with only 112 of 193 members states having paid their annual contributions. UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns that he has "never faced such a difficult cash flow situation this early in the calendar year", as the core UN budget runs a US$139 million deficit as of June 2018. Among those 81 countries that have not paid their annual contributions are poorer countries such as Niger and conflict-affected states such as Syria and Afghanistan, but also wealthier countries such as the US and Saudi Arabia.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) calls it a scandal that nearly half of Member States have not yet paid their UN contributions and that important programs to crisis-affected regions may be called into question. Germany is the fourth-largest contributor to the UN, behind the US, Japan, and China, and paid its contribution of around US$155 million in February 2018.

Tweet - BMZ

News article - Devex

News Article - Zeit (in German)

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UK's Global Disability Summit yields 170 commitments

The United Kingdom's first-ever Global Disability Summit on July 24, 2018 resulted in 170 commitments from governments, multilateral organizations, foundations, and others. Among the most noteworthy pledges were commitments to pass new laws aimed at addressing discrimination against people with disabilities, to fortify efforts around humanitarian crises, and to help them better access technologies to improve their lives. 

Press release - UK government

Comprehensive documentation of pledges - UK government

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Australia, Japan, and the United States announce trilateral partnership to invest in Indo-Pacific region

Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, has announced that Australia, the United States, and Japan will jointly invest in projects to build infrastructure, improve connectivity, address development challenges and promote economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Funding will come through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation, and the United States Overseas Private investment Corporation.

Media release - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado is new Italian Representative to the UN in Geneva

Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado has been appointed Italian Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. During his first day in the new position he affirmed that "Human rights, migration, refugees, health, and employment are at the top of our priorities". Cornado has held several technical and leadership position within the Italian foreign service, including head of cabinet to multiple ministers of foreign affairs. 

Press release - UN (in Italian)

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Questions continue to arise on PEPFAR's high-priority strategy for 2017-2020

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the US' primary vehicle for HIV/AIDS assistance abroad, continues to face questions about its new strategy for 2017-2020, especially in light of the significant demographic challenges that many countries face.  The PEPFAR strategy focuses on 13 priority, high-burden countries with the goal of achieving control of the disease by using UNAIDS' 90-90-90 framework.  The head of PEPFAR, Ambassador Deborah Birx, addressed some of those questions in a recent interview, including future funding for PEPFAR programs and how PEPFAR's strategy will affect countries that are not one of the 13 priority countries.

New report - Devex