The level of suffering is outpacing funding for the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF.
Donors from around the world met on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the fund, for a High-Level Pledging Conference.
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that the CERF remained a “vital tool” for helping the world’s most vulnerable people cope with unforeseen disasters.
The CERF can deploy funds in a matter of hours to deal with events such as earthquakes, or worsening conflicts.
Matthew Wells spoke to the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, who chaired the conference.