European Union will not pledge $1 billion to global AIDS fund
BY Advocate.com Editors
June 21 2003 12:00 AM ET
Despite urging from leaders in the United Kingdom and France, the European Union will not donate $1 billion in 2004 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, The [London] Guardian reports. U.K. prime minister Tony Blair said the smaller of the 15 current E.U. members and 10 nations joining the union next year were not prepared to contribute because of ongoing budget problems.
"We have got 25 countries sitting around the table, and the decision has got to be unanimous. We may find that some countries, because of their budget problems, aren't prepared to commit to that," Blair told the Guardian. Blair and French president Jacques Chirac had asked the E.U. to pledge $1 billion to the fund to match the announced U.S. contribution.
AIDS activists in Europe were disappointed by the E.U.'s decision. "Europe's leaders don't want America to dictate the world's agenda, but they're unwilling to pay the price for leadership themselves on this," said Lucy Matthew, director of the AIDS activist organization Data Europe. The United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Luxembourg, and Belgium are the only E.U. member countries to make separate commitments to the fund this year, totaling $338 million.
- Op-ed: What People Don't Get About Dismay Over Jared Leto
- Trans Woman Sues CrossFit After Being Told to Compete in Men's Division
- WATCH: Gay Man's Grandfather Came Out to Him at 90 Years Old
- Pet Shop Boys Remix Irish Drag Queen's Powerful Speech Against Homophobia
- A Letter to My Partners
- Op-ed: In Boston, an Ugly St. Patrick's Day Tradition Continues
- Uganda WATCH: Meet the American Evangelical Behind Uganda's Antigay Law 24 sec ago
- Women WATCH: 7 New Orphan Black Season 2 Teasers to Hold You Over! 3 min 29 sec ago
- Television Looking GIF-cap: Season 1 Finale 1 hour 34 min ago
- Books Anne Rice Announces New Vampire Chronicles Novel 1 hour 37 min ago
- Business P.R. Agency Adds LGBT Practice 2 hours 3 min ago
- Travel A Tour Through the San Francisco of Looking, Season One 2 hours 6 min ago
- Women Houston Lesbian Couple Found Murdered, Cops Searching for Suspect 2 hours 9 min ago