Report of the Secretary General 2012

During the period from 1 January to 31 December 2012, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated a record $485 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to implement life-saving and time-critical activities in emergencies affecting 49 countries and territories. Fifteen humanitarian agencies received funds directly from the Fund to respond to crises around the world. With the adoption of General Assembly resolution 66/119 in December 2011, the loan element of the Fund was reduced from $50 million to $30 million and the balance of the funds, including interest earned, was transferred to the grant element in January 2012. The Fund received more than $427.6 million in pledges and contributions from 75 Member States, 1 regional government and 3 private donors during the reporting period (see annexes). The Fund secretariat continues to make significant progress in implementing a management response plan to the five-year independent evaluation of its activities.