High-Level Conference 2016

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

United Nations Headquarters, New York

CERF’s High-Level Conference will bring together senior representatives from UN Member States and Observers, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private sector to pledge their commitments to the Fund. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will open the conference and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, will preside over the event.

Official invitation
How to register
Pledge letter template
Making the case for an investment in the CERF
Media Advisory
Overview of CERF pledges for 2017 as announced at the CERF High-Level Conference (as of 13 December 2016)
Press Release
Opening speech by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Mr. Stephen O’Brien is the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. He served as Member of Parliament for Eddisbury, A Privy Counsellor as well as the Prime Minister’s Envoy and United Kingdom’s Special Representative for the Sahel since 2012. Mr. O’Brien has more than 20 years of experience in international development and health care, notably as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development from 2010 to 2012 and Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care from 2005 to 2010. Mr. O’Brien is the Founder and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases since 2004. Chairman of the non-governmental organization Malaria Consortium from 2006 to 2010.
H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa is Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and President of the Sixty-Ninth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Kutesa served as Member of Uganda’s Constituent Assembly and Chairman of that body’s Political System Committee. From 2001 through 2005 he served as Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development in charge of investment. He served as Minister of State for Planning and Economic Development from 1996 to 2000 and as Uganda’s Attorney General from 1985 to 1986. An elected Member of Parliament for more than three decades, Mr. Kutesa was a member of Uganda’s Constituent Assembly and Chairman of that body’s Political Systems Committee, during which time he contributed to drafting a new Constitution for the country, adopted in 1995.
H.E. Ulla Tørnæs was appointed as Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark on November 28th 2016, having previously served as Minister for Higher Education and Science. She held the post of Minister for Development Cooperation also from February 18th 2005-February 23rd 2010, and was Minister of Education from 2001 -2005. She was member of the European Parliament (2014 - February 29th 2016). H.E. Ulla Tørnæs was also Political Spokeswoman of the Liberal Party (1998-2001). She completed her studies at Odense University (1982-84), University of Chambéry, France (1984-85), Copenhagen Business School (l985-88) and Copenhagen University (from 1991).
Mr. Filippo Grandi is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has been engaged in refugee and humanitarian work for more than 30 years. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine refugees, having previously been its Deputy Commissioner-General since 2005. He also served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan and has worked with NGOs and UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the Geneva headquarters.
Ms. Rosa Malango is the UN Resident Coordinator, Designated Official and UNDP Resident Representative in Uganda. Before these appointments, Ms. Malango undertook an assignment as part of the UN Inter-Agency Field Leadership Programme with UNDP as Head, Resident Coordinator’s Office, Guatemala. From 2005-2015 she worked with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as Chief, External Relations and Partnerships Section, New York. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Malango worked in Côte d’Ivoire with the World Food Programme as Regional Programme Adviser (2003-2005) and with OCHA as Regional Programme Coordinator (2002-2003). From 1995-1998 she was based in Angola as OCHA’s Chief Information Officer.