UN CERF allocates $100M to underfunded emergencies


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths on Tuesday released $100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to support underfunded aid operations in 7 countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

According to a press release, the  new allocation from the CERF is the lowest in recent years on the back of falling donor support and soaring humanitarian needs.

Mr. Griffiths said “The new emergency infusion of funds will help sustain life-saving humanitarian support to people facing the world’s worst crises. It is a reminder of CERF’s crucial role at a time of immense needs and chronic underfunding of humanitarian appeals,”.

He said “Yet with donations at their lowest level in recent years, CERF’s life-saving impact is itself facing a serious challenge. It is now more critical than ever that Member States provide full and timely funding to CERF.”

It was set up by the General Assembly in 2005, CERF is one of the fastest and most effective ways to ensure humanitarian assistance and protection reaches people caught up in crises.

The Fund is administered by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, on behalf of the Secretary-General.

According to OCHA, as humanitarian crises continue intensifying in 2024, the latest CERF allocation will be crucial to step up assistance and boost donor support.

It said that the resources will go to the ongoing crisis in Sudan (20 million), in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ($20 million).

In Syria ($20 million), the funds will help people affected by fighting; and the funding in Chad ($15 million) will support refugees and others.

The funding will go to Niger ($10 million), Lebanon ($9 million) and Honduras ($6 million), it added.

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