Arab News – The Kingdom has donated $150 million to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) toward alleviating the sufferings of disaster-hit countries.
The announcement was made by Saad bin Abdullah Al-Saad, deputy permanent representative of the Mission to the United Nations, at a CERF meeting in New York on Friday.
Al-Saad was quoted as saying that the Kingdom was making the donation for the year 2016. “The Kingdom is concerned over the increasing pace of poverty, spread of diseases as well as drought in a number of areas throughout the world.”
He said Saudi Arabia considers the fund an important tool in enhancing and coordinating humanitarian assistance so that the preliminary assistance would be available once a humanitarian crisis falls.
Al-Saad pointed out to the risks and challenges facing the world and described the fund as among the world’s best efforts to help people during emergencies.
The CERF is one of the fastest and most effective ways to support rapid humanitarian response for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict. It receives voluntary contributions around the year to provide immediate funding for life-saving humanitarian actions anywhere in the world.
The CERF gets contributions mainly from governments. However, foundations, companies, charities and individuals also contribute to the fund with a $450 million annual target.
In emergencies, humanitarian organizations apply jointly for funding. Funds are immediately released if these proposals meet CERF’s criteria, including urgent needs and saving of lives.
With money available immediately, relief organizations can deliver food, safe drinking water, medical supplies and other life-saving aid faster and more efficiently.
The CERF allocations are designed to complement other humanitarian funding sources, such as country-based pooled funds and bilateral funding.


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