US$450 million target set for humanitarian operations in 2015

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Children who fled violence in the southern part of Iraq share a small house with relatives in Turaq. UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

A target of raising US$450 million is being set by the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) at a pledging conference for its operations in 2015 taking place on Wednesday.

Over 250 senior representatives from UN Member States, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private sector are due to make financial commitments to OCHA's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Ahead of the meeting, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said people will rely on resources from the CERF next year, just as they did this year.

“Two thousand fourteen was another crucial year for CERF. From lifesaving operations in countries like Iraq through to the smaller under-funded crisis which had been forgotten.”

Since its inception in 2006, CERF has allocated over US$3.6 billion to support lifesaving relief efforts in 88 countries.

The pledging conference is called on an annual basis.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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