Remarks at the High-Level Pledging Event for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

Ambassador Lisa Carty
U.S. Permanent Representative to the Economic and Social Council
New York, New York
December 6, 2023


Thank you very much, Under-Secretary-(General) Griffiths. And even though the panelists have now left us, I do want to thank them for the very compelling picture they presented of the importance of the CERF.

The United States is proud to continue our support for the CERF by announcing this morning a contribution of nearly $10 million. This contribution reflects our unwavering dedication to making sure aid reaches communities affected by crises as quickly as possible.

As we heard today, time and again, the CERF has proven to be a powerful mechanism for quickly delivering life-saving assistance to communities affected by crises; not only ensuring a rapid response to emergencies, but also providing crucial support to underfunded responses in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, and in Gaza, among others.

New and worsening conflicts, increasing climate-related disasters, persistent fragility, and health emergencies continue to generate unprecedented levels of humanitarian need. Against this backdrop, the CERF is more crucial than ever.

And yet despite allocating the third highest ever level of CERF funding in 2023 – more than $642 million to date – contributions to the CERF are on track to be the lowest since 2017. We must take this challenge head on and urge the most general possible support to the CERF.

We commend the UN for the launch of the new CERF Climate Account. The United States sees this as an innovative way to attract new funding and leverage the Fund’s proven capabilities to scale anticipatory action and respond to climate-related emergencies.

We encourage all donors to contribute to the CERF to ensure the humanitarian community is equipped to save lives and reduce suffering, wherever and whenever needed.

Thank you.