UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for one billion dollars donor contributions to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fund life-saving works in Nigeria and other countries. Guterres said at a pledging conference in New York that over the past 12 years, CERF has been at the forefront of humanitarian response.
CERF is a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from $5.2 billion in 2005 to over $24 billion today. The UN chief thanked the 126 Member States and Observers, and the other donors who have generously contributed to the fund since its creation in 2005. CERF is without question one of our most important tools to reach people quickly and save lives,” the UN chief added.
This year, CERF, managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has funded life-saving work, allocating nearly 130 million dollars to help prevent famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
The fund also supported relief responses in other places, including for Palestine refugees in Gaza, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean.