The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) surpassed its 2017 funding target of US$450 million on its way to providing $1 billion worth of life-saving support. UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep appreciation of fund’s achievements and for this, urged member states to exert their outmost generosity at the upcoming CERF annual pledging event in December.
CERF has been at the forefront in responding quickly when some of the largest humanitarian crises emerged in 2017, while providing funds to jump-start response in underfunded emergencies. This enabled partners to deliver critical health care, food, clean water, sanitation and much more to people who need it the most, especially women and girls caught up in crises. CERF was among the first to provide funding when UN Secretary-General António Guterres sounded the alarm bell as more than 20 million people were on the brink of famine in north-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, helping to stave off the worst.