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27 Jun 2009 description

Foreword: A year of challenges

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2008 Annual Report for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

For the millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflict worldwide, 2008 was a year of enormous challenges. More than 211 million people were affected by natural disasters, with more than 238,000 killed and US$200 billion in damages, making 2008 one of the most devastating years in terms of human and material losses.

15 Apr 2009 description

More contributors support CERF

New Member State and non-state contributors emerged in March 2009 in support of the CERF.

Lao People's Democratic Republic and Namibia made the CERF supporters list for the first time with contributions of $3,000 and $1,000, respectively becoming the Fund's 93rd and 104th largest donors.

They join Afghanistan ($1,440 pledge), Benin ($1,500), Kenya ($10,000 pledge), Mozambique ($2,000 pledge), Oman ($30,000), Samoa ($2,000 pledge), Timor-Leste ($1,200), Tuvalu ($1,000) and Viet Nam ($10,000 pledge) in 2009 as first-time contributors to …