New York: More than 40 countries have pledged USD 404.6 million to a United Nations fund that provides immediate money to respond to humanitarian emergencies around the world, from conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic to earthquakes and typhoons.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said yesterday that donations to the Central Emergency Response Fund, known as CERF, increased by USD 21.2 million from last year.
In 2013, CERF allocated more than USD 473 million, helping humanitarian organisations provide aid in 45 countries and territories including Bangladesh, Guinea, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, and South Sudan.
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said USD 82 million for the Syria crisis was the largest allocation this year.
She announced a further USD 10 million to the conflict-wracked Central African Republic.