Ivo Brandau

CERF to hold annual pledging event on 7 December

Claudia Hargarten

On Friday 7 December 2018, OCHA will convene CERF’s annual High-Level Pledging Event. In the year that marks the official increase of CERF’s annual funding target to $1 billion, the 2018 CERF High Level Event will be a milestone in the strengthening of the fund’s capacity to better align with the global humanitarian needs. Chaired by the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock, the event will seek to galvanize increased global commitment to CERF to ensure that the fund is fit to respond to the increased global humanitarian needs in accordance with its General Assembly mandate. It will offer an opportunity to the humanitarian community to respond to Secretary-General, António Guterres’ call during the 2018 General Assembly for increased funding to CERF and thereby allow the humanitarian society to demonstrate commitment to the collective responsibility that CERF is truly “a fund for all by all”.

The Secretary-General will open the event and initiate an opening segment that will demonstrate the success of CERF in meeting the urgent needs for survival and protection of people in crises. The opening segment will feature interventions from the following speakers:  

  • H.E. Ms. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland
  • H.E. Mr. Willem Rampangilei, Minister/Chair, National Agency for Disaster Management, Indonesia
  • H.E. Mr. Hamadou Konate, Minister of Solidarity and Humanitarian Action, Mali
  • Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA

The interventions will be followed by questions and answers from the floor representing Member States, UN agencies, civil society and private sector partners.

A separate pledging segment will offer Member States and other stakeholders an opportunity to announce pledges for 2019 and express support to CERF.

The event will be webcasted via

For more information on the event, please click here