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Launch of Pooled Funds Annual Reports 2020

OCHA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands co-hosted the Launch of the Pooled Funds Annual Reports on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New York (EST / 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Geneva (CET).  The event showcased the achievements of the pooled funds – the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) – in 2020 and their unique added-value in delivering life-saving aid targeting the most vulnerable. It also demonstrated the importance of the pooled funds in saving the lives of people caught in humanitarian crises.


CBPFs 2020 in Review
CBPFs 2020 in review pdf
OCHA-managed Pooled Funds – 2020 Overview
OCHA-managed Pooled Funds 2020 Overview pdf
2020 CERF Annual Results Report
CERF Annual Results Report 2020 pdf


Concept Note
concept note pdf
Key Messages
Key Messages pdf
Biographies of Key Speakers
Biographies of key speakers pdf


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Throughout 2020, the pooled funds served as critical mechanisms for rapid and flexible funding to humanitarian partners when and where it was needed the most. The funds enabled timely, effective and principled humanitarian action while strengthening leadership, coordination and coherence in emergency responses. 

During the year, CERF was able to assist a record number of 69.3 million people – more than twice as many as in 2019. The CBPFs enabled partners to provide life-saving assistance to 36.3 million people – some 30 per cent more than in 2019. 

The achievements of the OCHA-managed pooled funds are reflected in annual reports, and for the first time, OCHA is convening an event to promote their launch. The event will include opening remarks, a panel discussion moderated by a media anchor, as well as a video on the pooled fund contributions to underfunded crises, followed by interventions from the floor and closing remarks. More details to follow shortly.

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Event Details

The event will be moderated by Ms. Dareen Abughaida, News Directorate, Al Jazeera English and will include opening remarks by:

  • H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (video)
  • Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • H.E. Ms. Marriët Schuurman, CERF Advisory Group Chair and Director of the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

A short video will be presented that features contributions of the pooled funds towards the priority underfunded areas, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • H.E. Ms. Hyunjoo Oh, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
  • Ms. Sulaima Ishaq Moh Elkhalifa, Director of the Combating Violence Against Women (CVAW) Unit, Ministry of Social Development, Republic of the Sudan
  • Ms. Catherine Sozi, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Ethiopia
  • Ms. Denise Brown, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Central African Republic
  • Mr. James Ngun Hre, National Director, Karuna Mission Social Solidarity, Myanmar

Member States and partners will be given the opportunity to take the floor for interventions, followed by closing remarks.

Resources are available through the links below for communications use. In the lead-up to the launch event, CERF impact stories will be promoted daily, as will multimedia content on the CBPFs. Please tag @UNCERF, @CBPFs and use #InvestInHumanity in your posts.


Register Here

The deadline to register is Thursday, 1 July 2021 at COB New York time (EST).

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