Azerbaijan to up its contribution to UN Central Emergency Response Fund
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1.
Azerbaijan and seven other countries are ready to increase their contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, the UN website reported on Dec.11.
"36 donors pledged $383 million to the Fund. Furthermore, Azerbaijan and seven other countries announced intention to increase their contribution compared to last year. These donors are Australia, Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Estonia and Mongolia. However, this amount is far from the requested $1 billion," the report reads.
The Organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), established in 2016,is a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from $5.2 billion in 2005 to over $24 billion today.
This year, CERF, managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has funded life-saving work, allocating nearly $130 million to help prevent famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
The fund also supported relief responses in other places, including for Palestine refugees in Gaza, for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean.