16 Dec 2011
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Sisters displaced by the devastating floods in Pakistan’s Sindh Province in 2011. Credit: UNHCR/S. Phelps

The annual pledging conference of one of the world’s largest source of humanitarian funding opens today.

The annual Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) pledging conference opened today at the UN headquarters in New York.

Since its launch in 2006, CERF, which has an annual funding target of US$450 million, has enabled the fast delivery of life-saving humanitarian aid to millions of people affected by natural disasters and other crises in some 80 countries.

From Haiti to Central America, Niger to Somalia, Pakistan to the Philippines, some 29 million people in 45 countries have benefited from CERF’s distribution of more than $400 million in aid this year alone.

More>>  CERF website

Watch the conference live on UN Webcast - Follow the conference live on twitter: @UNOCHA, @UNCERF and via hashtag #Help2gether