Report of the Secretary General 2006

The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 61/134, covers activities from the launch of the Central Emergency Response Fund on 9 March 2006 until the end of 2006. Findings show that the Fund has made progress towards its objectives of providing rapid, coordinated, predictable and equitable funding for humanitarian emergencies, based on demonstrable needs. The Fund is promoting early action and response to reduce loss of life, enhancing response to time-critical requirements based on demonstrable needs and strengthening core elements of humanitarian response in underfunded crises. The future success and sustainability of the Fund depend on increasing funding levels to $500 million by the end of 2008. A high-level donor conference on the Fund towards the end of 2007 will be an opportunity to make new pledges and increase broad-based political support for the Fund.