INVEST IN HUMANITY: CERF AT THE WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT
At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23 and 24, 2016, the UN Secretary-General called upon Member States and other stakeholders to accept and act upon five core responsibilities: 1) Prevent and End Conflict, 2) Respect Rules of War, 3) Leave No One Behind, 4) Work Differently To End Need, and 5) Invest In Humanity.
The Summit was a special moment for CERF as several leaders announced their support for the UN Secretary-General’s proposal for a US$1 billion Fund during the High-Level Leaders’ Roundtable on Humanitarian Financing. The roundtable addressed Core Responsibility Five of the Agenda for Humanity and called on leaders to guarantee the minimum resources necessary to preserve life and dignity for people affected by conflict and disasters. It focused on the improvements to mobilization, allocation, and use of resources that are necessary to preserve life and dignity for people affected by conflict and disasters.
Outcomes of the roundtable among many others include:
- New financial contributions and commitments to provide more flexible, multi-year and un-earmarked funding, including support to increase the CERF funding target to $1 billion.
- Innovative financing partnerships between humanitarian and private sector companies.
- Increases to the share of financing accessible to local and national humanitarian actors.
- A “Grand Bargain” between donors and aid agencies to make aid more efficient and effective, enabling us to reach more people with life-saving assistance and protection. CERF embodies many of the aspirations set out in the Grand Bargain by providing high-quality funding that incentivizes a strategic and coherent humanitarian response.
ANGELA MERKEL ANNOUNCES GERMANY'S SUPPORT FOR A $1 BILLION CERF AT THE WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT.
STATEMENT TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT PLENARY BY THE UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, STEPHEN O’BRIEN
“In order to improve the lives of millions of crisis-affected people and place decision-making in their hands, OCHA will work to better integrate cash-programming into our coordination systems and advocate for greater use of cash based responses, wherever feasible. We also commit to increase the overall portion of humanitarian appeal funding channelled through UN country-based pooled funds to 15 per cent and to expand the CERF to one billion dollars annually by 2018.”
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CERF AND THE HIGH-LEVEL LEADERS’ ROUNDTABLE “INVESTING IN HUMANITY”
ROBERT FILIPP, PRESIDENT OF INNOVATIVE FINANCE FOUNDATION
“Today, we are delighted to present a new initiative in response to the Secretary-General’s call to scale-up the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund to US$1 billion.
CERF is one of the most effective, impartial humanitarian funds and it deserves more support.
Innovative finance will play a vital role in reaching the goal of a US$1 billion CERF by delivering up to US$300 million in additional financing.
[ ... ] It will significantly boost CERF’s and the world’s emergency response capacity with additional and predictable funding at a time when a natural disaster strikes and when it matters most."
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FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, FEDERAL FOREIGN MINISTER OF GERMANY
|“We welcome the initiative of the UN Secretary-General to increase the Central Emergency Respond Fund (CERF) to 1 Billion USD. I am pleased to announce an additional EUR 10 million to the CERF in 2016, bringing our total contribution to EUR 50 million this year. In addition, Germany commits to work closely with partners, including the Innovative Finance Foundation, on innovative financing solutions for the CERF. We call on others to contribute generously to the CERF.”|
MARIE CLAUDE BIBEAU, MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LA FRANCOFONIE OF CANADA
|“Canada will commit $147 million to the Central Emergency Response Fund (or CERF) over the next five years. These investments will give humanitarian workers the flexibility they need to use funds where and when it is most needed.”|
MARGOT WALLSTROM, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SWEDEN
“We commit to continuing our substantial financial support to the humanitarian aid system. In 2015, Sweden provided 626 million dollars in humanitarian aid, making Sweden - a country of less than 10 million people - the world’s sixth largest donor. We commit to contributing to the target of the Secretary-General to double CERF, and to advocate for CERF with other donors.”
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LILIANNE PLOUMEN, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION OF THE NETHERLANDS
“We are the fourth-biggest donor to the CERF overall, giving an average of 60 million dollars a year. We fully support the Secretary-General’s call to double the CERF.”
MAITHA BINT SALEM AL SHAMSI, MINISTER OF STATE OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
|“To help minimize the humanitarian financing gap, from its planned annual budget, the UAE will increase its financial support to humanitarian assistance to 15% by 2020. Furthermore, to ensure efficient and uninterrupted responses to humanitarian crises, from its planned annual budget, the UAE will double its un-earmarked multi-lateral funding against 2015 levels by 2020. “|
BØRGE BRENDE, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF NORWAY
“As a top donor to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Norway remains committed to providing substantial contributions to the fund.”
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H.E. XAVIER BETTEL, MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG
|"Nous comptons également augmenter notre budget humanitaire et renforcer notre apport aux fonds communs des Nations unies afin d’atteindre 6 millions d’euros par an à partir de 2017, dont 1,25 millions à des fonds communs au niveau des pays. Dans ce même esprit, le Luxembourg augmentera sa participation au CERF de 5% d’ici 2018."|
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