Kerry announces U.S. to hold Global Fund replenishment conference

Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States will host the Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment Conference.

The conference, which is slated to be held in Washington D.C. in early December, is convened once every three years to secure funding for the organization. This year's conference will secure funding for the 2014-2016 time period and help enable the Global Fund to continue to support programs that fight AIDS, TB and malaria.

"Investing in global health is our shared priority," Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, the chair of the Board of the Global Fund, said. "In hosting this 2013 replenishment conference the United States reaffirms its confidence in the Global Fund. This is a critical moment, when we must act decisively to defeat these diseases, and we are grateful for this act of leadership towards achievement of a shared goal."

This year's conference looks to have a new focus, showing a commitment to partnership in a 21st century model, with leaders from countries and private sectors co-hosting the event.

The U.S. made a request in April for $1.65 billion to give to the Global Fund, which is the biggest commitment by any country.