Report of the Secretary General 2008

The present report on the Central Emergency Response Fund is submitted
pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/139 of 11 December 2008 and covers
activities from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. Within the reporting period, the
Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $374.3 million from the Fund to implement
life-saving activities in 50 countries/territories. Fourteen humanitarian agencies
received funds directly from the Fund to address emergency needs and many projects
were carried out in partnership with non-governmental organizations. The Fund has
strengthened its operations and has continued its role as a critical component of
humanitarian response. To maintain and improve the effectiveness of the Fund,
increased political and financial support is required from Member States, particularly
in the light of the negative effects of the global economic crisis and other global
trends.