15 August 2012, New York: Since its inception, CERF has committed $2.6 billion in 86 countries and territories. Check out some of the highlights in this edition:
- $55 Million Allocated in the Second Underfunded Round
Some US$55 million from the Fund was allocated by the the Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos in July to bolster humanitarian operations in eight poorly funded humanitarian emergencies around the world: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan. These allocations bring the overall amount provided by CERF for underfunded emergencies in 21 countries this year to more than $158 million. Thirteen countries were given nearly $104 million in the first January 2012 underfunded
Analysis of funding levels and severity of humanitarian needs provided the basis for country selection. Subsequently, Resident/Humanitarian Coordinators in the selected countries will prioritise CERF funds for time-critical and life-saving programmes as identified by humanitarian UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and NGO partners. Humanitarian Country Teams will then submit specific projects in August and funds will be disbursed in September/October for implementation until 30 June 2013. The full details of the countries and allocations in this round can be found on the CERF website.
- Pledges and Contributions in 2012
More than $380 million in pledges and contributions have been made and $345 million has already been received. The early conversion of pledges to contributions has allowed CERF to have sufficient cash on hand to meet needs around the world.
- New CERF Website Launched
CERF launched a newly designed website in April 2012. The site, developed from a new content management system (Drupal), features a completely different clean design and new navigation. The website includes web stories, updates, multimedia products and graphics highlighting the efficient and effective impact of CERF around the world. The website may be accessed through the following web address: www.unocha.org/cerf/
The redesign of the site is part of the CERF’s efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information on the Fund and its impact to Member States, donors and the general public.
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