The Fondation Chirac applauds this initiative, which strengthens the French program of Official Aid to Development, as conceived in 2006 by President Chirac.
This solidarity contribution has collected over 1 billion euros since its inception. The sums have been used primarily to fund the GAVI immunization fund and UNITAID. Thanks to the money raised by the “Chirac tax”, UNITAID finances programs in 94 countries with spectacular results the price of AIDS medicine has dropped by 80% for children, the best treatments against malaria have reduced by 80%, second-line drugs against AIDS are 60% lower and 40% lower for the latest tuberculosis tests. Millions of lives are being saved.
UNITAID is an international drug-purchase facility and diagnostic tool against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, chaired by Philippe Douste-Blazy, Under-Secretary-General at the UN, and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Innovative Finance
The Fondation Chirac has reiterated that studies carried out after the implementation of the solidarity levy have proven that there has been no impact on the competitiveness of the airline industry. It is applied on a sliding scale according to cabin class to all passengers departing from a French airport, regardless of the chosen airline. It thus has not influenced competition at all. The French example has been corroborated by other countries. To date, fifteen have implemented the contribution.
By strengthening the solidarity contribution on airline tickets, the government has demonstrated its commitment to continue developing innovative financing, as initiated by Presidents Chirac, Lula, and Lagos after the 2003 Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey; it thus paves the way for new countries to join this initiative. The principle of innovative financing is that they are an addition to traditional development assistance funds, which are insufficient to the Goal of reducing extreme poverty in the world.
Today, 9 countries apply the tax: France, Niger, Mauritius, Mali, Cameroon, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Chile, and South Korea.