10 October 2012, New York: The CERF Quarterly Update has been launched. The highlights in this edition include:
• $30 Million Allocated to Syria
CERF has responded to the Syrian crisis with a total of $30 million in 2012 – most recently with $16 million to FAO, UNICEF, UNRWA, UNHCR, WFP, UNFPA, IOM and WHO to enable a scaled-up response through provision of life-saving assistance in the areas of shelter, food, health, education, livelihoods, agriculture and water and sanitation. In 2012, $9 million has also been allocated to neighbouring countries affected by the conflict.
• $15 Million Allocated in Response to Cholera
A cholera epidemic has broken out in West and Central Africa affecting countries already suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition. In response, CERF has allocated more than $15 million to WHO and UNICEF. In West Africa, $6 million was given to five countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire. This complements earlier contributions to Central Africa where the Democratic Republic of Congo received more than $9 million. These allocations will help more than 6 million direct beneficiaries and close to 25 million indirect beneficiaries.
• New CERF Advisory Group Members
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced seven new members for the CERF Advisory Group. More than 30 high calibre nominations were received. The nominations were reviewed with a view to gender balance, broad geographic representation, and a healthy donor and recipient balance.
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