Advisory group of new UN disaster relief fund holds inaugural session

The landmark United Nations fund set up to jump-start relief operations for natural and man-made disasters, and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay, moved a step further towards consolidation today with the inaugural meeting of its Advisory Group.

UN disaster relief fund makes first donations for under-resourced emergencies

The newly launched United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today announced its first disbursements for the world’s most under-funded emergencies, with 12 States, 11 of them in Africa, benefiting from a total of $32 million.

Annan appoints advisory group for new quick-response relief aid fund

Tapping emergency relief experts from Governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of a group that will advise him on the use of a new fund designed to bring immediate relief to victims of disaster.