The countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region which are eligible to receive the Global Fund grants together form a Constituency and have a voting seat on the Board of the Global Fund.
The Board is composed of twenty voting members, including representatives of donor and recipient governments, NGOs, the private sector (including businesses and foundations) and affected communities. Key international development partners also participate in Board. All members participate equally, though not all have voting rights. The voting members are in two equal groups; the implementers and the donors. The Eastern Mediterranean Region Constituency (EMRC) is one of the 10 constituencies representing implementing countries at the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (TGF). The EMRC represents 14 countries of Middle East and North Africa region. As a representative of the countries of the region, the EMRC is one of the 7 "government” constituencies within the Implementers block (IB).
"The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund is accelerating the end of AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics."
Each Constituency has permanent representatives at the Global Fund Board: the Board Member and his/her Alternate, assisted by the Constituency Communications Focal Point (CFP). In addition, each Constituency may bring additional advisers or observers to Board Meetings, as long as the total number present per Constituency delegation does not exceed ten people, including Board Member, Alternate Board Member and Communications Focal Point. This group of ten is referred to as the Constituency delegation. The elected representative of the Constituency serves as voting member on the Board and is responsible to represent the position of the region in the Board Meeting and to cast a vote on all necessary Board Decisions. The vote is accounted as the position of the Constituency. Voting takes place not only at Board Meetings, but also by electronic consultation.
Currently the following distinguished individuals serve as EMR Constituency delegatation:
Moreover Dr Mohammad Chakroun from Tunisia is a current member of the Ethics & Governance Committe, Dr Sara Osman from Sudan is a member of Audit & Finance Committee (AFC) committees in the GF governance framework.
The EMRC secretariat is administered by the UNDP Tunisia for adminsitrative work.