A letter was sent to the Prime Minster of New Zealand, the Honourable Jacinda Ardern.
For the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in 2016, New Zealand pledged NZD 1 million to the Global Fund for the 2017 – 2019 allocation cycle.
In 2018, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced that the New Zealand Aid Programme will be increased and re-oriented, starting from 1 July 2018. Your International Aid Strategies focus on the cross-cutting issues of environmental protection and climate change, gender equality and human rights and aims to invest money, knowledge and skills to help deliver sustainable development and reduce poverty in developing countries particularly in the Pacific region. The impact of the Global Fund aligns with New Zealand’s International Aid Strategies. Not only Global Fund invests in the Pacific region but it also promotes gender equality and addresses human rights barriers through its grants. The Global Fund insists on the meaningful engagement of women throughout the design and implementation of the programmes it funds. The Global Fund has a strong focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and devotes more than one-third of its funding to Health Systems Strengthening (over US$1 billion per year). Global Fund grants support comprehensive sexuality education and programmes to address gender-based violence. The Global Fund also provides funding for education and economic empowerment programmes for adolescent girls and young women, who are disproportionately affected by HIV. Therefore, the Global Fund can be seen as an essential element of the International Aid strategies of New Zealand.