CERF High-Level Pledging Event

CERF High-Level Pledging Event

Monday, December 9, 2019
10:00 AM — 01:00 PM
Trusteeship Council
United Nations New York Headquarters

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is convening the annual CERF "High-Level Pledging Event - a  Fund for all, by all" on Monday 9 December 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm in the United Nations New York Headquarters, Trusteeship Council. The event is an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the fund, to announce pledges for 2020, and collectively ensure that CERF’s level of funding continues to increase towards the expanded funding target of $1 billion as endorsed by the General Assembly. The registration for the High-Level Pledging Event will close on Monday, 2 December 2019.

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The High-Level Pledging Event will be opened by the United Nations Secretary-General and will bring together senior representatives from UN Member States and Observers, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private sector to express their commitments to the fund. The opening segment will feature interventions from the following speakers: 

Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mr. Mark Lowcock


Mr. Lowcock began his career with the British Government at the Department  for International Development (DFID) in 1985 where he served in a diverse  range of roles including overseas postings in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Kenya, in addition to holding leadership positions at headquarters. Mr. Lowcock has more than 30 years of experience leading and managing responses to humanitarian crises across the globe, as well as wider strategic leadership in the international development arena.  He was most recently the Permanent  Secretary at DFID, a role he assumed in 2011. Born in 1962, he holds a  bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Oxford University and a master’s in Economics from the University of London. He is a chartered accountant.

Other speakers will be confirmed shortly. 

The interventions will be followed by questions and answers from the floor representing Member States, UN agencies, civil society and private sector partners. A separate pledging segment will offer Member States and other stakeholders an opportunity to announce pledges for 2020 and express support to CERF.

The event will be webcasted.