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Landmark UN disaster relief fund to be formally launched

   3/30/2006

The United Nations will formally launch a landmark US$500-million fund to jump-start relief operations in future natural and man-made disasters and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the current under-funded mechanism. So far, 19 states have pledged $188 million to the Central Emergency Response Fund, a key reform sought by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ensure swifter responses to humanitarian emergencies, with adequate funds made available within three to four days as opposed to up to four months or more under current arrangements. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is urging more governments, the private sector, and individuals to speedily donate the outstanding amount since CERF is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions. The existing mechanism, the Central Emergency Revolving Fund, only has $50 million in resources. Underscoring the importance, UN officials note that under the current system it took four months between the lifting of access restrictions in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and the commitment of funds to the relief appeal. In the meantime, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above mergency levels. In the case of locust swarms infesting the African Sahel area in 2004, a US$9-million appeal by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in February to spray larvae and prevent their spread was inadequately funded. That summer, the locusts multiplied throughout eight countries and FAO had to revise its appeal upwards to $100 million. Up to two thirds of the CERF can be allocated to rapid response with the other one-third devoted to addressing under-funded emergencies. For more details go to UN News Centre at: http://www.un.org/news

UN News Centre
3/30/2006

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