High-level Pledging Event on the Central Emergency Response Fund for 2022
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) convened a high-level pledging event on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for 2022, on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. New York (EST). The event was held in a hybrid format, with a limited number of participants in New York able to join in-person in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, subject to and in accordance with the latest UN COVID-19 guidance. Member States were encouraged to participate at the Ministerial level. Interpretation was available in the six official UN languages. The purpose of the event—which marks the 15th anniversary of the CERF—was to galvanize greater commitments and ensure the CERF remains fit to respond to the increasing levels and complexities of global humanitarian needs. A full recording of the event is available online.
Established in 2006, CERF has allocated over US$7.2 billion to provide life-saving assistance for millions of people in over 110 countries and territories. Since CERF was established, global funding needs through humanitarian appeals have increased sevenfold – from $5.2 billion in 2006 to assist 32 million people to some $36 billion in 2021 to support over 161 million people in need. In 2016, the General Assembly endorsed the Secretary-General’s call to more than double CERF’s annual funding target to $1 billion, reflecting the increasing humanitarian needs and Member States’ confidence in CERF. Since its inception, CERF has received contributions from 130 Member States, including 59 that have also benefited from CERF funding – a testament to the world’s collective commitment to CERF as a “fund for all, by all.”
The event included opening remarks by UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Martin Griffiths, followed by a high-level panel discussion. Details on the panelists were shared. After the panel, Member States and partners were given the opportunity to take the floor for interventions, followed by closing remarks. Partners were strongly encouraged to provide live statements and announce pledges, either in-person or virtually. Partners were kindly asked to keep their statements to a maximum of two minutes. Interpretation was available in the six official UN languages during the event.
- H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Mr. Martin Griffiths Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- H.E. Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway, (video statement)
- H.E. Mr. Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines
- H.E. Ms. Hélène Marie Laurence Ilboudo Marchal Minister of Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action, Burkina Faso
- H.E. Mr. Franz Fayot Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Luxembourg
Disclaimer: Statements and videos by partners are not a reflection of endorsement by OCHA.
OCHA thanks all partners who provided interventions from the floor, including the following additional statements:
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations
Ambassador and Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency
Regional Local Authority
|Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation||
Minister for Foreign Action and Open Government
United Nations Entities and Partners
|World Food Programme (WFP)||
Deputy Executive Director
|Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)||
World Health Organization (WHO)
Director Office or Emergency Programmes
|United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)||
High Commissioner for Refugees
|International Organization for Migration (IOM)||
Deputy Director General
|International Rescue Committee (IRC)||
Director of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy and Head of Office, Geneva
Member States and partners are encouraged to announce pledges at the event. In compliance with the Financial Rules and Regulations of the UN, and to ensure pledges and any eventual contributions are properly recorded, a pledge letter dated and signed on your Government’s letterhead with an official seal is requested. Please send a PDF version of the scanned pledge letter to CERF@un.org and Ms. Pien Offerhaus (email@example.com). Pledges received prior to the High-level Event will be treated as confidential.