United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 28, 2023
Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announcing Nearly $20 Million for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, is today announcing a $20 million contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly in 2005.
“This announcement marks the United States’ largest contribution to date and will support the delivery of life-saving assistance around the world and reach some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations,” said Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations.
The CERF plays a critical role in responding to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable, helping UN agencies and partners provide life-saving assistance to more than 32 million people across 42 countries in 2022 alone.
In 2023, CERF is supporting the response to crises caused by conflict and extreme weather events in Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and other countries. Most recently, CERF mobilized resources to rapidly assist people impacted by the recent floods in Libya and the crisis in Yemen, where a timely CERF loan earlier this year enabled an emergency operation that safely offloaded a million barrels of oil from the Safer tanker off the coast of Yemen.
Through the USAID’s contribution, we are proud to support CERF as part of the United States’ global efforts to respond to these unprecedented needs. We call on Member States and donors to join us in contributing to the international humanitarian community’s collective effort to save lives and ease suffering around the world.