UN’s Global Emergency Response Fund releases US$100 million to the world’s most neglected crises

Secretary-General António Guterres released US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to sustain aid operations in nine neglected emergencies. CERF’s largest allocation of the year will reach more than 6 million people in crises where levels of vulnerability are alarmingly high but funding remains critically low. These countries are Cameroon, DPRK, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda.

“CERF is a lifeline for people caught up in crises that don’t make the headlines but where needs are just as urgent.” explains the Secretary-General. “This funding is crucial so that UN and partners can continue assisting people who need our help so desperately. I thank all Member States and donors who have made this possible.”

A large portion of funds will reach people affected by displacement - one of the most pressing humanitarian challenges in today’s world where more than 65 million people are displaced. CERF funds will ensure that millions of people who fled Boko Haram related violence and conflict in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon will receive health care, food assistance and shelter. In Somalia, Uganda and Libya, CERF will bring relief to internally displaced people and refugees from neighbouring countries. Urgent support will also reach those suffering from malnutrition and food insecurity in Madagascar, Mali and DPRK.

“CERF is one of the fastest ways to provide urgent aid.” says Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien. “As we race to address the humanitarian challenges of today, a US$1billion CERF is vital so that help reaches people, whenever and wherever crises hit. A strong CERF, for all by all, is a key step towards our shared commitment to leave no one behind.”

This allocation of $100 million addresses only a small portion of urgent humanitarian needs. As the scale and intensity of emergencies continue to increase, a larger, more robust CERF is needed so that aid can reach people, whenever and wherever crises hit. To this end, the UN General Assembly has endorsed former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation to double CERF’s annual target to US$1 billion by 2018.