Emergency fund "vital tool" to help most vulnerable

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at High-Level event marking 10th Anniversary of CERF. UN Photo

An emergency fund to respond to humanitarian crises has been described as a "vital tool" to fulfil the international community's promise to help the world's most vulnerable people.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the comment at a meeting at the UN in New York to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The CERF was introduced to provide fast and predictable funding for humanitarian crises around the world.

Resources are not earmarked for specific countries or crises, but can be deployed quickly wherever needs are greatest; for example in earthquake-hit Nepal, drought-affected countries in the Horn of Africa or to help those fleeing the war in Syria.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to continue funding operations.

"The heart of the mandate of the CERF is to make sure that no one is left behind.  It is a vital tool in fulfilling our global promise to the most vulnerable. To that end, it depends on strong donor support."

More than 125 million people globally are expected to need humanitarian assistance in 2016.

And as the number of beneficiaries increases so does the cost.

The financial requirements now are five times greater than a decade ago.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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