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International Airfare Solidarity Contribution

International Airfare Solidarity Contribution (IASC) – Supporting Treatment of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through the Global Fund - NGO Statement, May 2006

As representatives of a number of NGOs working to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, we support the implementation of international solidarity contributions (IASC) levied on airplane tickets and their dedication to treatments through an International Drug Purchase Facility (IDPF).

On April 20-21, in Geneva, the leading Group of countries that support this initiative issued from the Paris Conference, met to define the utilization and the implementation modalities of the levy on airplane tickets.

In response to these ongoing discussions, we strongly reaffirm the importance of the following principles:

- Any funding raised from solidarity contributions should be truly additional in nature. These new resources should not reduce existing government budgets for international development – nor be counted as part of government commitments to spend 0.7 percent (or other percentages) of GNI/GDP on overseas development assistance.

- Given that funding from the IASC is likely to be stable, predictable, and long-term, the resources available should be used for support and development of the long-term treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

- There should be a clear commitment from all countries implementing airline ticket contribution schemes to dedicate the new resources for treatment, wholly or partly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The GFATM has proven the world to be the most efficient vehicle for treating people. Let’s not weaken this institution by using other pathways through which the air ticket levy money would flow.

We are united in our support for this lifesaving linkage of the IASC and GFTAM.
May 22, 2006

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