Qatar Charity has pledged $9mn contribution to support the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN’s global humanitarian fund that enables the rapid and flexible delivery of life-saving assistance to ensure that the underfunded or prolonged crises are not left behind.
The pledge was announced by Qatar Charity’s CEO, Yousuf bin Ahmed al-Kuwari at the CERF High-Level Pledging Event convened by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York on December 6. The event brought together high-level delegates from 55 donor countries, including Qatar to pool resources and galvanise support for CERF’s life-saving work.
The pledge is part of a broader strategic agreement between Qatar Charity and OCHA to scale up efforts on humanitarian assistance to people caught in crises that do not attract sufficient donor attention and where needs are critical. The renewed partnership cements a decade-long track record of joint projects that have provided a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Yemen and Syria.
In his address to the UN secretary-general, Antònio Guterres, the UN undersecretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, and government delegates at the United Nations headquarters in New York, al-Kuwari said: “Amid increasing humanitarian challenges, Qatar Charity is aware of the importance of concerted efforts and close multilateral co-operation to ensure a rapid, effective, and immediate humanitarian response to emergency situations in an effort to save lives.”
Griffiths, noted: “In these times of massive humanitarian needs, a fast and well-coordinated global response has never been more important. I am deeply thankful to Qatar Charity for their most generous commitment to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the emergency fund we manage, the Central Emergency Response Fund. This funding will allow us and our partners to reach millions of the most vulnerable people in the world. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Qatar Charity.”
Forty donors announced contributions of more than $419 million for CERF for 2024, exceeding the $409 million pledged at last year’s event.
The pledge was announced by Qatar Charity CEO Yousuf bin Ahmed al-Kuwari.