Item 76 (a) of the provisional agenda *
Strengthening the coordination of humanitarian actions and
UN disaster relief, including
special economic assistance: strengthening coordination
United Nations emergency humanitarian aid
This report describes the activities of the Central Emergency Response Fund from January 1 to December 31, 2020, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 75/127. The Fund continued to be a global leader in humanitarian response in 2020. During the reporting period, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $ 848.1 million to support life-saving humanitarian activities in 59 countries, territories or areas. In addition, three loans were approved for a total value of $ 40 million.
After record contributions in 2019, the Fund received a total of $ 624 million in 2020 from its partners, the second highest annual income in its history. Against a backdrop of increasing humanitarian needs, continued support from Member States and other donors is essential to enable the Fund to meet the needs of vulnerable people around the world and meet its expanded annual funding target of 1 billion dollars, as approved by the General Assembly in its resolution 71/127.
1. This report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 75/127 on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance provided by the United Nations, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary General to present a report on the detailed use of the Emergency Response Fund. The report covers the activities carried out under the Fund from January 1 to December 31, 2020.
II. Overview of the Fund’s financing commitments
2. With $ 848.1 million allocated for humanitarian activities in 59 countries, territories or areas (see table below and annex I), the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved the highest amount in a single year in the history of the Fund. In addition, three loans were approved for a total value of $ 40 million. Between its inception in 2005 and the end of 2020, the Fund provided $ 6.9 billion for humanitarian assistance in more than 106 countries, territories or areas. The grants were allocated directly to United Nations funds and programs as well as to specialized agencies.