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UN chief calls for generous donations to Central Emergency Response Fund

12-15-2010 09:54 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday called for generous donations to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in order to strengthen the world body's ability to efficiently and effectively respond to disasters and save lives across the world.

"This morning, the secretary-general appealed to countries to continue to give generously to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), so that it can meet its 450 million (U.S.) dollars target for the coming year," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.

The secretary-general was speaking at the replenishment conference for the Fund, which he called one of the world's leading tools for disaster response.

"The secretary-general said that in 2010, the Fund has been an important part of the humanitarian response to nearly every major crisis," Nesirky said.

"It is helping us to ensure that those who need our assistance receive it -- quickly, effectively and efficiently," Ban said.

To speed up relief efforts, the UN has set up a central donation facility, the CERF, collecting contributions year-round to help ensure that funds are on-hand to allow the UN to save lives.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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