18 Dec 2014
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Donors gathered at the annual UN central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Conference this week to pledge $418.6 million in support of life-saving relief efforts around the world in 2015.

├óÔé¼┼ôCERF is one of the most effective tools we have to help people face the immediate, devastating effects of natural disasters, armed conflict and chronic emergencies,├óÔé¼┬Ø said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the conference on 17 December 2014.

The total amount pledged is an increase by some $14 million compared to the amount pledged at last year├óÔé¼Ôäós event.  This is due in large part to large increases from Germany ($6.2 million increase) and the Netherlands ($18.6 million increase). Belgium, Ireland, Kuwait, Turkey and United Arab Emirates also increased their pledges for next year.

An additional $37.3 million was pledged for 2014 by Denmark, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom which brings pledges for the current year to $482 million ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the highest ever annual amount pledged to CERF and a further vote of confidence in the Fund.

During the conference, Member States praised CERF for its flexibility and immediate impact in the field. The effectiveness of the Fund, particularly in South Sudan and in response to crises with regional implications, was stressed by various donors.  Donors also acknowledged improved management of the Fund, drawing special attention to the timeliness and speed of allocations. 

├óÔé¼┼ôIt is heartening to see, that despite difficult global economic circumstances and growing demands on aid budgets, our donors continue to support CERF,├óÔé¼┬Ø noted Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

├óÔé¼┼ôIn my four years as Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have seen the impact that CERF funding has had for some of the world├óÔé¼Ôäós most vulnerable people from Sudan to Mali, from Afghanistan to Haiti,├óÔé¼┬Ø said Ms. Amos.

Since 2006, 125 Member States and Observers, as well as regional authorities, foundations, private and individual donors have supported CERF, contributing more than $3.7 billion. This includes 37 countries which are both contributors to and recipients of the Fund.

For an overview of pledges to CERF please click here.

For more information about the conference, including a film about CERF-funded work in South Sudan, please visit the 2014 CERF HLC page.