Donor Briefing: USG briefs Member States on CERF - 17 September 2012


Good afternoon and welcome to our Member States briefing on CERF for 2012.

I want to give you an overview of how CERF has been used this year. I will also focus on some of the lessons learned from our country reviews and I will brief you on progress with the management response plan that was developed in response to the Five-Year Evaluation.

I want to begin with Syria. As the Government of Syria and elements of the armed opposition continued to engage in violent confrontation, humanitarian needs have grown by the day. As the crisis deteriorates, internal displacement continues, as does the number of people fleeing to Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

We have been very proactive in using CERF to respond to the UN’s response, and we have given new allocations at key moments in the crisis. Overall, CERF has given more than $49 million to Syria and the region since the crisis began in 2011. In 2012 alone, UN agencies and IOM in Syria have received more than $36 million in CERF funds. You will find the breakdown in your folders.

In Turkey, I allocated a total of $2 million to provide refugees with shelter, non‐food items, and schooling and psychosocial support to affected children. Humanitarian agencies in Lebanon, received almost $3 million to help incoming refugees, while CERF gave $4 million to five UN agencies and IOM to meet refugees’ needs in Jordan.

CERF has delivered on its mandate: it responded quickly and generously, it kick-started emergency operations in every country affected by the Syrian crisis. Last week, a revised Syrian Response Plan was released in Geneva UN agencies and IOM increased their appeal for Syria - from $180 million to $347 million - to scale up their assistance to reach an estimated 2.5 million people. Today, I appeal to Member States to complement CERF’s efforts by increasing your financial support to the revised Response Plan and to support assistance to refugees in neighbouring countries.

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