CERF SECRETARIAT BRIEFS AFRICAN UNION MISSIONS IN GENEVA ON USE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

20 Jun 2017
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On 20 June, the CERF secretariat provided a regional briefing to the African Union Permanent Missions in Geneva on the key issues and developments on the use and management of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2017. The briefing was hosted by His Excellency Mr. Boudjemâa Delmi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria.

SEEDS FOR LIFE IN SOUTH SUDAN

8 Jun 2017
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South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Nearly 4.9 million people – about 40 percent of the country’s population – are in urgent need of assistance. Food shortages, a deepening economic crisis, insecurity and insufficient agricultural production have caused alarming levels of acute malnutrition.

CERF ADVISORY GROUP ENCOURAGES STRONG INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENT TO THE FUND AT ANNUAL MEETING IN GENEVA

24 May 2017
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On 18 and 19 May 2017, the CERF Advisory Group held its annual meeting in Geneva to discuss the use and management of the Fund and provide guidance on key policy issues. In his opening remarks, outgoing Chair Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Delegate for Humanitarian Aid and Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) welcomed the group and emphasized that“CERF is an outstanding tool for ensuring coordinated life-saving activities in humanitarian emergencies and it is the duty of all of us to strongly support the Fund.”

AUSTRALIA SIGNS MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH CERF COMMITTING A$11 EACH YEAR UNTIL 2020

19 May 2017
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On 18 May 2017, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien to sign a multi-year agreement with CERF and contribute A$11 million (approximately US$8.2 million) each year until 2020.

CERF SECRETARIAT URGES MEMBER STATES TO STEP UP FUNDING AT ANNUAL BRIEFING IN GENEVA

17 May 2017
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On 17 May, the CERF secretariat briefed United Nations Permanent Missions, Observers, UN agencies and Non-Government Organizations on the key issues and developments in the use and management of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2017. Thirty- seven Member States, the European Union, WHO, UNHCR, FAO, IOM, ICRC and ICVA attended the briefing.

SOUTH SUDAN: CERF PROVIDES LIFELINE TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

4 May 2017
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Credit: OCHA/G.Connell

Fighting has forced thousands of civilians to flee from multiple locations in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region, including Tonga and Kodok, amidst fears of the clashes spreading. Thousands of people have arrived in Aburoc, weak and exhausted after walking for days on foot. There are reports of people also moving to Sudan fearing potential attacks.

“WHATEVER THE DROUGHT HAS SPARED, THE HYENAS DEMAND” - PREVENTING FAMINE IN SOMALIA

21 Apr 2017
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A mobile team in Somaliland’s Marodijex examines patients and hands out nutrition supplies, including iron tablets, to drought-affected families. Credit: IOM/Mary-Sanyu Osire

Young Halima has trekked for four days and nights in search of water. “We have named this drought Odi Kawayn, which is Somali for “something bigger than the elders,” she said. “None of our elders has ever seen a drought as severe as this one.”

MATERNITY WING OF FIELD HOSPITAL AT ATHBA, MOSUL NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL

18 Apr 2017
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Baghdad, Iraq, 18 April 2017 – Amidst harrowing accounts of displaced, including pregnant women escaping military activities in Mosul, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is supporting static and mobile reproductive health facilities and ‘Women Centres’ in neighbourhoods in West and East Mosul that are now under the control of the Iraqi military forces. It also runs services related to women’s health and wellbeing in camps that host families who have fled the ongoing conflicts in West Mosul. 
 
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CERF APPROVES $22 MILLION LOAN TO FURTHER SCALE UP FAO ACTION TO PREVENT FAMINE IN SOMALIA

21 Mar 2017
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21 March, Rome/New York - FAO is further scaling up its activities in drought affected regions of Somalia thanks to a $22 million loan approved this week by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which complements the loans already provided by FAO's Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities.

UN’S GLOBAL EMERGENCY FUND PROVIDES US$18.5 MILLION FOR EARLY RESPONSE TO NEW DROUGHT IN ETHIOPIA

21 Feb 2017
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With the Horn of Africa facing one of the worst droughts in decades, more than 5.6 million people in Ethiopia alone are in desperate need of life’s basic necessities. To provide time-critical aid to more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia’s worst-hit Somali region, Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien has released US$18.5 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
 

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