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Statement by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen at the CERF Pledging Conference - December 7, 2018

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, © OCHA/Eve Sabbagh

07.12.2018 - Speech

Time and time again, CERF has proven to be an indispensable humanitarian funding mechanism with global reach and impact.

It provides timely, life-saving funding and strengthens the ability of the UN and the Emergency Relief Coordinator to ensure a coordinated response by the humanitarian system to urgent humanitarian needs in sudden-onset and forgotten humanitarian crises.

In short, CERF is a highly effective and efficient element of the UN-led humanitarian architecture.

This is why CERF has not only Germany’s financial support, but also our full political support:

We support your efforts to strengthen CERF’s ability to provide funding for life-saving humanitarian early action. Providing humanitarian funding early is simply good humanitarian donorship.

As the current chair of the Pooled Fund Working Group, we will accompany and support your efforts to strengthen the complementary relationship between the Country-Based Pooled Funds and the CERF and maximize synergies.

And we support your efforts to further broaden CERF’s donor base, not only among Member States, but also the private sector, especially among philanthropists.

Recognizing CERF’s achievements in 2018, I have the pleasure to announce an additional German contribution of 5 million EUR for 2018, bringing Germany’s contribution this year to 95 million EUR.

For 2019, we are pleased to pledge an initial contribution of 50 million EUR.

To conclude, let me reaffirm that you have our full support in further developing CERF, in full accordance with its unique character and mandate, as a mechanism to provide life-saving humanitarian funding in an early and timely manner.

 

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