Ministers Coveney and Cannon announce €9 million in additional humanitarian funding to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund for allocation to underfunded crises
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Simon Coveney, T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Ciaran Cannon, T.D., today announced an additional €9 million in funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in response to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian need globally.
The Central Emergency Response Fund is a large UN fund that is used for immediate humanitarian response at the onset of emergencies, in rapidly deteriorating situations, and in protracted crises that fail to attract sufficient resources. So far in 2017, CERF has allocated over $276 million to 28 crises around the world, including to crises in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria. This additional contribution by Ireland, which brings our total contribution to the fund to €22m in 2017, will allow for a further allocation by the CERF to underfunded crises this year.
Announcing the funding, Minister Coveney said:
“The scale and severity of humanitarian crises globally is overwhelming. Millions are on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa, North East Nigeria and Yemen and diseases like cholera are ravaging people weakened by malnutrition.
Ireland has a proud history of supporting those in need. Our compassion for those who are suffering will not allow us to stand by while millions are in need of basic requirements like food, shelter and clean water. Ireland’s commitment to saving lives through humanitarian assistance is recognised globally and our funding to the CERF further cements this reputation.”
Minister of State Cannon said:
“When a crisis fades from the headlines, or never makes the headlines, it is difficult to raise the funding needed to respond - even where the humanitarian need remains significant. The CERF is a valuable mechanism, in that it allows Ireland to provide un-earmarked, flexible and timely funding, with an emphasis underfunded or ‘forgotten’ crises, in line with our foreign policy goals. Such crises include in countries such as the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. I am proud of Ireland’s strong and consistent support to the CERF.”
03 August 2017
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