CERF High-Level Pledging Event

High-level Pledging Event on the Central Emergency Response Fund for 2022

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
10:00 AM — 01:00 PM
Hybrid Event
(New York Time, EST)

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will convene a high-level pledging event on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for 2022, to take place on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. New York (EST). The event will be 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 are encouraged to participate at the Ministerial level.  Interpretation will be available in the six official UN languages. The purpose of the event—which marks the 15th anniversary of the CERF—will be to galvanize greater commitments and ensure the CERF remains fit to respond to the increasing levels and complexities of global humanitarian needs. 


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.” 

Event Details 

The event will include 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 will be shared in the coming weeks. After the panel, Member States and partners will be given the opportunity to take the floor for interventions, followed by closing remarks. Partners are strongly encouraged to provide live statements and announce pledges, either in-person or virtually. Partners are kindly asked to keep their statements to a maximum of two minutes. Interpretation will be available in the six official UN languages during the event. 


Kindly complete one form per delegation. Please note that delegations may register a maximum of two delegates to attend the event, one of which may attend in person. Please also register one focal point to liaise with OCHA on technical and logistical aspects. The deadline to register is Friday, 3 December 2021 at 6 p.m. New York (EST). Please note that we will do our best to accommodate requests for in-person attendance at the event; however, the venue capacity is subject to change due to evolving UN COVID-19 guidance. Due to the capacity limit of the room, in-person participation will be on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, per registration time.

Register here

All delegates besides the one attending are strongly encouraged to follow the Event through the livestream on UN WebTV. The livestream will be available on the day of the event at https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1h/k1h74r1amn.


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 (pien.offerhaus@un.org). Pledges received prior to the High-level Event will be treated as confidential. 


OCHA focal points for the event: Mr. Justin Dittmeier (justin.dittmeier@un.org) and Ms. Hannah Waller (hannah.waller@un.org)