World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


First Donations for Under-Resourced Emergencies

UN Disaster Relief Fund Makes First Donations for Under-Resourced Emergencies

New York, May 10 2006 3:00PM

The newly launched United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today announced its first disbursements for the world’s most under-funded emergencies, with 12 States, 11 of them in Africa, benefiting from a total of $32 million.

The Fund, which has so far received $254 million of its $450 million target reserve, was launched two months ago to jump-start relief operations and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the then-existing Central Emergency Revolving Fund, with only $50 million in resources.

A third of CERF’s resources is reserved for making up shortfalls in chronically under-funded emergencies, and today’s allocations cover long-term refugee crises and other impacts of instability and insecurity due to civil or regional conflicts.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, who manages the Fund, said the beneficiaries would be Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe, all in Africa; and Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Forty countries and two private sector donors have so far contributed to the Fund.

CERF made its first donations in March, when the UN World Health Organization (WHO) received $1.7 million to strengthen immunization campaigns, augment disease surveillance and train more health professionals in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, and another $200,000 for emergency health and sanitation aid in Côte d’Ivoire. But these were not specifically for long-term under-funded emergencies.

“Too often, aid resembles a lottery in which a few win but most lose based on considerations other than need,” Mr. Egeland said in March at the launching of the CERF, which was approved by the General Assembly in December as another milestone in the UN reform process. “We must move from lottery to predictability so all those who suffer receive aid,” he added.

Underscoring the importance of the new enhanced mechanism, UN officials note that under the old revolving fund it took four months between the lifting of access restrictions in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and the commitment of funds for the relief appeal. In the meantime, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above emergency levels.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Haiti: $5 Million To Kick-Start Aid In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew More>>


Not Helen Clark: António Guterres Favourite For Next UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. More>>


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news