An Advisory Board Has Been Named to the UN's New Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

Tapping emergency relief experts from governments and NGOs, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the appointment of twelve members to an Advisory Group for the Central Emergency Response Fund.  CERF is designed to bring faster relief to disaster victims.

The appointees range from directors of the disaster management units of the Jamaican and Indian Governments, to officials from international assistance units of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands to the head of the NGO Concern Worldwide, one of four alternate advisors.  The CERF Advisory Group was to hold its first meeting in New York on 23 May 2006.

CERF grants have so far been used to provide emergency health services in Cote d'Ivoire and to help stem drought-related suffering and death in the Horn of Africa.  To date, the UN has received $254 million from 40 countries and two private sector donors.  Its goal is $450 million of quickly accessible funds.

“Annan Appoints Advisory Group for New Quick-Response Relief Aid Fund,” UN News Service, 28 April 2006.
Link:  http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=18291&Cr=CERF&Cr1=