PARIS, May 16 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron has decided France will host the sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2019, the French presidency announced Wednesday in a statement.
The conference is held to reap new funds and mobilize resources to better prevent and eradicate these pandemics.
These diseases, and the risks of emerging epidemics, continue to represent a major challenge for global health, with dramatic human and economic consequences, especially in the most fragile countries. In 2016, they caused the deaths of more than 3 million people. It is essential the international community does not relax its efforts, the French presidency said.
This conference is expected to raise funds for the 2020-2022 period through the mobilization of the entire international community and the private sector, the French presidency said. It will work towards eliminating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030, a commitment that many countries, including France, have made through the European Union's (EU) Sustainable Development Goals.