UN crisis relief fund looks to multi-year commitments for sustainability

Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which aims to save scores of thousands of lives by providing virtually immediate financing in sudden-onset crises, like earthquakes or hurricanes, or for ongoing but neglected emergencies.

UN crisis relief fund raises record $424 million in pledges as needs mount

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) raised a record $424 million at its annual pledging session today as top officials warned of rising needs in 2010 for one of the world’s leading tools in disaster response, whether for sudden-onset crises such as earthquakes or ongoing but neglected emergencies.

Ban announces seven new members of advisory group of UN emergency fund

A Finnish humanitarian official and the founder of a Polish non-governmental organization (NGO) are among the seven new members of the group of advisers, announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, for the United Nations emergency relief fund.

Aid for health crises from UN emergency fund tops $100 million

Funding for health aid from the United Nations emergency relief fund, which was set up to speed assistance to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has passed the $100 million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Qatar gives $40 million, mostly targeted at Gaza, to boost UN humanitarian relief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his appreciation for a $40 million donation from Qatar to aid United Nations emergency relief and recovery efforts around the world.