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.