Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Pledging Event: a Fund for all by all

Published Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2019
Director of IOM NY Office, Mr. Ashraf El Nour

Mr. Secretary-General,

Distinguished panelists,

Your excellences, ladies and gentlemen,


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to present brief remarks at this important occasion, reasserting IOM’s commitment and reliance on the Central Emergency Response Fund to act rapidly, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable populations in sudden-onset emergencies as well as sustain our efforts in critically underfunded, forgotten crises by providing life-saving assistance across the globe.

IOM continues to support the CERF’s annual funding target of $1 Billion to keep the CERF functioning as a critical fund and in response to growing humanitarian needs.

The Central Emergency Response Fund is a critical partner to IOM during humanitarian response and has been instrumental in mobilizing additional resources during emergencies which have allowed IOM to scale up responses to achieve more and to save lives. Since 2006, IOM has received over $406 Million to support Rapid Response and Underfunded Emergencies. In 2019, IOM received over $45 Million for more than 39 projects to support humanitarian operations in key sectors such as Emergency Shelter & NFIs, Protection, Health, WASH and CCCM in Bahamas, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, amongst others. CERF has allowed agencies to work in an innovative and adaptive way addressing for example regional crises such as the Venezuelan Regional Migrant and Refugee Response.

The continued support of Member States is vital to the efforts to expand the CERF, diversify its funding base and find innovative ways to achieve its target of $1 Billion, which is critical to ensure that responsive, coordinated, and principled life-saving aid is available at the most crucial times and in line with the growing humanitarian needs.  IOM, humanitarian agencies, and our partners require systematic funding availability to meet the needs of migrants, especially women, and youth who remain the most vulnerable.

IOM looks forward to continuing our strong partnership with the CERF and will continue to advocate for the CERF given its importance to saving lives across the world.


Thank you