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Global Leaders Support New Six-Year Plan To Deliver A Polio-Free World By 2018

Gates announced that his foundation would commit one-third of the total cost of the GPEI's budget over the plan's six-year implementation, for a total of $1.8 billion. The funds will be allocated with the goal of enabling the GPEI to operate effectively against all of the plan's objectives. To encourage other donors to commit the remaining funding up front, the Gates funding for 2016-2018 will be released when the GPEI secures funding that ensures the foundation's contribution does not exceed one-third of the total budget for those years.

Joining Gates was a new group of individual philanthropists that announced its support for full implementation of the new plan. The total new pledges from philanthropists to the polio initiative amounted to an additional US$335 million toward the plan's six-year budget. The donors commended the tremendous progress toward eradication made in the last year and expressed their desire to help change history and end polio while the opportunity still exists. Philanthropies making commitments include:

Albert L. Ueltschi FoundationAlwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-GlobalBloomberg PhilanthropiesCarlos Slim FoundationDalio FoundationThe Foundation for a Greater Opportunity established by Carl C. IcahnThe Tahir Foundation

A fully-funded plan and sustained political commitment will protect gains made to date and enable the GPEI to execute against short- and long-term objectives

At the Summit, leaders from polio-endemic countries reaffirmed their continued focus on polio eradication and welcomed the plan's broadened scope to improve immunization systems.

Praising the plan's expanded focus to ensure that polio eradication efforts – which reach the world's most vulnerable children – support broader health interventions, long-time donors Canada, Germany, Norway and the UK, as well as Nigeria, announced new commitments to support the plan's long-term objectives. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced a second pledge to polio eradication of US$120 million, adding to his first contribution made in 2011. A range of other donors, including the Islamic Development Bank, Ireland and Japan, helped round out the additional pledges. 

Rotary International, the flagship donor to the GPEI, pledged its commitment through 2018 to raise funds and mobilize support of the endgame strategy. "To stop polio once and for all, we need to act quickly so that children are fully protected and countries are not re-infected," said Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka. "This takes the commitment of national and local leaders where polio still exists, the continued support of donor countries, and the steadfast commitment of heroic vaccinators."

The GPEI will work with donors on the timely conversion of these pledges into commitments and the disbursement of funds so that the program can fully deliver on the plan.

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