UN General Assembly to adopt the 2014 Malaria Resolution reiterating Member States’ commitment to keep malaria high on the international development agenda.

New York; September 10, 2014 – UN Member States have by consensus adopted Resolution A/68/L.60, “Consolidating Gains and Accelerating Efforts to Control and Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa, by 2015”.

The resolution calls for donor and endemic governments alike to support global malaria control efforts, including through the secretariat of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership,  and to intensify efforts to secure the political commitment, partnerships and funds needed to continue saving lives. In a press release, the RBM notes that increased financing will be critical to further advancements, as current international and domestic financing for malaria of US $2.5 billion in 2012 amounts to less than half of the US $5.1 billion RBM estimates is needed annually through 2020 to achieve universal coverage of malaria control interventions.

According to the Executive Director of RBM, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, the adoption of this resolution by the General Assembly reiterates the commitment of UN Member States to keep malaria high on the international development agenda.