CERF at a Glance and Key Publications
Click to watch animation: "An Introduction to CERF"

CERF was introduced in 2006 as the UN’s global emergency response fund to deliver funding quickly to humanitarian responders and kick-start life-saving action whenever and wherever crisis hit. Ten years on, CERF has proven to be one of the most effective ways to provide time-critical assistance, including supplies, basic services and protection to millions of people in need. It is also an important funding source for providing life-saving assistance to those caught up in the world’s most neglected, underfunded and long-lasting crises.

About CERF is a brief summary of how the CERF works, providing an overview of how the fund provides money to various types of crises.  The summary includes how the fund is managed as well as the results achieved by the CERF on an annual basis (available in six UN official languages).

CERF 10-Year Anniversary Publication In its first 10 years, CERF has proven to be a success and a cornerstone of the humanitarian community. The Fund has built a solid record of responding quickly and effectively to the needs of millions of people in humanitarian emergencies. On average since 2006, CERF grants have annually helped humanitarian partners deliver critical health care to 20 million people, food assistance to 10 million people, water and sanitation to 8 million people, livelihood support to 5 million people, protection to 4 million people, and shelter to 1 million.

2015 Annual Report From natural disasters in Nepal and the Asia-Pacific region to the protracted conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, as well as fighting in Yemen and extreme weather events fueled by El Niño in East and Southern Africa and Central America, recent humanitarian events have put the humanitarian community under great strain. Every humanitarian emergency is unique, but all have two things in common: great human suffering and a need for funds to alleviate that suffering. In 2015, the need for CERF reached a historical high with unprecedented levels of humanitarian suffering and the highest level of global displacement. CERF remained a critical enabler of effective, timely and life-saving humanitarian action throughout the year, helping front line partners on the ground kick-start or reinforce emergency activities in 45 countries.

Making the case for an investment in CERFIn December 2016, the UN General Assembly (GA) endorsed the Secretary-General’s call to expand CERF’s annual funding target to $1 billion by 2018. Recognizing the significant achievements of the CERF in facilitating life-saving assistance to crisis-affected people, the GA resolution A/RES/71/127 called upon all Member States, and invited the private sector and all concerned individuals and institutions, to consider increasing their voluntary contributions to the Fund. Read our 5-page briefing note, “Making the case for an investment in CERF” to find out why a $1 billion CERF is an absolute necessity in today’s humanitarian reality.

Click to watch CERF in Action and what the world leaders
had to say at the 2016 pledging conference

In December of each year, donors to CERF gather in UN Headquarters in New York for a High-Level Pledging Conference to promote high-level commitment to CERF as the UN global fund on emergencies and to generate pledges for the following year. On 13 December 2016, CERF partners around the world praised CERF for its speed, flexibility and immediate impact in the field. The effectiveness of the Fund, particularly in response to displacement related crises, was stressed by various donors, UN agencies and other partners.