Highest amount ever raised
Despite the challenging global economic climate, CERF raised the highest dollar amount ever from donors in 2011. Over $465 million was raised for the Fund in pledges and contributions from Member States, observers and private donors. This is the second time in the Fund’s history that it exceeded the $450 million annual fundraising target set for it by the General Assembly.
During the annual CERF High-level Pledging Conference held on 16 and 17 December 2011, 46 UN Member States, Observer States and a regional government announced $375 million pledges to the CERF for 2012, representing a $16 million increase over the pledges announced at the Conference for 2011. With the addition of Niger and Uruguay in 2011, 126 of 193 UN Member States and Observer States now support CERF.
CERF has received more than $2.8 billion since inception. CERF’s top ten donors have contributed $2.1 billion to the Fund, representing more than 88 per cent of all CERF contributions.
Civil Society and Regional and Local Authorities
CERF has raised more than $6 million from private sector donors and civil society since 2006. In 2011, the KimseYok Mu Association gave a $10,000 contribution, and more than $153,000 was raised through individual donations through the UN Foundation and other channels.
Regional and Local Authorities have contributed more than $1.2 million to CERF since inception, which includes a 2011 contribution of Flanders (Belgium) in the amount of $421,000.
The gains in overall annual funding contributions reflect the international community’s confidence in CERF and its appreciation of its critical role in providing life-saving funds for emergency activities worldwide.