The Replenishment Meeting was widely billed as the first significant test of the promises made by world leaders at the recent G8 meeting, during worldwide MakePovertyHistory protests.
The 3.7bn US dollars pledged by donors will be just enough to sustain current programmes. However there is no funding for new prevention, treatment or care programmes for 2006 and 2007.
It is suggested that 7 billion US dollars was needed to adequately address funding needs.
The US contribution is just 0.6 billion dollars for the next two years.
For the first time since the establishment of the Fund, the US contribution will be well below their target of one third.
“We are sorry; the President of the United States is busy ducking criticism of his political appointees at FEMA and appearing at photo opportunities with sanitized evacuees. He is far too busy to bother about poor sick immoral black people from other countries when he’s got so many poor sick
white finders black looters refugees voters wet evacuees to worry about here.”
Sure saw that coming. Boy, hurricanes is dead useful for ducking inconvenient policy committments.