UN relief wing allocates 84 mln dollars for 15 neglected emergencies worldwide

January 14, 2011 11:09 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 14 — United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Thursday allocated some 84 million U.S. dollars to assist people affected by hunger, malnutrition, disease, displacement and conflict in 15 neglected emergencies around the world.

Humanitarian actors in Somalia received the largest single allocation of some 15 million U.S. dollars, followed by some 11 million U.S. dollars for those working in Ethiopia. Agencies working in Chad will receive 8 million dollars, while humanitarian partners in Kenya will receive 6 million dollars to start up programs for 2011.

Programs in the Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe have each been allocated some 5 million dollars, while programs to assist people in Burundi, Madagascar, and the occupied Palestinian territory will receive 4 million apiece.

Humanitarian agencies in Colombia, Djibouti, Iran and Myanmar will each receive 3 million U.S. dollars to bolster their emergency programs, as part of this first round of allocations for 2011 from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Launched in March 2006, the CERF is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is headed by Amos, and aims to speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, when people are most at risk.

It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non- governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments and individual donors. (PNA/Xinhua)

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