Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths released $150 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost underfunded humanitarian operations in 13 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East Medium.
The January 13 announcement follows the recent release of the Global Humanitarian Overview, which predicts that 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance this year, the highest number in decades. The United Nations and its partners aim to help 183 million of the most vulnerable people at a cost of at least $41 billion.
CERF funds will support relief operations in the Syrian Arab Republic ($25 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($23 million), the Republic of the Sudan ($20 million), and Myanmar ($12 million). Aid operations in Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger will receive $10 million each. The remainder of the funding will go to Haiti ($8 million), Lebanon ($8 million), Madagascar ($7 million), Kenya ($6 million), Angola ($6 million), and Honduras ($5 million).
Mr. Griffiths said: “This funding represents a lifeline for the millions of people caught up in underfunded crises. This largest allocation ever made by CERF will help address the most urgent needs of vulnerable communities.
“CERF funding allows donor contributions to go further and quickly to those who need our help most. I thank all CERF donors whose generosity has made this support possible. Together we make the difference”.
CERF is one of the fastest and smartest ways to help people affected by crises. The fund enables UN agencies and others to take timely, effective and vital humanitarian action to initiate or strengthen emergency response wherever it is needed. Allocation decisions for underfunded emergencies are based on detailed analysis of more than 90 humanitarian indicators and extensive consultation with stakeholders.
Since its inception by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, and with the generous contributions of more than 130 member and observer states, as well as other donors, including individuals, CERF has helped hundreds of millions of people with some 7,500 million dollars in more than 110 countries. countries and territories. This includes more than $2.4 billion for underfunded crises.
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