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.