The United Nations rapid response funding mechanism for saving tens of thousands of lives in both sudden disasters and long-festering crises marked its 10th anniversary today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laying out plans to strengthen it in the face of mounting challenges.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named seven new advisers to the United Nations emergency fund that seeks to save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay in dealing with sudden-onset or forgotten disasters around the world.
United Nations humanitarian officials say they are hopeful of raising hundreds of millions from donors for the fund set up to ensure rapid and reliable assistance for people caught up in disasters or conflicts.
A partnership between the United Nations humanitarian office and a major financial services company unveiled today is urging the corporate world to raise $500,000 in honour of the fifth anniversary of a UN fund that ensures timely assistance to people affected by natural disasters and conflicts.
The United Nations-managed humanitarian fund set up to ensure rapid assistance for people affected by conflict and natural disasters allocated $415 million last year, making it possible for aid agencies to help at least 22 million people in 45 countries.
Humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies in Pakistan, Niger and Chad received the most allocations from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) during the third quarter of this year, it was reported today.