Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda*
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
The present report covers activities from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010. Within this period, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $448.3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to implement life-saving activities in 52 countries and territories. Funding was provided to 15 humanitarian agencies, many of which carried out their programmes in conjunction with non-governmental partners. The Central Emergency Response Fund has continued to provide a rapid and reliable source of funding, with the flexibility to respond to a diverse and challenging range of humanitarian emergencies; and to demonstrate its added value as a versatile emergency response tool sustained by the resolve of an increasing number of Member States, even in the most difficult of financial contexts. Governance and performance and accountability mechanisms have been strengthened further during the reporting period.