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With the number and scale of humanitarian crises around the world, some countries have fallen off the global radar. That is the case for countries like the Central African Republic, Libya and Sudan, where pressing needs don’t seem to garner the world’s attention. This can make it difficult to raise the funding necessary to carry out humanitarian response plans.
“My child is able to speak to me for the first time since the last 8 hours.”
CERF funds help International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide emergency primary healthcare in Puntland and Somaliland.
Today CERF hosted its High-Level pledging conference for 2017. Thirty-three donors pledged almost US$273 million to the Fund to support urgent aid whenever and wherever crises hit.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon opened the conference. “I am proud to have served as UN Secretary-General during much of CERF’s successful first decade,” he said. “A strong United Nations needs a strong CERF.”
The Central Emergency Response Fund, (CERF) is releasing a grant of $5 million to address the most life-saving needs of people affected by hurricane Matthew. Earlier this week, CERF also released a loan of US$8 million dollars to UNICEF to scale up response to the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti.
The report describes the activities of the Central Emergency Response Fund from 1 January to 31 December 2015 and concludes that “the Fund has continued to demonstrate its value in funding timely, targeted and reliable life-saving assistance to people in humanitarian crises.”
(New York, 19 September 2016) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of eight new members of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN’s global emergency response fund.
The Advisory Group’s 18 members provide policy guidance to the Secretary-General and advice on the use and impact of CERF, through the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, who manages the Fund on his behalf.