30 June 2003

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					26 May 2006

Dear Madam, Sir, On 1 July, France will be implementing a new solidarity tax on all airline tickets sold in France. The revenues generated by this solidarity tax will go to benefit victims of HIV/AIDS, with a goal of aiding women and children in particular. The income from the tax will be channeled to an International Drug Purchase Facility (IDPF), which will then buy the drugs necessary to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and other major diseases such as malaria. The airline solidarity tax is just one of the examples that are being implemented to increase overall funding for global health. Other initiatives include debt conversion for health and the British-backed International Finance Facility (IFF). Moreover, with the launch of (PRODUCT)RED, companies such as American Express, Converse, GAP, Giorgio Armani and Motorola have developed special RED products, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa. I am writing to you on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Global Fund to invite you to a special intimate invitation-only event dedicated to discussing the topic of innovative sources of financing and its significance for health and development financing. Can innovative financing be a sustainable and predictable source of money to finance universal access to treatment? This event is taking place on the occasion of the High level session on HIV/AIDS, of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) and is being hosted jointly by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Global Fund.

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Discussion participants will include Prof. Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund, Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, the French AIDS Ambassador, Dr. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow at the CFR, Dr. Francoise Ndayishimiye, Chairwoman, Burundi AIDS Council and other policy and decision-makers. The details of the event are as follows: “Universal Access to Treatment: A Role for Innovative Financing?” 11.00am – 12.30pm on 31 May 2006 UN Millennium Hotel One UN Plaza, New York Salon: Ballroom (2nd floor) Please RSVP to: Toulaxay.Xayakhom@theglobalfund.org at your earliest convenience. Due to a limited sitting early arrival is suggested and late arrivals are not guaranteed admission. We are looking forward to an interesting event. Sincerely yours,

Dr. Christoph Benn Director of External Relations The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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