CERF in the News

UN relief wing boosts emergency support to refugees fleeing Burundi crisis
(United Nations, 2 June 2015) The new head of the United Nations relief arm today released a fresh tranche of crisis funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in order to support life-saving relief work for thousands of Burundian refugees.
These Are the 5 Facts That Explain Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake
(Time Magazine, 1 May 2015) The earthquake that ravaged Nepal, killing at least 5,000 people, has revealed the best and worst both in the Himalayan nation and those rushing to its aid. 

UN and partners launch $415 million appeal to aid quake-stricken Nepal
(United Nation, 29 April 2015) The United Nations today launched a $415 million emergency appeal to provide vital relief to people affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the densely populated Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on Saturday.

More aftershocks in Nepal as death toll soars
(Aljazeera, 28 April 2015) Nepal has been rocked by aftershocks as the death toll from the magnitude 7.8 quake rose to at least 4,000, as aid agencies prepared "massive" humanitarian operations.

The logistical nightmare getting aid around Nepal
(CNN, 27 April 2015) The mountainous country has just one runway at its main airport, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos tells Christiane Amanpour.

Nepal: UN agencies rush supplies to earthquake survivors amid powerful aftershocks
(United Nations, 27 April 2015) The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 3,000 people.

US$28 million for Nigeria as humanitarian crisis worsens
(United Nations Radio, 20 March 2015) Twenty-eight million US dollars has been provided by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to support life-saving relief work for people fleeing violence in Nigeria.

UN officials say suffering in Nigeria ‘immense,’ warn of regional humanitarian crisis
(United Nations, 20 March 2015) Amid ongoing fighting between Government forces and Boko Haram insurgents, the effects of the crisis in north-eastern Nigeria are increasingly reverberating across the region, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today, as they urged international donors to ramp up financial support for relief efforts.
Syria: FAO boost food security efforts in countries affected by the crisis
(UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 17 March 2015) FAO is scaling up its support to Jordan and other countries in the region affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year.

Lebanon: CERF gives $18 million to ease Syria crisis burden
(IBNS, 7 March 2015) The continuing influx of refugees fleeing from the Syrian conflict is burdening Lebanon’s infrastructure and economy and threatening the country’s stability, the United Nations humanitarian chief said on Friday. 

Yemen: CERF funds help FAO support agricultural activities in Amran
(Yemen New Agency, 19 February 2015) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Yemeni Family Care Association signed Thursday an agreement to support some agricultural activities in Amran province.
Malawi: CERF gives $6.9 million emergency funds for flood relief efforts
(Reuters, 12 February 2015) The United Nations and its partners have allocated $9.2 million in emergency funding to save lives and bring help to people in three districts hardest hit by floods in southern Malawi.

Mozambique: CERF provides $3.2 million for flood response and recovery in Zambézia
(World Food Programme, 11 February 2015) The humanitarian community in Mozambique, including United Nations agencies, IOM, Red Cross and various NGOs, launched a $30.1 million response and recovery proposal today, to address the needs of over 160,000 flood-affected people in hard-hit Zambézia Province in central Mozambique.

Syria, other poorly-funded crises to receive $100 million from UN emergency fund
(United Nations, 23 January 2015) Poorly-funded United Nations aid operations received a boost today when Valerie Amos, the UN’s humanitarian chief, announced the allocation of $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost relief work in twelve countries in need.

Lessons were learned in the global response to the Tsunami tragedy of 2004
(Irish Examiner, 27 December 2014) "The difficulties of responding quickly enough to such a huge emergency highlighted the need for a flexible and swift global fund. As a direct result, CERF was established. This enables donors to pre-position money so that when a disaster strikes, the urgently needed funding can be accessed quickly."

Humanitarian priorities for 2015 to be set by aid workers battling crises (interview with CERF chief, Lisa Doughten)
(United Nations, 19 December 2014) The humanitarian priorities for 2015 will be set by relief workers battling crises and disasters on the ground, a senior UN official has said. Over US$400 million has been pledged by donors to a UN fund in support of urgent aid needs for next year.

Sahel et Ebola : le CERF au service des crises émergentes et oubliées
(United Nations, 19 December 2014) Le Fonds central pour les interventions d'urgence humanitaires de l'ONU (CERF) constitue l'une des voies les plus rapides et efficaces pour assurer une intervention humanitaire rapide en faveur des victimes de catastrophes naturelles et de conflits armés.

Regional government of Flanders contributes to UN relief fund
(Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, 19 December 2014) The Government of Flanders decided to support again the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) of the United Nations. The contribution includes 600.000 euros for the period 2015 and 2016.

Philippines: CERF's support to WHO for typhoon Haiyan recovery 
(Manila, 6 November 2014) Super typhoon Haiyan (locally known as ‘Yolanda’) struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. With maximum winds of 235 km/hour it had devastating effects, causing destruction across the Central Philippines.

Nigeria: CERF provides $3.5 million for humanitarian services
(Premium Times, 4 November 2014)The United Nations on Tuesday announced the provision of about N580 million in aid of the humanitarian operations in the Boko Haram infested North-East of Nigeria.  

Somalia: CERF funds help launch measles vaccination campaign targeting over 1 million children
(Mogadishu, 11 October 2014) The much awaited measles and polio vaccination campaign in southern and central areas of Somalia was launched, According to NGOs and Somali Health Ministry officials.

CERF helps WFP assists communities affected by drought in Sri Lanka
(Colombo, 1 October 2014) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief operations to bring food assistance to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans affected by recent drought. 

CIGNA Foundation gives $50,000 to UN Central Emergency Response Fund
(Bloomfield, 24 September 2014) The Cigna Foundation today announced a $50,000 donation to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), with funds directed to Ebola-related services. 

Le CERF alloue 75 millions de dollars pour stimuler les opérations humanitaires dans le Sahel et dans la Corne de l’Afrique
(New York, 1 August 2014) La Coordonnatrice des secours d’urgence des Nations Unies, Valerie Amos, a alloué 75 millions de dollars du CERF pour appuyer 11 pays dans deux régions où les besoins humanitaires sont élevés mais le soutien financier est faible.

UN Emergency fund gives $75 million in relief aid to Sahel and Horn of Africa
(New York, 23 July 2014) The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $75 million to scale up aid in the neglected regions of the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.