The Central Emergency Response Fund is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.
The Advisory Group of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund met in Geneva 13 – 14 May 2013. Susan Eckey, Minister Counsellor at the Mission of Norway, is a member of the group. The Advisory Group plays an important role to advise the Emergency Relief Coordinator and OCHA on how to make the fund as efficient and effective as possible. Last year, the fund disbursed close to 500 million USD coming from governments and non-public donors. The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund has been used for life-saving activities around the globe, making it a crucial instrument for UN humanitarian assistance.
"Although the fund functions well, there are areas for improvement such as the role of non-governmental implementing partners. It is also necessary to improve the UN’s operational agencies’ reporting on the use of CERF-funds", says Susan Eckey. In 2012, Norway was the second largest contributor with a contribution of 73,7 million USD.
Read more about the Advisory Group and about when Susan Eckey was appointed to the group