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EU Commission calls Member States to get back on track for MDGs and more and better aid

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22 April 2010 - Today, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious action plan for EU action to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted 49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, making the EU still far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015.

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Patent Pool budget approved - implementation begins

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The UNITAID Finance and Administration Board Committee this week approved a 2010 budget of US$ 4 million towards the establishment of the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation, a voluntary licensing mechanism that will allow for patent holders of antiretroviral medicines to license their patents to generic manufacturers. UNITAID is now in the process of finalising a memorandum of understanding to be entered into as soon as the Patent Pool Foundation is established in June.
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HIV LEADERS MEETING - DRIVING PROGRESS ON UNIVERSAL ACCESS

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At an HIV Leaders meeting to re-energise global efforts against HIV/AIDS, held at the House of Lords, London, on 9 March, Dr Jorge Bermudez, Executive Secretary of UNITAID, stressed the crucial contribution of innovative financing and new tools to keep the momentum and promise on universal access to AIDS treatment and care.
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UNITAID STATEMENT ON MASSIVEGOOD LAUNCH

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A new initiative to raise money for health

UNITAID welcomes the announcement today of the MASSIVEGOOD initiative, established to provide additional funding for UNITAIDs work in expanding access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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