French Foreign Affairs Minister elected as UNITAID chairperson
The UNITAID board is composed of representatives of the five founding countries (Brazil, Chile, France, Great Britain and Norway), a representative from the African continent and a representative from the Asian continent together with two members of civil society and a WHO representative. This division ensures that UNITAID resources are managed transparently and efficiently, in close coordination with the partner organizations. WHO will host the secretariat and UNITAID fiduciary fund.
The UNITAID International Drug Purchase Facility was officially established in New York on September 19 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly by President Jacques Chirac, his Brazilian counterpart Luis Ignacio Lula Da Silva, and Congolese counterpart Denis Sassou Nguesso. Also present were UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley Riosesco, British Under-Secretary for International Development Gareth Thomas and former US President Bill Clinton who heads the Clinton Foundation.
For more information about the International Drug Purchase Facility, read here.