Over $ 467 million pledged to Emergency Response Fund, “spark of hope” for shared humanity

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These pledges were made at a high-level event held to mark the Fund’s 15th anniversary, aimed at galvanizing commitments to continue to meet increasingly complex levels of humanitarian needs and meet the annual target of ‘a billion dollars.

The pledge of $ 467.7 million is the highest amount committed for CERF at a pledging event and surpasses the previous record of $ 438.5 million announced for 2019.

During the event, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator recalled that the CERF had been created to promote rapid and coordinated action in the event of a humanitarian crisis, and that it had “more than fulfilled its mission”.

“I know from personal experience that this is one of the most effective ways to help people in crisis,” said Martin Griffiths.

Prioritize vulnerable people

Mr Griffiths said CERF’s rapid response capacity meant that “humanitarian organizations can take action as soon as an emergency arises”.

CERF supports neglected crises when others don’t, listening to women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, prioritizing their needs

The Fund has principles, is impartial and independent, and “the help it provides is motivated by need alone,” he added.

CERF supports neglected crises when others don’t, listening to women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups and prioritizing their needs, Griffiths said.

“Last year, more than half of the recipients of CERF funds were women and girls,” he said. “CERF is also the largest direct donor of humanitarian programs that respond to gender-based violence.”

A proven success

The UN emergency relief chief described CERF as “a proven success story” as it “is constantly evolving, applying lessons learned and embracing innovation” in response to increasingly complex global risks and nested.

As part of the concept of early action, it makes funding available before threats turn into real emergencies – providing faster, cheaper and more humane aid, as it relies on data and knowledge. cutting-edge analyzes.

“We know early action works,” Griffiths said. “CERF funding has enabled families [en Somalie] to feed their children without having to sell precious goods to survive, ”he added, referring to the drought forecast in Somalia and adding that similar pilot projects are currently underway in eleven other countries.

One step forward, millions of savings

This has been one of the most difficult years for humanitarian needs “but CERF has risen to the challenge,” Griffiths said.

Last year, the Fund helped nearly 69 million people – twice as many as the previous year – many of whom were reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fund also released its first multi-country grants and introduced an allocation for non-governmental organizations to support frontline responders, he added.

Also, when violence escalated in northern Ethiopia, CERF released several grants to help save lives.

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The UN is providing $ 20 million to CERF to mitigate loss of livelihoods and declining food consumption after erratic rains in parts of Ethiopia depleted water supplies.

During the upheaval in Afghanistan in August, CERF released funds to enable UN agencies to scale up emergency responses and keep basic services running.

In Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, it has allocated money for food assistance to fight famine, which affects millions of people.

“And CERF has offered help, hope and solidarity to those caught up in neglected crises, such as Venezuela, Cameroon and Chad,” added the Emergency Relief Coordinator of United Nations.

Support the CERF

The senior UN official praised the generosity of his 130 donors who “are part of CERF’s success,” noting that the Fund has released $ 7.5 billion, saving lives and protecting people in more than 100 country.

Mr Griffiths said current humanitarian needs are “seven times greater than they were when CERF was established 15 years ago”, citing the worsening and multiplication of protracted conflicts, with climate change which ” pushes communities to the limit of survival ”and the raging battle against Covid-19.

“The scale of the current crises demands a strong CERF, equipped with the resources to meet the challenge of a rapid response from the onset of an emergency,” he said.

In 2016, member states called for a doubling of the Fund to $ 1 billion. However, despite the generosity of donors, the target was not even close to being met this year, he said, calling on countries to allocate a small percentage of their humanitarian funding through CERF each year. year.

“CERF is a spark of hope in a difficult and dark world. Let us ignite that spark for the good of our common humanity, ”concluded Mr. Griffiths.

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