24 January 2013

Liberia, Others Get United Nation's U.S.$100 Million Aid

Liberia joins eleven other countries to share US$100 million provided by the United Nations (UN) humanitarian fund, the Heritage has reliably learnt. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, on 21 January 2013, announced the allocation of some US$100 million from an emergency account, which she said is intended to boost operations in 12 poorly- funded crises ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen.

Liberia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen are the 12 countries selected by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to benefit on the basis of the severity of humanitarian need and an analysis of funding levels.

Since 2006, US$900 million worth of assistance have been supplied by CERF funding to more than 87 countries and territories to face natural disasters and other crisis, and a third of all the UN CERF funds annually targets underfunded emergencies to help improve the balance of global humanitarian aid distribution.

The UN Central Emergence Response Fund (CERF) which was launched in 2006 enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.

Said the UN humanitarian affairs chief: "Millions of people continue to need help around the world after the media spotlight fades," adding that: "These allocations are about saving lives. I hope that governments and others will provide more funds to help those caught in these hidden emergencies."

Meanwhile, CERF will as of July this year embark upon the second round of allocations from its underfunded emergencies.

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