UN / CERF WRAP

14-Dec-2010 00:02:10
At a replenishment conference for the UN Central Emergency Fund (CERF), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that this year alone, 44 countries facing humanitarian crises have benefited from the funding, adding that just hours after the earthquake in Haiti, $10 million was available from the CERF. UNTV / FILE
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STORY: UN / CERF WRAP
TRT: 2:10
SOURCE: UNTV / FILE
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 DECEMBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT / FILE
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

14 DECEMBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"This year alone, UN humanitarian teams in 44 countries have used some $400 million in CERF funding. In Haiti, 12 hours after the devastating earthquake struck, I announced that $10 million would be available from the CERF. Just three days into the relief effort, an additional $15 million was disbursed. These funds helped UN agencies to provide shelter, clean water, health services and food to thousands of people. In 2010, the Fund has been an important part of the humanitarian response to nearly every major crisis."
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. Med shot, Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos coming to media stakeout
6. Cutaway, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
"I am delighted to announce that 59 Member States made pledges at that conference totalling $358 million."
8. Cutaway, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
"The critical thing for us was to show very clearly that CERF had funded some of the ongoing crises or new disasters that people see in the headlines but also CERF has also been critical to fund some of the things people haven't heard anything about."

FILE - MINUSTAH - 11 FEBRUARY 2010, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

10. Various, street scene with destroyed buildings
11. Various shots, men unloading relief supplies
12. Various shots, people filling containers with water

FILE - WFP - 14 AUGUST 2010, MUZZAFARGAHR, PUNJAB PAKISTAN

13. Various shots, people walking in flooded roads,
14. Various shots, WFP distribution of fortified wheat flour, cooking oil and high energy biscuits to people affected by flooding

FILE - UNHCR - 22 JUNE 2010, JALALABAD, KYRGZYSTAN

15. Various shots, destroyed houses
16. Wide shot, street with burnt structures and a woman passing by
STORYLINE
Donors today (14 December) pledged a total of $358 million in contributions to the United Nations (UN) managed humanitarian fund created five years ago to ensure rapid and reliable assistance for people affected by conflict and natural disasters.

Fifty-nine Member States, several private sector firms and a Turkish non-governmental organization (NGO) made pledges in New York at the replenishment conference of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Addressing donors prior to the pledging, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talked about the importance of the fund saying "this year alone, UN humanitarian teams in 44 countries have used some $400 million in CERF funding."

He added that just hours after the earthquake in Haiti, "I announced that $10 million would be available from the CERF," adding "in 2010, the Fund has been an important part of the humanitarian response to nearly every major crisis."

Contributions at today's conference brought the total amount raised for the global emergency fund to more than $2 billion since it was established by the General Assembly in 2005.

Speaking to the press after the pledging conference, UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos said that CERF is not only critical in funding "some of the ongoing crises or new disasters that people see in the headlines" but also for "some of the things people haven't heard anything about."

She was talking about food delivery in the Sahel, aid to lead poisoning victims in Nigeria and protection of thousands of acres of crops from swarms of locusts in Georgia and Madagascar.

Since 2006, a total of 124 Member States and Observers, almost two-thirds of all members of the General Assembly, have made contributions to the CERF. A 2006 resolution of the General Assembly specifies that the CERF should be funded at $500 million per year, of which $50 million is a revolving loan fund.

Five new donors stepped up to the plate at today's pledging session including Kyrgyzstan, the Gambia, Costa Rica, the Regional Government of Flanders, and the Turkish NGO Kimse Yok Mu.

Several long-standing donors also announced significant increases in their contributions, including Sweden, with the largest increase of over $10 million, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, and Singapore.

The top 10 donors account for 90 per cent of the funding for the CERF. They are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and Australia.

Contributions from the private sector this year increased significantly, mainly because of the outpouring of solidarity following disasters in Haiti and Pakistan. Private sector donors have contributed $6.8 million since CERF's inception.
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