Press Releases and Statements

11 Jan 2010
CERF allocates $ 2.6 million for food insecure populations in Mozambique 
The lean season (hunger gap) in Mozambique begins in October and lasts until February. But due to delayed rains in many of the affected areas, this year the lean season is expected to extend into April. The lean season, particularly the month of February, will be a critical and difficult period of food security for people in Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia and Nampula Provinces.

To ease this problem, CERF has allocated $2.6 million to humanitarian...

18 Dec 2009
Burkina Faso: UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination teams reach 1,000 deployments
(Geneva/New York, 18 December 2009): The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system, a stand-by disaster response mechanism that sends crisis-management experts to disaster zones, reached its 1,000th deployment, since inception, in October when it sent teams to help respond to the recent series of tropical storms that hit the Philippines.

In 2009, a relatively mild year in terms of natural disasters, UNDAC, which is managed by the UN Office for the...

22 Oct 2009
Burkina Faso: Intervention by USG and ERC John Holmes to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs in Africa
Kampala, Uganda, 22 October 2009

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues,

The AU Convention on Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa is a ground breaking instrument. One particularly notable feature is its emphasis on natural disasters and climate change as drivers of displacement, as well as conflict. Too often the humanitarian implications of climate change and the need for adaptation to the new, more dangerous reality...
12 May 2009
CERF Newsletter May 2009
CERF Advisory Group concludes deliberations in New York

The CERF Advisory Group met in New York on 28 and 29 April 2009. Ms. Yoka Brandt of the Netherlands was elected as chair and Mr. Moazzam Malik of the UK as vice-chair.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. John Holmes presented a review of the CERF, including progress made against the Management Response Matrix, developed in response to the recommendations made by...

15 Apr 2009
Afghanistan: CERF Newsletter Apr 2009
More contributors support CERF

New Member State and non-state contributors emerged in March 2009 in support of the CERF.

Lao People's Democratic Republic and Namibia made the CERF supporters list for the first time with contributions of $3,000 and $1,000, respectively becoming the Fund's 93rd and 104th largest donors.

They join Afghanistan ($1,440 pledge), Benin ($1,500), Kenya ($10,000 pledge), Mozambique ($2,000 pledge), Oman ($30,000), Samoa ($2,000 pledge), Timor-...