30 June 2009
Civil Society organizations, led by Africa Japan Forum (an APA member) and Japan AIDS and Society Association submitted a petition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concerning the current financial gap faced by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mr Masato Kitera, Director General of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accepted the petition and spoke of the importance of the Global Fund. He showed concern about the current economic climate of budget cuts among different ministries.
With this petition, civil society is pushing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit a budget proposal with the largest amount possible for the Global Fund. The second half of the campaign will be launched in October to coincide with the budget making process of the Ministry of Finance.