Donors asked by UN chief to "dig deep" for emergency funds

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UNOCHA – Albert Gonzalez-Farran

Donors are being urged to "dig deep" and to contribute generously to the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The UN Secretary-General was on Wednesday speaking to representatives from UN Member States, foundations and the private sector at a High-Level Meeting organized by the UN's humanitarian office, OCHA.

Ban Ki-moon said the CERF is one of the most effective tools the organization has to help people who face the immediate, devastating effects of natural disasters, armed conflict and chronic emergencies.

“We cannot predict what new disasters may strike in 2015. What we do know is that millions of people will continue to need help. Now, more than ever, it is essential that every dollar spent on humanitarian aid is spent to maximum effect.  I urge you to dig deep, and to contribute generously to this proven life-saving fund.” (25″)

The UN chief added that so far in 2014, Member States have donated more than US$460 million dollars for CERF-funded operations – US$10 million more than the target.

For 2015, the target is to once more raise US$450 million to support the 100 million people in need of aid.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’20″

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