Report of the Secretary General 2015

The present report describes the activities of the Central Emergency Response Fund from 1 January to 31 December 2015. The Fund has continued to demonstrate its value in funding timely, targeted and reliable life-saving assistance to people in humanitarian crises. During the reporting period, the Emergency Relief Coordinator disbursed $469.7 million for humanitarian assistance through 464 projects in 45 countries. In addition, a loan of $7.3 million was approved from the Fund’s loan facility. As at 31 December 2015, the Fund had received $400.3 million for 2015, meeting 89 per cent of its annual $450 million target. The shortfall of $49.7 million was largely due to a strong United States dollar vis-à-vis core donor currencies. The Fund’s secretariat also completed reviews of its work in key humanitarian crises and disseminated the results of two scoping studies designed to assess changes to ensure that the Fund is fit for the future. In his report for the World Humanitarian Summit, the Secretary-General called for an expansion of the Fund to $1 billion per year by 2018.